Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has reiterated his belief that sales of the 3DS will recover, reporting expectations that the device is on the verge of crossing the three-million sales mark.
Speaking to Nikkei and later translated by Andriasang, as well as reporting that the 3DS was on the brink of passing the three million sales mark, Iwata suggested it was his belief the handheld would boast at least four million sales by April, 2012.
Specifically, Andriasang reported Iwata as commenting that thanks to the release of several high-profile games, including Mario Kart 7, "[the 3DS] has regained its vigour." If true the news will be one of the few reprieves granted to Nintendo since its last quarterly financial report.
In its latest statement Nintendo revealed a massive 70 billion yen (£576 million) loss for the quarter ending 30 September, 2011. The company's disastrous financial performance in-turn led to fresh speculation about the games industry veteran's future as a console maker.