Tokyo – Nintendo sold out of its initial stock of 400,000
3DS handheld game systems in Japan during the device’s launch there over the
weekend, according to reports.
A large number of the these units were sold via
pre-order, with retailers now taking pre-orders for a second shipment of the 3DS,
which features a glasses-free 3D display.
Nintendo expects to sell 1.5 million
3DS units by the end of March, just in Japan.
The device is slated to go on
sale in Europe on March 25, and in the U.S. on March 27. Nintendo said it hopes
to sell a total of 4 million 3DS units worldwide by the end of March.