Nintendo 3DS Sales Cooling After Hot Start

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  1. SamAsh07
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    Nintendo's 3DS handheld was off to a fast start. According to independent retail tracker NPD Group, the company sold "just shy" of 400,000 units in the first week in the United States alone. According to a number of industry analysts, however, sales of the handheld are slowing down. "Based on our recent checks, we believe that sales of the 3DS have slowed considerably since the initial launch window, although the Easter holiday could provide a near-term boost," said Colin Sebastian of Lazard Capital Markets in an investor report earlier this month.

    In a follow up, Sebastian told IGN today he thinks there is "cause for some concern" for the lower hardware sales but suggested a deeper software lineup will help and that he expects retailers will step up their promotions with the summer months approaching. Analyst Jesse Divnich of EEDAR, a research company, tells IGN "This by no means is bad news for the 3DS." Divnich estimates that 3DS sales are currently trending at 80 to 100k a week in North America.

    "That trend will continue downwards until some type of catalyst changes its path, which is true for all hardware," he said. "Those catalysts being, new software, a price cut, or the holiday season." Divnich expects key titles like The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D will provide a sales boost when it launches this June.

    "Again, the sales curve is common and not out of the ordinary," he added. "Most of us are used to hardware being launched before the holiday season, where sales tend to grow every week through December." [/p]

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    I blame Mario!!! He should've been there at launch along with those lame titles!
     


  2. tigris

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    This makes sense. People are becoming wiser and noticing that "Face Raiders" and "Pilotwings Resort" are simply not downright system sellers. (And Pilotwings Resort is not worth £40)

    We're all waiting for a good game release, and a lower price- a handheld the price of the PS3 is too much
     
  3. Slyakin

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    Once games like OoT, StarFox, Kid Icarus, and Mario come out, it'll sell so fast it won't even be funny.
     
  4. SamAsh07
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    True true. Oh you forgot to mention MGS and Resident Evil there. [​IMG]

    Off-topic:- Isn't it high-time that GBAtemp staff implemented a :yay3ds: ?? xD!!
     
  5. KingVamp

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    The price has nothing to do with it. Do you know how much the PS3 was at first? You can't compare the prices of each other.

    It doesn't even matter if it a handheld. The stuff that built into it doesn't just come from thin air.
    Beside it cheaper than a new PS3 anyway.

    Oh wait UK :/

    I didn't see this as a problem. Specially when there more games than listed that are coming out.
     
  6. Feels Good Man

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    Eh, the price is still a problem.
     
  7. SamAsh07
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    Not in UK, the price has dropped down to £179.99.
     
  8. BORTZ

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    /crosses fingers
    Waiting for a "lite" version
     
  9. TheDarkSeed

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    That's to be expected with such a terrible line up of games at launch. But it also might be the fact that 3D is a new concept to people. Just like motion controls with the Wii. And not to forget the health warnings like strained eyes. Some people might be scared for themselves or their children.
     
  10. tigris

    tigris Sentient Existential Anthropomorphic Sweet Potato

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    Tell me where and I shall gladly purchase it
     
  11. Nebz

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    http://3ds.nintendolife.com/news/2011/04/3...ce_war_rages_on
    I was just reading about this lol
     
  12. tigris

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    ...actually, I diagress. I will buy if it is £150 and under. [​IMG]
    It's a deal thingy, you see.
     
  13. SamAsh07
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    Lol I see theres another visitor of nintendo life here xD
     
  14. Law

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    Which is like what? $300?
     
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    It's less for UK residents....and if you like converting so much lol, I bought my 3DS for BD 140 (the currency here), which is $371.
     
  16. Guild McCommunist

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    I think it's like $290 USD.

    I'm still waiting for my US price drop. Get on it, Nintendo!
     
  17. tigris

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    I blame the EU tax, the UK's 20% V.A.T and so on. The UK are still taking a £36 cut from the new revised £180 price, which adds to about $60. I could buy half a PS3 for that price.

    Edit: @Guild McCommunist: Someone oughtta shoot Nintendo for bunking the price in the EU, citing "European Union Price Fixing" or something like that.
     
  18. Law

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    It's less than the inflated price we had, but still isn't as cheap as the American launch price. Companies need to stop pricing regions differently, it should be one price (as in the monetary amount, not the number) globally.
     
  19. SamAsh07
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    Totally Agreed.
     
  20. CrimzonEyed

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    Stop complain about it being expensive, here in sweden the 3DS is expensive like hell...
    A new 3DS in Sweden cost about 2400 SEK (thats 374,75$ / 228,07£ / 259,87€)