3DS 'delay' better for third-party content

Analysts split over release with suggestions a Feb 2011 date is a "worst-case scenario"

As some analysts begin to criticise Nintendo for what they see as a delayed February launch of the 3DS, EEDAR's Jesse Divnich has praised Nintendo for giving longer development time to its launch partners.

Jay Defibaugh, research director of MF Global FXA Securities, told the Wall Street Journal the release window was "a worst-case scenario" and he expected a Ľ20,000 price point and 3G network connection.

But this ignores features of the 3DS, said Divnich, suggesting the hardware can match the multifunctionality of tablet, smartphone and other handheld technology on the market.

"The higher price point allows Nintendo to incorporate new features such as 3D movies, camera, and game support as well as incorporating a more robust online network to aid Nintendo in evolving their product from a single-use, games only platform to supporting the plethora of media and entertainment options that consumers have become accustom to using on their handheld devices such as the PSP, smart phones, and tablet computers."

The WSJ suggested Nintendo president Satoru Iwata told press today that the company wanted to get the system on shelves in time for Christmas, but decided it wouldn't be able to supply enough units if it launched in 2010.

Divnich doesn't believe the February launch has anything to do with manufacturing issues, instead it's part of Nintendo's strategy of ensuring the system goes to retail with as much content as possible.

"We believe that a 2010 holiday launch would severely impact both the quantity and quality of titles that could be made available by November 2010," he noted.

"EEDAR believes there is both a short term benefit (by not placing a third new device into the holiday line-up for consumers) and a long-term benefit (by allowing publishers and developers additional time to create compelling content) in the selected launch timing for the 3DS platform."

"Historically, third-party launch titles have underperformed compared to their first-party counterparts, which is almost entirely due to the limited development schedules available to third-parties. By allowing additional development time through March 2011, a superior product line-up should be available at launch, something all gamers can appreciate."

Nintendo cut its projected sales forecasts earlier today, and reduced estimates for Wii and DS hardware sales for the financial year.

However, it did say it expects to sell around four million 3DS units globally in its first month of release.

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Its still odd timing for the announcement - why not announce all this just into the new year 2011?

I have been wondering what surprises Nintendo had lined up for this Xmas - but after seeing those sales forecasts cut, it looks like there aren't any - and that Nintendo have given up on both the DS & Wii.

Here is hoping the 3DS is more successful in combating piracy than the DS was.
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Private Industry 9 years ago
To keep people holding on their money until February to buy a 3DS instead of buying a PS3 for Christmas? The price is just a little bit below a PS3.

I`m not sure it doesn`t have anything to do with Manufacturing enough units, the E3 model was not the final one and only a prototype so buy that time they still didn`t had the final one finished to start mass production, sure that has something to do with it.
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Adam Campbell Studying Games Technology, City University London9 years ago
Not that they have a choice, I don't think anything bad can come about from a delay. No cheap prototypes, better developed/tested games, more notice for consumers, more manufacturing time. Forecasts are less important.
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Yiannis Koumoutzelis Founder & Creative Director, Neriad Games9 years ago
Werner these are exactly my thoughts. On the other hand, they have some cool games coming out about that time such as Donkey Kong Country Returns, Goldeneye, Sonic Colours, Golden Sun, and so many more. So they might not want to kill the last chance for wii\ds software to sell a bit more. Plus it is undoubtedly going to help development of 3ds launch games.
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