Nintendo's latest generation of handheld consoles were recently launched in Japan to a great start, with the company reporting an initial shipment of 400,000 and Enterbrain annoucing an estimate of 371,326 sold. Despite the popularity of the 3DS, complaints are arising with regards to eyestrain in just five minutes of usage in 3D mode. Additionally, even though it was recently launched, the device has purportedly been cracked to run copied DS games easily.
Nintendo's latest generation of handheld consoles were recently launched in Japan to a great start, with the console maker reporting an initial shipment numbering 400,000 units. Due to be released in the West on 27 March, the company expects worldwide sales to hit four million by the end of this fiscal year.
Estimates by Enterbrain (a Japanese magazine publisher) indicates that only 371,326 units were sold. Reuters has also reported a slump in Nintendo's stock over the sales figures, which may indicate investors feeling unimpressed by the launch.
And yet despite the huge popularity of the 3DS, complaints are arising from significant numbers of users about eyestrain within five minutes of usage. This is despite the company's own official health advisory of a ten to fifteen minute break every hour for non-3D usage, and for the touted 3D mode, thirty minutes is necessary to warrant a break.
Needless to say, Nintendo supporters are hoping that these users are only the vocal minority. Otherwise, it could suggest a intrinsic fatal flaw to the 3DS, which would have Sony supporters celebrating.
Whether or not the 3DS faces a bleak future in sales, despite being merely available for days, the device has purportedly been cracked to run copied DS games without fuss, with video evidence embedded below. (Note : The 3DS is backwards compatible with legit DS game cards.)
3DS with Ninjapass, a device that enables users to play stored DS games.3DS with Codefreak, a device that enables cheats, running a GBA game.3DS with Codefreak, this time running a DS game.