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.