I Won’t Buy a 3DS, This is Why.
3DS Game Prices Will Kill the System
Nintendo Space World 2011 was a week ago and gamers finally have some ideas to what games will be coming for the launch of the 3DS, and the price of the system and games. We have heard rumors of a 300 dollar price tag for the system but Nintendo was pretty quite on the price of the software which has been unveiled to be around $40-$50 USD. Can the 3DS’ features really justify the high price tag for the system and games?
The 3DS will likely have the price tag of $299. The same price as the Xbox 360 and PS3. Nintendo is asking consumers to spend almost 400 dollars for a portable system if you include a game plus tax. That is absolutely insane. Nintendo is very confused on what makes the DS sell, and the 3DS could end up hurting Nintendo big time.
I purchased my DS for a low $119.99 and purchase games for around $24.99. I have no problem paying that. It’s a good and fair price and most important, its affordable. Affordability in my opinion has always been what makes the DS a great system. Great games on an awesome system with affordable prices. It’s a consumers dream from every standpoint. Parents can afford to buy games for their children, and hardcore gamers can have a great gaming experience on the go.
The 3DS is an impressive piece of hardware. Full 3D gaming without the need of clunky glasses. The system has enough power to handle games with very impressive graphics like Resident Evil and Street Fighter 4 with many more impressive titles to come. The 3rd party support for the system is quite good with many developers like Ubisoft, EA, Namco, Konami, Cap, and many others. It all sounded so good until the price of these games were released. $40-$50 USD
Nintendo is asking consumers to pay near console game prices on a system that costs more the their own home console the Wii. Are they out of their mind? So for a consumer to go buy a 3DS with one games will run about $400. That price completely destroys everything that made me love my DS. The 3DS is by far the most unaffordable gaming device of this generation, and its gets worse.
The DS battery life is also one the best features of the system with an amazing 13-17 hour battery on the standard screen brightness. (DS Lite) A lot of times gamers can go a few days without ever having to plug in their DS. The 3DS on the other hand will have a 3-5 hour battery on the lowest screen brightness, and no details have been released on what kind of battery life we will get on the highest screen brightness. My guess is 1-3 hours which is just pitiful. Call me crazy but long battery life is important on any handheld device. But wait, it gets even worse.
Now let’s take a look at some of the games that are overpriced for the super high priced handheld system. We have Nintendogs + cats, (brilliant title) Super Street Fighter IV, Dynasty Warriors, The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D, Combat of Giant Dinosaurs, Resident Evil, and Star Fox 3D. Now I know there are others, but I am trying to get a good mix of games. Nintendo wants you to pay $40 minimum to pet virtual cats, and make giant dinosaurs fight each other. There’s always the classics like Zelda and Star Fox, but I have one major issue with both of those titles. Both are a remake, and both are games I already own. Nintendo is selling 10+ year old games at close to the original prices when they were first released. What the hell.
I just can’t see any reason to purchase a 3DS at launch. It’s not affordable , the games don’t appeal to me at all and even if I did purchase a 3DS it would die before I even get a chance to enjoy it. Hopefully in time better, and original titles will be released for the 3DS, and when the inevitable 3DS Lite is released I might pick one up, but until Nintendo remembers what the DS is for I’m going to stick to my DSI.