Nintendo has never had much trouble moving large quantities of its handheld gaming system, so it's understandable why company president Satoru Iwata is so confident the 3DS will fly off store shelves. In an interview with Nikkei Business Daily, Iwata said Nintendo estimates it will ship some 1.5 million of the much anticipated consoles after it launches in Japan on February 26, 2011.
"It's important that we ensure a continuous supply," Iwata said.
Following the launch in Japan, the 3DS will land on North American and European shores in March. By the end of that month, Nintendo reckons it will have sold around 4 million 3DS units worldwide.