Nintendo 3DS expected to sell 200,000 units in three days

Nintendo UK's Marketing Manager is bullish on his company's new handheld ahead of the European launch on March 25 and dismisses Sony's attempt to make 3D TV a mainstream phenomenon.

"In one weekend we'll sell more 3DS units than all the 3D TVs sold in the entire past year - so we really are bringing 3D to the masses," James Honeywell told games business site MCV.

The manufacturer has logged 140,000 pre-orders, with online distributor Amazon and nationwide supermarket Tesco daring to offer the glasses-free 3D handheld for under £180 (€205) - considerably less than the initial £219 (€250) guide price.

Sales tracker Media Create registered 375,000 sales during the 3DS's opening weekend in Japan. It goes on sale in North America on March 27.

A strong opening is vital as the iPad 2 comes out in Europe on the very same day.

Apple's upgraded tablet is thought to have sold nearly one million units during its debut weekend in North America.

 

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