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Survey: Third Of Japanese 3DS Owners 'Regret' Purchase In Light Of Price Drop
Survey: Third Of Japanese 3DS Owners 'Regret' Purchase In Light Of Price Drop
August 4, 2011 | By Mike Rose

August 4, 2011 | By Mike Rose
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A survey of Japanese gamers has found that nearly a third of Nintendo 3DS owners regret buying the handheld console in light of the upcoming price drop.

Nintendo revealed last week that it will slash the price of the handheld console from its current suggested retail price of 25,000 in Japan to 15,000 ($249.99 to $169.99 in the U.S.) on August 12.

Those consumers who purchase the console before that date are classed as 'Nintendo Ambassadors', and will receive 20 free GBA and NES games for buying early.

In the poll of 6,500 respondents carried out by Japanese games site 4Gamer, and as translated by journalist Daniel Feit, over 30 percent of the gamers surveyed who had already bought the console said that they felt "anger or regret" about the price drop, and that the free games did little to keep them content.

Overall, 49.4 percent of 3DS owners surveyed said that the current available games for the console were not adequate, and they felt "disappointed" with the system, even with the knowledge of future titles.

In fact, 45.7 percent said that they were either not planning, or on the fence about buying upcoming titles Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7.

Concerning those who do not own a 3DS, just 5.4 percent said they were planning to buy one after the price drop. Of those who were not planning on buying a 3DS, 42.1 percent blamed it on the games currently available, while 15.3 percent said they will never buy one.

Of these people, 65.2 percent said they were "probably" planning on buying a PlayStation Vita when it is launches later this year.


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Joshua George
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Seems like Nintendo actually hit a Snafu with the 3D DS.

Eric Geer
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I really wish Ninty would think about offering NEW 3D games opposed to just shoving off 20 ported retro games.

Sean Currie
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Given the quality of their new 3D games, I'd rather take my chances with the classics. :)

Eric Geer
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I would have preferred a voucher for the cost $80--so I could use it on whatever nintendo product I would like---I don't want just 20 random games that the chose for me.

John Hutchinson
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This is exactly why most of us don't buy consoles when they first come out! There's ALWAYS a price drop a few months down the road! It's always worked this way and always will - it's just smart marketing. The people who are most excited and who actually have the money will buy at the higher price when it first comes out, and the rest of us will buy after the price drops. And every time, some of the people who bought early complain. In my opinion these people have no reason to complain at all. They got exactly what they paid for, which they certainly deamed a fair price when they made the purchase (or they wouldn't have bought it). Plus, they got to get it before everyone else AND they got the extra kickback. The good side of the spectrum is that 2/3 of the surveyed customers were/are happy with their purchase at the higher price. This makes sense when you keep in mind that most people who buy consoles early have done it before (and likely will again).

Jonathan Jou
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I like this article. Much like all the other articles out there bemoaning the state of Nintendo's union, it's filled with numbers, like the fact that over 60% of early adopters are happy with their purchase, price drop or no. (Note how I call them early adopters--shall we go back and look at the launch of the original DS to compare?) It even tells you that only 9.4% of all people surveyed without a 3DS are considering a PSP Vita. What's more, the survey shows that over 60% of all the non-owners did *not* cite game library as their primary reason to hold off on a purchase! Just imagine how well the 3DS Lite will sell when it finally comes out, backed by what's soon to be a Nintendo-filled catalog of quality software!



...Wait, am I reading the data wrong? It's almost like I used the data to see only what I wanted. Hmm...

Justin LeGrande
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I'm sorry to inform you of this, sir, but... you... YOU... you win! Congratulations!

Chris Melby
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So true. :)

Heitor Paola
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I know that these numbers are pretty much all we have right now, but it is worth pointing out that people tend to say a lot of things that they don't really end up doing. We've heard time and again people saying they won't buy a product for some specific reason, only to see them run to stores once the product is available. I don't mean to imply that they are lying, I'm just saying that I doubt that those that have no plans to buy the 3DS or the new Mario game will really stick to this decision.

Justin LeGrande
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That reminds me of my friend who only buys on impulse and does no research beforehand. He shows little interest in something before it releases, then gets riled up by an event. Needless to say, most everything from his numerous collector's editions to his unopened and pristine Super NES copy of F-ZERO to his scarcely used Playstation Move to his 2 year old high end graphics card alike are collecting dust! It's not that he's not interested, rather... he is vain in his purchasing habits. I certainly used to be vain in my own purchasing habits, though for different reasons. Nowadays, I pass up even the games I REALLY want, because there just isn't enough time in this existence to keep and play every interesting game in history.



I'm not sure if these people who are dissatisfied with the 3DS lineup necessarily have vain purchasing habits, but I do think they were expecting something completely different than what they got. I just don't think it's realistic to expect every generation of Nintendo hardware to usher in a Mario game landing with an impact so mighty that it practically changes the planet's rotation axis. The ones that were developed and launched on-time for past Nintendo systems just happened to coincide Miyamoto's youth with tumultuous times within the video game industry, increasing their impact.



You gotta remember, too, the DS and PSP both had very shallow lineups in their first year. By now, both systems are THE place to be for full-feature RPG's and other such content-packed software. The 3DS has yet to acquire such software, which skews perceptions of it's value, regardless of an MSRP of 25,000 yen or 15,000 yen. That is why backwards-compatibility, both online and offline, is so important for 3DS... which the Vita will, unfortunately, face-plant on; I don't think most of the Japanese customers could afford to pay a static 4,000 yen or more on a digital download every time a full-feature title is released. Considering the failure of the PSP Go, the existence of interesting Japanese PSP-3000 hardware attachments, a healthy software environment, and a vibrant modding community, I can't imagine many Japanese would have too much interest in dropping 25,000 yen on a Vita until at least a year after it's release. We will all know for sure at TGS.

Chris Melby
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I like how the link states a 3rd of Japanese 3DS owners, then in the article it clearly states that out of 6,500 surveyed on a game site(**this is certainly accurate**), when over a million 3DSs have been sold in Japan...



Anyways, brilliant...



This "misleading" headline is below you Gamasutra. It's something I'd expecte from an opinionated-blog-site that's run by buffoons, but not this site. All it does is degrade the site's integrity.

Bob Johnson
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Bah beating a dead horse. The 3ds just needs games and the night is still young. Wake me up next March after a handful of potential system sellers have been released.



3ds is a pretty nice system. Much nicer than the rep it is getting right now.


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