Nintendo 3DS Sells Over 400,000 In First Week Of American Launch

Nintendo’s 3DS handheld gaming device sold 440,000 units in the first week of its US launch, the Japanese gaming giant said.

The 3DS ,which is retailing for $250 in the US, allows users to play 3D games without the need to wear special glasses. The device also features touch screen internet and Wi-Fi capabilities.

Nintendo is also planning to launch an update for the 3DS that will bring a revamped web browser and Netflix’s movie streaming services to the popular gaming console.

According to Bloomberg (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-04-14/nintendo-says-3ds-u-s-debut-has-great-start-citing-npd-1-.html), Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime said that the company had sold 860,000 DS units in March, which include the latest 3DS and three older DS models. Files-Aime was citing statistics provided by market research firm NDP Group.

“We had a great start to the Nintendo 3DS, and portables overall had their best March in history,” Fils-Aime said in an interview. The company also revealed that its Pokemon Black and Pokemon White video games had sold a record 2.5 million units in March, dominating much of the video game software sales.

Nintendo first became famous in the US when it released the NES in 1985.