Nintendo Still Hasn’t Learned

So Super and So New

The New Nintendo 3DS is seemingly a great device and a suitable upgrade compared to the previous one. In fact, it’ll be the one to make me finally purchase a 3DS. However, Nintendo still hasn’t learned from the mistake of too many different versions of their devices as well as confusing names. It’s my duty to know the difference between these different handhelds, but the average consumer? Not so much. Come October 11th in Japan (later in other regions), average consumers will be faced with the options of the original 3DS, 3DS XL, 2DS and now the New 3DS and New 3DS XL. That’s an absurd amount of devices. Now, I assume they’ll be phasing out the original versions of the 3DS but will that be enough to make it not confusing? The biggest problem, quite frankly, is the name. The reason phones or annually released games can get away with it, is mostly because there’s a new number slapped on the front. All these devices still say 3DS. This article and this complaint probably wouldn’t exist if it was called something else. Was the 3DS 2 or 3DS 2nd Edition not at all a possibility?


Ultimately, that’s a problem and it proves that Nintendo hasn’t learned. They’ve been able to avoid it for the most part with the 3DS because the sales are stellar, but the name for the Wii U was a terrible decision. That can’t be understated. You ask most people what the Wii U is and they have no idea. That’s because it isn’t called the Wii 2 or anything like that. It’s the Wii U which makes it entirely confusing for those shopping for one.

Now, of course, none of this is a problem if you’re an informed consumer. We don’t live in a world where everyone is that though. There are still people that walk into a store and buy from what they see. There’s nothing wrong with that either. They can buy products however they want. It’s the developers job to separate themselves from that. People wonder why the sales for the PS4 are so high. It’s a great console, but out of the 3, it’s the only one named in order of release. There was a PS3 so the next one is the PS4. It just makes sense. This also could be the reason Xbox One is selling not so terrifically, but there’s much more to that story as you probably know.


Obviously, there’s other companies that make this mistake so it’s not just you Nintendo. When Apple abandoned numbering their iPads, all hell broke loose. “Oh, the new one,” was a popular saying if someone asked you which edition you had. It’s confusing and frustrating. You’d think there would be someone in that Nintendo board meeting who would bring up the idea of changing the name. Now, it’s too late to change the name. You can however adjust for the future releases and do yourself a huge favor. If you’re going to release something like this, at least start phasing out the original 3DS’s. I think they’ll be doing that so that’ll be great. I can’t see a reason to keep the original 3DS for sale, however, it’s Nintendo so you never know.


There’s another issue here though and it’s actually an issue because Nintendo did something right. The 3DS is a fantastic system and people are satisfied with it. They have no reason to go out and purchase this new edition. That’s partially why I think they’re making some games exclusive to this New 3DS. They know it’ll be hard to get people who already own a 3DS to upgrade. The original 3DS isn’t an old enough system for that. If tomorrow Sony or Microsoft announced a slim version of the PS4 or Xbox one, I honestly doubt many who already own those consoles would upgrade. They aren’t old enough.


The 3DS is a fine handheld which makes the new version even odder. The games that release don’t need a ton of RAM and specs. They’re Nintendo games and that is what makes it special. They haven’t exactly said how much faster the New 3DS is but it won’t be anything astronomical. Saying all that, I’ll probably pick up the New 3DS, but that’s just me. I’ve been suspicious of a new version coming soon so I waited and now I’ll make the jump over into Nintendo’s world in 2015. Will the masses? Probably not.

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