As a video game and movie fan, I was heartsick to hear the Nintendo was coming out with a 3D game console. It sounded like a bad idea that was just going to fail. Since 3D is somewhat new and is now being pushed on us more than ever before (If ever been to your local theater recently? Then you know what I mean), it sounded like an overload. Even more so since we do not know the long term effects of 3D images on eyes. Granted, at the local theaters we are forced to wear glasses that might protect our eyes, but the 3DS does not provide those. It was a disaster in the making, despite those around me were calling me a party p00per.
Then the impressive marketing campaign came out and with their commercial showing the game coming to life, kids and adults flocked to it. However, news starting circling around that the game started to make them feel sick. Nintendo was quick to come out and say that you can always turn off the 3D feature. But that wasn’t enough to help them since doctors came out saying the device was not good for those 7 years and under. Nintendo appeared to ignore that and go on their own merry way. Then the big day came and it the device was released with much hype.
A month went on and Nintendo admitted that the sales were below the Nintendo DS release yet they stressed that they were still pleased with the sale results. Since then, we have seen the device get priced cut at least twice and now GameStop won’t sell the DS Lite. It does not look good for Nintendo at all and even they have shifted their focus on the new Wii generation. Basically since they disowned it, we haven’t heard much about it. But I can sum up why it failed: people are sick of 3D.
Yes, I said it. We have 3D phones, home theaters, movies and now a video game console? Thanks but no thanks, we like our reality just the way it is. We have no need to see Mario kick Bowser’s arse in real life. I know I am personally sick of 3D and it sounds like I am certainly not the only one.
How do you feel about the 3DS? Do you think it failed and if so, why did it fail?