Of the four million 3DS systems Nintendo plans to produce in the fiscal year ending in March, Nintendo has earmarked a million and a half for Japan. According to a retailer's blog, translated by Andriasang, the portion of that allotment that will be available on launch day is just 400,000. The retailer suggests that anyone hoping to get one of those Japanese systems should pre-order one.

Nintendo has yet to reveal official launch-day numbers for other territories -- of course, these Japanese launch-day numbers are unofficial, so it has yet to reveal those as well. But if supplies are going to be so tightly constrained in the home market, expect to have to pre-order elsewhere.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.