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3DS sales 'lagging behind expectations' - GameStop

Retailer says early sales momentum has slowed

Leading US games retailer GameStop says 3DS sales are lagging behind expectations following a strong launch for the platform.

Speaking in an earnings call (via Gamasutra), GameStop president Tony Bartel said: "We were very excited about 3DS when it launched. [It] was one of the highest market shares we've ever had for a Nintendo launch at 45 percent."

But he added: "I think there have been reports that the numbers are lagging from what the expectations were in the US, and I think our results will be in line with that.


"In [fiscal] Q2 [ending July], we do expect we will fall slightly short of what we expected. We were excited at the launch, but in Q2 we believe it will slightly lag [behind] our expectation."

Nintendo has acknowledged that 3DS hasn't raced out of the gates quite as it expected. The system shifted just shy of 400,000 units in its first week in the US, but it managed only 194,000 sales in April.

Nevertheless, Bartel said he expects "3DS is going to continue to be the hottest handheld platform for at least the second quarter".

[ SOURCE: Gamasutra ]