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Tuesday, 26 April 2011 08:53

3DS falls short of 4 million goal

Written by David Stellmack
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Ships 3.61 million units since launch
Nintendo seems to be in the news a lot these days. We have learned from a reliable source who claims that Nintendo has yet to reach its goal of selling 4 million units of the new 3DS. Worldwide, it has been able to sell 3.61 million units, which actually is still a “smooth start,” according to Nintendo.

While they didn’t make the 4 million target, it has shipped 9.43 million cartridges for the 3DS, which actually isn’t that bad. It shows that the console has doing well at getting users to buy games at the time of console purchase (which actually isn’t that much of a surprise) given the fact that most users will want to try out the 3D support offed by the unit, and you need to buy games to do this.

Nintendo was able to move over 303,000 units in the European launch of the 3DS and 113,000 alone in the U.K. in the first two sales seasons. Nintendo was hoping to move more, but given the economy and the fact that many waiting to check out the new NGP from Sony before buying a gaming handheld these numbers are pretty good. We do think that a number of buyers are waiting to see the next handheld from Sony before choosing it on the 3DS.


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+3 #1 TechHog 2011-04-26 11:20
Well, the line-up thusfar is lacking, and the issues in Japan obviously had an effect. All things considered, it's not doing remotely badly.
 
 
+3 #2 Boomstick777 2011-04-26 12:40
3.61 million is still pretty good, I think the lauch price was a bit higher than expected, most kids already have a DSI, DS Lite etc, im sure when the price drops to around DSI levels sales will increase and surpass the last gen..
 
 
+1 #3 TechHog 2011-04-26 12:44
Quoting Boomstick777:
3.61 million is still pretty good, I think the lauch price was a bit higher than expected, most kids already have a DSI, DS Lite etc, im sure when the price drops to around DSI levels sales will increase and surpass the last gen..

$150 anytime soon is expecting too much, and the general public probably realizes that. Dropping to $200 and getting big titles out would be enough to ensure that.
 
 
+3 #4 Boomstick777 2011-04-26 16:03
Quoting TechHog:
Quoting Boomstick777:
3.61 million is still pretty good, I think the lauch price was a bit higher than expected, most kids already have a DSI, DS Lite etc, im sure when the price drops to around DSI levels sales will increase and surpass the last gen..

$150 anytime soon is expecting too much, and the general public probably realizes that. Dropping to $200 and getting big titles out would be enough to ensure that.


Price drop wont happen to soon. I think people aren't in a rush to go out and buy it and will wait possibly up until xmas time for a big price drop and better titles.
 
 
-3 #5 TechHog 2011-04-26 16:30
Quoting Boomstick777:
Quoting TechHog:
Quoting Boomstick777:
3.61 million is still pretty good, I think the lauch price was a bit higher than expected, most kids already have a DSI, DS Lite etc, im sure when the price drops to around DSI levels sales will increase and surpass the last gen..

$150 anytime soon is expecting too much, and the general public probably realizes that. Dropping to $200 and getting big titles out would be enough to ensure that.


Price drop wont happen to soon. I think people aren't in a rush to go out and buy it and will wait possibly up until xmas time for a big price drop and better titles.

Even then, dropping by $100 is totally out of the question. It'll be years before that happens.
 
 
+2 #6 Boomstick777 2011-04-26 17:03
Not sure about in $, but in the UK the Ds's cost around these prices..

3DS £189 (Amazon UK already had special offer of £175)

DSI XL £149

DSI £139

It wont be years before a price drop here, 3DS could well be £149 with a game at xmas time, also they will coninside the price drop with the lauch of Sonys new PSP. wait and see £149 by xmas i'll bet you a tenner lol :-D
 
 
0 #7 Boomstick777 2011-05-12 23:57
Quoting TechHog:
It'll be years before that happens.


Hey, TechHog seems you were wrong about the price drops ;-) 3DS dropping to £149 in some places already.

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/nintendo-3ds-149-graingergames-instore-only/937311.

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/black-3ds-148-98-also-xbox-360-25o-gig-with-black-ops-174-98-gamestation-instore/937346

Remeber you said the Xbox 360 won't be relased in 2012, i'll remind you of that aswell when it gets released next year haha ;-)
 
 
-1 #8 TechHog 2011-05-13 00:00
Quoting Boomstick777:
Quoting TechHog:
It'll be years before that happens.


Hey, TechHog seems you were wrong about the price drops ;-) 3DS dropping to £149 in some places already. http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/nintendo-3ds-149-graingergames-instore-only/937311.

Remeber you said the Xbox 360 won't be relased in 2012, i'll remind you of that aswell when it gets released next year haha ;-)

In Europe, retailers set the price, and it's a total flop there, so that's an exception. Retailers just want to get rid of them. I'm not even sure if it can recover in Europe.

Allow me to rephrase: It'll be years before Nintendo drops the price officially in areas where they set the price.
 
 
-1 #9 Boomstick777 2011-05-13 00:08
Quoting TechHog:
In Europe, retailers set the price, and it's a total flop there, so that's an exception. Retailers just want to get rid of them. I'm not even sure if it can recover in Europe.

Allow me to rephrase: It'll be years before Nintendo drops the price officially in areas where they set the price.


Hmm, trying to dig your way out of a hole there lol, anyway, expect it to be £149 with a game soonish.. Not bad price at all.
 
 
-1 #10 TechHog 2011-05-13 00:26
Quoting Boomstick777:
Hmm, trying to dig your way out of a hole there lol, anyway, expect it to be £149 with a game soonish.. Not bad price at all.

I was speaking only about North America before that comment. Obviously, if retailers set the price and it's not selling, they'll cut the price. But in North America, Japan, or Australia? No way! Even in that link, it's only on a temporary sale. Expect prices to go back up once more games come out and it starts selling better.

Also, if the price gets that low, it'll have to be declared a total failure. Dropping below the price of the DSi would be a clearance price. I pray that you're wrong.
 

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