Nintendo are going to drop the price of the 3DS in time for the Vita launch, with Sony putting a lot of resources and hope behind Vita, will Nintendo ruin their plans?
strategic move no doubt, i myself will be buying a 3ds when the price drops what a bargin 33% drop in price is a hammerblow
I think it's a stupid move. It's way to early to counter the PSV which has no release date. The price drop is too low, and now more price drops are nearly impossible without causing Nintendo to lost money. The new price kills off the old DS stock, or causes them to be so cheap, everyone just gets an old DS and forgets about the 3DS. This is just bad business and I don't see the logic in it at all. EDIT; Disagreers, please explain why? This is a good topic, and I would like to hear your actual thoughts.
@jacen. 'i myself will be buying a 3ds when the price drops' You say it yourself. now if everybody thinks like you do then 3DS will be a flop until Vita comes to save 3DS. Sony can easy delay one year more.
why would they buy the old ds when the 3ds is so cheap??
3DS still doesn't have any games...
Seriously, stop being fanboys...Nintendo 3DS will be $169 with new Mario titles. Vita will have a $249 and $299 price tag....PS3 has a $299 price tag with UNCHARTED 3 out this holiday and unfortunately COD will be massive. Vita has what game to sell it besides a promise? Apple iPad will sell this holiday too. 3DS will outsell Vita but worldwide both will do nice numbers. Seriously, stop being fanboys! and if sony only launches in japan this holiday and wait till 2012 (ipad 3, iphone 5, maybe a 3DS redesign) then get ready for n4g damage control...lol.
It's a good way to entice consumers, but price wasn't the problem gamers has with the device. Price was a major complaint, a Nintendo handheld or console for that matter should never be as much as the competition since it's clear that they want to stay a generation behind with their tech. Which is fine if you're going to do that, but don't ask for a premium price with 5 year old tech (in terms of consoles, and practically making your handheld as powerful as your previously outdated console). The 3DS should have never been over $199 from the start, and it would have sold better, just moving past into that $200 area meant a no buy for many gamers. Games. You can't launch a console without games from this point forward. People learned it better to wait than buy a console Day 1 after buying their 360's, PS3's, and Wii's since you're hard pressed to find enough games you'll like with the first year. By waiting a year there's generally a price drop, and you can start playing the games you missed out on (which should be a lot cheaper by then), and by the time you catch up one of your favorite franchies should be on the way soon. The 3DS launched with nothing, and with Mario Kart not coming until December there's no reason to buy it now. Battery Life. This alone will keep people from buying the first 3DS and wait for the inevitable 3DS lite. 3 battery when using the main selling point is absurd. It's a great move to spur sells, and a reason to charge more when the 3DS lite comes out, but it's hurting Nintendo as bad as it's trying to pull away from the PS Vita.
The only thing that's a confirmed "bomb" here is the 3DS. OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH SNAAAAAPPPPPP!!!
well said nuka cola, bubbles for you.
jacen100 be honest. Which games really look like they are beyond the PSP in all honesty? The 3DS has cameras and motion control yes but the games are literally older games remade or DS looking games. I don't see any real jump visually from MK DS to MK 3DS. I don't see any jump from RR 3DS from RR PSP. In some was RR PSP looks better than the 3DS version. The PSP has a greater library of games and is BC with the Vita for DLGs. I don't see the value yet. There is too much ghosting with 3D on. So if I play without 3d there is no reason IMHO to get the system now. KI looks good for children as does LM2 and Star Fox. Mario Land 3DS will be good but why more Mario? New games in a series is not a bad thing but there is nothing future proof from what I can see. I need a Killer app for the older crowd. Or something new like Dragon's crown, Gravity Daze, Sound Shapes and Ruin to get me excited about new series of games. What they've shown on basically PSP hardware has not blown me away. Sony has and they have NEW games from their first party coming to the system at LAUNCH. I may get the next version of the 3DS.
