Nintendo 3DS: Will It Flop?

By Jamie Pert - Apr 15, 2011

Since the release of the Nintendo 3DS we have heard lots of reports of people feeling ill due to the 3D effect, whether these stories are exaggerated or not is hard to tell, however a recent article posted on VG247 lists a lot of other reasons why the Nintendo 3DS could be a failure.

Over the years lots of video games consoles have failed, previously Nintendo’s GameCube and Virtual Boy flopped, could the 3DS be their next lead balloon?

If you check out VG247’s article there are lots of reasons why the Nintendo 3DS could fail, obviously the bad press from the reports of headaches etc are not helping the situation, however VG247 suggest that the 3DS appeals to just three kinds of people die-hard Nintendo fans, casual gamers and regular gamers, but what launch titles will entice these potential customers?

Regular gamers will be looking forward to the release of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, casual gamers may have already bought Street Fighter IV but apart from these titles VG247 feel that there is not much else on offer (Ocarina of Time 3D arrives in late June).

One other thing which does not bode well for the 3DS is battery life, VG247 claim that with everything turned down you can get 5 hours of usage, but if you are turning the 3D capabilities off you might as well be playing games on the DS.

Another things which is not in the 3DS’ favor is the upcoming competition that the Sony NGP will bring, also the DS was a success early on as there weren’t many handheld devices on the market which offered rich gaming experiences, now pretty much every Android, WP7 and iOS-based device we see released is capable of producing impressive visuals and intuitive controls for great gameplay.

In this day and age it looks as if people just don’t need a separate handheld device for their gaming needs, they have a console at home and a smartphone for on-the-go gaming, for kids and Nintendo fans the 3DS is great, but is its mainstream appeal great enough for it to be a success? We’re not sure…

We would love to hear your opinion on the future of the Nintendo 3DS, therefore let us know whether you think it will flop or succeed in the long run below, also feel free to answer the poll question.
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