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Having learned its lesson, Nintendo is taking every necessary precaution to ensure that the same thing doesn't happen to the Wii U

At a recent shareholders meeting, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata admitted that 3DS sales have gotten off to a slow start and that the lack of a solid software lineup is likely the reason. 

Nintendo's 3DS has hit more than a few rough patches since its release in March of this year. During the first week of its release, Nintendo sold 400,000 systems, but has had trouble keeping the sales momentum.

Iwata said in the meeting that the new portable game system "continues to struggle," and believes that it would have sold better if the launch lineup had been better prepared

"We also must reflect on the fact that we were not able to launch Nintendo 3DS at a time when a sufficient number of strong software titles were ready," said Iwata. 

Having learned its lesson, Nintendo is taking every necessary precaution to ensure that the same thing doesn't happen to the Wii U

"In order to avoid the same thing from happening to the Wii U, we are considering details, such as what software is suitable for the launch, more carefully than ever before," said Iwata.

Iwata also noted that one of Nintendo's biggest mistakes was not investing in the creation of certain games with third parties, but it is now willing to do so.

In other news, the shareholders meeting also brought up the possibility of Nintendo jumping onto the mobile bandwagon with devices or an app store, and Iwata made it clear that Nintendo is still in research mode regarding such endeavors. 

"If we had never considered combining a mobile phone and a handheld device, we would be negligent," said Iwata. "But on the other hand, mobile phones are subject to monthly fees, and we need to consider how well this would fit with game devices or how we should balance these aspects.” 

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Or maybe the hardware blows
By chmilz on 7/11/2011 11:23:56 AM , Rating: 4
It's ugly. The battery sucks. Most people play with the 3D off. Wireless/online functionality still sucks. Basically it's a slightly better DS.

They really crapped the bed with this launch. I played a demo unit at a store a couple days after launch and completely forgot about it immediately after.

Considering this is DS backwards compatible, the hardware is the reason it isn't selling. People would rather still buy the DS.

RE: Or maybe the hardware blows
By tastyratz on 7/11/2011 11:56:56 AM , Rating: 2
absolutely man, it boiled down to a more expensive ds with a gimmick most people find little more than novel.
3d is cool, but manufacturers are betting on it WAY too much to sell when it really is miniscule.

RE: Or maybe the hardware blows
By MrBlastman on 7/11/2011 11:25:30 PM , Rating: 3
Not only that but it makes your eyes feel like they are bleeding after using it for only 10 minutes. I tested one out and after such a short amount of using it, I was very surprised my eyes hurt for a solid hour afterwards. I decided what's the point in using a handheld that hurts you for playing on it?

RE: Or maybe the hardware blows
By Flunk on 7/11/2011 12:23:34 PM , Rating: 1
Yup, how could they release a handheld that's less powerful than the PSP, that Sony is just about to replace with something much more powerful?

RE: Or maybe the hardware blows
By StevoLincolnite on 7/11/2011 3:44:20 PM , Rating: 3
Yup, how could they release a handheld that's less powerful than the PSP, that Sony is just about to replace with something much more powerful?

Same thing could have been said about the Wii, it wasn't really much more powerful than the first Xbox, not to mention incredibly inferior graphically compared to the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and venerable PC, yet was still a run away success.

It goes to show that pure Graphics performance isn't always going to be a deciding factor on system sales.

RE: Or maybe the hardware blows
By GulWestfale on 7/11/2011 3:58:10 PM , Rating: 2
i think price is another factor; it's too expensive for kids to throw around, and adults realize that they could get a home console for the same amount.

RE: Or maybe the hardware blows
By rudy on 7/11/2011 6:34:47 PM , Rating: 2
I think there is a far bigger issue. Smart phones and MP3 players can now play the kind of basic games that portable game systems do. so why have portable game systems? They always existed only as a way of wasting time playing low end games. Portable devices are converging fast into a single device that will be pretty much what smart phones now are and there will be no need for anyone to have any other type of device. Nintendo should be ditching the sales model of a system and working on selling their games to people for use on their smart phones and mp3 players.

RE: Or maybe the hardware blows
By cmdrdredd on 7/11/2011 6:40:52 PM , Rating: 5
Smart phones and MP3 players can now play the kind of basic games that portable game systems do. so why have portable game systems?

Ever try to play a fighting game on an iPhone? How about Assassin's Creed on an iPad? It's utterly impossible. That's why

RE: Or maybe the hardware blows
By robinthakur on 7/12/2011 7:27:31 AM , Rating: 2
Err, have you never played streetfighter 4/Volt on the iPhone? It is seriously good. A lot of the time, the problem is no the hardware, its developers not properly focussing on the control challenges that not having any buttons causes. You can work around it.

