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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  • Flight_Eagle

    I'll try to get one, but i also need a new computer, and a good camera... well,l i need a job, first hand. And there is my problem.

    Posted: January 25, 2011 3:29 PM
  • Ted_Dancin

    Yes! More sound FX!

    Posted: January 25, 2011 3:21 PM
  • Cannahuana

    lol $250 thats cheep it's �230 in the uk(�230=$365)

    Posted: January 25, 2011 3:02 PM
  • dj10fld

    I don't know why everyone is going nuts over the price point. If we are willing to spend hundreds of dollars on laptops, iphones, and even at one point ipods (remember when ipods were almost going for $600 and all they did is play movies and music). Not only that but do many of you guys forget the PSP launch price was $249. And all it did was play games (and UMD movies..but who ever bought those anyways) and there was no adjustable glass-less 3D either. And that was 2005.
    What Nintendo needs to do is push for developers to pump games for this thing, and not just ports of existing titles. But new entries in series (Resident Evil Revolutions and Kid Icarus Uprising are prime examples of this).
    The DS was an RPG powerhouse. I would like to see that continued with hopes of a retooled remake of FF6 (Skip 5 it sucked). As well as original new games.
    And of course brand new entries into the Nintendo triple threat titles of Mario, Zelda and Metroid.

    When this all starts happening then I will consider buying one. Regardless of price.

    Posted: January 25, 2011 2:36 PM
  • JustTheBeginning

    $250 for a more casual portable gaming device definitely seems pushing it. Especially when considering it is not a multi-media device like your PSP or smartphone. I also agree with the Sess that the 3DS is a too similar of a name, and even worse, it looks identical since they use the same outer-shell. Honestly I think the 3DS might be a dud because of this, the casual might be unaware or uninterested thinking it is just a DS that does 3d. While the hardcore will be too burned from the Wii and Nintendo's consistent lack of hardcore support.

    Posted: January 25, 2011 2:32 PM
  • Nala1003

    I will buy a 3DS eventually because as far as I can tell (and correct me if I'm wrong) it is a NEW system, with games that will not be playable on the DS. I might be wrong about that, but regardless, I will purchase a 3DS. But I will definitely not buy it at launch, and I'll probably wait for a price drop. I honestly expected it to cost $250, but just because I wasn't surprised by the price does not mean I am pleased with it. It looks like some wonderful games will come out for this system...but at some unannounced time in the future. So until then, I'll hold off.

    Posted: January 25, 2011 2:26 PM
  • Admiral_Ackbar

    I think Nintendo realizes they under priced the Wii. They had just had their taints anded to them with the Gamecube, and needed to win. You really didn't see Wiis in the stores for almost 2 years after launch. So they felt they lost $50 bucks on every console. i think the aggressive pricing of the 3DS showcases that. Everyone keeps saying that $250 is a console price, it is a 4-5 year old console price. 360 and PS3 launched for significantly more, and are now either at the price point, or in the PS3's case higher. The PSP launched several years ago at $250.

    I agree that $200 would have been a friendlier price point for the 3DS, but I guess I will just have to fork over the extra $50.

    And now to ruin my entire well thought out points with a bit of fanboy fanaticism. I was surprised when G4 showed the 3DS love in the beginning. G4 has gone out of there way to hate on all things Nintendo. Oh well, I figured it was just a matter of time before they went back to business as usual. F-Nintendo, Go -Microsoft.

    Posted: January 25, 2011 2:15 PM
  • musle8

    I am definitely going to buy a 3DS ASAP. Luckily I have refrained from buying the gimmick DS's, aka lite, dsi, dsi xl... so I have enough to pay for one 3DS and a couple games!(Not as many as I would like given the price is $40-$50...) Im actually buying this not only for the gaming possibilities, of course that is still the biggest reason to buy it, but the fact that it has a 3D camera, which I think is pretty cool considering i don't even have a camera that can take decent pictures. And Nintendo is trying to get away with their lack of producing game at launch by giving you a couple AR Cards, which actually look pretty cool. I'm also pretty excited about their streetpass and spotpass features, but only if it sells well... who am I kidding, they're going to sell millions... If you still don't think it's worth the $250, you get a FREE holder that charges it! :D

    Posted: January 25, 2011 2:08 PM
  • Puking_Goombas

    ugh.....I'd have to agree with about....90% of you guys. I', looking forward to it. I WANT to see the technology and how it works. but $250 may be too steep for my tastes. and What if we have a repeat with the DS? we're going to have so many different versions of this new handheld just like the DS with the DSi and the DSi XL and nonsense like that. I'm not going to bash this completely but I'm feeling a lil'....frustrated with nintendo's choice of price and how they're putting this new handheld on a pedestal. Not saying it's going to be a huge bust. I know it's going to sell well because of how (going to sound like an old dude) kids are these days with the, "I NEED IT" and how parents are going to give in or be like Adam and say, "Don't you already have a DS?" anyway, I'm going to wait until the big boy games are released and when the soon to be problems are fixed.

