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Nintendo sells millionth 3DS in Japan

updated 10:50 pm EDT, Mon June 13, 2011

Milestone took 13 weeks to reach

Nintendo has finally sold more than one million 3DS handhelds in its native Japan. Surprisingly, the milestone was not reached until the device had been on the market for 13 weeks. Reasons for the lackluster sales performance remain unclear, though some critics cite high price and a limited number of high-profile game titles as contributing factors.

The company is attempting to bolster sales with the introduction of new games, such as Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D and Star Fox 3D, along with a Red Flare color option in Japan. A recent firmware update added a web browser and eShop support for game downloads, however users are still left to wait for features such as 3D video downloads.

The 3DS will be met with additional competition in the near future, as Sony's PlayStation Vita arrives on the market with the same $250 price tag. [via Mantan-Web]




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  1. ASathin8R

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Lack of decent titles...

    The 3DS is definitely suffering from a lack of decent titles. Hard to believe that it could launch with such a range of B-grade games.

    The 3D effect, while very cool, is also an issue. When you get slightly off-centre, while playing games, the effect is lost and the vision becomes disrupted. This happens all the time, as gamers are always going to get a little bit physical with games.

    Personally, I think Sony was wise to avoid 3D with the PS Vita. Sony might have lost the last battle (DS V. PSP), but I think it is going to win the next battle (3DS V. PSV) hands down.

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