3DS gets huge boost as Nintendo trumps Sony again

Earlier this week Nintendo held one of its infamous conferences to announce a heap of new software for its platforms. This included some stuff for the Wii U such as downloadable content and a new system update coming next week. But what really caught my attention was how Nintendo managed to shock and thrill us with announcement after announcement of new games for the 3DS. New Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, and even Zelda titles were revealed to make buying one of Nintendo's handhelds even more tempting than it already is. So, can Sony learn from this?

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Knight_Crawler1580d ago

The NIntendo 3DS...It only prints money :)

Gamer Muzz1580d ago (Edited 1580d ago )

Doesn't it? They've sold over 3 million Wii U units so far and the Wii U was profitable from day one. It's already making them money.

Thats where Nintendo has always been wise. The gamecube for example, sold 2 million units less than the original Xbox (It came in last that Gen.), but since the console was profitable from day one, Nintendo made money from it. (Meanwhile the Xbox cost MS $5 billion by the end of it's life cycle as it was not profitable hardware)
The Wii tells the same story. Profitable from day 1. While the PS3 lost $2.3 billion it's first year and the 360 lost $1.8 billion it's first year, Nintendo reported an $8 billion profit on it's first year.
Nintendo are pros at making money. Don't let the anti Nintendo Hype fool you.

bothebo1580d ago

@ Gamer Muzz

Wrong. Nintendo has said numerous times that the Wii U is only profitable after a software sale and with a low software to owner ratio, profits may not be as big as you think.

SonyNGP1580d ago

>Pulling the Wii U card
>Obviously mad

Gamer Muzz1580d ago (Edited 1580d ago )

I stand corrected. I never have a problem admitting I'm wrong. I'd read something on the Wii U that was inaccurate so I appreciate the information.
But the other info (wii and gamecube) were accurate. We do know the Cube turned a modest profit and the Wii killed.

@ctorretta, Thanks for supplying that link. It was well received.

I'm reading now that Nintendo's fiscal year ends on March 31. For the first nine months of the year, (as of Jan. 2013) Nintendo posted $5.97 billion in revenue.
Overall, the company’s performance is an improvement from 2012. It has $160 million in net income so far, compared to a loss of $530 million in the first nine months of the previous fiscal year.
I guess we can attribute that to software and Handheld sales.

Thanks for the info guys.

fluffydelusions1580d ago

Too bad this article is about 3DS and not Wii U

Realplaya1580d ago

So question is that one piece of software per person or per hardware sold?

BullyMangler1580d ago

sure it does. but without true games for it yet (:

fact is wiiU shouldn't be selling at all rite? :)

Dj7FairyTail1580d ago

hardware units does but softwares does

RTheRebel1580d ago

coming from this guy
Ill sell my sout to SATAn for a PS4 get a hobby Sony Drone lol

Denethor_II1579d ago

>Pulling the Wii U card
>Obviously mad"

In response to the antagonistic title, titled, '3DS gets huge boost as Nintendo trumps Sony again'.
I think one is entitled to bring up the point of the latest range of Nintendo hardware not doing so well.

Bob Dole1579d ago


Why would you try to greentext on n4g? It makes you look silly.

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chrismichaels041580d ago

It becomes a pathetic attemp to flame bait when the writer needs to name drop Sony in the title of a Nintendo article just to gets views. If the writer wants to praise Nintendo for doing good work with the 3DS, that's fine. But the minute they have to name drop Sony, they just prove how bitter and biased they are. Even worse are some of the people on here that use this as an excuse to start a fanboy war. I own both a Vita and a 3DS and i think both are entertaining. Just because you prefer one over the other doesn't mean it's better then the other. It all comes down to preference and personal tastes.

smashcrashbash1580d ago

Very well said.No doubt some zealous Nintendo fanboys rushed to bring in this flamebait. And then when anyone says anything against the Wii U and praises the next gen consoles they want to cry and stomp their feet about how cruel Sony fanboys are. 'The 3DS stomps Sony VITA. Ha ha ha'. And if I say. 'I think the Wii U is not going to have a chance against the PS4 or next Xbox' instantly the disagrees pile in and the crying starts about how I am a clueless Sony and/or Microsoft fanboy.

FriedGoat1580d ago

I dont really care about sales, i've been enjoying luigis mansion these past weeks and loving it. But overall I have alot of games for vita and 3DS sold most of the 3DS ones. Vita is hands down more enjoyable for me, games are longer with more content and just generally more varied and fun. The DS had much better Nintendo games, Mario 64 DS>3D land Mario Kart DS>mariokart 7 and so on. its only just starting to feel like nintendo isnt rushing out short games since the drought at beggining of launch. sales are all well and good, but for someone that has/had over 20 games for each console, i know which one was worth the money.

MikeMyers1579d ago


That is true. The media is partially to blame for the way fanboys act on forums. We don't need this endless product A is better than product B style of journalism where we have to have a winner and a loser.

