Earlier this year we were all worried about the performance of the Nintendo 3DS. After all, there were certain tabloids claiming that the 3D effect gives headaches and eye strain (to be fair, this reporter has only seen that happen when playing at 1-2am, when he shouldn’t be playing games anyway – 2D or 3D). The initial launch sales weren’t very high, which was attributed to the lack of strong first-party launch titles (Pilotwings Resort and Nintendogs + Cats being the only Nintendo games) and the high price tag (£229.99 on average). The launch was also stunted by the lack of the Internet Browser and eShop at launch, but now both are available and a new update on Thursday will revamp said eShop and allow 3D Video recording.
This resulted in a drastic price-cut in the middle of the year; meaning that the console now only costs around £129.99. Since then, first-party titles like The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Starfox 64 3D, Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7 and Super Pokémon Rumble have been released – and they have certainly had an impact on the console’s sales. MCV has reported that a sizeable amount of UK retailers are selling out of the console – in particular, the Metallic Red model is “all but sold out” (although others are in short supply). Ian Johnson, GAME Group’s category manager for Nintendo has said:
We have high expectations for the final few weeks before Christmas.
Which isn’t surprising considering the vast amount of games released in the last couple of months and the fact that due to Black Friday sales in the United States, the 3DS has beaten the DS’ 12-month sale amount in 8 months. If you don’t already have a 3DS, will you be getting one? And even if you do already have one, what new games will you be hoping Santa leaves you?