A lack of compelling software is behind slowing 3DS sales in Japan, according to Team Ninja boss Yosuke Hayashi.
Although Nintendo's new portable made a strong start in the country, it wasn't long before ageing rival PSP returned to the top of the weekly hardware sales rankings, and Hayashi believes this is due to the greater variety of software available for Sony's handheld.
"I believe the 3DS is a powerful console and it's only been a short amount of time since it has been released," the Dead or Alive Dimensions producer told us during a recent interview.
"In Japan, I feel that there isn't enough software that can drive up the sales of the console. There's a flow where people are looking towards the PSP where there is much more variety."
However, Hayashi isn't concerned about the 3DS's future outlook.
""We see the potential in the 3DS and believe that once there are more games that can satisfy customers more people will start to realise the full potential of the console, so it's still early days and we're not worried about the future at the moment."
Earlier this month, Hayashi revealed Ninja Gaiden 3 will feature a 'complex multiplayer mode'.