Japanese queue for 3DS pre-orders after shortage warning

Thursday, 20th January 2011 06:09 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Following reports that Japan will have only 400,000 3DS units at launch on February 26, instead of the promised 1.5 million, Japanese punters are taking to the streets to ensure they have a unit day one.

According to Hachimaki, between 200-300 people were queueing in Akihabra to make sure they got their names down for a 3DS.

Pre-orders for the handheld opened today, January 20.

One retailer had recommending this week that Japanese gamers act immediately when pre-orders opened.

The Japanese 3DS launches on February 26.

Nintendo said at events in New York and Amsterdam yesterday that 3DS would launch on March 25 and March 27 in Europe and the US respectively.

Thanks, Andriasang.




    They could very well be organised gangs, looking to sell overseas.

    I think most queues for major tech releases are full of such people, these days…

    Especially for Apple products.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Blerk

    Official: people are nuts.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. orakaa

    “This is madness !”

    “NO !
    SPART… erf, AKIHABARA !!!”

    #3 4 years ago
  4. OlderGamer

    In truth, this is why the PS3 is struggling.

    Japans maddness towards handhelds greatly detracts JP dev focus on consoles systems. Most of the top JP talent is making PSP/Gameboy games instead of PS3 titles.

    I have stacks of amazing, quirky, and fun games for my Saturn, Dreamcast, and PS2 – yet this gen almost none.

    Could come a time when only a few JP devs make games at all for consoles, and most of those games will prolly have the word Nintendo printed on the box.

    #4 4 years ago

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