Re the 3DS, I am on the fence on whether to buy one. I will wait until the second iteration of the hardware, but as somebody else said, the time I would have spent playing the 3DS on the way to work every day is now taken up by playing on the iPhone so I'm not really sure when I'd use it... The fact tat it is in 3D does hook into my overall strategy (I am replacing all my TV's with 3D capable passive 3D ones from LG) but still, meh!

RE: Or maybe the hardware blows
By someguy123 on 7/11/2011 5:35:38 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know why people hate the 3D so much. Correctly implemented 3D looks and plays well, though the only game I can think of with good 3D implementation is the OoT update.

You can't really fault nintendo for other people being lazy with 3D and with the hardware. The updated portions of OoT look great and a step above the DS. I agree with you about the launch problems and online, though.

I think the 3DS and Wii U were released as kneejerk reactions to the sudden drop of profits, instead of having kits out and enough time for developers to make decent launch titles.

RE: Or maybe the hardware blows
By cmdrdredd on 7/11/11, Rating: 0
RE: Or maybe the hardware blows
By Hiawa23 on 7/11/2011 7:43:50 PM , Rating: 2
I did not like the DS, & after messing around with the 3DS, wasn't that impressed with that.

Yeah, Nintendo...
By Arsynic on 7/11/2011 11:22:28 AM , Rating: 3
I'm sure it has nothing to do with the price tag and the 3D gimmick.

RE: Yeah, Nintendo...
By quiksilvr on 7/11/2011 11:41:38 AM , Rating: 3
Seriously. I mean, its $100 more than the Wii and the DSi XL

RE: Yeah, Nintendo...
By Chadder007 on 7/11/2011 12:36:37 PM , Rating: 2
The price tag took me for a loop over the standard DS.

By rubbahbandman on 7/11/2011 11:57:46 AM , Rating: 2
Competition from smartphones and tablets isn't helping Nintendo's situation much either...

RE: competition
By Golgatha on 7/11/2011 12:03:16 PM , Rating: 2
I think this is the bigger issue. The games on tablets/smartphones/etc are much, much cheaper on devices the person already owns. There are some 3D capable smartphones on the horizon too, so even the gimmick of 3D can't help for more than 6M to a year.

RE: competition
By rudy on 7/11/2011 6:38:06 PM , Rating: 1
3d is already here, EVO 3d I own it and it has games, I made a post above this is the real cause of issues. People can already play the basic quality games that come on portable systems on their smart phones, mp3 players and even gps. Most of them just can no longer justify paying for a dedicated gaming device.

RE: competition
By cmdrdredd on 7/11/2011 6:43:43 PM , Rating: 3
Again as I said before in another reply, the games are basic. Who the fuck cares about angry birds anymore? That's a fucking lame ass game and you know it.

Try playing Assassin's Creed or Street Fighter on your ipad, I fucking dare you to say it's good. It's not, and it utterly sucks donkey balls.

Seems accurate...
By Astral Abyss on 7/11/2011 11:20:27 AM , Rating: 2
I think this is an accurate statement, at least for my situation. I was immediately interested in the 3DS when I heard about. 3D without glasses and decent price, sign me up! But, after hearing about the games available for it, or lack thereof, I decided I would wait-and-see. Still waiting...

RE: Seems accurate...
By Sazabi19 on 7/11/2011 1:10:54 PM , Rating: 2
Same here. A few Mario games on release (especially MarioCart which is still in the works) and some Sonic games at least being worked on and I would have gotten one as well. Not now though.

RE: Seems accurate...
By The0ne on 7/11/2011 3:50:59 PM , Rating: 2
Regardless of what others have replied, this was the principle fault at launch. We've seen this happen many times before, with xbox and Sega consoles. It was an unexpected short-sighted plan that Nintendo did this, imo, considering their past histories on this area.

People complained about the 3DS costing more because of the 3D gimmick and slightly revamped hardware. They already forgotten Nintendo is king when it comes to this. Hundreds of thousand consumers have paid over and over for a change in color. Some of those consumers are probably here replying :) So ask yourself, which is more lame or practical for Nintendo. Change the color and have consumers buy another DS or as a consumer paying for something that may be worthwhile like 3D and upgraded hardware. But don't worry, soon Nintendo will have you eatting the color scam again :D

By room200 on 7/11/2011 12:28:56 PM , Rating: 2
I know he'd like to ignore the 800lb gorilla in the room, but in this economy, why would you he think that millions of people would pony up $250 bucks for a portable game machine. I can afford it, but I just can't justify it. should not cost more than an XBox360.

