A person who was nine years-old in 2004 is now 16 and getting their driver’s license. Those kids have probably entered iPod Touch land. But a whole new crop of kids is entering the 3DS’s prime demographic. Kids that probably haven’t played many Nintendo games before, if any. Because of this, the 3DS will sell plenty still. It’s just a matter of what size of a hit will it be: giant, medium or small.
Besides the 3D functionality, you have the famous franchises and the new tricks Nintendo always comes up with. Nintendo is arguably the world’s best game developer. That’s their ace in the hole.
A game price of $40 is stiff. But again, remember these games are traded in, so the price is more like $20-$25 or so. At least, that’s the likely case for titles made by Nintendo, which tend to retain their value for a longer period of time.
I do agree the iPod Touch will take away the in-roads Nintendo has traditionally made into the casual customer. But without buttons, a D-pad, an analog stick, etc., I just don’t see the iPod Touch as being that great for many games.
People like the iOS games for the most part because they are cheap, not necessarily because they control well and are great games.
Nintendo makes great games, and the 3DS will sell well because of it. It’s definitely not too late for the 3DS.
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