Sessler's Soapbox: 3DS - An Uphill Battle

Posted: January 25, 2011
Sessler's Soapbox: 3DS - An Uphill Battle
Adam sits down to express his reservations and concerns about the marketability of the Nintendo 3DS.

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  • Xeno_6891

    Though Nintendo won't have many of its own titles ready for launch, I see this more as an opportunity to try different games. I'm planning on preordering Super Street Fighter IV only because not many other titles caught my interest (besides Pilotwings Resort to a degree.)

    Posted: January 26, 2011 6:23 PM
  • phantomzxro

    I don't know if i agree with you Adam. granted i know it is pricey and not everyone will jump on it right away but i feel it is worthy of a 250 price tag. Sony has had much more ego when dealing with prices because the psp was 250 at launch and the psp go was 250 when that came out, and that system did nothing new while the 3ds is the first to give people affordable 3D. I also don't think they should change the name. As dumb as it is getting with all the added numbers and letter, the DS brand has been engraved in peoples mind just like the game boy was.

    when a parent is going to buy a DS they are asking it by name and if their are different versions they will way out their choices. You can't say that for many gaming systems or titles. Just like every other technology out there such as smart phones i don't think it to much of a problem to have different version if done smart. Because it will push prices down for older model. I bet you will see the XL drop in price. then in a year or two the 3ds will drop in price.

    But to each his own because if you have a pretty recent DS i don't think you need to run out and pre-order one. One thing i do agree is the launch games could be better but i think Nintendo is rushing this thing out which sucks but they know other companies are right behind them so they must.

    Posted: January 26, 2011 3:13 PM
  • secretgamer

    Adam did you forget about psp go it came out $250 as well. also they release ps one games for psp so nintendo will do the same but make it more better. Adam you sound like a nintendo hater i never heard you said anything bad about kinect $150 and psp go $250.

    Posted: January 26, 2011 3:01 PM
  • ConGraSta

    when i pokemon comes out for 3ds it will sell millions i cant see it selling that well at first but when the games come ur gunna see sale spikes like no other

    Posted: January 26, 2011 2:30 PM
  • Tsuiyo

    I think that the 3DS is worth the $250 investment. I mean sure it's as expensive as the Wii was when it first came out and it's smaller: but look at what it can do, even excluding the 3D without the glasses.

    And we can expect that Nintendo will drop the price in about 8-12 months anyway.

    Posted: January 26, 2011 11:35 AM
  • DarkKirby2500

    Do you people have extremely short term memories? Any successful piece of technology will have "improved versions". An improved version of the 3DS will be released but, in a few months? Try a year, THE EARLIEST. No game console has ever had their upgrade released in under a year (unless the original was a huge failure). IF there even will be an improved 3DS next year (which I doubt), it will likely release near the holidays.

    Posted: January 26, 2011 11:16 AM
  • 23MakeItRain23

    I'm going to wait because I guarantee that within 6 months there'll be a Nintendo 3DSi. Thanks but no thanks, I learned my lesson with the original 360, PSP, and DS. If I wait a couple of months I bet I'll get something better and maybe even cheaper.

    Posted: January 26, 2011 11:00 AM
  • StPau1y

    I think what I will do is pay off my pre-order of a 3DS wait to pick it up, and if I determine I don't want it, cancel the pre-order and get some ps3 games or another ps3 for my bedroom. I will wait maybe a month or two just to make sure that when I buy it there is not some announcement of the 3DSXLi (or something of that sort) and see that the games I want are there (Kingdom Hearts, Zelda and others) and that they are quality games meaning they get at least five or six titles I want that are rated by most to be above a four star out of five star rating. I do want the portable but am I willing to part with a third of my rent for one at release? Not so much.

    Posted: January 26, 2011 10:42 AM
  • DarkKirby2500

    My MAIN gripe with the 3DS is the region locking (which hurts sales for local distributors AND screws with customers). Most people in the US wouldn't know who Phoenix Wright is if it wasn't for imports which made Capcom decide to "localize" (all they did was delete the Japanese 1/2 of the game) a story based game, which have had very poor US sales in the past. That and the battery, although technically the battery issue is more of a price and technology thing that's harder to control, the region locking was a plain poor choice by Nintendo.

