Nintendo’s 3DS not living up to Iwata’s financial expectations
When Nintendo first released their 3DS back in February for the Japanese market and March for the US/EU market, it picked up a good number of early adopters and console fanatics who just had to have it. Now, a couple of months later Nintendo has crunched through their sales numbers. … and figured out the baking sales didn’t quite go as hoped for.
Expected to sell at least 4 million units by the end of its fical year, they only sold 3.61 million, leaving quite a big gap in expected vs actual revenue. Company’s CEO Satoru Iwata is still keeping his head on straight and is expecting this summer to be good for handheld sales. His main pointers to combat the slump in sales were: Increasing customers understanding of 3D and showing them the benefits of not needing glasses to enjoy a full 3D experience.
We would rather say, how about dropping the exhuberant price on games to something more rational (see iTunes store for example). Also, the battery lasts about 3h in Wifi/3D enabled mode, an oldskool PSP does better… and then we haven’t even touched the subject of the glassesless 3D being inappropriate for small children, giving some people nausea, dizziness and other effects similar to binge drinking.