Japanese poll: Only 8.8 percent want to buy 3DS
Posted on 9 years ago by Brian(@NE_Brian) in 3DS, News | 6 Comments
The DS has sold incredibly well in Japan since it was released in 2004. That doesn’t mean that gamers are necessarily anticipating Nintendo’s next handheld, however.
1,059 people provided some responses in a goo Research poll and more than 42% of them said that they have purchased a DS. But when 702 of the participants were asked about the 3DS, only 8.8 percent indicated that they “want to buy” it. 55.8 percent, while interested in the system, stated that they do not plan on purchasing it for now and the remaining 35.3 percent just aren’t interested in the system at all.
What about you guys? Are you waiting to hear more about the 3DS before you really consider picking up the handheld? Or are you already convinced that you’ll be buying it when it comes out?
UK trade sources: 3DS to launch in October
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“It’s a surprise – we were expecting it much closer to Christmas. But I suppose it gives Nintendo the opportunity to get it front and centre in people’s minds nice and early. In my experience, you don’t launch a product that early to Christmas unless you’re confident in it – and going to spend a lot of money on it. We’re reassured that Nintendo is going to give it some decent backing in Q4.” – a senior publishing source
It would make sense for Nintendo to release the 3DS in time for the holiday season. And when Nintendo first announced the system, we heard that it will launch before March 2011. I’d like to hear an official confirmation before I fully believe anything, though!
Jett Rocket details, 3DS interest from Shin’en
This information comes from Shin’en’s Manfred Linzner…
– Jett (main character) can use his jetpack to fly short stick
– Jett explored the planet Yoroppa
– On this he landed Plant by an attack of “Power Posse”.
– There are huge levels to explore and to solve many puzzles.
– Even Action-Parts
– Snow World, a tropical area
– A total of three climate zones
– There are many different levels, different times of day and weather conditions
– In addition to jetpack and parachute, there is also the “Jet Boat” to cross over the sea, or plow with the “Jet-Snowboader” to the snow.
– Developers compare the graphics quality of “Jett Rocket” with that of “Super Mario Galaxy” because they use too many complex shaders
– Worlds and levels have nothing to do with “Super Mario Galaxy” together
– “Jett Rocket” is by the special moves very fresh and different from other platformers. ”
– “Jett Rocket can jump to about twice its height. It can he still use his jet pack. But there are also many gadgets that can make use of them Jett to go to higher regions.”
– “Jett Rocket” controls are more conventional. The Nunchuk is used for the speed and direction and cause the Wii remote buttons to jump and actions. Some of the special moves and actions using the motion sensor, and that makes a lot of fun. However, we did not want the player just shaking the remote control is constantly on. I think we have since found a very good balance. ”
– To the question “When can we expect with the release of the game?
Very soon. I would expect in weeks rather than months.”
Regarding the 3DS: “We are absolutely thrilled by the idea and we are determined to look closer.”
Thanks to Johannes for the news tip!
Time Traveler art
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New Time Travelers details
– Concept art has a girl standing at the top of a tower, looking over at a destroyed city, has buildings/streets in ruins
– Director Jiro Ishii: “It has the theme of the calamity that has become a trauma within me.”
– Developed by Level-5’s Tokyo studio
– “time travel” theme is the “ultimate ingredient” for Ishii
– Ishii: “I’ve been thinking about this forever now. Something like Back to the Future and Toki wo Kakeru Shojo, that’s loved forever. I have ideas for a time travel story that no one has done before, not even in movies or novels.”
– Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino “It looks like it will become a large scale title. I’m also looking forward to it. I expect it to become a title that can be a popular series for Level-5.”
– Hino: “[The game is] centered on hardware that’s not yet in this world, it will expand to other hardware.”
Sounds like this could very well end up on the 3DS. The system is “not yet in this world” as far as I know, but will be in the next year or so!
Rumor: Level-5 developing Time Traveler, may hit 3DS
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As promised, Level-5 has revealed a new game in this week’s Famitsu. Kind of. Apparently, the magazine interviewed Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino in the latest issue, who announced that the company is working on a new game called Time Traveler. The thing is, Hino wouldn’t exactly say what platform it’s for and seemed to avoid revealing further information when the 3DS was brought up.
We’re already aware of the fact that TOSE has been asked to create numerous titles for the 3DS. Is Level-5 working on the system as well? In any case, we’ll let you know more about Time Traveler is any actual game details come in.
