We all know by now that the 3DS had a pathetic launch. It had no online features at the time of its release, a ridiculously high price and most of all, no good games. For future consoles, we all feel Nintendo must have strong launch lineups. And Nintendo feels the same.
Speaking in an interview for Brazilian media, Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime said that the firm has learned a lot from 3DS’ miserable launch. “The launch of the 3DS was very interesting: the portable earned great impressions at E3 2010, had excellent pre-order sales, and sold more than any portable system in its first week,” he said.
“So, we had many successes with the 3DS. But in terms of lessons learned, we need to ensure that we have a strong lineup of games when we release hardware – especially titles from Nintendo.
“And, looking back, we may not have offered the best lineup of games that we could have brought to the 3DS. It is also important that the digital resources of the hardware are available right away. With 3DS, this came later.”
The 3DS seems to be recovering, selling extremely well now, with full fledged online services, and excellent titles like Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land making their way to the system.
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