TGS 2011: Nintendo and Capcom stocks slide after 3DS conference

It appears we weren’t the only ones underwhelmed by Nintendo’s pre-Tokyo Game Show 3DS press conference. After revealing only a smattering of updates, release dates, and plans for a Myst Pink edition of its handheld, Nintendo’s stock slipped by 5%.

Even the allure of Monster Hunter, a massive seller all over the world, wasn’t enough to excite investors. In fact, news that Monster Hunter 3 and 4 would be released on the 3DS may have had an adverse effect, sending Capcom’s stocks down 8% following the conference. This is fairly surprising, especially considering that Nintendo apparently developed the awkward attachment to give the 3DS a second circle pad specifically with Monster Hunter in mind.

Things are certainly looking dreary for the 3DS right now, though we’re still holding out hope that Nintendo’s new handheld will succeed. Hopefully, once Monster Hunter actually comes out, the system will find its way into more hands, and despite not announcing one yet, we’re sure there’s going to be a at least a few full-fledged Pokémon games made for the system. Those have to be big enough to save it, right? Right?


Sep 13, 2011



2011 TGS


  • marioman50 - September 15, 2011 9:07 a.m.

    Can Nintendo handle another poorly executed conference? You guys really need to step up your game.
  • VirAetas - September 14, 2011 9:35 a.m.

    Not sure if it's just my browser, but the image link on the main page for this article leads to the one about the pink myst 3ds. Accident? Or clever ? Traffic gaining ruse? Hrrmmm
  • Squander - September 14, 2011 2:03 a.m.

    I would like to give a statement from a Japanese point of view: the real threat is a cultural one that a Westerner can hardly understand. Within 2 months Nintendo surprised the industry with the price drop, an Ambassador program, unheld software-promises, and now an ugly gimmick that proves that the hardware is imperfect. Japan's #1 has already is gradually losing its face by "admitting" that their service provided is underwhelming. In Japanese society, the relationship between costumer and company is much stronger than in the West. Lifetime loyalty, impaccable service, and a near-family like relationship characterizes Japan. I am living in Tokyo and see the growing distrust within Japanese gamers towards Nintendo. --> the main thing: once u lose ur credibility in Japan, ur costumer's loyalty is gone forever! Winning back those costumers requires a hell lot more than just announcing MH4 and giving away GameBoy Games. And god, I can hardly imagine what will happen if Nintendo announces a full-remodelled 3DS-Hardware. If this happens too soon (and we know how desperate Nintendo is atm), early adopters as well as regular 3DS handheld owners in Japan may boykott the company.
  • Errrrbo - September 13, 2011 8:40 p.m.

    Nintendo's in a lose-lose situation with this second stick add-on. They either: A) Make games that require it, and screw over consumers by forcing them to buy and use this fat ugly shell on their 3DS. or, B) Don't make games that require it, permanently gimping the control schemes of 3DS games to come in the future.
  • Burdmayn - September 13, 2011 8:22 p.m.

    Heyyy, so it looks like the drop took place BEFORE the press conference..
  • ParagonT - September 13, 2011 7:26 p.m.

    Nintendo really had no excuse for not including a second analogue stick. There a multi-million dollar company, so I really don't like hearing the whole "They just messed up." excuse. I don't really care about the price of the new peripheral, but its the principles behind firstly the ambassador program that was meant to soothe over sore first adopters, and the gall of trying to charge first adopters again for a easy cash grab. Because now they have a valid excuse for making you purchase a twenty dollar peripheral for upcoming "games" (whenever that may be).
  • Cyberninja - September 13, 2011 7:30 p.m.

    you know the control addon as L2 R2 and the trigger along with the circle pad. it piss me off that people say they are just making a circle pad because thats an incorrect statement thats wide spread clearly
  • Burdmayn - September 13, 2011 7:34 p.m.

    The add-on isn't just a circle pad, it brings L2 and R2 buttons as well. It's an optional control scheme, sort of like a Classic Controller. They haven't announced a single game that won't work without it, and I highly doubt that they will. Do you think Nintendo should have to give everyone who bought a Wii a free Classic Controller as well?
  • ParagonT - September 14, 2011 11:46 a.m.

