Before the Nintendo 3DS was released on February 26 in Japan, rumors swirled that the handheld would be in short supply. Pre-orders were sold out before the console hit stores. Those hoping to make a quick buck, swooped.

And from the sound of it, they got screwed.

The ¥25,000 (US$310) Nintendo 3DS is going for around ¥20,500 to ¥22,000 on Yahoo! Auctions. Of course, that means many of those who purchased the 3DS with the sole intention of reselling it aren't even getting their money back!

This is a stark contrast to what the DS Lite fetched at its must-have frenzy.

『3DS』本体 2万円割れる日は近い テンバイヤー大損劇場はまだまだ続く [オレ的ゲーム速報@刃] [Pic: Getty]