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Yes, I'm sort of copying Nintentacle here, but I thought it would be interesting to do this topic for the 3DS.

I doubt if it would've made much of a difference but on the other side I do feel that the 3D stirred up interest for some people.

Extra question: Do you think the 3D was a waste of Nintendo's money or do you think the pretty good sales of the 3DS were worth it? 



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I think a handheld with no gimmicks , PS Vita graphics, DS games compatible, and with the same library of games would have sold better



They would have been better off not having the 3D. The price would have been lower, so it wouldn't have needed saving.



Take the 3D away and it could have launched at the cheaper price and not have stumbled out of the blocks.  Would say sales would be slightly higher, maybe 5mil. 3D was also however a waste of money on Nintendo's part, the cost of R&D could have been much better spent.



Recently after seeing the vita game library at gamestop I wish they dumped 3D. It would have been stronger in the West.



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I know. I said if it had vita like visuals it would do much better. But the vita is not. Americans want what the vita has I think, but they want Nintendo as well.

Instead of choosing most seemed to just go ipad.



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Nintentacle said:
They would have been better off not having the 3D. The price would have been lower, so it wouldn't have needed saving.


This.

That $250 price tag was horrendous.



    

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3d drove the price up and the graphics down... Plus the 3d effect is terrible!! Mine is always turned off! So yeah, it probably would have sold a lot better without the 3d...



Yeah I never use the 3D. Wish they'd have dropped it. But hey, someone needed to make the experiment, the innovation, and take the risks. It's a good thing we have people to do that, so others don't have to.



The 2DS came out October 12 with Pokémon X & Y and only sold 30% of the 3DS family from October 12 to December 31st 2013.

The 2DS from January 1st to May 31st 2014 only sold 20% of the 3DS family, even though it was sold at $99 at all retailers long before that part of the year was over.

 

It has been estimated by many, that somewhere around 85% of 3DS owners ages 13 & up, use 3D on their 3DS/3DS XL.

 

There are only 2 places in the world where 3D has a problem succeeding: United States & United Kingdom.

 

Fact: 3-D gives way more clearity & anti-aliasing in image quality, then the crappy HD gimmick could ever accomplish at 4K HD 2D.

Fact: the 3DS has at least 120 million polygons with way more better Textures & Shader Abilities then the Wii.

Fact: the 3DS has somewhere from over 50 to over 100 shader cores.

Fact: the 3DS has a 1 GHz Micro GPU that won the GPU of the Year Award of 2010 (according to Nintendo themselves), underclock at 400 MHz by its 2-core 1GHz CPU with extreme efficiency that also focuses on more synthesis then any other CPU is known for doing, which might still be an understatement. The E3 2010 3DS only had a 2-core 268 MHz CPU that was only powerful enough to clock a 200 MHz Micro GPU @ 200 MHz.