Nintendo’s 3DS game system unveiled at stores everywhere yesterday, letting gamers jump on the world’s first 3D handheld that doesn’t require goofy glasses. Early reports suggest the launch of Nintendo’s $250 3DS games system is off to a hitch-free start. A few retailers like Best Buy and GameStop even opened at midnight, allowing fans to get their 3D gaming fix early.
At nearly a dozen Best Buy stores around the country, 3DS previews started at 10 p.m. with sales beginning at 12:01 a.m. As of this writing, the Nintendo 3DS launch appears to be going smoothly. There are no reports so far of retailers selling out here in the U.S. Online retailer Amazon, which was offering a $25 credit on pre-orders of the 3DS game system reports the game system “in stock.”. On Twitter, many gamers reporter huge lines at places like Best Buy’s Union Square store in New York City, where Nintendo held an official launch event. There were reportedly no lines for the Nintendo 3DS system in other parts of the U.S.
Calling yesterday “a big day for Nintendo,” Nintendo America COO Reggie Fils-Aime described the company’s forthcoming flagship handheld as an “experience that simply doesn’t exist anywhere else, referring to the device’s ability to produce 3D images on a tiny screen without the need for special eyewear. It’ll also be the only device to couple a 3D top screen with an opposing touchscreen as well as motion-sensing technology, allowing gamers to interact with the device in multiple never-before-experienced ways.