    Oh god, L2 and R2 buttons. So they add add two buttons and a circle pad, you guys sure are smart. Is that supposed to make a difference or something? Xbox has 13 buttons, 2 axis sticks, D-pad, Wireless, charge port, microphone port, and battery bay that holds two AA's for 40 dollars. Don't get me started on PS3 controllers. So I'd hope to hell that the 20 dollars (half the price) is worth it for a portable console that you've already purchased. Clearly you two have not even read my whole statement and missed the entire point of my statements. *sigh*... As for Burdmayn's question, as from the point of a consumer, yes. As from the point of a business, no. It's more based on the principles of the matter than the legality. Also note that I understand they are a multi-million dollar corporation, that if they wanted to, they can give early adopters the peripheral for free. But the reason they do not, is because they know you will do it for them and because of this, they will not. They make a net profit of over 800 million a year from sales including after tax, so don't pull that "no they can't afford it" on me.
  • Burdmayn - September 13, 2011 7:25 p.m.

    I was pretty darn surprised when I heard this, I really don't think it was "obvious" that this would happen. I watched the whole press conference and felt like they had a strong lineup, especially with Monster Hunter, but I guess that isn't enough for the investors. That being said, I don't feel like Nintendo or the 3DS are "doomed." Also: I'm really darn sick of hearing people complain about the circle pad add-on, no one is forcing you to buy it. It isn't mandatory for any game coming out, and Nintendo obviously isn't pushing it considering they didn't show it at the conference, it's just kind of there. I view it as the "Classic Controller" for the 3DS, it's just an improved control method for those who want it, but nothing more.
  • thekeith82 - September 13, 2011 7:40 p.m.

    You're assuming a lot, there. The last significant controller add-on Nintendo released was Wii MotionPlus, which is absolutely required for games that use it. The same could well apply to this.
  • Burdmayn - September 13, 2011 7:50 p.m.

    You are absolutely correct, but I feel like this is quite a bit different than Wii MotionPlus. MotionPlus was absolutely required for some games right out of the gate, yes, but this add-on isn't. Seeing as neither of us work at Nintendo, all we can really do is make assumptions at this point. I stand by my thoughts and assumptions, and certainly respect yours. Also, I'd like to thank you for commenting with your thoughts and not flaming garbage.
  • thekeith82 - September 13, 2011 8:37 p.m.

    I would honestly prefer you to be in the right on this one, given that the alternative is Nintendo potentially dividing their userbase into haves and have nots, but we'll just have to see how that one goes. As for your other worries ;)
  • HumorTumor - September 13, 2011 7:50 p.m.

    I agree. I feel like there is a lot of unneeded pissing and moaning about this add-on,or a lack of a second nub on the 3ds. I don't think the add-on is bad at all, it provides an option to those who want it. And I don't think a lack of a second nub was bad. I just think there are a lot of gamers who can't ween themselves off of dual analog. The 3DS has worked fine without it so far, and the DS worked fine without them for years.
  • HaVoK308 - September 13, 2011 8:21 p.m.

    Nobody is forcing you to listen to people complain. You choose to read negative articles and comments. Then bitch about. Bitching about another's opinion because you disagree with it. People refer to it as the circle pad because that's the main feature and it's all they care about. Everyone is well aware of the extra buttons. If they are not, then they just don't care.
  • Cyberninja - September 14, 2011 4:23 p.m.

    @havok what point are you trying to make because you just made a negative comment about negative comment and just openly supported ignorance. this is the internet where you can continue a discussion about the positive and negative aspects of something and also no one forced you to talk down to people who don't agree with your ideals. FYI "Bitching" is still an opinion.
  • SideOfBeef - September 13, 2011 7:21 p.m.

    moar graphs!
  • GhostbustTyler - September 13, 2011 7:21 p.m.

  • kingsmikefan - September 13, 2011 7:46 p.m.

    haha! My first thought, too! Although, I don't want him to be out of a job.
  • Errrrbo - September 13, 2011 8:20 p.m.

    I kind of do want him out of a job, but that's just because I'm a selfish jerk. :P

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