The Nintendo 3DS hit shelves in the US last week and Allante was able to report on the event from both the retail and analyst side of things. It was very exciting to have one of the devices on our set last week and some of the features are worth spending the money for. So much so, in fact, that day-one sales were record-breaking for Nintendo.
U.S. day-one sales numbers for the Nintendo 3DS were the highest of any Nintendo handheld system in our history.
Nintendo hasn't released official numbers but that first-week sales will be delivered when NPD releases their March report for the industry. The need to play and enjoy 3D content without glasses has definitely gained popularity in recent weeks, and consumers seemed to agree by spending $250 and scooping up these 3DS systems in droves.
We were curious if the 3DS really was successful after seeing them available online and in stores after launch day, but Nintendo claims that they had more than enough product ready for this, unlike during the Wii launch. We were surprised by this considering how little advertisement we saw prior to launch day.
For more on the success, plus news of thinking with an object that alludes to the article title, follow the break.
Nintendo is very proud of this achievement in business and they want you to know about it. They report that the launch has outsold that of the Nintendo Game Boy and DS, and as soon as we get the actual numbers, we will be sure to let everyone know how well they truly did.
We also figured it would do well, as we didn't hear of any serious errors or flaws in the hardware or operation, other than that of their security being hacked but then quickly fixed. However, this week some users are reporting errors like the system simply crashing upon loading a game. We have yet to experience this with our own device here at the show, but with any hardware you should always expect some sort of failure rate. However, Nintendo does state that their rate of hardware failure has not been high and in fact, has been very low for the 3DS.
The number of calls and e-mails received by our customer support center is well below the rate experienced during past hardware launches, and there are no widespread issues. As always, people who have questions or comments about Nintendo 3DS or any Nintendo products can visit our support Web site or call 800-255-3700.
We will of course keep you posted of any big glitches on this ground-breaking handheld console but until then we have some exciting side-note news. Valve will be creating Left 4 Dead for the 3DS! Yes, for a Nintendo product. Now we can kill zombies in 3D glory and watch Louis consume way too many pills that are around here. That is, of course, if you haven't put him up for The Sacrifice.