YoloSwag1579d ago

But the moment Nintendo gets attacked in favour of Sony it's ok right?

chrismichaels041579d ago

@yoloswag..... Where in my statement did you see me say it was ok for Sony fans to attack a Nintendo product? In fact, i defended nintendo in my comment. Once again, someone feels the need to make this about Sony instead of just focusing on Nintendo. Thank you for proving my point about bitter and biased people in these forums.

SoundGamer1579d ago

That's true, but unfortunately, that's an easy way that they get readers/hits.

If the article didn't have that title and was something more like, "The 3DS Gets a Huge Boost," you can bet a lot less people would have clicked on it.

Hits = Advertisers and sponsors who help to keep sites running.

It's a vicious cycle.

BullyMangler1579d ago

mnno the vita aint as comfy as a 3DS , not to mention the xL < fact

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Satirical1579d ago

Why do you have so many disagrees for merely stating fact? Some certain people are just really insecure or jealous I guess...

mcstorm1579d ago

This can't be true as its all doom and gloom about Nintendo at the moment.

IM glad the 3ds is selling well and im sure the Wiiu sales will pickup. I have a Wiiu and it is lacking 1st party games but if you look at zombie, mariou, Lego city and Nintendo land you can see what can be done to make it stand out from the other consoles.

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-Mika-1580d ago

To each his own. I personally still think the 3ds lineup is weak. The problem with Nintendo is that they make games for nintendo fans. They don't try to make games that appeal to other users outside their fanbase. I would love a new first person metroid,eternal darkness or a new rpg like the project rainfall games. This is why my vita been getting alot of playtime. Sony knows how to make a varity of different games to appease their fanbase. Even though it doesn't have the largest libary. It been gettting so much playitme out of me. This is why I love my vita and outside of braverly default. I won't be playing any other 3ds game this year. Unless something is annouce that appeal to me.

Nodoze1580d ago

So should they make games for Sony fans? Your comment is a bit ridiculous. There is room for 2 handheld platforms both tailored to their core audiences. Do you really think that Nintendo is suddenly going to shift gears and make a Call of Duty clone??

Nintendo is fine doing what they are doing.

Tei7771580d ago

"To each his own"... I'm sure Mika was just explaining her personal preference. If Nintendo could improve in one department would be diversifying in their 1st party portfolio, with all the money they made off the wii they could invest in new studios.

Sonys problem is quantity and the fact that all their best teams work on consoles only whereas Ninteno's go between console+handheld hence the universal quality control. Almost everything release on the Vita has been outsourced and the PSP's best developer ready at dawn has moved to ps4 now. But do agree that their limited 1st party line is more balanced then nintend's but they need more then just 3 big titles to carry through a whole year (Soul Sacrifice, Killzone, Tearaway)

profgerbik1580d ago (Edited 1580d ago )

Why would they make a clone of CoD? CoD has been on almost every Nintendo system just like any other.

It was even on the 3DS also, So what point is there in you bringing up CoD? Only idiots would agree with a statement that has literally no weight.

Mika didn't say they should make games for a specific fan, Mika was just saying they should appeal to more people than just their fans..

NukaCola1579d ago

The handheld line up for both Vita and 3DS are great but small. But both are increasing with amazing games so whatever to any idiotic naysayers.

DivineAssault 1580d ago (Edited 1580d ago )

I wouldnt say its weak but its definitely over rated.. 3DS has some good games out but its got a yr on vita.. Vita has plenty of time to get more games rolling in & the greatest ones havent even came out yet.. Its a better machine than 3ds & has better features but 3ds has more games & thats whats most important to ppl.. That wont last forever though, vita still hasnt dropped its price outside of japan & PS4 connectivity will boost it up..

I like my vita better than 3ds but thats just me.. Most parents buy a 3ds for their kids rather than a vita so the demographics are too different for comparisons like this.. Japan has way better games than us westerners do.. Another advantage 3DS has over vita is the BC with DS titles.. Vita is all new & so will the PS4.. That actually hurts em but the fight isnt over yet & the new & improved sony will climb back on top of the game.. Just wait until devs play around with the new hardware & features both PS4 & PSV have together..

darthv721580d ago

what has time got to do with this? time has no bearing on what is most important. that is "appeal". Games appeal differently to people. It isnt the specs or when it was released.

Those are irrelevant topics that get brought in to throw people off the main subject of appealing games. TBH, some of the most appealing games in society as well as gaming history were not the bleeding edge high tech driven ones people think about.

Simple good ole' fashioned FUN is the reason why some games appeal more than others. Whoever is holding the FUN card has the edge. I will say though, FUN is a subjective term but more often than not it is universal in that if you are having fun playing the game (regardless of genre or platform) then you can say its a FUN game.

lilbroRx1580d ago

So you dismiss the 3DS's success as having a year over the vita.

Yet, I doubt you dismiss the PS3/360's success as having 7 year's over the Wii U.

Kalowest1580d ago

Having better features doesn't mean anything DS>PSP.