Nintendo 3DS is out! (in Japan) Console sells stupid-big numbers, and the number one game is...

I'm not going to tell you that yet. Of course I'm not. You know the rules of the internet by now. Read intro. Click clicky. Get to juicy bit. I don't make 'em, but I've got to stick to 'em. Anyway, the initial point is, the 3DS went on sale in Japan over the weekend and sold a crap-load on its first day, despite fears of eyeball-popping and city-wide vomitgasms.

Day one sales are reported as being between 371, 326 and Nintendo's full shipment of 400, 000, depending on who you talk to. Either way, retailers were taking pre-orders for Sunday's second shipment before the end of closing on Saturday, which is pretty wise. First-day queues reportedly stretched out to 900 people, which would have meant a good dose of ransacking, pitchfork-wielding, end-of-James-Whale's-Frankenstein-style death without an orderly system for dishing out the second set.

And the game most liberally setting those early-adopting hearts aflutter? Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle.

Yes, out of a launch roster also comprising Pro Evolution Soccer, Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition, Nintendogs + Cats, Ridge Racer 3D, Combat Of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D, Samurai Warriors: Chronicles, and Bust-A-Move Universe, the big-hat-wearing smart-arse reigned supreme, selling a reported 117, 589 copies. Which is nearly one-third the total number of machines sold. Which is a lot.

Actually though, looking at the rest of that line-up, perhaps that's not surprising. Street Fighter IV has never sold that well in Japan, given that the country still has an arcade culture. And the rest of the selection is of the classical solid-but-underwhelming launch game ilk we've come to know so indifferently over the years.

Are you planning on helping to create similar scenes during the western launches? Or are you waiting until the fairly weighty price tag drops?

Sources: AndriasangNeoGAF 




  • nomnom52 - March 1, 2011 3:51 a.m.

    To get a 3DS, I want one of the two criteria below to be met: 1) New pokemon games. 2) Redesign.
  • laurenhiya21 - March 1, 2011 3:13 a.m.

    ill be getting a 3ds eventually... probably not right away though haha
  • Robusken - March 1, 2011 1:26 a.m.

    I would love it if we got Proff Layton at launch over here. I still have no freaken clue about what game to buy. Hell I might not even buy a game on it untill Zelda comes out or something equally awesome.
  • Riche666 - February 28, 2011 11:22 p.m.

    I still have my first gen DS, so I'm gonna upgrade when the 3DS is released. I hope its not a mistake.
  • NG14916 - February 28, 2011 10:11 p.m.

    I'm definitely going to get a 3ds. Think about it - a pokemon game and a metroid game are practically guaranteed for it.
  • Spybreak8 - February 28, 2011 8:24 p.m.

    Nintendo knows these things sell better over there than anywheres else yet they only stock 400K. Wow we sold out! (we did it on purpose, nobody suspects a thing) <--------except this guy (me).
  • SirNinja - February 28, 2011 6:39 p.m.

    As much as I want to get my hands on a 3DS, there are two big things keeping me away: - They're going to redesign it. I know it; you know it; anyone who has ever owned a Nintendo handheld knows it. The clunky Game Boy became the smaller, sleeker Game Boy Pocket, which evolved into the Game Boy Color. The Game Boy Advance didn't have a backlight and took two AA batteries, and I envied the hell out of the GBA SP before I could afford one. And don't get me started on how many iterations the DS has gone through... - I still have to go through Dragon Quest 4, 5, 6, and 9 on the DS. I've beaten all the gym leaders/Elite Four in Pokemon Pearl and SoulSilver, but I've barely scratched the surface of either title. I still haven't beaten either DS Zelda game. Shin Megami Tensei Strange Journey is driving me crazy. I have literally over 400 puzzles left to solve in Picross 3D (including the ~240 I downloaded). I still need to go through the latest Advance Wars campaign. I'm only about ten hours into Golden Sun Dark Dawn. All this (and more) is my gaming to-do list for the DS alone; I have well over 100 games on Steam that I haven't even touched. Before I commit to another console, I need to do some serious catching up.
  • Squander - February 28, 2011 6:21 p.m.