Well I'm not as overly optimistic about the Vita as you are, but as of now the Vita has a greater vision for the next 5 years compared to the 3DS. The Vita has shown great potential to be easy for developers to create their pet projects that were too risky for a full home console, without compromising too much on graphics. Suffice to say, Vita will be my handheld of choice.
I'm still going to buy a vita for one reason: Software prices. Nintendo games have a strange habit of retaining close to full value years after launch. Better prices with sony. I must admit though that $169 is VERY tempting
did i san any games look beyond psp? i said i would buy one when the price drops get over it, yet another sony fanfag , some of us have kids that like some of the nintendo stuff this is more the reason i will be buying one, i have no interest in playing pussy handhelds all day long nomatter how powerfull they are hanhelds are for children all of them if u ask me, 2 hours and i toss them in the corner and go back to my pc when the novelty wears off same stands for VITA
I think most people have learned that graphic's aren't everything. Look at how the DS kicked the crap out of the PSP. Did you miss the memo? Also I don't have a problem with ghosting with the 3D turned on, maybe you should get your eyes checked?
I see what you guys are posting. 2 analog sticks is all I have left to type about this. Be honest man. The camera can be mapped to the 3DS touch screen sure but 2 analog sticks on the Vita man. That alone let alone the other bells and whistles. Please think rationally. I have a feeling once there are playable vitas all over most gamers are going to get one even just because at some point the game that utilizes everything right will come along and I have a feeling Bioshock Vita will be the first FPS if it is FPS will do. Vita is no PSP people this thing is for real. Remember scrutiny is on high because of all Sony's problems and the media could not deny as a device that it is that cool. 3DS may outsell the Vita whatever I could care less. This is a dream handheld and is the gaming device for me. Let Apple and Google and Nintendo if they want have the casuals for all I care. Bring on the the great core games bit size and otherwise of the PS Vita.
i dont care about the price drop its not gonna stop me from purchasing a vita.
time will tell
we will see, I can't wait to get my PSV, never bothered with the 3DS though. my brother picked one up and only played it a few times until the novelty wore off and he completed Zelda.
All I can say is the ball is now in Sony's court. It will be interesting to see how Sony will react.
in this case the PSV is the Superior tech and you will get more for your money than with the 3DS.
And games? Don`t games matter? Or is it graphics only?
well obviously games fit in with the 'getting more for your money' as most 3DS games are remakes ant not original.
Didn't you see the games for PSV at E3? They got great launch titles and many upcoming titles are new I.Ps and from 3rd party.
But Nintendo makes better games with better gameplay than most gaming developers. They`ve got so much experience. Even if it`s remakes they are better than cod,gow,gears,me,gta.
Mario, Zelda, Starfox, Pokemon, the same formula over and over!!!!!
Maybe a PS3 price-cut could ruin Nintendo's plans.
How would that help in a hand held war?
servey says yes, and it's has not have. "How would that help in a hand held war?" lol it wouldn't that's just a dummy talking, and the wii alreayd handed ps3 it's ass a long time ago....time for wiu :)
This 3DS price can only mean one thing: 3DS lite. Nintendo have already said they will be losing money as it is, the smart thing to do is to reduce costs by making new hardware once they've cleared the warehouse.
yeah, i think there will be a post-xmas re-design that brings back up the price to about $200 provided that they get some sales momentum. The $169 version will probably be discontinued
that huge price cut smells of desperation to me, a 50 dollar cut would have given people enough interest
Maybe they wanted to price it closer to the DS line that the average consumer may have this confused with. Or maybe they wanted to distance themselves adequately from the vita. I must say at $200 i still would not have bothered, but $169 is really tough to ignore.
to be honest, if it takes a massive price cut before either of you decide to pick this up makes me think you wont enjoy the device that much, just my opinion btw which might not make sense to some personally, i wouldnt even get it if it was $50, im just not interested in 3D or the games on offer
"Even with the disadvantages of the 3DS I find myself still steering towards Nintendo....." Loyal fanboy to the end....