    Posted: January 25, 2011 2:07 PM
  • larrycanablev

    I am someone who is wanting to see the 3DS. And to tell you the truth is not that much. Like Glided said about the ipod is fare. But the reases lineup is OK in my opion. But hopfulie with the 3d we mint get so indersting games. But for me I need to play it befor I make up my mind.

    Posted: January 25, 2011 1:46 PM
  • Prax150

    This was well articulated as it always is with Adam Sessler, but I can't help but laugh at how much G4 was pushing the 3DS after they saw it at E3, and in less than a week since it was priced nearly everyone on the staff has come out against it.

    Posted: January 25, 2011 1:37 PM
  • AXE3_25XX_EXE

    For once, I agree with Adam, $250 for a portable system is expensive IMO, no portable system should cost that much, it should cost at least $200 tops, since the majority of this system is play games, it's not an iphone. The biggest seller for is the 3D, no achievement type system, according to Bill Trien(the guy who hangs around Miyamoto in E3). It still needs a wi-fi capible box. The games may look great, but from March to June, that a really big window. For me I would wait and see what happen and hope that the product does get a $50 price drop by the end of the year, but that's wishful thinking.

    Posted: January 25, 2011 1:32 PM

    Nintendo is chasing the Apple price points, that is clear. What I think will hold Nintendo back is that their online storefront for the 3DS will be in direct competition with Apple and Google. Nintendo's 3DS online storefront will need productivity apps, music, and gaming. I doubt Nintendo will match price with the lower cost games for other mobile devices. But, they have the opportunity to put out the first 3D movies for a portable. If they can swing that at launch, it would help justify the cost. They also have the first device that can shoot 3D photos and display them in 3D. That is also a killer app. The software line-up is incredibly weak. They could have at least put the 3D effect into Super Mario title as a pack in. That being said, I would not want to see the majority of 3DS software simply become pre-existing titles with no new content, only a 3D effect added.

    Posted: January 25, 2011 1:25 PM

    Another to consider is the price of 3ds. I went to gamestop.com and some of the 3ds games where $40 and $50. Fifty bucks for 3ds is pushing it. I wan't to get the 3ds but if the games are going to cost $50 I might change my mind.

    Posted: January 25, 2011 1:23 PM
  • goodbiscuits

    I personally believe that the whole concept of the 3ds is flawed. Seriously, most people will play their games with the 3d turned off. I didn't think that the touch screen on the ds was a gimmick because it actually affected gameplay. All this does is add depth. Sure it plays 3D movies but you can't even watch a whole movie straight through without breaks (Nintendo says a half an hour at a time). So it's pretty much a ds with graphics slightly better than the psp. And where did one analog stick not work before?

    But hey, it will still sell like glazed donuts.

    Posted: January 25, 2011 1:20 PM
  • MartinJohnstone

    Yeah not buying it UK starting price is �230 = $364, which makes $250 look good.

    Posted: January 25, 2011 1:19 PM
  • SecretAsian

    3:06 nice touch

    Posted: January 25, 2011 1:15 PM
  • Gilded

    The iPod touch costs about $300. The price of the 3ds is reasonable given the market. Portability shouldn't correlate to being cheaper, it never has in the computer and gadget market; I don't see why the games market should be any different.

    Posted: January 25, 2011 1:03 PM
  • linc77

    if this is $250 god knows how much the psp2 will cost

    Posted: January 25, 2011 1:01 PM
  • ursa1979

    I keep hearing all this talk about the weak launch line up for the 3DS. For this post I do not plan on doing any research to back up my claims, but I am pretty sure this is one of the best launch line ups I have ever seen. I was under the impression weak launch line ups is the norm for the industry, which is understandable given the difficulties of developing for new tech. Having a Street Fighter, Professor Layton right off the bat is pretty impressive. Not to mention Pilot Wings, Ocarina of Time, Dead or Alive and Resident Evil in the by the end of spring. I think it is reasonable to assume it takes devs some time to figure out what to do with new tech., with that in mind I am personally excited about what the 3DS is offering.

    Turning to the price.... it is what it is. This is simple economics. Since it will sell out at this price (I do not think there is any question about that), Nintendo will sell it at that price. When sales start to slow down, the price will drop. I have never been able to afford new tech at launch. Having new tech at launch is a luxury reserved for rich people and fanboys. Sure I am not happy that I will have to wait, but having lived through many cool tech launches in my day, it is not exactly a surprise. Viva capitalism.

    Posted: January 25, 2011 12:59 PM