Some early reports from consumers stated that some 3DS units were suffering from the 'black screen of death' - an error message that forced some users to return their console. Nintendo has acknowledged the issue and given advice to those who have encountered the problem.
"If anyone is experiencing any problems with their Nintendo 3DS console, we recommend that in the first instance they download and install the latest system update, now available online," claimed Nintendo, in a statement given to Eurogamer.
"If the problems still persist we recommend they contact their local Nintendo Customer Service centre to investigate the problem further."
We haven't had any similar problems with our units, but it seems like the issue is widespread enough for Nintendo to comment on it - something to be aware of for those of you picking up a 3DS this Thursday.
Nintendo comments on 3DS error screen [Eurogamer]