laff at all the haters above, get a life the things is dropping 33% in price what wrong with buying one. @ blackbeld so what if i want to buy one now that the price has dropped, are you gonna loose any sleep over it u clown, u sound like a sony fanfag anyhows by your comment
I still think the 3ds will out sell the psv over all but we will know how well the 3ds will sell after this christmas as there will be alot more gsmes out for it and npt many ds games. Nintendos problem is they have had some bog name games out for the ds and only just started to bring out the big games for the 3ds. But woth zeda res mario mario kart ect out by the end of the year sales will start to pickup.
Who knows really? I mean when I heard of the 3DS price drop I did pre order one. I think they might have different audiences to be honest though. I actually see their being a comparison to the way the PS2 outsold the PS3 at first with the PSP probably outselling the Vita for a while. I mean it's cheaper, pretty good games library and it's actually more powerful then the 3DS. $250-$300 is a bit much for my tastes, but I've no doubt it will have it's share of early adopters.
I stopped reading all articles like this which start with a question... 90% of them are blogs and opinions with no substance and many of us here have good is not better opinons of the authors... These types of articles separate websites with 1st hand info. vs opinions
Im just going to say it how i see it, this feels VERY familiar to how people were saying the DS vs PSP was going to handle and we all know what happened there. Obviously there are some huge differences this time. 1. The main consumers of handhelds (kids) seem to be obsessed with apple and apps. The market might not be there for either handheld. It will be interesting to see how 3DS and Vita fares in the next few years. 2. The big games are still not here for the 3DS and 3rd parties seem to be avoiding it. Nintendo's plan to let 3rd parties rule at launch backfired so bad, the launch was ruined. I think everyone realizes that people want Nintendo hardware, for nintendo games. 3. Sony knows what they are doing this time. They know exactly what the hardcore guys want and they are doing a great job supporting indie devs on the system too. 4. and as said before, apple was devalued the price of games with apps. Now it will be harder to convince someone to buy a 40$ game when you can get a 5$ one immediately on your iphone/ipad. With that being said, I already have a 3DS and i love it and i hope to pick up a Vita around launch.
I hate those 2min flash games tho... =(
most gamers do. Blame the casuals who are addicted to angry birds/farmville.
I still wouldn't get 3DS because most of it's features doesn't impress me Vita definitely in hardware and more features.
Nintendo's 3DS hasn't done anything but shown that it was built and priced without any foresight to the future and it is now bombing @ retailers. Therefore they are forced to drop the MRSP by $70 which is extremely troubling since i didn't think it was doing that BAD. But then again this further shows me that people only buy Nintendo products cause they're cheap. Even with this price drop i doubt I'll be getting one since I'm still regretting that Ds lite I have.
I think its funny how everyone keeps praising Nintendo for dropping the price. If I designed clothes tried to sell them then a week later drastically dropped the price, what does that say about the quality of my clothes? Its not a good business decision even if you manage to sell 3DSs. This drastic price reduction makes sane people, not obcessed or clueless consumers, wonder 'what's wrong with it that you have to take so much off of it so quickly?'. Its like those commercials who have a so called amazing product but want to give you 3 or 4 of them or reduce the price drastically. If it is so amazing why do you want to give me so many of them? This doesn't make me want it more, quite the opposite. If they had actually waited until the VITA came out for a while then we would have seen if the 3DS was truly better at the same price. But now we won't know if it is really is a better system just that its cheaper.If they had just dropped it slightly to would look less suspicious.
Don't tell me SONY didn't see this coming announcing the Vita price half a year b4 it comes out.
there both gonna do good though, so no need to be worried, it seems like the ds/psp era, not sales wise, but in the fact that the competion will bring out better games for both
3DS is a bomb in itself. Wii U's release is gonna make the 3DS irrelevant.
psp and sony fanboys will still buy vita's but the price cut and games coming out assure vita will finish second in psp's position
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