A Simple Question: Nintendo’s 3DS Price Drop

By now, most of you have had a chance to absorb the news about the Nintendo 3DS price drop, and the offerings that Nintendo is dishing out to those that picked up the product already.  $80 bucks off coming August 12th, with 20 free games from the eshop if you purchased the system at full price.  Nintendo has also gotten out in front of this with regards to the media pretty well, explaining their justifications, and trying to engage their customers.  While I held off on picking up a 3DS (and probably still will until I actually see some titles), I have to wonder if what was offered enough.  And I almost made this question just that, but I’m going to change it up a bit:

Based on what has transpired with the 3DS price drop, are you now hesitant to be an early adopter to future Nintendo system releases?

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Let me explain why I didn’t go with asking whether the offerings for the price drop were worth it.  Frankly, companies change prices on things all the time, and that they’re offering something for free to people who have been using the system this whole time is just icing on the cake.  You may not like that people will now be paying less, but you are getting something for free, when the company owed you nothing.  Now, back to the question for this week; Nintendo, in my opinion, has struggled to maintain the high energy of their system releases.  From the Nintendo 64 on, there has been great fanfare on initial release, followed by a dearth of releases for months, leaving gamers to wonder if they backed the wrong horse (I don’t consider Gameboy DS version upgrades real releases, since they didn’t really change the format).  Sure, some gems have hit each system along the way, and the Wii hit gold with capturing the casual audience, but I purposefully held off on the 3DS because I just didn’t see the games coming fast enough.  I feel as though my reaction to the Wii U will be the same; I will be sitting on the fence until Nintendo proves to me that they can support their game systems with more than just their launch titles and shovelware.

No Twitter feedback this week, as I’m on vacation in OBX.  Don’t let that stop you from posting your thoughts below, and voting above! Keep an eye out in #PNASQ on Monday when I’ll pose next week’s question.

A Simple Question (ASQ) is a weekly segment for Platform Nation. Each week on Monday, I’ll ask a question on Twitter at #PNASQ. Give a response and let the world know what you think; there is no right or wrong answer here. If you have a suggestion for a question, hit me up on twitter @vttym.

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  • Gern

    That’s an interesting question and it forced me to think about my buying decisions for the current gen consoles.   I bought my Wii in summer of 2008, over a year and a half after it was released.  It was too early because the used game market for the Wii was still high.  I bought my xbox 360 in late 2009 (4 years after release) and it ended up being a good decision because the used xbox 360 game market has lower prices.  I buy all my used games at $15 or less.  I am going to use the same strategy on the Wii U and wait about 4 years.   I still have many games to play on the Wii and xbox 360 and it will keep me busy for a long time.  Also, there are so many xbox live arcade titles that I still have yet to buy.

    • I am really beginning to appreciate this more — buying used.  Obviously the developers making online passes might make this more difficult, but otherwise, used is just a better value for the same game.  Game price degredation only means something to you if you are trying to sell…. if you haven’t played a game, it’s new to you.

  • I think my readers are fully aware of the fact that I have grown to despise Nintendo.  I once loved them when I was a wee-lad, but now everything is wearing thin.  Everything I hear about the Wii-U, from the controller to the name, sounds disappointing. Nintendo just needs to stop making consoles and become a third party game developer.  I don’t care how many Wii’s sold in the past.  It was a gimmicky fluke, and Nintendo is asking for too much if they are expecting to see it happen again with the Wii-U. 
    Their target audience is mostly casual gamers, and even those technology dullards are starting to see Nintendo’s true colors after realizing that their Wii hasn’t been put to use for longer than they can remember.  These days, casual gamers have smart phones and ipads to keep them happy.   I’m hardly a microsoft or sony fan boy, I could really care less about what company produced my gaming console, I just want it to be good and have great games on it.  A ‘new’ console with six year old graphics and a tablet sized controller hardly meets that description in my mind.  So again, I really would love for you to prove me wrong Nintendo… but you won’t.       

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  • Roger M

    I’ve never considered a 3DS. Too expensive. I compare what you pay as pretty much equivalent to  an XBox/PS3.
    I do have a DSi XL as a result of a trade in of my aging DS. However, I hardly play handheld anymore. Same goes for my PSPs which I pretty much solely use for the wireless Internet radio feature.
    I did give the 3DS a look at a store tho. It seemed “decent”, but nothing groundbreaking or stunning making me wish for one. And the price… as I said.
    Nintendo in general? I was lining up getting a Wii on day one. It was fun, and I enjoyed playing  Wii games. But it’s been gathering dust the recent years, and that ain’t gonna change.
    I won’t line up getting a Wii U, I think. So far the “awesome” part of it is that it will have HD, which the competition has been offering for years. And the humongous controller with a competing screen (competing with the TV screen you use for playing) seems, hm, overly bulky?
    It doesn’t excite me much. I know, I’m getting old, and my gaming habits have changed. Although I have to admit, I fired up a Gamecube the other day, and am enjoying a little retro gaming.
    Maybe I’m getting tired of the gaming industry in general? Sony effed up lots recently. They rendered my phat PS3 useless with their firmware “update” after the infamous PSN shutdown. That’s a big strike one. And now they’re introducing PSN Pass Code, radically increasing the gaming cost for a family with more than one gamer in the household. That’s a BIG strike two!

    Where does this leave me? In a “don’t count on me” category. I’m getting more and more skeptical to the gaming industry. I agree with the other replies. I might as well stick with what I have and buy old and/or used. I’m not in a “big spender” mood anymore.

    Having said that, I am still in awe and impressed by the complexity and efforts put into games like L.A. Noir. As an end user/gamer, I really enjoyed how far the gaming industry has reached.

    Peace, and game on…
    Roger M