The Japanese launch of the Nintendo 3DS took place this past weekend on February 26th, and earlier this week Japanese media giant Enterbrain estimated that Nintendo's initial shipment of 400,000 handhelds to retailers across the country had just plain sold out before the weekend was through. The online edition of Enterbrain's gaming magazine Famitsu mostly confirms this, pinning the actual 3DS sales figure to around 371,326 units during the first two days on the market.
Enterbrain believes the remainder of Nintendo's initial 400,000 unit shipment accounted for how several major Japanese electronics retailers were able to quickly restock the 3DS in stores, despite the initial buzz reporting the handheld had already sold out at retail by the end of launch day.
Considering its beefy launch pricing, the 3DS sales figure during opening weekend compared favorably to its predecessors. It took 4 days for the original DS handheld to sell 441,485 units in Japan back in 2004, while unit sales for the DSi and DSi LL (the most recent iterations of the DS handheld) reached 170,779 and 103,524, respectively, after two days.
Meanwhile, Famitsu also confirms the best-selling 3DS launch title was (perhaps unsurprisingly) Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle with sales of a handsome 117,598 units. Level-5 president Akihiro Hino previously remarked to Nintendo president Satoru Iwata that he would "bet on" the 3DS, and it looks like his bets are already paying off this early into the 3DS life cycle.