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Nintendo working to avoid a Wii-like 3DS shortage

Nintendo is working hard with manufacturers to ensure there are more than enough 3DS systems to go around when it launches later this year. If you attempted to buy a Wii at any time during its first six months of availability, you'll understand why.

The Wii shortage was legendary - the system was nearly as hard to find as a Tickle Me Elmo doll, and it continued to be a challenge to track one down even months into the new year. That will apparently not be the case with the upcoming 3DS - Nintendo plans to have 1.5 million units available for the Japanese launch, significantly more than it had for the Wii. It's also more than any DS launch. Japan has previously had sell-out problems with the DS, although that hasn't been a huge issue in the US.

"It's important that we ensure a continuous supply [of the 3DS]," said Nintendo president Satoru Iwata to Japanese business source Nikkei.

When the new portable system launches in the US and Europe, Nintendo expects to sell a global total of four million units, though we don't know how many it plans to ship on launch, or the exact pricing details.

More information should come to light later this month, when Nintendo holds simultaneous events in the US and Europe to answer all of our bubbling questions.

[Source: Reuters]

Jan 10, 2011

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10 comments

  • thedonut - January 11, 2011 3:51 a.m.

    @majormoses117: Well, it also depends. Buying a 3DS could end up being an itch I want to scratch, that is if I can afford it at the time.
  • laurenhiya21 - January 11, 2011 3:39 a.m.

    somehow i doubt that will be enough...
  • bobbybroccoli - January 11, 2011 12:41 a.m.

    I hope the north americain lauch has better launch games than japan. The only ones I'd get would be super street fighter iv and or the new prof layton.
  • Life - January 11, 2011 12:06 a.m.

    Well let's hope for Nintendo that they're smart and they don't make "quite" enough for the U.S. Unavailability spurns consumer demand.
  • majormoses117 - January 10, 2011 11:53 p.m.

    @thedonut Yes, that sounds like an excellent idea. It's fair to assume that next year will be the release of the "new and improved" 3DS. I'm going to wait to see if Nintendo can deliver before I even consider purchasing the first generation 3DS.
  • thedonut - January 10, 2011 9:43 p.m.

    I think I might wait until the 3DS "Lite" to come out.
  • Robusken - January 10, 2011 9:36 p.m.

    Somehow I think there will still be shortage.
  • DonNatzi - January 10, 2011 8:32 p.m.

    Sounds good but I doubt 1.5 million units will help that much.
  • 93bleach - January 10, 2011 8:07 p.m.

    I hope they have enough on launch...because I have been a good little boy and saved up my money to pay them for their new gaming system...
  • lewis42025 - January 10, 2011 8:07 p.m.

    i never really wanted the wii, but it's shortages WERE legendary. unfortunately, i do want a 3DS and i don't believe their promise one bit...looks like i'll be getting one sometime in 2011 :/

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