RE: Okay
By Sazabi19 on 7/11/2011 1:13:05 PM , Rating: 2
The same reason why people pay that and much, much more for anything with a shiny apple on it.

RE: Okay
By kmmatney on 7/11/2011 5:04:00 PM , Rating: 2
I was the same way with the iPad - I wanted one, and could afford it, but couldn't justify it. So I settled on a $189 Nook (refurbished from B&N). Was very easy to update to Gingerbread, and it's plenty fast enough (I have mine overclocked a little). It serves my main needs - couch surfing and light email work.

Real Reason: To xxpensive for the 3d gimic.
By Nutzo on 7/11/2011 12:06:16 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sure it has nothing to do with the fact that it cost almost twice the price of the DS-lite, and the slowdown in the economy hitting at the same time.

At $250, they have priced themselves out of reach of alot of people. I'd rather buy a DS-lite, and spend the money saved on 4 or 5 additional games.

By kmmatney on 7/11/2011 5:06:59 PM , Rating: 2
You can get a DS Lite for $99, so the 3DS is more than twice as much. It also has to compete with the iPod touch at this price. Even my refurbed Nook Color was only $189, and its a decent gaming/entertainment device.

By Lord 666 on 7/11/2011 12:15:39 PM , Rating: 2
Advised a friend not to get one for her target market son due to the possible eye damage.

While Nintendo did the right thing and provided warnings before, still questionable at any age with limited studies available.

By kmmatney on 7/11/2011 5:09:44 PM , Rating: 2
I agree - I'm not sure I'd want my kids using this just yet. My 3 kids (as well as me) have 3 DS Lites at the moment (as well as an XL).

Where do we start?
By piroroadkill on 7/11/2011 12:06:30 PM , Rating: 3
Gimmicky 3D display and overpriced, as well as the weak line-up.
Not that I'm any fan of Sony, but you have to admire the sheer amount of hardware they've packed into PlayStation Vita, even if it has a pretty un-catchy name.
Anyone who actually wants to game on the move is going to keep their eye on that, or play on their existing devices: smartphones/PSP/DS

He's right.
By idiot77 on 7/11/2011 11:18:39 AM , Rating: 2
If it had more games at launch that I was interested in then I would have gotten one. Now I have to wait and see if I have any money after Fall disbursements to make it worth my while. Even then I'm not 100% convinced since there is only 2-3 games I really would like to play.

I think the phrase is.......
By jabber on 7/11/2011 11:36:59 AM , Rating: 2
....flogging a dead horse!

By SilthDraeth on 7/11/2011 12:10:02 PM , Rating: 2
The camera on the DS is absolute crap. I was really excited about the 3d picture taking capability and the ability to view it in 3d also. However, the cameras are only .3 megapixel. I believe going with some 3 megapixel sensors x2 would have sold me on it.

By inperfectdarkness on 7/11/2011 2:01:09 PM , Rating: 2
so nintendo got f'd once again by developers not offering games for a system launch? lol! the anti-nintendo bias is still in full-effect.

Nintendo is done in handhelds
By vision33r on 7/11/2011 6:55:44 PM , Rating: 2
With the recent news they're releasing a Pokemon app not the actual card game is a sign they are changing their stance and soon they will get their butts out of handheld.

They can't compete with smartphones when people are playing emulators running N64/DS games. Native smartphone games looks way better than 3DS in 2D, all it needs is for Nintendo to become a developer.

By sdfdsfsdfs on 7/11/2011 7:57:28 PM , Rating: 2

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By weiwei1 on 7/11/2011 9:06:24 PM , Rating: 2
Free transport

By btc909 on 7/12/2011 2:43:51 AM , Rating: 2
I had a feeling on keeping my daughters DSi XL. I didn't see a battery improvement on the DS 3D & figure the battery life would take a hit. The number of pre-announced 3D titles were non-existant. Some people have problem looking at 3D for any length of time. The price for what it was to me expensive. Now it does make sense of you have a DS, DS Lite or a DSi to upgrade to the DSi XL. It took me a few months to get a decent price for a Pink DS Lite. I know the color was a factor. But eventually the value would have dropped to nothing if I kept it.

By Shadowmaster625 on 7/12/2011 8:25:09 AM , Rating: 2
It dont sell because there are not that many dumb yuppies who are actually dumb enough to hand a child a $300 piece of hardware that has at least a 10% chance of being smashed and broken and / or stolen within 90 days. You cant warranty against willful or accidental destruction, and the repair charge is about $150. No thanks!

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