Friday, January 21, 2011

Nintendo 3DS News


I was getting pretty pumped for the 3DS launch in the Spring, but new announcements just landed and took some of the wind of out my sails.  In a nutshell:
  • The 3DS releases March 27th in North America
  • It will cost $250
  • It acts as a pedometer which earns "Game Coins" for steps
  • About 30 games in the "launch window" have been announced
A few things worry me about this particular news release.  First, $250 is a lot of money for a handheld system ($50 and I can buy a PS3). Second, the term "launch window" means not all the games will be out on day 1. Third, the launch games don't look all that exciting.

If I buy a video game system it's so I can play games on it.  Looking at the list of launch window games I'm only interested in 2, Pilot Wings Resort and Street Fighter IV 3D.  Interested, but probably not enough to buy either game.  Further down the list are the first-party (Nintendo) games in the works which include a new Mario Kart, Paper Mario, StarFox 64 3D, and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D.  If those all came out on day one I would be a thousand times more interested.

Looking at the launch lineup I'm positive I won't buy a 3DS on launch day.  At this rate it looks like the 3DS might be a good Christmas present for me next year.

2 comments:

  1. Agreed on the launch line-up. I've gone from a "must buy two one release day" to "maybe I can wait after all".

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  2. That was my progression too.

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