Nintendo 3DS sells out in Japan

Nintendo's new 3D handheld console sold its 400,000 unit allocation on launch day in Japan, though the entertainment company is avoiding shortages by replenishing stock in accordance with a target of 1.5 million sales by the end of March.

The 3DS console succeeds the DS range and comes with a 3D screen viewable with the naked eye, as well as various other augmentations to the DS's hallmark dual screen setup.

There are three camera lenses - two are used in sync to take 3D photos - and in addition to the DS's directional joypad there's a slide pad as well as internal gadgetry that can measure movement and orientation, like a Wiimote or iPhone.

While Nintendo corporate president Satoru Iwata is set to deliver a keynote speech at the Game Developers Conference on Wednesday, March 2, rival manufacturer Sony has its own plans to puncture the 3DS hype-bubble.

Sony has a new handheld console in the works and is to respond to Iwata's GDC keynote with a presentation of its Next Generation Portable later the same day.

The 3DS is due for launch in Europe and South Africa on March 25, in North America on March 27, and in Australia on March 31.

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