Is the 3DS Worth Buying at Launch?

Is the 3DS going to be worthy of your money on launch day, or should you wait to pick one up?

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MrMccormo3292d ago

That's a question I've been asking myself. I want a 3DS, but the announced lineup is thin.

ABizzel13292d ago


The price, the library of games, price drops, and the inevitable remodels are not worth jumping in at launch for any console.

The price of the launch consoles are too high. After a year or 2 the price drops by $50 - $100, which brings me to my next point.

The library of games may be good at launch, but after that it takes a year to get at the most 5 good games onto the platform of which you may only like 2 of the 5 games geners. Waiting a year or 2 allows you to be slightly behind the library which means you'll almost always have something to look forward to in your favorite genres while you try to catch up to the current releases, which brings me to my next point.

Price drops. Waiting a year or 2 will drop the price of the hardware by $50 - $100. Also the price of games drop by 30% - 50% within a years time which is another savings for the cheap gamer, (3DS games should still be $34.99 they are not render games in 3D the screen is, so development cost should not increase) so waiting a year should drop the price of games to $19.99 saving you $15 per game. Which brings me to my final point.

Remodels come out for Nintendo's handhelds like freaks on a Saturday night. There will be at least 4 revisions of the 3DS which add more features or a bigger screen, etc... Why pay $250, $300, or whatever it cost for basically the Prototype of what they really want to make.

So waiting a year or 2 is not a bad idea for consoles and handhelds.

You don't have to pay full price for a Prototype, and you'll save a lot of money in the long run and get a better and more reliable version of the hardware.

Cloudberry3292d ago

Some (if not, most?) people would probably waited for the inevitable (?) pirated version... : /

ryuzu3292d ago

All good points but there is one small issue.

If a manufacturer doesn't sell enough units, no one makes games, the system doesn't sell and therefore no one makes games etc etc until the system is pulled.

And there are a few good examples of this in the gaming sector alone. Someone has to make the initial investment or the platform dies.


ABizzel13292d ago


That's only a worst case scenario. And when hardware doesn't sell as expected then the price drop(s) will happen sooner, which would be beneficial to both the company and the consumer.

Nintendo is notorious for their products being developed at a cheaper price than they sale at retail, but that's how you keep your business successful make cheap sell high. A $199 price wouldn't hurt Nintendo's revenue at all, and IMO that should be the launch price for the 3DS.

King-Leonidas3292d ago

i dont know about you guys but im gonna get Snake Eater 3D with it

Jio3292d ago

The lineup looks great and the price is not bad. I will not go 1 year before they release the 3ds lite, instead I want to enjoy the great lineup like Zelda, and Metal Gear Solid

FiftyFourPointTwo3292d ago

Is MML3 a launch game? If yes then I'd buy one at launch.

Stealth20k3292d ago

Yes it is, for the portable gaming machine of the future?

Hell yes

KillerPwned3292d ago

YES! lol with the awesome line up how can it not be worth it, its nintendo to!....Tho the price eh that is the only thing i am worried about.

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