Retailers happy with US 3DS launch

Tuesday, 29th March 2011 07:38 GMT By Johnny Cullen

US retailers have said they’re happy with the recent launch of Nintendo 3DS, but stores have confirmed they haven’t sold out.

Specialist retailer GameStop told GameSpot that it was “very pleased” with the reaction to the handheld.

Mainstream store Target said it still had “strong inventory levels.”

Key software sellers for the chain were Super Street Fighter IV, Pilotwings Resort, and Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars, with the big accessory sellers being the Explorer Starter Kit and the Clean and Protect Kit

Toys R Us said that its “very strong partnership with Nintendo” enabled it to stock most systems to meet demand “in most of our stores.”

It wouldn’t go into specifics, unlike Target, on games or accessories, but said that its buy one, get one half-off offer was doing well, as was its trade-in offer for older DS models.

Nintendo launch 3DS on Sunday in the US following a UK and European release on Friday.



  1. FrankieDF

    I was actually quite surprised when our store only sold fifteen within the first few hours of opening, then only a few more in the following few hours.
    Later, I went by my local wal-mart and they had HEAPS of the things. The employees were talking about the sales being lower than expected.
    I can’t particularly explain it.
    Is it the price point?

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Robo_1

    I think the price pushes it just out of the reach of the more casual orientated audience they’ve fostered with the 3DS. I think it’s also down to a less than spectacular launch line up, which whilst not a disaster, doesn’t have any clear must haves.

    Then there’s the poor battery life, the fact that the software isn’t finished yet (no web browser or store) and Nintendo’s history with the DS of pushing out new revisions of their hardware on a bi-yearly basis.

    All of that combined is probably stopping people from rushing out for it, even though I must admit, I thought the 3D effect would have fired people up a little more.

    It’s a great piece of tech though, and regardless of where the platform is in a years time, it’s a sound investment right now.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. SOMI

    Because it’s a piece of shit that’s why.

    #3 4 years ago

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