Thursday, May 19, 2011

Worried about the future of the 3DS?

Do not fear. Have faith. Nintendo know what they’re doing. Nintendo are cash rich. They are experienced, skilled, and able to get the world excited about the 3DS when the time is right. I believe the 2011 launch of the Nintendo 3DS is a soft launch. There are probably many reasons for opting to go with a soft launch in lieu of an all-out, guns-blazing, saturate-the-airwaves launch, which I won’t go into today. Let’s assume 2011 is for the early-adopting hardcore players, while 2012 is for the casual players to join in the fun.


Fast forward to Christmas 2012; the 3DS is the mega hit of the season. What? Not Christmas 2011? That’s right. Christmas 2011 will treat the 3DS very well too, but 2012 will be the real success story in comparison. It is when the casual gamer market finally sees the potential of the 3DS, much like they did with the DS. The reasons for this include a lower purchase price ($199 or less), and a sleek “Lite” version with a selection of fun colors. The library of games sitting on the store shelves will include such must-have titles as Mario, Mario Kart, Zelda, Castlevania, Metal Gear Solid, Resident Evil, Kirby, Pokemon, and much more. The eShop will be pre-installed and ready to go with ease, making it hassle-free for casual players. Services such as Netflix will also be available. And, by that point Nintendo will have opened the marketing floodgates and saturated every media outlet imaginable to ensure every potential customer is aware of its beautiful baby.


Am I bias? Absolutely! But, that doesn’t mean I’m wrong. ;)

9 comments:

  1. And hopefully we'll have a Dementium 3DS by then too? ;)

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  2. This is mostly reasonable, but "a sleek 'Lite' version?" Come on. You know as well as I do that 3DS is already the same size as the Lite. I maintain that there's no chance of a rebranded, primarily-aesthetic (i.e. not like DSi) redesign, unless power-saving or autostereoscopic 3D tech advance much faster than I currently expect.

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  3. Don't mean to be too snide or anything - it just seems pretty clear to me that talk of a 3DS Lite ignores the reasons why the original DS Lite existed in the first place (the original DS being a clunky, bulky, ugly, seemingly rushed-to-market design, with crappy screens and significantly lower battery life than what was possible with tech available at the time), none of which are really applicable to 3DS. I just find it a bit silly (and occasionally annoying) that people keep suggesting it'll happen, considering all that.

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  4. Please make a shooter for us!

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  5. Dementium 3ds please

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  6. Interesting prediction!

    Plenty of reason to look forward to a lite version: It's currently slightly bulky (not as bad as the DS Phat tho), and the battery life could really do with being better. About 5x better.

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  7. I haven't had trouble with my battery dying too early, and the size seems perfect to me. Though I feel like they could have stretched the top screen out a bit more.

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  8. Fast forward to 2014, and your predictions were right! :D

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