Nintendo Didn’t Expect 3DS Sales to Drop Like This

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    Nintendo was caught unawares by surprisingly slow sales of the 3DS, the company said Tuesday.

    “Nintendo 3DS has not been selling as expected since the second week [of availability in the United States and Europe], and this is not just in the Japanese market but also in the United States and Europe, where no direct impact from the great earthquake has occurred,” Nintendo President Satoru Iwata said during an investor briefing in Tokyo. “Therefore, we recognize that we are in a situation where we need to step up our efforts to further promote the spread of Nintendo 3DS.”
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    Nintendo launched the 3DS, which features a glasses-free 3-D display, in February in Japan, and in March in the rest of the world. At $250, it is by far the most-expensive handheld the company has ever released.

    The company said Monday it had sold 3.6 million units of 3DS worldwide through the end of March and expects to sell 16 million units of the device over the next year.

    Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter said in an e-mail to Wired.com that Nintendo needs to release better 3DS games or lower the price of the device.

    “I think this could change if some compelling software comes out, but I am frankly surprised at the tepid reaction” consumers have had to the new handheld, he said. “I truly thought that the fanboys would snap these up at any price” based purely on the 3-D graphics, he said, although he now thinks the new technology is insufficient to justify the $250 tag.
     


  2. WiiUBricker

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    I'm sure the sales will raise again if games like Zelda, Mario and Residnet Evil become available.
     
  3. machomuu

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    I'm not surprised, due to the "no emphasis on 3DS being it's own system" marketing style.
     
  4. gloweyjoey

    gloweyjoey who??

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    Sales will go up again. These things happen with consoles. Sales will spike up around major holidays and release dates of major titles.
     
  5. pokefloote

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    What did they expect with those kind of launch titles?
     
  6. nando

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    i'm not surprised. it's way overpriced and a lot of people don't care for 3d.
     
  7. Maplemage

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    Why would you care?
    Its probably theres no good releases.
     
  8. Heran Bago

    Heran Bago Where do puyo come from?

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    It's going to take more than the games announced for me to get one. I still have so many DS RPGs on my plate and am considering buying another Lite for the future since they are going out of production. It is also yet to be seen when the 3DS will have all the announced features or if the super-neat AR will be used with any practical depth in gaming.
     
  9. Chhotu uttam
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    if they can lower their price to 200$,the sale may be get better
     
  10. Jan1tor

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    Also with the price of Gasoline being $4 to $5 bucks a gallon, it just tightens up the wallet a lot.
     
  11. Bent

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    Right. I beat both of the games I bought at launch, and nothing else has come out that's worth anything. They didn't even have the shop ready at launch.
     
  12. ShadowSoldier

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    To be honest, I haven't really seen a whole lot of marketing done for the system. So that could be a reason.

    It could also be the ridiculous price tag and the crappy launch titles. They didn't give us anything big to look forward to for the launch. No mario, no zelda, no donkey kong, nothing recognizable. I mean really, sure Street Fighter is a good game, but a lot of people would rather play that on a home console than on the handheld...
     
  13. Rydian

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    MAYBE IF THEY RELEASED IT WITH GAMES PEOPLE ACTUALLY WANTED, PEOPLE WOULD BUY IT!

    srsly Nintendo. Don't pull a Sony on us.
     
  14. Chhotu uttam
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    its true.
    most of us like zelda,mario,pokemon,etc.
    games such as street fighters and samurai warriors are good but not compared to the above ones.
     
  15. Crystal the Glaceon

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    Between insane and insecure
    I agree 100% with this statement
     
  16. zachpl

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    My money is ready as soon as a few decent games come out. I mean seriously what is the point of buying it when NO game that is out right now appeals to me in any way.
     
  17. Slyakin

    Slyakin See ya suckers

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    Sony has released a nice set of games, thankyouverymuch.

    And Nintendo is just waiting until June, with the release of so many awesome games that the 3DS will become a hard console to find.
     
  18. Nah3DS

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    this will be so different with Ocarina Of Time 3DS as a launch title
     
  19. WiiUBricker

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    The only actuall game that is a must-buy in my opinion is Street Figher IV 3D. Then again, it's not from Nintendo though Nintendo is the publisher of this game in europe.
     
  20. Chhotu uttam
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    the sellers should offer 3-5 games free with a new 3ds. [​IMG]
    but this will not happen