3DS flies off shelves following Japan release28 February 2011 15:41:12
The new Nintendo 3DS handheld games console has gone on sale in Japan to unprecedented demand.
Nintendo's new console, which can display games in 3D, went on sale in Japan on Saturday (February 26th) ahead of its European launch on March 25th.
The Nihon Keizai Shimbun online edition has confirmed that Nintendo made an initial shipment of 400,000 units of the 3DS for its Japanese launch, reports andriasang.com.
It says that, as of yesterday (February 27th) these have almost entirely sold out.
Reports say queues outside major central Tokyo stores stretched to up to 900 people, some of whom had spent around ten hours waiting for the stores to open.
Nintendo has set a sales target of 1.5 million units shipped in Japan and 4 million worldwide by March 31st.
A number of games will be available with the 3DS when it launches in the UK, including The Sims 3, Lego Star Wars 3: The Clone Wars, and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars.
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