According to Nintendo, the 3DS launch was quite a success. In fact, the new system apparently sold more units in its first day than any handheld in the company's history, although Nintendo didn't provide any numbers to support that statement.
"Nintendo worked hard to get as much product as possible to retailers on day one to meet demand, and we will continue with these efforts moving forward," the company said in a statement.
While no numbers were revealed for US sales, around 140,000 pre-orders were registered in the UK, which was more than for the Wii.
There also aren't any solid numbers for how much the original DS sold in its first day in the US, but the device (in all its various iterations) has garnered more than 144.5 million unit sales since 2004. In other words, if it wasn't totally obvious, Nintendo knows what it's doing when it comes to handheld gaming.
The first day isn't necessarily an indication of how well the system will fare for the next seven years, but it looks like the 3DS is starting off on the right foot.
Mar 29, 2011