I waited 45 minutes in my car before Best Buy opened this morning just to see if I could get 3DS and to see if there were other people doing the same thing. I was the only person waiting for Best Buy to open, and when I finally walked inside, it looked like they had 30 or so on display, but I'm fairly certain they had more in the back-- I should have asked an employee. I grabbed a black one and tried to decide which game to buy. None of them looked good. The more and more I tried to decide the less it made me want a 3DS. I ended up putting the damn thing back on the shelf and walking out. Thirty minutes after opening, I was still the only person in the store. Is this a typical opening day for a Nintendo handheld? Maybe everyone is still at church...
" I feel the same. There is only one game that it has right now that I am interested in. THe rest of the games are reboots or children's stuff that i have zero interest in. TO me, it's a novelty item. For others it's the new hotness. "Which game is that? Honestly I'm looking for any excuse to buy one but nothing in the game department is even remotely close to piquing my interest. I'm one of the few who wouldn't be caught dead playing Street Fighter on a home console, let alone a handheld without enough buttons to play it. I got very close to walking out with Sims 3 since I hand't played a Sims game since the first one, but I don't think I would have been able to forgive myself for paying 300 bucks to play the Sims.
We'll see what happens in a week before I make my call about this launch. I remember like a week after launch the DS was impossible to acquire, I went to like 6 different stores until I found one.
But yeah I'm also waiting on a better version of it, and for a better catalog of games to show up. I have no real interest in the 3D outside of playing with it a bit as a gimmick, but I'm more interested in the 3DS as a follow up to the DS, which I love. And it all about the games, the DS hardware was ass, but the games were so damn good, it didn't matter. So hopefully when people get past the point of "Let's release the games we always release and then say 3D at the end of the tittle". and start making unique experiences for it, then I'm down for it. Took almost a year for the DS to get anything interesting for me.
"I bought one and love it. Ya the games are not the greatest, I got Pilotwings, but the purchase has not left me with no regret. LOVE IT!!!! "So you love it but you also regret it? That pretty much sums exactly how mixed I am on this whole 3DS launch in the first place. The littlest thing could convince me to go out and buy one yet I'm utterly certain that is a horrible idea and I will surely regret it.
" @krystians said:All new consoles is scary, that is how it always goes."I bought one and love it. Ya the games are not the greatest, I got Pilotwings, but the purchase has not left me with no regret. LOVE IT!!!! "So you love it but you also regret it? That pretty much sums exactly how mixed I am on this whole 3DS launch in the first place. The littlest thing could convince me to go out and buy one yet I'm utterly certain that is a horrible idea and I will surely regret it. "
If you re@normalpants said:
" @krystians said:If you even have the slightly doubt and regret i suggest passing on it, i was one of those people who never picked up a DS so i have a huge backlog of amazing ds games to play (yes i could of bought a regular DSI, but i didnt want to be restricted in terms of new games) so i had no regret in purchasing mine"I bought one and love it. Ya the games are not the greatest, I got Pilotwings, but the purchase has not left me with no regret. LOVE IT!!!! "So you love it but you also regret it? That pretty much sums exactly how mixed I am on this whole 3DS launch in the first place. The littlest thing could convince me to go out and buy one yet I'm utterly certain that is a horrible idea and I will surely regret it. "
i think summer to the start of winter that the purchase would be more beneficial, if your interested in the NGP, they released a video of that in action, and i must say, it looks impressive, maybe opt for that instead? or even re consider purchasing 3ds during then
its a shame theres no stand out release titles, nintendo would of benefited from that, its dumb more than anything.
" @normalpants said:I think krystians meant the purchase left him without regret. He accidentally put in a double negative, but the context his comment made it seem like he's very satisfied." @krystians said:All new consoles is scary, that is how it always goes. "
I'M not getting one for a few months at least, as I've got a pretty large pack of DS games I never finished to begin with. My brother might be picking one up; if he does, I'll be getting Pokémon Black to play on my standard DS, which he's been borrowing to play White. Otherwise, HELLO HOT SPRINGS STORY!
The original DS (and the Wii) came out right before the holiday season. I'm not at all surprised that there isn't the same sort of rush to get a million units as there was for either of those (not to mention that I think 3DS supplies are better than either of those other systems were).
I got one today just for the fact that my DSi's shoulder buttions were broke, I traded in my DSi (which they took and gave me full value for it cause they didn't check the shoulder buttons) and a bunch of games I will never play again and only had to shell out 75 buck. So for me it was worth it.
That or you made a wise choice, at least for the moment. I get the impression the games just arn't happening yet, and that money could go towards a good gaming PC..not that I am pushing any bias hurk hurk....
The 3'D is more than a gimmick, I'm convinced. But at the end of the day, do you really want it for anything more than 'you could'. If the answer is more than in your initial explanation, than by all means do so now. Or later.
I could afford one also, but to expend the energy would be laughable...
When to my GameStop this morning and there wasn't anyone there. When I was checking out, a mom and her two kids and two dudes came when I left. I guess that's a few here in my town. I think my Walmart may have done a midnight release for it, but I'm not sure.
" Or maybe people know if they wait a year, they'll have a better 3DS which can actually hold a charge. "This is my thing exactly. The EB Games near me has both colors of 3DS in stock right now but... I just don't care, really. Which is crazy to me. But between the $250 price, the shitty launch games, the weak battery, and Nintendo's legacy for redesigns, I just don't see why anybody would be crazy for one now.
Only people i know getting one are, my cousin, who has a pretty busted up launch Lite, and my friend, who has the original Phat DS. Both quite justified.
Though i think it depends which store you go to, some stores will be sold out and others are gonna have heaps of stock leftover cause nobody ever goes there for this stuff.
I know nothing of the current sales, but if they haven't picked up yet, they will. Honestly, given the games they've launched with, I think gamers will need more incentive to jump away from the DS which is full of quality titles. Nintendo launching this system without one of their games, ie Mario or Zelda seems like a bad idea, especially with Pokemon launching at the beginning of March. I'm going to hold off for the first redesign myself.
Some factors that may have contributed to the slow start:
The original DS came out in 2004 and sold out on the spot day one. Then, six months passed before any worthy software hit the shelves. I think (or would like to think) that game buyers are getting more savvy about this fact and holding off until the shelves fill up.
As a further point, the original DS came out while its predecessor, the GBA SP, was still in full swing. If you check sales charts, it does appear that the DS is on a decline right now, so there's not as much forward momentum driving this launch.
Similarly the original DS launched in November, a traditionally busy time for hardware sales. March hasn't seen the launch of many devices (granted the PSP's launch in 2005 was a March launch, but that handheld was a completely new competitor).
The great thing is, if you follow the original DS's 6 month game delay, that would put the 3DS's heavy game slate to hit in the fall, when the systems may end up being harder to find. By that logic, picking one up now while hype is low may actually work to your advantage by the time Thanksgiving rolls around.