by Gray Graham
There is a decision maker at Nintendo of America that believed that releasing the update to the 3DS on February 13 was a better idea than release it during the Christmas holiday shopping season.
I don't know if Nintendo believes that the majority of their customers are gamers that are more interested in a new game system than flowers, chocolate, and a romantic Valentine's Day dinner, but you would be forgiven for thinking just that based on their actions.
Over the past few months we have known that Nintendo was releasing an updated system called the New Nintendo 3DS. No we are not making that name up and yes that is the official name. Shortly thereafter we discovered that the new system would not be coming to America for Christmas 2014. To say that a lot of Nintendo fans were disappointed, angry, and upset would be a gigantic understatement.
You can pretty much guess what happened next. The only people that bought a 3DS during the holiday season were those people that did not know that the new system was due next year. Nintendo lost many sales when they could have had a buzz about a new system that by all accounts is what the 3DS should have been from the beginning.
Now I am not going to write another gloom and doom Nintendo article. There are plenty of people around the world that do just that on a quarterly basis every time Nintendo releases their financials. I think it is pretty clear that Nintendo follows the path less traveled when it comes to the technology and game industry.
So while the New Nintendo 3DS is an awesome portable game system, it is still a portable game system in a world dominated by smartphones, phablets, and tablets that more than meet the gaming needs of most people. Plus all of these devices can do things that the 3DS cannot. The average American does not know or care that Nintendo has released a new game system.
To be honest Nintendo doesn't make it easy for them to know. Just like with the Wii U, how is the average person suppose to know that the New 3DS is a new system and not just a new 3DS. Keep in mind that the 3DSXL was the same system as the 3DS just bigger.
That brings up another interesting twist. The New Nintendo 3DS is not actually going to be sold in America yet. It is the New Nintendo 3DS XL. Nintendo hasn't said if the smaller will ever grace our shores. Apparently Americans just like the big one.
It will be interesting to see how many people by the New 3DS and how many people instead bought flowers and chocolate.