With so much hype surrounding the 3DS since it’s big unveiling back in June of E3, it likely comes as no surprise that pre-orders for the Nintendo 3DS has reached the top selling spot at GameSpot. This is one step closer to worldwide shortages that some analysts have predicted. Although Nintendo was optimistic in revealing that around 4 million 3DS units would be shipped worldwide at launch, that number isn’t nearly as big as it sounds. To put it in perspective, Japan is getting 1.5 million of those 3DS units. When Dragon Quest IX was released, for the Nintendo DS, around 2.3 million game copies sold within 1 week. It went on to sell another 1.5 million copies in the following 9 weeks. It’s safe to say that the general Japanese population is more excited about the 3DS as a whole then they are specifically about Dragon Quest, though they do love their JRPG’s. If every Dragon Quest fan in Japan wanted a Nintendo 3DS at launch, there wouldn’t be enough for everyone.
The Nintendo 3DS being such a high seller at GameStop means there’s a lot of interest, in the US, for the system also. Another thing to note is that the Nintendo 3DS has not even been fully advertised yet. Word of mouth and general coverage, from media sites like Examiner, are the main source of “advertising” for the system. Once Nintendo starts heavily pushing their system through direct advertisements, like on TV and on websites, you can safely bet the 3DS will potentially sell out in pre-orders before release day, like it did in Japan. Since the 3DS has been better received than the Wii before launch, and the Wii sold out fast anyways, there’s almost a guaranteed shortage coming soon.
If you plan on obtaining a Nintendo 3DS this year, I highly suggest you pre-order it. There’s a solid list of upcoming games in developement, though how solid depends on personal preference. Though the release dates for most are tentative, if you see enough that interest you this year, then it would be worth considering the purchase if you leaning towards getting one anyways. If you’re not interested in any of the upcoming games, then sitting out this hectic launch may be the best option. Regardless, the 3DS will likely have no trouble staying sold out through Christmas, so if you want to guarantee that you’ll get one, be sure to pre-order soon before pre-orders potentially sell out.
The 3DS is set to be released on March 27th of this year, in the United States. You can pre-order it online in Cosmo Black or Aqua blue. If you live in Seattle, be sure to check out your local GameStop (click here for a map) if you’re interested in pre-ordering one. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment or email me at [email protected]