The 3DS’ biggest feature will undoubtedly be the system’s ability to output 3D graphics. The system will probably make use of a parallax barrier system in order to achieve these results and now people are beginning to speculate that Hitachi and Sharp will be providing Nintendo with the goods in the form of newly announced 3.4-inch, 480 x 854 screen technology. Interestingly, it will feature both a 2D and 3D mode. A non-touchscreen version of the display will be going into mass production before June while the touchscreen version will follow closely behind. Sharp won’t say at this point if their technology will be featured in the 3DS, but sources such as Nikkei believe that it is likely.
Pachter: PS3, 360 may begin to cut into Nintendo’s market share later this year, timing of 3DS announcement surprising
“Nintendo’s overall performance has fallen short of our expectations, with software down over 30% and Wii hardware units down almost 50%. The company may have faced supply constraints for its hardware, but staple titles like Wii Fit with Balance Board and Wii Play were also well below historical levels. We are hopeful that the supply situation for hardware and for these key titles will correct in March; if not, we think that weak sales may suggest waning consumer support. We expect continued momentum for the PS3 due in part to its list of exclusives in early 2010 (Heavy Rain, God of War III, MLB the Show 10, et al) and Blu-ray compatibility. We are less sanguine about a March or April catalyst for the Wii, as there are no exciting first party exclusives until May (Super Mario Galaxy 2). Over the last several years, the Wii has benefited from being the cheapest console, but a consistently declining tie ratio causes us some pause. We believe that the PS3, with multiple high-profile exclusives and the newly-announced Move Controller, and the Xbox 360, with Project Natal, may begin to cut into Nintendo’s market share later this year, and think that it is possible that the three consoles divide the market more evenly at holiday. The DS continues to sell at an amazing pace, and we expect solid sales in March with the end-of-month introduction of the DSi XL. We also expect solid software contribution in March from the release of the Pokémon games, which we project will sell 5 million units combined world wide. We found the company’s announcement of the 3DS somewhat ill-timed, coming the week before the launch of the DSi XL. In our view, the company’s announcement warned consumers that the DSi XL would be obsolete within a year, and we were surprised at the timing.” – Wedbush Morgan Securities analyst Michael Pachter
I’ve got to admit, Nintendo’s first-party lineup for the first few months of 2010 is bland. However, it’s possible that the company is allowing third-party titles like Red Steel 2 and Monster Hunter Tri to shine. And then we’ve got three fantastic titles – Super Mario Galaxy 2, Sin and Punishment: Star Successor, and Metroid: Other M – all within about a month of each other. Regarding Sony and Microsoft, we’ll have to wait and see if they are able to capture the same type of success Nintendo has with their motion control devices.
Rumor: Nintendo customer service rep associates Golden Sun DS with 3DS?
This is a response from a Nintendo customer service representative regarding Golden Sun DS…
Hm…I’m not too sure about this. We don’t know what the original email said and that could have influenced the response. That said, stranger things have happened. And we all know that Twilight Princess ended up on the GameCube and Wii. So, you never know! We’ll just have to wait until E3 to hear new information about Golden Sun DS.
Thanks to 357 Lobster for the news tip!
Nintendo Voice Chat podcast summary
– New Nintendo handheld
– Will be shown at E3
– Craig believes 3DS will be the actual name
– DSi is the stop-gap
– Backward compatible with the DSi
– One of the screens will be stereoscopic 3D
– Peer thinks the top screen will be the 3D screen, bottom screen touch
– Craig thinks Nintendo bought the screens from a public company or have to reveal they sold a lot of screens to a certain company, Nintendo wanted to make an announcement themselves
– NCL only cares about themselves, not really NOA, Nintendo of Europe, etc.
– Coming out by the end of March
– Apple sneaking in on Nintendo, iPhone can’t do stereoscopic 3D
– Everyone’s 3D jazzed because of movies like Avatar
– Professor Layton, brain games, could be neat in 3D
– Multiple third-parties have apparently received confirmation from Nintendo that nVidia Tegra chip isn’t being used
– Craig doesn’t believe high-profile third-party devs don’t have the actual dev kits
– With the DS, devs were only able to work with one screen, devs had to constantly send the kits back and forth, get the new one with touch screen, etc.