Nintendo is yet to put figures on the launch of its 3DS, but analysts are anticipating record sales for the handheld.

"The 3DS launch in North America and Europe produced sales that Nintendo should be proud of," EEDAR's Jesse Divnich told IndustryGamers. "Given the awareness and hype over the 3DS, I'd expect week one 3DS sales to surpass week one DS sales from 2004."

DFC Intelligence's David Cole was also enthusiastic: "It is always interesting to watch supply and demand around launch. Nintendo said last week that they had record pre-orders but they expected plenty of stock and no shortages at stores.

"I think it was really down to just having a full supply where past systems there has always been trouble getting manufacturing up in time for a launch. We think it will be a very successful system.

"Nintendo forecast shipping 4m units of the 3DS through March 31. That is just a huge amount of hardware. It would be an absolute mind blowing record if they sold out of all of them in such a short time."

Cole concluded: "In other words, we could see Nintendo announcing some records soon when figures are tallied."

The delay in Nintendo releasing a statement regarding the 3DS launch has led some to believe initial sales have come in under expectations, a feeling enhanced by the fact 3DS units are readily available in stores - new hardware launches are typically always sell-outs.

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