Nintendo is taking drastic measures to save the 3DS, including an $80 price cut. But will it be enough? Here's why the Nintendo 3DS has failed to connect with gamers so far, and why a lower $170 price tag won't be enough to save it.
170 is still too expensive? uhh im currently broke not a dime to spare on anything that isn't vital and at 170 i think its a steal heck I THINK the XL is currently the same price
3DS is suffering through a drought, but I'm amazed at how people are using this to wishfully claim Nintendo's doom. Some people actually think that the product is going to be discontinued because of such a major price cut. Fact of the matter is that the games are currently not all there, and the price was too steep. The price cut is a lot more sensible now and the games are coming by the end of 2011. I don't know why people are saying the 3DS needs "saving", it's currently competing with itself and it's not like Nintendo cannot suffer through a rough patch for a bit.
there was a time when the ps3 when in a drought and look at it now sure its not seeling alot, BUT sony has rebuilt interest in the playstation brand and the ps3 itself has some of the best game. maybe i should have worded differently though and said "but sony has rebuilt interest in the brand by publishing great 1st party games to help it through the drought"
Terrible article. The author admits he hasn't tried a 3DS so how can he comment on it? And Nintendo didn't give people a reason to carry a 3DS around with them? Errm, Streetpass says Hi! Unlocking new features in games you own is a big incentive.
Yeah, Streetpass really is a great idea - I always have my 3DS with me, in sharp contrast with how often I use my PSP.
Not to mention all talk is cheep since the 3ds will be the top selling unit sold in japan this year and outpacing the ds at the same time frame.
Didnt the original DS have streetpass also...?
Nope. It's just one reason why the 3DS isn't just a 3D DS.
Nope, but I recall seeing the specs for cell phones in Japan 10 years ago that had this sort of capability, I don't know if it ever made it to market though.
Wow, if this piece is representative of this site's writing, I can honestly say it's a place to avoid. It's worse than Galaxynextdoor.com and that's saying something... That having been said, the article is filled with some of the worst opinions I've ever had the misfortune to read. This writer has no clue what it is they're talking about, having never even played a 3DS and not understanding the concept of a price drop. Honestly, STAY AWAY from this site. It's sad and pathetic crap.
to use smartphones as a reason why it isnt selling is a weak excuse but to say its a reason why "GAMERS" arent buying it is even more of a joke. You think actual gamers are going to choose smartphone fro games over a dedicated handheld come on !
I know this gamer wouldn't choose a smart phone over a dedicated handheld. Also, at $170 this device is very enticing and as soon as I have some extra money I will get one. I'm sick of even the mention of smartphones in these articles and I'm pretty sure there are millions of others like me who would rather game on a DS or NGP.
Bob-ombing? What is that? It's not in my terrible news article handbook.
because all it had going for it was the 5th re-release of a game from 1995 that though is fun is over played, as well as star fox 64 and (for me) kid Icarus....wish luigi's mansion 2 would come out for the wii and or wiiu though, be so much cooler
170$ is basically a steal at this point. The 3DS will not fail. Just wait until it gets more first party title like Star Fox 64 3D (september 9), Super Mario 3D Land (november) and Mario Kart 7 (december). To top it off, all those titles arrives before or about the same time as the PS Vita. That pricedrop, along with all those titles will give it a huge edge over the 250$ Vita which will probably won't have a lot of worthwhile launch title, if any at all (they haven't clearly mentionned when big titles like Uncharted and Killzone would come out).
The biggest reason why the 3DS isn't selling as well as it could is because a lot of people are waiting for the system to have games that they want to play on it. I'm surprised by the price drop, it makes it more enticing of a buy, but I'm still waiting to see what RPGs it gets. Every system's library starts out small, but I guess Nintendo expected more from the 3DS than the release games could provide.
the 3ds is awesome just that nintendo should have released some games with it . seriously there are like NO games to play aside from zelda everything is shovelware nothing interests me . nintendo really droped the ball on lauch. i am patient though so i can wait. really wanna check out super mario 3d land and god is gonna be like forever until that RE.revelations comes out also kid icarus looks awesome
as much as i dont care about the 3ds im pretty sure its safe to say that regardless of what the price is come christmas time every kid in america will ask there parents to buy it & it will send sales through the roof. I expect all teenagers to ask for the vita at the same time sending those sales through the roof, but we all know nintendo will outsell at christmas time.
These are the 2 reasons that i agree with the most. 1. Lack of Great Nintendo Games 2. Steep price point
you wanna know why 3ds is bombing post the differences between 3ds and the ds people think the 3ds is just another model of the ds just with a 3 added
It's still too expensive.I want new IP's and not ports of old titles,because to me 3D is still a gimmick.I'll be ready to buy it once a good chunk of original games for it are released in the near future.
Holy $hit were going to have phones with screens much bigger than 3.5 in.? Sheesh I'm going to need bigger pockets. The system itself looks great I also find it unfortunate for Nintendo that this price drop will cost them $300M, but like they've even admitted there's not that many hit titles for the console I'm also not seeing anything big third party wise that's coming out right now seriously the one good third party game coming out soon is Devil Survivor Overclocked which is a port/rerelease of the original DS version. I can only expect things to pick up this winter with the release of the 3DS Mario game also with the release of Starfox 64 in September.
some comments suggest the author never played with a 3ds, yet after he argues the price point, he clearly states he has played with the handheld. i do agree the 3ds was price too high originally and as soon as the new price kicks in, people who were on the fence will likely adopt.
oh the price drop wont save the 3ds? really? Im pretty sure i was going to be buying a 3ds on its new price date but hey if you say so i guess that means im going to be the only one end sarcasm the 3ds doesnt have a huge line up yet but let me give you 5 reasons to buy a 3ds: -Super Mario 3D -Kid Icarus: Uprising -Paper Mario 3D -Mario Kart 3D -Luigi's Mansion 2 now if your smart youll know the more the year goes on the harder it'll be to find a ds and i suspect one or 2 of these games to come out around the holidays if your waiting so day one relaunch here i come
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