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Nintendo 3DS Sells 371K In Japan After Two Days

Nintendo 3DS Sells 371K In Japan After Two Days

February 28, 2011 | By Eric Caoili

February 28, 2011 | By Eric Caoili
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Debuting in Japan over the weekend, the Nintendo 3DS moved 371,326 units in just two days, while top-selling 3DS launch game Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle sold 117,589 copies during the same amount of time.

Japanese consumer site Famitsu, which published the numbers, previously recorded four-day sales of 441,485 units for the original DS and 67,653 for DS Lite, and two-day sales of 170,779 for DSi and 103,524 for DSi XL/LL. The original PSP sold 166,074 systems on its launch day, while PSP-2000 and 3000 shifted 263,538 and 155,720, respectively, in their first four days.

Nintendo initially stocked shops in Japan with more than 400,000 3DSes, and most locations quickly cleared their shelves on the first day, according to a report from Nihon Keizai Shimbun translated by Andriasang.

The platform holder will provide around 1.5 million systems to Japanese retailers within a month of the 3DS' launch, and is already sending out its next shipment.

The 3DS launched alongside eight games in Japan: Nintendo's Nintendogs + Cats (three editions), Level-5's Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle, Capcom's Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition, Tecmo Koei's Samurai Warriors: Chronicles, Taito's Bust-A-Move Universe, Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer 3DS, Ubisoft's Combat of Giants and Ridge Racer 3D.

Though Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle will not release with the 3DS in North America (March 27) or Europe (March 25), Nintendo, which publishes the puzzle series in the West, will have two additional first-party games in the system's launch roster, Steel Diver (North American launch only) and Pilotwings Resort, to accompany Nintendogs + Cats.

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