The Nintendo 3DS disappointed many early customers when it launched in North America on Sunday. By Monday afternoon, there were multiple user reports of an error that is being collectively referred to as the "Black Screen of Death." Users received the following message: "An error has occurred. Hold down the POWER button to turn off the power, then turn it on and try again."

Most customers said the issue was sporadic and temporarily resolved by performing a hard reboot, while a handful claimed the issue rendered their device completely inoperable. Nintendo quickly "Nintendo worked hard to get as much product as possible to retailers on day one to meet demand, and we will continue with these efforts moving forward," the company said. Although it was quick to boast about the success of its device, Nintendo didn't share any specific sales figures. More information will be available on April 14 when NPD releases the first-week sales of the 3DS.