Tomorrow morning Japan time, Nintendo is launching the successor to the Nintendo DS, the Nintendo 3DS. Getting a Nintendo DS on launch day back in 2004 was not a problem. The 3DS could prove more difficult. Crud.
Back in 2004, Nintendo was coming off the disastrous GameCube. Rumors swirled that the company was going to be bought up by Microsoft, and the house that Mario built had seen better days. There was buzz around the DS, but it was nowhere near the fervor that hit a few years later before the DS Lite was released (in early 2006, American DS units were re-imported to Japan in order to satisfy the demand). On launch day, I easily walked in to Yodobashi Camera in Osaka's Umeda in the early evening and left with a DS, no problem. Unthinkable with the DS Lite's launch!