If the weekend’s release of the 3DS in Japan is anything to go by, Nintendo are going to be a whole lot better off at the end of their fiscal year. Confirmed by Adriansang, the 3DS sold its entire 400,000 units in 24 hours with another shipment arriving yesterday morning to appease the hordes of gamers who missed out. In total, Nintendo plans to ship 1.5 million systems to Japan before March 31st and 3.5 million to the rest of the world. It’s highly probable if not a certainty that come April 1st, the 3DS would have already hit the 4 million mark and continue selling out for the rest of the year.
So Nintendo are happy and first impressions seem all positive too, especially for all those who have R4 cards. Those scurvy pirates managed to get the infamous hacking device to work on the 3DS within hours of it going on sale. But since the system is backwards compatible and the R4 works by tricking the device into thinking its a real DS cart, it was inevitable really. New 3DS games are still safe from the evil ways of R4 for the time being.
Apart from that little hiccup, all’s well with Nintendo’s new baby right? No. A group on Facebook (via Destructoid) is urging people to boycott the 3DS due to their belief that it uses material mined by downtrodden workers in Congo led by armed rebel groups. A spokesman from the Enough Project who started the movement said: “allowing people to die and suffer grave human rights abuses for the sake of video game console production. What I am asking you to do is to refuse to buy a Nintendo 3DS system until Nintendo announces plans to halt use of conflict minerals in production — and this can only happen through monitoring of trade systems. I am not in any way opposed to the 3DS itself — I actually think it’s one of the coolest things I’ve never seen in person. But I am not going to be one of the millions who looks the other way purely for entertainment, and I hope you will join me.”
It should be noted that the organisers do not have any proof that Nintendo are using the materials of which they are accused so you really have to make your own mind up on that one. Before I bin my pre-order, I would like to have a bit more evidence but still wish the Enough Project all the best as their overall cause does seem for the greater good.