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Analysts agree 3DS now on track for success

Thursday, 5th January 2012 01:11 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Although analysts warn Nintendo not to rest on its laurels, the 3DS is now tipped to go from strength to strength.

“It’s definitely turned the corner,” Wedbush Morgan’s Michael pachter told Eurogamer.

“With the strong rebound in 3DS sales, I think Nintendo is clear of the woods for now,” EEDAR’s Jesse Divnich agreed.

Pachter noted a weak software line up and launch and high initial price as factors in the 3DS’s early struggle, admitting he had been wrong about the launch price’s feasibility.

“I was surprised that it sold so few at the $249 price point, and its sales to date are exactly what I originally forecasted at that price,” he added.

But Divnich and Screen Digest’s Piers Harding-Rolls said the success of the holiday quarter wasn’t enough to keep the system going.

“Going forward, however, we will closely be paying attention to software attach rates. Selling hardware is great, but it is only the first step. The health of any hardware is directly correlated to the amount of software consumers buy,” Divnich said.

“2012 will be crucial for the platform, as its sales momentum will decide how third-party investment in content development will be prioritised,” Harding-Rolls added.

“We expect the 3DS to continue selling, but Nintendo faces an increasingly competitive landscape and the hurdle of convincing third-parties to invest in the platform.”

None of the analysts were keen to back the 3DS to our-perform its precursor, the DS.

The 3DS passed 4 million Japanese sales over the break, shifting nearly half a million units during the last reported sales period.

Thanks, GoNintendo.

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  1. Moonwalker1982

    Just because of ANOTHER Mario and Mario Kart game, don’t get me wrong, i love Mario…but come on. Apart from Mario 3D land, Zelda OOT (even though its a remake) i don’t see much reason to get a 3DS. Bravely Default looks really great but there’s no telling when/if it will ever come to us. Then you have that ridiculous extra analog stuck addon thing that makes the handheld look like a boat, sigh.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. deathgaze

    Uh, grammar fail. Headline should read “… now on track for success”. Right-o then.

    Pachter is still bullish on the 3DS, but I have serious doubts. Aside from Mario Land and an upcoming Zelda game for the platform, Nintendo has exhausted it’s stable of killer apps. It’s up to third parties to carry the system now. If history has been any indication of what to expect from third parties on a Nintendo platforms…

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Brenna Hillier

    @2 it originally read “to succeed” and I decided to change it to “for success” – but clearly missed the second half :)

    #3 3 years ago
  4. GuessWho

    @ deathgaze

    Nintendo have far from exhausted their stable of killer apps.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. ManuOtaku

    #2 Yes thats true but in home consoles, on handled consoles nintendo always did had an stronger and robust third party support, and i dont expect this time to be any different, especially now, i found the best third party game so far the ghost recon shadow wars game, but yes third party support hasnt been that great, but not that bad either though.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. poketrainer

    I think we all can agree that when Pokemon Gray is finally revealed that any remaining doubt about the 3DS’s future in terms of sales will be put to rest.

    #6 3 years ago