Nintendo claims that its first day sales of its new 3D hand-held – released Sunday – have exceeded expectations. Further, Nintendo says that the 3DS achieved the "highest ever" day-one US sales total of any Nintendo handheld released to date. While the company made this claim, it did not release actual numbers. Are they putting a brave face on 3DS first-day sales or did something amazing happen at retail?
We won’t know until April 14, when first-week US sales figures will be released by NPD Group. Of course, since NPD does not share those numbers with the media anymore, we will have to rely on Nintendo to supply the final tally of those first day sales.
"Nintendo worked hard to get as much product as possible to retailers on day one to meet demand, and we will continue with these efforts moving forward," a Nintendo rep. told Eurogamer.
Earlier this month Nintendo claimed record-breaking pre-order numbers and feedback from retailers suggested that sales of the system here and in Europe were "brisk."