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Nintendo 3DS Console Sales Still Not Going As Well As Expected

July 28th, 2011 · 2 Comments · General 3D News

Nintendo has released some financial results that contain some interesting information regarding the sales of their 3D-capable 3DS portable console. For example during the last three months that ended in June 2011 the worldwide sales of the Nintendo 3DS console accounted for 0.71 million units and for the same timeframe Nintendo has sold more than double non-3D portable consoles in the form of Nintendo DS (1.44 million units). The worldwide sales of the bigger Nintendo Wii console were even more with 1.56 million units sold for that quarter, so the 3DS needs to catch up a lot, especially considering the fact that the older products are already available on the market for quite some time.

On the software side, Nintendo has sold 4.53 million games for the 3DS console, as opposed to 12.13 million for the DS and 13.44 million for the Wii console. Of course here the older consoles have the advantage of much larger user base, but it is also up to the number of hit titles available for each console. For example thanks to the game “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D” considered a top game title the number of software sales for the 3DS were just at about 1/3 of the games sold for one of the other platforms which is actually quite good. And in truth Nintendo is blaming the slow hardware sales due to the lack of hit titles for the Nintendo 3DS, which is probably true considering the fact that the interest in 3D is booming and that the 3DS still has no serious competition.

You can find more details about Nintendo’s financial results in this PDF…

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  • 1 pidge // Jul 28, 2011 at 19:39

    For it was price and terrible 3D. The price is just too much given the fact that the graphics aren’t that great and even though I can watch games and movies in 3D on my PC and my 3DTV, I just can not do the same on the 3DS. It gives me headaches. So basically I would be paying $250 for an ok 2D portable gaming console upgrade.

  • 2 Daniel Stange // Jul 29, 2011 at 09:53

    I loved the 3DS once Ocarina of Time finally came out; the recent $80 price drop is a serious bummer for me personally since I bought it on launch day, but getting 20 free virtual console games is alright I suppose depending on which ones they are.

    In general; the online store is seriously over-priced in comparison to the mobile phone market, but hopefully with the price drop this is a sign that Nintendo is finally accepting that the old market is gone now that smart phones are more common. I bought it on launch day and lost money to some extent, but i’m glad that it will hopefully encourage more people to buy it which means more games for me.

    If they don’t change their strategy (they tried it their way up to this point; ignoring the new market we exist in today) than it only means that it is Nintendo’s fault for not capitalizing on the advantages of their device. They have a much cheaper device than smart phones with PHYSICAL controls, the Nintendo IP, a slick and useful two screen set up featuring one charming stereo 3D screen (something even the Vita will not have), and most importantly a separate battery from your smart phone device. If they keep this cheap (and they are now officially taking a loss on the device) and lowered the price of their games (maybe even supported digital distribution for full games since they have a SD card slot) they could really change peoples opinions of the device.

    The screen could have been a higher resolution but all in all i’m fine with it and look forward to playing more games on it with the 3D maxed out. It does ghost a bit but that is inherit to this technology. Frankly Nintendo is simultaneously brilliant and retarded and we’ve seen them fail real hard but also succeed beyond what any could have expected.

    I bought it because I’ve been playing on Nintendo systems since the NES, but others might be tempted by the idea of having a little 3d world that they can carry around in their pocket, where their hands don’t obscure the screen, and the device’s only function is to entertain you. Devices like these, with only one function in mind, are becoming rare nowadays, and for that reason I find the 3DS very compelling. It’s there to play video games, nothing more, nothing less.

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