Jordan Lund, columnist for GameStooge, states the 3DS will flop because parents won't buy it.
Excerpt: "The original DS wasn’t just cheap, it looked like a tank. It looked like a game system designed under the old Soviet Union. In short, to parents, it looked indestructible. They had no problem throwing $150 at a toy (soon discounted to $130) since for all intents and purposes it looked like their kids couldn’t harm it. It didn’t hurt that GameBoy Advance cartridges were compatible with the device."