Nintendo 3DS sales take an unexpected dip

Sales of the 3DS have not met Nintendo's expectations since the handheld's first week on sale. Nintendo President Satoru Iwata addressed the issue during an investor briefing in Tokyo on Tuesday, “Nintendo 3DS has not been selling as expected since the second week [of availability in the United States and Europe], and this is not just in the Japanese market but also in the United States and Europe, where no direct impact from the great earthquake has occurred.”

3.6 million 3DS units have been sold to date. It received mixed reviews from the press, partly for what was perceived as a weak launch line-up of games. Iwata echoed the sentiment in the briefing, “I think this could change if some compelling software comes out, but I am frankly surprised at the tepid reaction... I truly thought that the fanboys would snap these up at any price.”

Source: Wired

Apr 27, 2011

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  • PanzerDSS - May 27, 2011 9:24 p.m.

    I have a 3DS and an iPod touch. They both offer different experiences. I have quite a few games for my 3DS, but I found most used or for half off. I can see why sales are slow, but I have faith Nintendo will offer some great software, starting with Ocarina.
  • IceHawk79 - May 25, 2011 10:46 p.m.

    The launch games were horrible. Wasted 39.99 on Nintendogs, because I wanted something to play. Ended up returning it and got Sonic Collection for DS. June will be a fun month for good games on the 3DS!
  • darksongbird - April 30, 2011 4:49 a.m.

    I do love Nintendo, LOZ4EVAH, don't get me wrong. However, even if I did have 250 dollars just laying around to spend, I might still hesitate to buy the system right now. I mean at least 85% of the games out for it now are of no interest to me. So until more good games get released for it, I won't be thinking of getting it. The games I really want for it are Kid Icarus, Mario Kart, Super Mario 3D and Resident Evil: Revelations. They are all titles that are TBA. In that sense, I'm just not in a rush.
  • poothurdur32 - April 29, 2011 7:56 p.m.

    Can I get a price dip in dis house?!
  • LOZ4EVAH - April 29, 2011 7:56 p.m.

    Why all the hate? Sure Nintendo 3DS doesn't have a great lineup but the reason they aren't selling is cuz we don't got the money. I'd buy it in a heartbeat if I had the money. Plus nobody should really mind the comments of someone named BigKingBud or some other dumbass name.
  • Zepaw - April 29, 2011 2:41 a.m.

    Every time I see it in a store I think about how sad the game selection is and move on.
  • Sharkbot - April 28, 2011 3:14 p.m.

    I think because it's a 100 fucking dollars more, I'm not paying THAT kind of money into a 3DS, i might as well upgrade my fucking PC, with a decent monitor or a new graphics card.
  • darksongbird - April 28, 2011 1:41 p.m.

    It's not only the launch titles (or lack of them) but the price of the system itself. When you put those two together, I guess I'm not all that surprised that it hasn't sold to their expectations. But then again, what did they honestly expect?
  • jmcgrotty - April 28, 2011 10:59 a.m.

    Unless I am completely reading the article wrong... Iwata didn't say “I think this could change if some compelling software comes out, but I am frankly surprised at the tepid reaction... I truly thought that the fanboys would snap these up at any price.” Michael Pachter said it. Though I like the idea of the president of the company use the word "fanboy"
  • RedOutlive10 - April 28, 2011 4:42 a.m.

    Platforms are just as strong as the games in it, and so far the 3DS is pretty weak.
  • ItBurnsWhenIWii - April 28, 2011 1:25 a.m.

    LOL! FAIL!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! XD. XD. XD. XP. :'( ...i fell and bit my tounge.
  • radcliff007 - April 28, 2011 1:18 a.m.

    i love my 3ds.....but a few decent games will make it truly great
  • Lightbluesuit - April 28, 2011 1:10 a.m.

    I was thinking of getting one of these sometime soon, but I want to see how the NGP turns out before I dedicate to a handheld. I tried the 3D out and it's a cool piece of technology but I can't see many games being substantially improved by it.
  • markshell - April 28, 2011 12:09 a.m.

    Boring. Just like the first DS. It will rock the world when actual good games come out.
  • Spybreak8 - April 27, 2011 11:56 p.m.

    Well they try to launch the system early to make money and then oh wait we forgot the games. I don't know why the guy is confused lol. Plus according to the President of Nintendo the biggest feature that was selling the system couldn't really be shown to the general public. Then you've got the battery life, reviewers saying the games are good but short, etc.
  • BrunDeign - April 27, 2011 11:14 p.m.

    I wouldn't find this hard to believe given the launch lineup. I mean I bought it day one but I have Pokemon Black to keep me company until better 3DS games come out or the eshop launches. Also I don't think Iwata would say something like "I truly thought the fanboys would snap these up at any price." That sounds disrespectful to me and I don't see Iwata as someone who uses the word "fanboy" in the first place.
  • codystovall - April 27, 2011 10:52 p.m.

    CUZ I WANT THE DAMN RED ONE, FUCK!!! why did they pick bluuuuuue and black screw black
  • Japanaman - April 27, 2011 10:42 p.m.

    I wasn't even interested in it, but went ahead and got one because they were supposed to be totally unavailable for months if I didn't buy one. Big lie for once. Still, I enjoy Street Fighter and got Samurai Warriors, Ridge Racer 3D, and PES 2011 for free (trade ins, free gift card), and I'm happy. The reviews made those games sound lackluster, but they're actually better than I thought they would be.
  • tyler_14_420 - April 27, 2011 10:41 p.m.

    People seem to be holding their money until there's a better line-up. With the release of the Virtual Store and Browser waiting until Late May, the 3DS is at a disadvantage. It lacks capabilities that the DSi has, and the 3D just isn't that great of an incentive with the limited line-up. I only bought a 3DS because I never owned a DS or even a Gameboy Advance (My last was a Gameboy Colour). Until Nintendo can provide more incentive for buying a 3DS, it won't sell as well.
  • MACGRUBER7693 - April 27, 2011 10:32 p.m.

    The sales will go back up once some decent games come out. There isn't any point for people to buy the thing right now. The only half way decent game I can think of is streetfighter 3ds and that's an inferior port of two year old game. If super mario 3d had been out at launch(by some miracle) I bet the sales would be the roof. As is they will pick up when people actually have games to play on their 3ds's

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