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Nintendo 3DS sales take an unexpected dip

Sales of the 3DS have not met Nintendo's expectations since the handheld's first week on sale. Nintendo President Satoru Iwata addressed the issue during an investor briefing in Tokyo on Tuesday, “Nintendo 3DS has not been selling as expected since the second week [of availability in the United States and Europe], and this is not just in the Japanese market but also in the United States and Europe, where no direct impact from the great earthquake has occurred.”

3.6 million 3DS units have been sold to date. It receivedmixed reviewsfrom the press, partly for what was perceived as a weak launch line-up of games. Iwata echoed the sentiment in the briefing, “I think this could change if some compelling software comes out, but I am frankly surprised at the tepid reaction... I truly thought that the fanboys would snap these up at any price.”


Apr 27, 2011

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