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Nintendo 3DS Will Have Lower Sales in US At First

Posted on Thursday, March 24 @ 12:58:48 Eastern by


[Note: If that image gives you a headache, get ready for the Nintendo 3DS... and scroll down.]

It wasn't until E3 2010, when I held the Nintendo 3DS in my hand and saw the stereoscopic 3D without glasses with my own two eyes, that I was convinced of the console. But though I believe that the 3DS will revolutionize handheld gaming, its impact will likely be felt over the long haul.

Apart from curious passersby at a retail store like Best Buy and those embedded in the game community, most people have not yet held the 3DS in their hands. In fact, the number of demo stations for the 3DS have been curiously small, perhaps in an effort to keep the 3DS from being stolen or hacked before launch. Why there are no stations at my local GameStops is befuddling.

Where Nintendo fans have already pre-ordered their 3DS in their favorite color, it will take more to convince a person to purchase a $250 handheld that sounds like another gimmicky DS. Nintendo is relying on word of mouth - or more specifically, eye candy - for the 3DS, those moments when a friend will lean over someone's shoulder and glance at that shiny new-spangled device they're holding. And that they can see something in 3D without having to wear anything at all.

Even so, there will be video game aficionados who just aren't interested in getting the 3DS at launch. Many of its online features won't be arriving until the summer and the game lineup isn't terribly strong. The heavy-hitters like Ocarina of Time 3DS, Kid Icarus, Star Fox 64 3D, and Metal Gear Solid 3DS: Snake Eater won't be arriving until the summer (or later) as well. Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition and Nintendogs + Cats are the only two titles that interest me, but the former is still far superior on the console and the latter can wait until the games I really want are available.

There's no doubt in my mind that the 3DS will be a success, despite its price point, its lower battery life, and its power to give people headaches. It will just take a while before America begins to care.

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