Many people (I’ll hold me hands up here) including me, hyped up the 3DS big-style but early reports indicate that the Nintendo 3DS may have suffered a rather underwhelming reception over the weekend. No matter how poorly it is received in the UK market, it’s still an exciting piece of kit at a very reasonable price. I mean what more can you want then 3D gaming? It’s a little too earlier to start making assumptions so let’s not dwell too much on unconfirmed early figures. If I had the money I’d have one in the blink of an eye.
The problem with weighing up the success of Nintendo’s latest product is that sales figures for European hardware are never released (unless of course Nintendo themselves release the figures. The problem here being they won’t do that unless it’s a roaring success.) What tech bloggers are doing instead is keeping an eye on the games charts. Super Street Fighter IV: 3D edition managed a poor 6th place on the individual formats chart and this was the best selling game of the 3DS. Pilotwings Resort which only managed to came in at number 8. To put this into perspective it (pilotwings) was beaten by Pokemon White on the 2DS.
Like I said, it would be foolish to put too much thought into launch weekend software figures but let’s imagine that they are correct. Let’s say we’ve reached June/July and Nintendo officially announce that the 3DS was a flop. We would all ask why?
Terrible timing- The iPad 2 was always going to be what people really had their eyes own. If we’re being completely honest the 3DS is a toy. The iPad is a revolution. And what’s more is that the 3DS is the type of device that would fly off the shelves at say, Christmas! Who has the money in March of all months to buy a new console? Even summer would have been a better choice then you’d at least get some holidaymakers buying it for the planes and beaches and kids.
Built in apps- There’s a whole host of wacky applications built into the 3DS (a 3D camera, augmented reality, sharing tools etc.)Maybe these and one game is enough to hold attention for a few weeks. Maybe you don’t need to buy a huge stack of games to enjoy it.
Price- Just because the hardware is cheap doesn’t mean people want to shell out a fortune on games.
Or maybe the release games were just rubbish.