Nintendo says it will ship about 1.5 million of its new 3D-capable handheld game players in Japan in the first month after its launch at the end of February.
That is to avoid a repeat of the shortages that plagued the earlier release of its DS player.
The 3DS is scheduled to go on sale in Europe and the US in March and Nintendo predicts its will sell four million worldwide by the end of that month.
It is the first mainstream game player to deliver 3-D images without the need for special glasses.
Nintendo is hoping the 3DS will transform the gaming market in the same way that its Wii did in 2006.
Sales have been flagging for its mainstay DS game console in the face of competition from Microsoft’s Kinect and Sony’s Move.
Nintendo recently slashing its sales guidance for the year to March 2011 by 21 percent, and net profit by 55 percent.