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The success of the 3DS has vindicated Gunpei Yokoi and the Virtual Boy

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Mandalore76 said:
killeryoshis said:
Who wrote this? AThe 3DS did so badly Nintendo had to take losses so it wouldn't fail. The 3DS is a disappointment sales wise. It should be at 100+ million. Nintendo focusing so hard on 3D is what caused such a big drop. If anything it shows that 3D will never be a big seller. It shows that even the mighty DS could not make it successful. Hopefully the idea stays in a radioactive dump where it belongs.

A. I wrote this.

B.  Yes, Nintendo took a loss on hardware after launch, but returned to profitability with software and declining costs of the hardware down the road.  Addressed in OP.

C.  It would be difficult for any dedicated handheld only device to reach 100+ million in a market/climate that is already shrinking.  To claim that the "3D" is what shrunk the market is ignorant of the impact that mobile phones have had on it.  Addressed in OP.

Fantastic read! Loved it. Don't bother the naysayers, your point is just great



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Mandalore76 said:

A. I wrote this.

Keep up the good work!



DS and Wii had already vindicated Gunpei but the use of 3D in the 3DS was most definitely a closure of sorts on the final open chapter from Gunpei's living days.



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Mandalore76 said:
killeryoshis said:
Who wrote this? AThe 3DS did so badly Nintendo had to take losses so it wouldn't fail. The 3DS is a disappointment sales wise. It should be at 100+ million. Nintendo focusing so hard on 3D is what caused such a big drop. If anything it shows that 3D will never be a big seller. It shows that even the mighty DS could not make it successful. Hopefully the idea stays in a radioactive dump where it belongs.

A. I wrote this.

B.  Yes, Nintendo took a loss on hardware after launch, but returned to profitability with software and declining costs of the hardware down the road.  Addressed in OP.

C.  It would be difficult for any dedicated handheld only device to reach 100+ million in a market/climate that is already shrinking.  To claim that the "3D" is what shrunk the market is ignorant of the impact that mobile phones have had on it.  Addressed in OP.

Nintendo didn't return to profitability until the Nintendo Switch. With the exception of FY 2014, Nintendo lost money from 2011 to 2016. This is probabloy the longest the company had gone with consecutive net losses. The 3DS was an adjunct failure and was the cause of Nintendo's financial difficulty. It's also Nintendo's worst selling handheld. So Nintendo focusing on 3D lead to Nintendo becoming unprofitable and trashing the company's handheld line. 



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farlaff said:
Mandalore76 said:

A. I wrote this.

B.  Yes, Nintendo took a loss on hardware after launch, but returned to profitability with software and declining costs of the hardware down the road.  Addressed in OP.

C.  It would be difficult for any dedicated handheld only device to reach 100+ million in a market/climate that is already shrinking.  To claim that the "3D" is what shrunk the market is ignorant of the impact that mobile phones have had on it.  Addressed in OP.

Fantastic read! Loved it. Don't bother the naysayers, your point is just great

I share this sentiment, anyone that thinks that the 3DS sold 70+ millions "in spite" of its 3D has no idea what  he's talking about.



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Like Rol said, very few people bought a 3DS because of 3D, they bought it because it was the only portable device to play new games in franchises like Pokemon, Animal Crossing, Mario, Monster Hunter, Smash bros, Yokai Watch, Dragon Quest, etc.

Very few people care about 3D hence why its no longer being pushed by movies & TVs, PS4 doesnt support it while PS3 did, Nintendo keeps releasing non-3D versions of 3DS and Switch doesnt use it.



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KilleyMc said:
farlaff said:

Fantastic read! Loved it. Don't bother the naysayers, your point is just great

I share this sentiment, anyone that thinks that the 3DS sold 70+ millions "in spite" of its 3D has no idea what  he's talking about.

So do you believe it would have sold significantly less if it didnt have 3D?



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zorg1000 said:
KilleyMc said:

I share this sentiment, anyone that thinks that the 3DS sold 70+ millions "in spite" of its 3D has no idea what  he's talking about.

So do you believe it would have sold significantly less if it didnt have 3D?

The real question here is, what in the world makes you think it would have sold more without the 3D? No iterative update Nintendo has ever released sold better than its predecessor. I do not think 3DS would have sold much better without 3D. It was not as good a product as DS with or without 3D. 



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GhaudePhaede010 said:
zorg1000 said:

So do you believe it would have sold significantly less if it didnt have 3D?

The real question here is, what in the world makes you think it would have sold more without the 3D? No iterative update Nintendo has ever released sold better than its predecessor. I do not think 3DS would have sold much better without 3D. It was not as good a product as DS with or without 3D. 

I didnt say it would.

He said, "anyone that thinks that the 3DS sold 70+ millions "in spite" of its 3D has no idea what  he's talking about."

 

To me that implies that 3D was a major selling point of 3DS and sales would have been much lower without it hence why i asked him that question.



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Not really as the VB is more comparable to the virtual reality devices we see today which seem to have gone quiet rather than the 3DS.