Forums - Sales Discussion - Disappointing 3DS XL sales in Europe

Thanks for your responses. Some here claimed, that the response to the 3DS was not as good as in Japan, so it makes sense that the XL is more popular over there. But there is a critical point here: I was talking about relative number (percent), not absolute numbers. So even on the lower level of sales, that Europe had, it did a waaayy smaller relative increase than the increase in sales in Japan. So the gap even growed.

To make this clearer: In the week ending 21 July, the sales in Europe were 28,118, in Japan it was 43,291. So the sales in Europe were 65% of what was sold in Japan. The week ending 28th July (XL-release) the numbers were 71,708 in Europe and 239,273 in Japan. So in Europe was only sold 30% of what was sold in Japan. The discrepancy got even worse.

Same thing with smaller game-library in Europe, as Rol pointed out. That explains the lower level of sales. But why is the relative interest in the new model so much smaller than in Japan.

A more valid point is, that Japan had a day more of sales. That may account for a part. But as first-day-sales are often very important, I don't believe it explains the whole discrepancy.

Also the parallel launch of NSMB2 in Japan was pointed out. That's seems plausible. The game-release-boost and the new-model-boost got combined in Japan. If that's the case, we should see a good effect on sales, if NSMB2 comes to Europe.



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I think yeah I'd wait and see how it does with NSMB2, that said, I do tend to think the smart phone boom has really impacted Europe in a big, big way and that's going to constrict the sales of any gaming-only handheld device from here on out there.

Japan is a different beast from Europe/US because people in Japan use handhelds as their primary game console period, that really is not the case in the West.



NSMB2 will increase hardware sales a lot in Europe. But also, Europe is really, really soft right now. Software sales across the board are just terrible over there. Next-gen is desperately needed.



 

Soundwave said:

I think yeah I'd wait and see how it does with NSMB2, that said, I do tend to think the smart phone boom has really impacted Europe in a big, big way and that's going to constrict the sales of any gaming-only handheld device from here on out there.

Japan is a different beast from Europe/US because people in Japan use handhelds as their primary game console period, that really is not the case in the West.

If smartphone-boom is to blame for bad handheld sales, it's impact should be the same the week before the launch and the launch-week. But sales of 3DS without XL were stronger compared with Japan, than the launch-week of XL was (also compared ith Japan). That's what buggers me. So smartphone-boom only impacts sales of 3DS XL in Europe, not sales of normal 3DS?



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i think there are at least three factors that need to be accounted.

1) Summer is traditionally the weakest season for the EU market.

2) Europe is in a kind of economic recession right know. The UK market bobble has burst; Italy and Spain are facing the worst effects of the crisis and that leaves only france an germany as viable markets

3) No big game at launch. New Art Academy and Freakyforms will probably end up with good numbers, but they are long tail sellers, not hardware movers. NSMB2 and possibly Pokémon can't come soon enough



 

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Europe has very different consumer behaviour. Usually slower adaptation and usually no shortage in stock. So no need to rush out first day and buy.



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Add a power adapter PROBLEM SOLVED.  I really wonder how many parents will return the thing. I would...


For me the lack of a power adapter is a really greedy move by Nintendo.I mean we pay the most and the stupid adapter costs what to produce? 1 euro?

Same shit as in the old days with  "we wont give you good cables we give you composite ones buy the good ones  (that cost 1 dollar to produce) for 20 dollars please" or Sony's memory card fail with the Vita.


And there is no black or white models  (especially the White one is the one i want)

We only have childish  red/black   blue/black  and ugly silver/black.   No real black or white  :(


I dunno about Japan but 99% of the time me or my friends order online and as far as I know online numbers are not tracked?



I just got mine! Pikmin @ work right now.



Ongoing bet with think-man: He wins if MH4 releases in any shape or form on PSV in 2013, I win if it doesn't.

Usually Europe has more of a 2-3 week effect. Japan gets a 1 week boost and decreases. Look at recent price cuts and remodels and you'll see what I mean. I would agree though, not really amazing numbers, but let's wait for NSMB, that should catch fire in EU, especially in France, Germany, and Netherlands



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DarkCronos said:
i think there are at least three factors that need to be accounted.

1) Summer is traditionally the weakest season for the EU market.

2) Europe is in a kind of economic recession right know. The UK market bobble has burst; Italy and Spain are facing the worst effects of the crisis and that leaves only france an germany as viable markets

3) No big game at launch. New Art Academy and Freakyforms will probably end up with good numbers, but they are long tail sellers, not hardware movers. NSMB2 and possibly Pokémon can't come soon enough


And the week before the XL-launch there was no summer and no recession in Europe? I compared the relative grow in each eagion. Only point 3 is valid, but we talk about a grow of 453% against 155%. That's all NSMB2? So you expect the 3DS-sales in Europe to grow 300% in the week NSMB2 hits us?



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