    THAT SAID, I do not think $250 is too much BECAUSE it's a hand held console. It's already $50 cheaper then it is in Japan. The idea that because it's smaller then a home console, it should be much cheaper, is unfair. Laptops are usually more then 2x the price of home PCs, and smart phones (without contracts) usually go for between $400-$500, that people happily pay for mind you, iPhone included, then proceed to pay the outrageous AT&T data charge without much complaints either, because they believe there is no other experience like the iPhone (which is highly debatable when compared to many Android phones). From some of the things we've seen, the 3DS can reach a similar level to current home consoles, similar to the comparison between PCs and Laptops. When's the last time you saw a laptop that's comparable to a PC of the same quality and cost a fraction of the price "because it's smaller".

    Is Nintendo trying to have the 3DS compete along side home consoles while still having the portable aspect? Yes. And why is that wrong? It's offering (potentially) many things home consoles do not.

    The one thing I agree with is that the launch line up of games isn't as fantastic as it could be. Will it hold back sales? Highly unlikely. I think Nintendo is possibly trying to encourage sales of 3rd party games by not having big Nintendo brand games like Zelda on release day (which everyone would promptly buy and ignore the other games), The system will sell out either way. And Nintendo really wants to encourage the 3rd party support many other consoles have.

    Posted: January 26, 2011 9:50 AM
  • rikkuster

    Very very impressive argument, Adam. You really demonstrated well thought-out criticism in this Soapbox. I tip my hat to you sir. *tips hat*

    Posted: January 26, 2011 9:40 AM
  • sdc10

    The problem I now have with buying nintendo handhelds at launch is that you just know there is going to be the inevitable "upgraded version" of the device at some point down the road. The DS had so many iterations and I don't see why the 3ds would be any different. Im definitely going to wait for that, or the inevitable price cut.

    Posted: January 26, 2011 6:03 AM
  • JDarkley

    Ever since I became an adult who has to buy all my games and consoles for myself, I've always held off on purchasing the latter so that I know that it will have enough games I want to play to justify the $300+ dollars I spent on the console to begin with. If the 3DS has enough games that I'll want to play on it later down the line (and I honestly don't see why it wouldn't), then $250 is completely agreeably with me.

    Posted: January 26, 2011 5:45 AM
  • Thales117

    Here comes Nintendo again selling old technology as if it was new. But I have to admit, these graphics are quite nifty!

    Kinda' off topic: do any of you guys know what game is that on the background?? Looks fun!

    Posted: January 26, 2011 5:29 AM
  • Vexxouds

    Cant stop wont stop no mater what you say its still hot!!

    Posted: January 26, 2011 12:37 AM
  • Vexxouds

    Can't stop wont stop no matter what you say its still Hot!!

    Posted: January 26, 2011 12:31 AM
  • doodle_billy

    yeah im not going to lie for the last 5 years i really have felt like i have been showering in a constant flow of nintendo's poop

    Posted: January 26, 2011 12:22 AM
  • kings_legacy

    Mmm I thought you said Adam you dont play handheld games that much as you wanted to cool off by doing something different, like reading a book or something ( you said it once on feedback). I just wonder when you do get it when are you going to play it??

    Asking this just as a question not bashing the 3DS.

    Posted: January 25, 2011 11:14 PM
  • jal1113

    oh and top of everything else its a health risk to children under age 6 because it stunts eye development but nintendo is keeping it hush hush words from the gamestop employees themselves

    Posted: January 25, 2011 10:58 PM
  • CareyGrant

    The 250 asking price is steep and so is the game pricing -for that kind of money I'd rather stick to my enjoyable (and cheaper) iPhone games, saving that kind of money to buy new Triple-A console titles.

    Posted: January 25, 2011 10:58 PM
  • jal1113

    im gonna say right now that im actually gonna reserve the 3DS and buy it on day one but for a couple of reasons, one it has been so long since i upgraded my last DS i still have the DS lite that i got from my ex for christmas 3 years ago which i still use and still works, however no matter what happens with the 3DS i will pick up the good hardcore titles and just keep my old library of DS games such as The world ends with you and zelda spirit tracks so really im just investing in a upgrade that i deserve and since i dont really care about any extra add ons like a camera ill just do with this DS that i did with my old one, take care of it and enjoy it!

    Posted: January 25, 2011 10:48 PM