Speaking in regards to Nintendo's plans with the 3DS, the firm's president Satoru Iwata says Japan and UK are the quickest nations to react to new trends.
"I think Japan is a nation where the whole society shifts rapidly and dramatically to what is new - maybe the quickest in the world. United Kingdom is similar to Japan in a sense that its market also reacts quickly as well," he said (via Siliconera).
"On the contrary, slower tendency can be seen in nations like Germany. And the United States, whose market is often thought of as in-depth, has so many slow reacting consumers (along with rapid ones).
"This trend can actually be seen with the gaming population expansion. While Japan once haltered in its expansion, U.S. kept continuing to expand, due to the different tendencies of each market. Thus I believe we will see a huge difference among countries on Nintendo DS sales after we actually make new proposals with Nintendo 3DS, due to price gaps between Nintendo 3DS and existing Nintendo DS family, and consumers' acceptance of it."
In the same investor session Iwata also said Nintendo is "thinking about the plan" for its next home console.
Nintendo announced its next handheld, the Nintendo 3DS, back in March, which will boast the ability to display 3D effects without the need for 3D glasses, and confirmed it will be unveiled at E3 this year.