During E3, Nintendo gave a presentation to analysts about the company's new offerings and its current status. Reggie Fils-Aime presented the above slide, which shows the startling truth about the Wii's installed base in the United States: in its fourth year on the market, it's larger than the ubiquitous PlayStation 2's installed base at the same point in its life, by a margin of almost five million units. Of course, the PS2 has had a spectacularly long lifespan after that, with Sony announcing7.2 million units sold just last year.
Later in the presentation, Reggie revealed that around 300,000 units of theblack Wii console have been sold since its May 9 introduction in North America, and Super Mario Galaxy 2 is "approaching 900,000 units here in the U.S."
Nintendo just can't stop selling Wiis. This is probably the strangest thing I have ever seen; I have never seen something this popular keep selling after 4 years. It is absolutely crazy, and Nintendo's Wii and DS print money.
Nintendo caused quite a stir at the E3 gaming expo with its glasses-free Nintendo 3DS. In an interview with Japan's Sankei, Sony Computer Entertainment honcho Kaz Hirai had this to say about the glasses-free 3D tech:
"In in-house research, naked eye 3D for portable machines is not high and there are presently limits for it."
Sony has always done this before with Nintendo, but usually later down the line they will release a PSP with 3D capabilities that doesn't have 3D glasses. I really don't think Nintendo has anything to worry about it, they already have their fans hooked on the 3DS, now they just need to sell it.
So far I am very impressed with what the 3DS can do, but I still haven't really seen this supposedly mind blowing 3D that everyone is going crazy over. Hopefully Nintendo will do a 3DS tour around the country showing off the Nintendo 3DS.
It appears that Nintendo of Europe might have jumped the gun to soon, because they might have announced the Nintendo 3DS release date sooner than expected. If this rumor is true Europe should have the 3DS in their hands on March 2011, and they will have Paper Mario 3D on March 25th, 2011.
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One thing that Nintendo didn't reveal was a price for the 3DS. However, the President of Nintendo is talking about a possible price point. This is what he had to say: "I have to refrain from talking specifically about the price point. What I can confirm is that, in terms of the production costs, it will cost more than the costs for the Nintendo DS today. Having said that, we believe we will produce enough value worthy of the production cost. We do not think we have to sell the products below cost.” -Saturo Iwata
I personally would pay 250 dollars for a 3DS, but anything over that would be a little over doing it. We will keep you updated with this story as it develops.