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Analysts: Nintendo “really feel the heat” from Vita

Thursday, 28th July 2011 21:27 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Analysts are convinced Nintendo has aggressively lowered the price of its 3DS handheld in order to best Sony’s Vita when it hits the market.

Speaking with IndustryGamers, David Cole of DFC Intelligence said he believes Nintendo is prepared to take the initial financial battering with the price drop, just so it can be king of portables.

“I just looked at their revised financial forecasts and they are ready to take a hit,” he said. “They are really being aggressive. It is very unlike Nintendo to be willing to take such a loss. I think what it says is that they really feel the heat from the Sony Vita. I see it as a move to protect their market share and position in handhelds. I would not call it desperation but more a very aggressive defensive action by the market leader to hold on to market position.

“Sony I think can possibly play this to their advantage, although the price difference is tough. Sony is going up against a very aggressive leader in Nintendo. I think we can say that competition in the portable space should really heat up. That could be good for consumers that can take advantage of these deals.”

RW Baird analyst Colin Sebastian believes had Nintendo launched 3DS with enough compelling content to start off with, it wouldn’t have needed to lower the price of its handheld so soon.

“It was clear that Nintendo had a problem on its hands with the 3DS, and I think they are acting aggressively to try and save the platform,” he said. “For that matter, any new platform has to be very considerate of the initial price point, but that is art as well as science, so I am not sure whether Sony will find it necessary to lower the Vita price.

“In fact, the two handhelds are quite different. Content is always a crucial variable that is easy to forget – if game publishers had been able to make really compelling content for the 3DS with appeal to millions of gamers, then the story might have played out differently.”

However, Billy Pidgeon from M2 Research and EEDAR’s Jesse Divnich feel Sony may need to reconsider its Vita pricing, because at a price point of $250, the choice between it and the cheaper 3DS may not come down to content alone.

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8 Comments

  1. xino

    no they don’t
    its because of the profit expectation that is why they needed to reduce the price.
    sales target were not meant

    #1 3 years ago
  2. deathgaze

    3DS is a deeply flawed platform and Nintendo knows it. The online experience hasn’t improved since DSi, the 3D effect is oversold and the thing saps a full charge in less than four hours (down 8 hours from DS Lite’s astounding 12 hours of play). This comes as a big surprise to me, however. Nintendo must think it can save the platform by cutting prices before the holidays.

    They may still be right.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Razor

    Nintendo are feeling the heat from Apple, certainly not Sony or Vita.

    There is nothing for Big N to be nervous about with Vita. Indeed, Sony should now be concerned that they’re stuck with a $249 system and expensive games.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. TVs Everywhere

    @3:

    Uh, $249 for a handheld with the hardware that the Vita has isn’t in any way bad, you know. Besides, you really have no proof to base your claim that Nintendo isn’t worried at all about the Vita.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Dannybuoy

    Yeah and both Nintendo and Sony are worried about the resurgence of popularity for the Atari Lynx

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Phoenixblight

    @3

    Sorry what does Nintendo have with 3ds? Oh right just first party remakes and no 3rd party games other than Street fighter and most of the other 3rd party games won’t be out for another year. Sony Vita offers a portable hub with lots of 3rd party and first party support. Oh the choices are so difficult, its almost like splitting hairs only not really. Obvious threat is obvious.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Lounds

    @6 the Vita can play dubbed down versions of current gen consoles, whilst 3DS has N64 versions of games which are 15 years old.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. ultramega

    @4, @5
    I’m not really sure why you two even respond to Razor. He trolls every Vita article (and many other Sony articles), with strawmen arguments and other stupid suggestions.

    #8 3 years ago

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