Nintendo 3DS Sets Record First-Day Sales

It appears demand for the new Nintendo 3DS has met, and exceeded, expectations. Nintendo announced today that the 3D gaming device sold more units in the first day than any handheld system in the company’s history.

"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 statement said.

Specific first-week sales figures will not be made available to the public until April 14. However, with a retail price of $249 and Nintendo’s expectation of selling 4 million units by March 31st, one could reasonably guess that the figures will exceed $996 million.

The Nintendo 3DS went on sale in the United States on Sunday, March 27th, two days behind the UK and a month behind Japan. The glasses-free 3D gaming device has performed well in every market, selling out in Japan in the first weekend.

The new unit is not without its problems, however. Some 3Ds owners are reporting “a black screen of death,” while others are dissatisfied with the unit’s short battery life and small library of new, original games. The online game store also hasn’t launched yet (though Nintendo promises it is coming soon) and users are unable to access the updates that would allow them to surf the Internet, watch Netflix movies and send messages to friends.

Still, those are the issues that typically come with buying a hot, new gadget early and many gamers swear the 3Ds is worth the temporary hassles.

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