If Nintendo’s listening to the analysts, the firm must be pretty happy with the words coming from their mouthes concerning its latest handheld. Janco Partners analyst Mike Hickey expects Nintendo to ship over eight million 3DS this year to western audiences.
“We’re assuming Nintendo can sell-in 8.17 million 3DS units to the Americas and Europe through the company’s fiscal ’12 period (March ending),” he said.
“We believe initial sales of the 3DS will be amazingly successful when you consider a global addressable market of nearly 150 million and 65 million DS and PSP installed bases, respectively.”
“We also anticipate an elevated buzz environment surrounding a glasses free 3D experience; combinated with initial supply shortages and a strong line up of launch games that will likely appeal as much to adults as to the traditional pacifier wielding DS player.”
The 3DS will launch on March 25th in Europe on the 27th of the same month in the U.S.