Nintendo 3DS Breaks Sales Record, Wii 2 Won’t Do 3D?

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You really, really love the Nintendo 3DS, apparently enough to make it Nintendo’s fastest selling handheld ever. Not the fastest selling games console ever, mind you, but still pretty impressive for a company with nearly a dozen mobile gaming flavors on the books since the chubby gray-on-green-screen Game Boy debuted back in 1989.

“U.S. day-one sales numbers for Nintendo 3DS were the highest of any Nintendo handheld system in our history,” said Nintendo in a statement.

And that’s about all they said, though adding they’ll talk more come April 14, when NPD Group publishes its monthly retail games sales report

Last Sunday’s U.S. 3DS launch came just weeks after the Japanese earthquake, tsunami, and grueling nuclear plant ordeal that’s still afflicting the country. A recentĀ 3DS teardown discovered mostly Japanese-made internal bits and bobs, which given predicted slow-ups in Japanese tech-sector manufacturing, puts Nintendo’s supply-chain at risk.

Despite that, Nintendo says it “worked hard to get as much product as possible to retailers on day one,” and that it’s continuing to work all-out to keep 3DS inventory flowing.

But can it keep the 3D craze going? For all the 3DS’s early accolades, it sounds like Nintendo’s not committing to 3D everywhere just yet. Speaking to CNN on Saturday, Nintendo America president Reggie Fils-Aime dismissed questions about the company’s Wii followup and 3D support.

“Glasses-free [3D] is a big deal,” said Fils-Aime. “We’ve not said publicly what the next thing for us will be in the home console space, but based on what we’ve learned on 3D, likely, that won’t be it.”

Who’s complaining? I’m no fan of 3D movies (with or without glasses) and won’t have the coin to snag a pricey 3D TV for years. It’s frankly hard enough getting the 3DS’s no-glasses 3D effect to line up with my eyeballs, absentĀ bolting the handheld (and my head) to something else (like an anvil) to keep it rock steady.

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