We all knew that the 3DS was going to have an impressive debut for such a highly-anticipated device -- on that may serve as a harbinger for changing the way in which we view the limits of 3D technology -- but this is still rather impressive. Nintendo claims that it's next-gen handheld had the highest first-day sales of any handheld in history. While they haven't released the sales figures yet; IGN quotes a Nintendo rep as saying that "More details about U.S. sales numbers will be made public on April 14, when first-week U.S. sales figures will be tallied by the independent NPD Group," and that the fine folks across the pond will be working to keep up with consumer demand. Despite reported issues with loose hinges and in-game crashes, Nintendo touts the reliability of their hardware, stating that there have been "no widespread issues," and that in-game issues should be resolved with the next firmware update. This isn't exactly surprising; consoles and handhelds regularly experience issues during their first run, and it's worth noting that despite the efforts a company may make to minimize problem before launch (especially with a hyped-up device like the 3DS), precautionary measures can only go far when faced with the full-scale mass production of a new product.
On a related note, I recently experienced the wonder that is the 3DS at my local Gamestop. It's nothing if not a dazzling little machine that certainly has potential. The graphics looked sharp, and that analog stick is just lovely, though I did notice the irksome "sweet spot" that is an expected consequence of anything 3D, and I found my self a tad disoriented after playing for a few minutes, on account of what I can safely assume is eye strain. Hopefully this won't be a major issue for the system, since as always I'm hoping for the best, but I'd be curious to get everyone's input. Do you own a 3DS, and if so, have you experienced these issues? Sound off in the comments section below!