Nintendo immediately follows the HUGE launch success of their flagship platform with...
A couple questionable business decisions:(
1) A new 2DS???
Reggie just made a statement (probably cuz shareholders are like What is going on??)
In said statement he says 3DS outsells 2DS 9:1 and the reason is cuz people like the 3d function. So they make a clamshell 2DS?? That doesn't address the issue!
2) Nintendo discontinues the NES classic
This is a real head scratcher now. At first it was understandable if they needed to put all that production power into the Switch. But then they turn around and put it into the 2DS!?!?
WHY DIDN'T YOU JUST KEEP MAKING THE NES CLASSIC.
Consumers are absolutely chomping at the bit to get it still. It would have sold MILLIONS more easily.
Sometimes I think that the shot-callers at Nintendo need to be TURNED OUT. The game designers, engineers, and shareholders deserve better. If the production lines aren't an issue (as seen by the production going into the New 2DS) listen to your customers, double down on classic systems and sell compilation mini cartridges for NES and SNES mini consoles. You'd be surprised when that is a huge success. Now that the Switch is set in motion the Nintendo Game Machine par excellence will turn it into the next Wii as long as the bumbling Nintendo management doesn't waste their time with rediculous side projects.
1) This is not a bad decision, I don't even view it as questionable. The PSone, the final version of the SP, the Micro, the Xbox 360 E, the PS3 Super Slim. This is the same as all of those, a final revision to grab the last of the sales for the prior generation. And with the hardware now being sold at profit, there's no reason not to do this. And actually the slate design of the 2DS was a major issue with most of the older market. So no, the N2DSXL is not a nonsense move, it is a tried and tested move the is worth it nearly every single time it is done.
2) It is understandable to criticize that, but to imply they should have canceled the N2DSXL plans to continue the NES demonstrates a plain lack of understanding of the money to be made. NES probably makes $25 when you subtract the shipping, retailer's cut, etc. But Nintendo doesn't get all of that, those Capcom and Konami games on the system are not free, those companies get a royalty I assure you. So I would dare say the NES makes less per unity sold than the N2DSXL will likely make. And more importantly, you can't buy more games for the NES. As such, the N2DSXL is incontravertably a more profitable option than continuing the NES. The only rational way to continue the NES would have been to up their budget for manufacturing and put those resources towards the NES. Since they have already upped spending to keep the Switch in stock, they probably just didn't feel the need to up their spending again to sustain production of the least lucrative of their hardware options.