Nintendo aims to ship 1.5 million 3DSs

Maker of large amounts of Wii, Nintendo said that it plans to ship about 1.5 million units of the 3D-capable handheld game players in Japan next month.

President Satoru Iwata said in an interview with the Nikkei Business Daily published on Monday said that Nintendo wants to make sure it has a continuous supply.

Nintendo lost lots of dosh when its DS versions were released in Japan and it could not keep up with supply.

The figures give an indication of how big Nintendo thinks its 3D console will do.

The 3DS is scheduled to go on sale in the United States and Europe in March and Nintendo targets to sell 4 million units worldwide by the end of that month.

It seems that it is betting the farm on a big seller after years of success with the WII, Nintendo needs a number two. Microsoft’s Kinect and Sony ‘s Move controllers have made the Wii’s motion-gaming technology less of a game stopper and tablets are dealing to Nintendo’s handheld gaming market share.

The Nikkei said Nintendo may release the 3DS in emerging markets in Asia and elsewhere where economies are growing rapidly.

Over the weekend at Nintendo World event in Tokyo was giving a lot more details on the 3DS. The first games will be Battle of the Giants: Dinosaurs 3D, Nintendogs and Cats, Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle, Puzzle Bobble 3D, Samurai Warriors: Chronicle, Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition, Ridge Racer 3D and Winning Eleven Soccer 3D

Apparently, battery life will be in the region of three to five hours while playing 3D titles, and five to eight hours while playing a standard 2D Nintendo DS or DSi title. This is around a third of the playing time users can expect from a conventional DS.

The Nintendo 3DS uses a “parallax barrier” screen, developed by Sharp, to provide a glasses-free 3D effect. Users are able to use a sliding controller to lesson or accentuate the “depth” of the image on the 800×240 pixel LCD display. As with the DS, there are two screens, the lower of which is touch sensitive. The console also has tilt sensors to allow for motion controls. The price is about £190.