Nintendo America Says ‘No’ to the Regular New 3DS?
Yesterday’s Nintendo Direct revealed the New 3DS’ release here in America, next month. However there is an upsetting catch to this news. Nintendo America has made the decision to exclusively release the New 3DS XL only with “nothing to announce at this time” for the regular sized variation.
In a statement to Polygon, Nintendo America believes that the “New Nintendo 3DS XL makes the most sense for our market. Nintendo makes different systems at different price points for a whole range of consumers, and New Nintendo 3DS XL simply expands those choices even further.”
I disagree with this. I don’t think the decision makers over at Nintendo are approaching this from a practical perspective when they say that the XL variation “expands those choices even further.”
The regular New 3DS personalizes the ownership of every individual’s console with a variety of cover-plates to choose from, thus making the limited edition 3DS’s of the past practically obsolete in a sense — aesthetically speaking, at least.
The XL is a great option for some people, but not everyone. Its bigger screen size is not “expanding choices” for everyone, Nintendo. From a personal perspective, I was planning on retiring my limited-edition Pikachu 3DS XL as a novelty item to use the regular New 3DS as my main playing console, but it looks like that’s not happening; not from the US, that is.
The idea of cover-plates is superb and gives character to each individual’s handheld. The bigger screen, and well, bigger handheld, is not favored by all. The regular New 3DS pretty much perfects the flaws of the basic 3DS that people didn’t appreciate, as well as refines the look of the console, giving it a minimalist touch in craftsmanship, but also yielding the option of personalizing the handheld to the owner’s desire. The regular sized New 3DS has a bigger screen than the original 3DS, is slightly larger, and more powerful — it’s a more mobile version of the XL variation that Nintendo America is attempting to exclusively market.
It seems that Japan’s market success with the XL versus the regular New 3DS is giving Nintendo America this impression that the XL will also do well in America. I can understand this perspective since Nintendo isn’t doing so well, market-wise, considering their financial losses last year. You never know, though. It’s all about how they choose to market things. Maybe folks in America appreciate a more-mobile and improved 3DS?
What do you think about this? Which one were you planning on getting?
Until next time,