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'Smooth start' for Nintendo 3DS as sales hit 3.6m

Platform holder falls short of 4m prediction

The Nintendo 3DS has sold 3.61 million units since its launch last month, Nintendo has confirmed.

Although falling short of the company's initial four million prediction, Nintendo describes this as a "smooth start" for the handheld.


Nintendo sold 303,000 3DS units across Europe and 113,000 units in the UK during the new portable's first two days on sale.

The platform holder also confirmed it's shifted 9.43m 3DS games in the month since launch, which suggests a better attach rate for the portable than some analysts have suggested.

In the last year Nintendo sold 15.08m Wii units and 17.52m DS consoles, it said.

The company this morning posted a 66 per cent drop in net income for the year ending March 31, 2011, while predictably confirming it will show a new home console at E3 in June.