Nintendo launched their new 3DS portable gaming system in Japan just yesterday, and it seems the Japanese have been more than anxious to get their hands on the new hardware. According to Nikkei, the first shipment of the device has already been sold out, so there's a second batch now on its way.
The Nintendo DS has always been a very popular system in Japan. Game publishers, like Square Enix, have had a lot of use for the system's different capabilities, allowing them to introduce features like the Tag Mode in Dragon Quest IX. Now that Nintendo is taking things up a few levels with the 3DS, they had no trouble attracting early adopters.
Nikkei reports that Nintendo shipped 400,000 units of the 3DS for its February 26 launch in Japan. Nearly all of these were purchased during the first 24 hours of release. Retailers had to open up shop an hour earlier so that those who pre-ordered can get their units immediately.
The Yodobashi Camera outlet located at otaku district, Akihabara, for instance, had a line of about 200 people during the midnight before the big launch. By 7:45AM, this line had already grown to 500-600. The shop stocked 1,000 units for those who pre-ordered, plus a thousand more for the rest who didn't. By 9:30AM, the staff announced that they have been sold out.
So far, the launch came with eight titles for the 3DS - Nintendogs + cats, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, Combat of Giants Dinosaur 3D, Ridge Racer 3D, Samurai Warriors Chronicle, Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition, Winning Eleven 3D and Puzzle Bobble 3D. Staff at Yodobashi Camera told Famitsu.com that Professor Layton, Street Fighter IV, Winning Eleven, and Ridge Racer were very popular with the early adopters.
Fortunately, those that didn't muscle their way into the lines and crowds won't have to wait that long. A second shipment is already on its way, although there's no specific date for its arrival. According to another Japanese retailer, they'll have some by Sunday.