The 3DS launched in Japan a little over a month ago, but already, the handheld seems to be losing a bit of steam. The deep-screened device slipped to second place in the weekly Media Create rankings
, falling behind the PSP by a margin of about 15,000 units. What's more, according to a report from Japanese news site Inside Games
, only around 836,000 3DS units have been sold in Japan so far -- a little over half of the initial Japanese shipment.
The earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan on March 11 are likely a huge contributing factor to the device's slow start, and could be tied to the lack of a strong post-launch software lineup, which is certainly hurting sales. Only one 3DS title, Namco's Pro Baseball Famista 2011
, made it into the Top 10 in software sales for the week of March 28, compared to six PSP games.