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3DS has best ever Nintendo handheld launch

nintendo-3dsThe Nintendo 3DS had the best U.S. launch of any handheld the game company has ever released, according to a statement today.

“U.S. day-one sales numbers for the Nintendo 3DS were the highest of any Nintendo handheld system in our history,” a company representative told CNET today. Though Nintendo didn’t release actual sales figures, the company said that first-week sales will be available from research firm NPD when it announces its March industry revenue findings next month.

Nintendo launched the 3DS in the U.S. on Sunday for $249. The device, which allows users to play 3D games without the need for special glasses, was readily available online and in some stores around the U.S. following the launch, prompting some to wonder whether Nintendo enjoyed the same kind of success in North America as it did in Japan. The handheld reportedly sold out in Japan during its first weekend of availability.

The achievement shouldn’t be taken lightly. The device’s launch has outpaced some of the bestselling game handhelds ever released, including the Nintendo Game Boy, the Nintendo DS, and many others. Nintendo revealed earlier this year that it sold more than 47 million DS units in the U.S. alone since that platform’s launch in 2004. The 3DS seems well on its way to matching its predecessor.

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