3DS: Why the Launch Line-up Shouldn’t Worry You

had to borrow from Joystiq. Picture was too awesome not to.


Nintendo destroyed the Internets with their 3DS news while I was asleep. I felt pretty secure about sleeping in since anything I would want to play on the 3DS had already been confirmed, and I’d committed to buying it, no matter the price.

Many people are reacting irrationally to the announced list. No Ocarina of Time? No Kid Icarus? Trolls are already wanting to call the console a failure, and it seems many fanboys can’t appreciate Nintendo not putting all their eggs in a one 3D basket. Right away, anyway.

The 3DS launch line-up is designed to showcase the device’s ability. Of course Nintendo has once again crippled usefulness by announcing that the online functionality will be available after launch, leaving me to wonder how the hell you get it in the first place…. Anyway, the line-up.

You don’t want Ocarina of Time and Kid Icarus hitting at launch because you’ll be torn between them, won’t you? Or you’ll want both, and then you’re dropping well over $300 for the console and the to games everyone seems to care about. Nintendo wants to spread out profitability here, and you should thank them.

A lot of people aren’t going to get a 3DS at launch and it has nothing to do with those star games not appearing in the launch titles. It has everything to do with how damn impossible it will be to find one.

Let’s look back at what’s happened with every “improved” version of the DS and Wii in the last four years. Only the people who commit to buying a console via pre-order really get them. Everyone else does the mad scramble for the whopping 4 units retailers get just before launch.

Nintendo is better at fulfilling launch demand than, say, Sony, but I doubt 3DS will be readily available until later in the year. By that time we’re sure to see more heavy-hitting titles on the market. The present line-up is there to pique interest and give the early adopters something to play.

It’s all a big mess, but I doubt we’ll ever see a console meet demand on launch day.

So, be less irrational about this Internet people. It’s just a console you likely won’t be buying if you didn’t pre order it. And just to make it clear, I have pre ordered one and expect to be completely bored with my $250 paperweight until November. But I’ll have one and most people won’t. And while that makes me someone you want to punch in the face, remember I also need it for my job.


About Jasmine Maleficent Rea

Jasmine is a writer, journalist, amateur chef, and general nerd. She loves Iron Man, Star Trek, and Dragon Quest to scary degrees and has been known to drink a bit of wine. She's also a semi-recovering game journalist.
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One Response to 3DS: Why the Launch Line-up Shouldn’t Worry You

  1. Cody Winn says:

    I’ll be buying it on day one, as the system itself intrigues me so much. There aren’t too many games in the as-of-right-now “launch window” I’m interested in, but hey, there are a ton of games I want to play on it that have been announced, and I’m sure they’ll be sprinkled throughout the rest of the year. Not sure what waiting to get one will get me, so might as well grab it on launch day and check out the hardware itself, right? 🙂

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