The first sales numbers for the 3DS are in, and they’re a little underwhelming. During the handheld’s first week in Japan, it only managed to move 836,000 units. This number is pretty low, considering the DS and DS Lite had first week sales over a million. However, analysts are backing away from complete doom and gloom regarding the system, as the Sendai earthquake surely impacted sales in both the affected region, and in areas where portable gaming was not the chief concern.
What will be more telling will be the US sales numbers, which we should have in the coming days. Since the US has had no natural disasters recently, the 3DS sales here and in Europe should be the best indication of how well early adopters have taken to Nintendo’s latest handheld.