Nintendo To Ship 4 Million 3DS By End Of March

Nintendo expects to ship around 1.5 million 3DS consoles within the first month of its launch in Japan, a report released on Monday revealed.

Speaking at the Nintendo World Event in Japan, company president Satoru Iwata said that the company also plans to sell a further 2.5 million across the world by the end of March and a combined 4 million by the end of its FY 2011.

According to a recently released specs sheet, the console, which will allow users to play 3D games without the need to wear special glasses, will have a 3-5 hour battery life when the 3D mode is turned on.

When the 3D mode is turned off, the device will have a battery life of 5-8 hours - considerably poorer than Nintendo's DS Lite and DSi handheld systems.

The company has also warned that the device should not be played in the 3D mode by kids who are below 10 years of age as it could damage the development of their eyes.

Commenting on the issue, Iwata, said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal: “We are being proactive about informing our customer, even though it may not necessarily be positive for our sales.”

The 3DS is set for launch in Europe and the US this March.