EEDAR believes 3DS announcement “is unfortunate” for DSi XL
“It is unfortunate for the Nintendo DSi XL, new hardware announcements certainly impacts consumers’ willingness to purchase old hardware that may be ‘obsolete’ in less than a year. But I am sure people plan on not buying the Nintendo DSi XL just as much now as they did yesterday. Gamers have been patiently waiting for an announcement on what will succeed the Nintendo DS. Three years ago I remember seeing people bust out their Nintendo DS at the airport, on trains, waiting in-line. Now recently, I’ve noticed more and more are turning to the iPhone to quench their entertainment thirst. Also, the DS is plagued with piracy, something that Nintendo can barely control. Their only true power-move to stop piracy is to simply start all over again with new hardware. I don’t think its success will come into question. Release a new Mario title, promise us a new Link game is on the way, and dazzle us with Donkey Kong in 3D, and gamers will line-up around the block to buy one.”
Right now, I don’t know why anyone would pick up a DSi XL if they are aware of the 3DS. The 3DS will be capable of playing DS and DSi titles, so why not wait a few months? We’re only about a year – if not less – away from a new handheld release.