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Nintendo President Satoru Iwata sticks by the 3DS during these tough times  (Source: thereviewcrew.com)
Nintendo recently saw a 5 percent share slide as well as criticism from analysts who say gamers are happy playing on mobile devices like smartphones instead, and that Nintendo doesn't fulfill the gamers' needs anymore

Nintendo's 3DS has lived a pretty tragic tale since its March 2011 release -- and it doesn't look like that's changing anytime soon. 

Nintendo announced poor first-quarter earnings in July, and largely blamed the poor sales of the 3DS
. Between April and June 2011, only 710,000 units were sold, which brought the total number sold to 4.32 million (830,000 in the U.S. total). This was disappointing for Nintendo, considering it was hoping to sell this amount in the first few weeks of the 3DS' release. The company blamed a poor initial game lineup for the system's failure.

In an effort to run damage control, Nintendo slashed the price of the 3DS from $249.99 to $169.99 in August. It also offered a Nintendo 3DS Ambassador program that allowed users to download certain games for free.

The effort 
appeared to be working -- Nintendo sold 215,000 3DS systems between August 8 and 14 in Japan alone. This was pretty significant, considering the company sold 109,000 units in Japan in all of May 2011.

But that's where the success stops -- for now. Nintendo recently saw a 5 percent share slide as well as criticism from analysts who say gamers are happy playing on mobile devices like smartphones instead, and that Nintendo doesn't fulfill the gamers' needs anymore. 

Nintendo President and CEO Satoru Iwata announced that Nintendo will release a significant game lineup starting the end of 2011 to the beginning of 2012. But analysts believe a better game lineup won't save the 3DS at this point. 

"Nintendo succeeded by pulling in people who weren't gamers and their needs now are no longer being fulfilled by Nintendo -- they are happy playing games on their mobile phones," said Mitsushige Akino, chief fund manager at Ichiyoshi Investment.

So far this year, Nintendo shares have plunged nearly 50 percent due to 3DS woes and doubts that the Wii U can be as successful as the Wii. Iwata took a 50 percent pay cut while other executives took 20 to 30 percent pay cuts for poor performance, and analysts have cut their full-year operating profit forecasts for Nintendo by about 45 percent in the past month. 

Despite the doom and gloom
, Iwata marches on with hope that the 3DS won't be a complete flop after a better game lineup is released. 

"From the end of this year to the beginning of next, we are planning the kind of extensive lineup that has probably never been seen before in the history of video games," said Iwata. "We will make an all-out effort to see that the 3DS sells enough to become the successor to the DS."

Rumors also circulated last month that a second circle pad would be released for the 3DS, and that a whole new portable system would be released in 2012.



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Poor game lineup my ass, try faulty exicution!
By RealTheXev on 9/13/2011 11:03:05 AM , Rating: 3
Let me ask anyone a simple question, have you SEEN a 3DS? How are you supposed to be oohed and awed by something no one has ever seen. To date, none of my friends have seen one and I haven't seen one either, and apparently this system has been out since March????!

When the DS launched, even my local Walmart in the middle of nowhere had a kiosk that you could try it out at. But if you go into GameStop, Walmart, Target, Toy R Us... no retailer has a unit on display in the Erie PA area. How can you experience this supposed eye popping glassless 3D when you can't even see it in person at a store?

Sorry everyone who lives in a city in civilization where what I just said may not be true, but these displays need to be everywhere, not just big cities. Who knows, someone in a super populated city like New York tell me if its the same there??

I have no interest in a machine in a box. Killer titles might change my mind, but how can I see if this glassless 3D is any good with out a damn display unit!?

I ask Daily Tech or ANY OTHER SITE to step out of the office where they might receive game units and titles for free, and go LOOK for a damn unit.

My local stores do have units for sale, but again... WHERE IS MY DISPLAY!?




By Subzero0000 on 9/13/2011 10:00:57 PM , Rating: 2
It's the same situation here in Hong Kong (a super populated city).
They do sell 3DS, but none on display.


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