    I had the pleasure to extensively play the device and all the above games mentioned at Softmap in Shinjuku - My verdict: anything but impressed, but the 3D-effect honestly blew me away in the beginning. However the screen is very dark and the sound (I played with headphones) with the volume on the max is very silent. Graphics tend to suffer when 3D is on and last but not least: The 3DS is probably the ugliest handheld since the original DS, its pretty light but the design is just an eyesore (especially the lower screen with its 3 buttons). All-in-all the device feels like an updated DS with better graphics and 3D....but the overall experience while playing is exactly the same like playing with the DS. Concerning the games: Samurai Warriors: lot of fun with the 3D effect, controls pretty good but graphics kinda lame Street Fighter IV: plays pretty well but 3D effect only recommended in a few stages, graphics also quite poor, looks wayyy better when played in 2D Ridge Racer: fun to play, but 3D-effect makes my head gonna explode - really poor graphics Dr. Layton: best use of 3D-effect - incredible experience, by far the best game I could play so far
  • shawksta - February 28, 2011 6:04 p.m.

    I can't wait for the 3DS, I'm pretty much getting SSF43D and samurai warriors chronicle and maybe ridge racer 3D. The lineup looks tacky but then again the DS lineup was tacky and look at it now,besides its not long between the launch and E3 well be seeing the more popular titles were waiting for ,kid Icarus, resident evil, ocarina of time and star fox 64 remakes,paper Mario, and so much more. People who never owned a DS or hasnt used for long are the only ones who call it shitty, it has the largest variety of games from Mario/Zelda/Pokemon, to Ace attorney, to professor layton, to to ghost trick, to dragon quest and so many more. The 3DS is getting more popular series and with those plus the huge variety that's coming our way this is gonna be awesome!
  • taterboob - February 28, 2011 6:04 p.m.

    I'm not too hyped for the 3DS launch lineup (SSFIV excluded), but I've still got one preordered. If nothing else, I'll have Dragon Quest VI and Okamiden waiting for my 3DS to kill the time until Ocarina 3D comes out.
  • Triscuitable - February 28, 2011 5:42 p.m.

    I would buy the 3DS for Street Fighter, but I already bought it for my iPhone. No point besides that. If they somehow put the "Call of Duty Multiplayer Experience" that we've seen in the console titles, not the shitty DS games, then maybe I might buy it for some EXP on the go. That'd be pretty cool.
  • BaraChat - February 28, 2011 5:38 p.m.

    @AntiGimp You do realize that by making that assessment you correspond almost exactly to what the general public basically thinks when it comes to gamers?
  • kickedbylizzieinthetwuntista - February 28, 2011 5:32 p.m.

    Time to ante up for my first console purchase since the Gameboy Color. Love you Nintendo!
  • Averagegamer18 - February 28, 2011 5:30 p.m.

    If you think about Nintendo has already gotten hundreds of dollars out of me; and will probably get hundreds of dollars more if they keep them pokemon games coming out; but unless the 3DS gets bundled with Zelda Ocarina of time on launch; I won't be getting one. I like Professor Layton but not that much; and i agree with the first comment if the next pokemon absolutely requires the 3ds like no other way to play it than i will get one
  • AntiGimp - February 28, 2011 4:30 p.m.

    I would be totally excited about the above launch title lineup if I was eight years old. Unfortunately, Nintendogs will fail to excite me until I finally succumb to Alzheimers. Until some violent goodness gets into that handheld system, I am uninterested in giving Nintendo 250 dollars.
  • Jasman - February 28, 2011 4:16 p.m.

    The launch line-up is a little tame, so I'm gona wait for at least 6 months. I do want a DS, but I'm not desperate enough to shell out on launch day.
  • sirdilznik - February 28, 2011 4:08 p.m.

    I pre-ordered mine a long time ago so I won't need to camp out in front of GameStop or anything like that. I'm not surprised Prof. Layton is the #1 selling game on launch day in Japan. The Prof. Layton games are awesome and as noted the game selection isn't overwhelmingly large for the Japanese launch. I bet SSFIV winds up being the #1 launch game in the U.S. I know I'm getting it for sure when I get my system.
  • fffanatic1 - February 28, 2011 4:08 p.m.

    Not gonna get at all. The only thing on the DS that was worth anything was Zelda, otherwise the DS is a dumb investment for myself. The 3DS even more so.
  • ChiChiRocket - February 28, 2011 4:03 p.m.

    Living in the backwoods of the Midwest (yet still having a Gamestop) I don't expect much in the way of long lines come launch. I may not have even had to pre-order, but I'm not going to take my chances.
  • insertdisk - February 28, 2011 3:42 p.m.

    Ive not that long had my DSI XL so i shall be getting the most out of that before i even think about getting the 3ds.

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