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Japanese Gamers Have Bought Plenty of Consoles Already

Posted by James Newton

All gone?

Saturday saw the Japanese release of the Nintendo 3DS, and predictably the console sold extremely well, with newspaper Nikkei (via Andriasang) reporting the initial shipment of 400,000 units of the machine have all sold out across the country.

Shop shelves shouldn't be bare for too long though, with Nintendo promising to deliver a total of 1.5 million consoles for Japan before the end of March, with a total of 4 million machines around the world before the end of the financial.

Here's a video of the scenes that greeted the machine's launch in some electronics stores in Tokyo. You can almost hear the excitement.

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User Comments (28)




I love the excitement of a new console launching, but I'd hate to be one of the people that miss out! Thankfully that's yet to be me.



3DS said:

Holy moly gimme gimme gimme oh... Wait I am one ha ha ha



Robo-goose said:

Many months ago, I laid my 3DS doubts out, and one of them was that the 3DS would not be sold out on launch day. I'm glad that I was wrong.



bboy2970 said:

Makes me glad I got my pre-order in as early as Gamestop would take it. I was the first one to preorder at that store so there is no way I'll be one of those poor folks without one. Just 27 days to go!!!



Tails said:

Awesome that we already have over 400,000 under Nintendo's Belt. Can someone say "The 3DS Prints even more money than Wii and DS?"



TeeJay said:

The 3DS prints more money than the Wii and DS put together.

Or, at least, it will.



NGpenguin said:

I predicted so. if we have the same problem in America, i hope
Nintendo will promise us more too.



TKOWL said:

It looks more like a wait for a flu shot than a 3DS launch because of all those masks they're wearing.



NintyMan said:

Mario's going to be bumping lots of coins out of the block! Hopefully I'll be getting a 3DS myself as soon as I can.



the_randomizer said:

@ Pyrodon, They wear masks to prevent the spread of disease; Japan is a very health-conscious country. Even when they have something as simple as a cold, the will wear masks.



Rerun said:

I got mine pre-ordered. I don't know if I'll keep it or make money and sell it through eBay though . . . Hmmm . . . the capitalist side of me is taking over.



motang said:

No surprise at all, I am sure 3DS will sell out in NA, Europe, and Australia as well.



TeeJay said:

I just hope Nintendo sees how well they're selling and ships more to NA than they released to Japan. I can't pick up mine the first day; I'm planning on picking it up the next day, though, and I don't want everything to be sold out in one day.



PSICOffee said:

Yeah duh! I said this last June 2010! 4 million units means 1.5 Japan, with probably 1 million to US, 1 to UK, .5 to AU. For the states, that would mean, 333,000 for California, another 333,000 for NY, and the remaining 334,000 for the other 48 states.

Knowing there would be a shortage for sure is one of the big reasons I'm waiting for at least a few months after the official release to even consider buying this system.



TeeJay said:

@ 26

Isn't waiting a few months the same as trying to buy it and then having to wait because of a shortage? The only difference is when you preorder you actually have a chance at getting one. Waiting a few months defeats the purpose of "avoiding a shortage", because then you're doing exactly what a shortage would make you do anyway.



Robo-goose said:

He probably means that he'll avoid trying to buy it early, because he knows that there will be a shortage. That way, he won't waste his time standing in a line, only to be told that they've sold out of 3DS's.

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