Would you be surprised if I told you the Nintendo DS outsold the Nintendo 3DS last month? It's true. The Nintendo DS sold 257,000 units while the Nintendo 3DS sold 194,000 units in the month of April 2011.
I think it's still too early to really judge that. I'd imagine its more answerable a year on from launch.
If just going by word of mouth and local buzz then I'd say yes - at least in my area. 3DSs are allways in stock in stores, I never hear anyone talking about it. I don't even know anyone who has one yet alone seen someone with one in person. I don't see commercials for it (haven't seen one since it launched). Nothing on the radio. Nothing on TV. Not like when the Nintendo DS launched and it was all the talk. Seems like, to me, it launched got some talk then people moved on. Doesn't seem like a Nintendo launch. I think the main issue is the way it was marketed. First with warnings about it's KEY feature being bad for children. Bad launch games. Then keeping a similar design and name probably just made a lot of unaware people think it's still just a normal DS with a new design and 3D. But not like a new generation in a sense. Hell, I'm still confused myself on what the 3DS is in terms of continuation of NIntendo's handheld history. I think many people just think its "another" DS. Not DS2 in that kind of term.
Zelda may be my tipping point actually. I don't know E3 will tell the tale on whether I get one now or wait for Star fox, Icarus, Mario and Mario Kart aswell. The thing is that the DS having the same size screen on the top and bottom may limit the 3DS in some ways to what the DS was able to do. The nub will provide 3DS with a great Metroid prime type game in 3D. I say we will have to wait and see. The system could get some major announcements at E3 that will put it ahead. NGP stole alot of thunder also no one has spoken about the 3d effect being a MAJOR enhancement and that is what is really holding it back. We need to see evidence that it is going to play a MAJOR role in gaming. Plus the PSP seems to be just as powerful graphically from the games released so far which is hurting the system in Japan. NGP at the right price with the right software and marketing could take the 3DS in Japan. 3Ds in the states is only a matter of time. NGP though will do much better than PSP this time because of the dual analog sticks, functionality like 3g/4g and serious MP games. MP could get the NGP pushed to the top if they make it just like PSN only simpler and better because of the cameras. NGP is a competitor and the first fight of the war begins in a couple of weeks. Cannot wait for E3.
It's never too early to judge a portable like this. Once the revamped version of the 3DS comes out--like, lets say it allows glasses free 3D with an extended angle of viewpoints (possibly utilizing head detection?), we'll have a different perspective on the platform as a whole. But at the moment, it sucks ass, it's a flop, and my friend vomited all over the damn thing playing Street Fighter so he can no longer return it--those are all problems. Funny problems, yes. But problems that need correcting.
However, this article shows what happens when PSN is down--gamers resort to doomsday Nintendo articles to keep things interesting.
I'd be way more devastated if Street Fighter 3D's online shut down. I sympathize with the COD heads tho
why make an article about the 3DS turn into a PSN is t3h doomz battle ground?? i think youll find that the psn outage brought more sony doomsday articles than anything else tbh @OT i think its too early to gauge tbh, just look at the PS3, pricey launch with a patchy launch line up, but look at it fly now once they start a nice flow of good games that properly show off the 3d i imagine it will sky rocket =)
I think its sales will pick up over time. Not much justification to get upgrade over a DS just yet. Once their heavy hitter games start coming out and the DS starts to slow down the 3DS will hit its stride. Especially when a Pokemon game comes out for it and not on the DS.
Call me once they announce Metroid Prime Hunters 2
I can't call you if I don't know your number.
It's definately too early to say. I myself a, waiting for a stronger library and maybe an upgraded model, be it longer battery life bigger screen or whatever the 2nd generation will bring. Also, I have $350 set aside to buy the NGP. If it wasn't announced, I would have probably bought a 3DS.
so far yes till the games start coming out, most launches suck honestly, though the 3ds has one of the worst launches game wise i think
Its walking the path of PS3. Overpriced and there are no games for it. There are a number of titles planned for 3DS I and many others look for.
1: it was sold at a £300 loss at launch 2: it had loads of games, i dont get why people say this when all xbox had in the early years was Halo3/Gears of War
Good games? Nope. Anything I would consider is SSFIV but I already have that for my PS3. In my opinon its a bit overpriced. It may not really be but thats just what I think.
The launch was imo, but long term. We have to wait and see. There's still those high profile Nintendo titles, like Zelda and Mario to come.
It's a flop right now... But let's wait for the 1st party games. I know some people who love Nintendo who didn't like the 3DS.
How many idiots can there be. Every system at launch has been called a flop. The ds was, the gba was, the ps3 was, the 360 was Its outpacing the ds. Only a fucking moron would call it a flop because a cheaper system is outselling it in the beginning The ps3, 360, gba, ds were all outsold by there cheaper older counterparts for the first couple years. The system is on pace to sell 100 million units. This doom and gloom bullshit from people who cut and paste opinions from opinion pieces, lace them with no facts and then say the 3ds is dying need to go away
Too early to judge.
3ds had a lot of ridicule directed towards it even before it came out. But I think most of it comes from the cheap 3D used in it and the price tag. Once the price goes down people will love it. I call it the "PS3 effect" :D
its a flop to me because the line up is very weak
Yeah was the PS3 a flop when the PS2 still outsold it? The NGP will be outsold in Japan by the PSP when it comes out. That doesn't mean the NGP will be a flop in its first 1 to 2 months on the market. Lets see out it does a year or 2 years for now.
People will have you believe comparing sales of a cheaper system with a 5 year library of games and a system that just came out at its highest price actually means something. If thats the case the ds was a flop The gba outsold it until the ds lite came out
To be honest, I'm surprised at just what a lackluster response this has gotten; it looked like another license to print money to me.
dont confuse the 1 percent of people who write articles and post on forums. Half of that 1 percent are hating fanboys Its best to stick to the numbers it took the ds 6 months to sell 5 million. The 3ds in 1 month has sold 3.61 million Anyone who says its a failure is a retard.
Its still too early, but it sure isnt selling as good as expected
I know several people who dont want to buy a 3DS because they believe its just a DS with 3D. I know its a lot more powerful than the DS but it really looks like a DS with a wide top screen and an circle pad. Also the inicial steep price of 250 euros is affecting sales plus nintendo didnt release it in the holidays which makes sense why the 3DS isnt selling as well as its suppose to.
Right now the apps are lacking, but that's understandable, the thing just came out. My opinion is that it was marketed incorrectly in the sense that, to a casual, its a DS (there is not enough aesthetic differentiation). That along with a strong "it does 3D" only to be followed by "but you gotta watch out, children under a certain age shouldn't use it". Now I know I'm gonna get a lot of flack from Nintendoheads for this part, especially older ones... but: how the f**k do you expect to push something for KIDS when the main appeal feature a KID shouldn't use? Having said that, I think its a wonderful system for young gamers.
No too early to say that DS beginning was worse and now it sold more than 130million unite.
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