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Friday, 23 September 2011 10:42

Nintendo 3DS starts doing better

Written by Nick Farell


Still slow software sales
Nintendo's 3DS, which was starting to look dead in the water, is taking off in Japan following a price cut. The 3DS has surpassed the PS3 in monthly sales to take the top spot, despite the fact that few people are interested in buying software for the gizmo.

When the 3DS launched, sales were slow, but now the handheld hardware is showing steady growth, and is currently the most purchased piece of gaming hardware in Japan. It appears that when the 3DS launched only longtime Nintendo fans were willing to try it, but it took price cuts for the wider audience to become interested.

Originally debuting at $249, the 3DS’ price was then cut 30-percent to $170, in August. The results were almost instant. 3DS sales exploded in Japan and Nintendo sold more than 215,000 units in a week. The results were seen in North America too, where despite a major drop in industry sales in general, the 3DS saw a 260-percent increase.

But the 3DS's biggest problem is software. There is only one title in the top 10, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D. If people are not buying the software then the 3DS's shelf life is going to be limited. Nintendo must be hoping that when a new wave of games is released, including Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7, things will get better.

Nick Farell

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+1 #1 Cartman 2011-09-23 11:07
Today they think its enough to use 3D word in product an that is become a new hit.

Nintendo is out of ideas, you cant just sell Zelda and Super Mario and Donkey Kong all the time...
And to be honest 3D on such a small device ,hmm fail.
 
 
+4 #2 STRESS 2011-09-23 12:32
I agree with Cartman Nintendo is relying too heavily on their former IP. (Which is basically three or four titles recycled). They're doing not as aweful as SEGA did in destroying it but they are on the same slippery slope. People will get fed up sooner or later to see the same shitty characters the same type of game all over and over again
 
 
+1 #3 The HavoX 2011-09-23 16:13
Well, at least the 3DS isn't the Virtual Boy. That didn't go so well for Nintendo, did it? :o
 
 
0 #4 spirittribe 2011-09-23 17:14
I think Tetris is more popular than Zelda, so see you online!
 
 
0 #5 youserzero 2011-09-25 05:36
Quoting Cartman:
Today they think its enough to use 3D word in product an that is become a new hit.

Nintendo is out of ideas, you cant just sell Zelda and Super Mario and Donkey Kong all the time...
And to be honest 3D on such a small device ,hmm fail.


IMHO if so many people are doing so much web surfing on small cell screens, then 3DS's slightly larger screen with glassless 3D would be no problem for these people.

I don't own one but I've played a zelda on a friends for a good 20+ minutes. I was actually pretty impressed...3D without some stupid pair of $100 glasses is cool! I can't wait to see what a 1st person shooter would look like.
 

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