As I've implied, I'm not convinced this will be enough to let the 3DS replicate the success of the DS.
Well essentially, the 3DS is an upgraded Nintendo DS. I'm not sure how that can't go wrong in the long run since (besides it's poor battery), it has more possibilities to it. And developers don't have to use the 3D feature in their games which may make it easier on them. Though competing against the Vita will be pretty tough.
Nintendo's faith in customer loyalty and brand strength also seems to have negatively affected their system line-up. They seemed to believe that without a system-seller like Mario 64, people would buy it regardless, with the likes of Pilot Wings and Nintendogs on offer instead.
When I look at Pilot Wings Resort it reminds me of Wii Sports Resort (and well, since it does take place on the same island, it's no wonder) which makes me think they should have just included the game with the 3DS like how the Wii included Wii Sports when purchasing a Wii. It would make more use for those Mii's you make on the 3DS. I think also including at least some sort of game with it would make some want to buy it since they wouldn't be buying a system and then buying an additional game which should come up to about $300 (or even more if you consider taxes) at launch for a Nintendo Handheld...
On the note of launch titles, I thought Nintendo wanted to give more third party support for their system, so they could have thought the third party games would have been enough to support the 3DS in the beginning. Though it doesn't seem like it from what we saw, I guess all people just really want to play is Nintendo games for their Nintendo system as opposed to third party games.
Of course, their launch window title was Ocarina of Time 3DS, a thirteen year old game which amounted to a texture pack with even the sounds untouched. Perhaps they believed fans would buy the system to play what was essentially a port in large numbers?
I don't think it's entirely fair to say it's on the 13 year old game as it's more on the version included in the 2003 GameCube version with the Master Quest included (though even OoT3D's Master Quest is a bit differential being mirrored and getting twice the damage from all enemy attacks and pitfalls) though the normal game in the GameCube version is essentially the same as the 13 year old game so I can see why you would say that. But it did also have a few additions like gyroscope aiming, making the boots an item instead of gear, the use of both screens (I guess this one doesn't really count), and the Sheikah Stone (though this is probably Nintendo trying to add the super player guide to almost all their new games lately though these are just small hint videos shown as "visions").
My feeling is that the price drop has allowed people who weren't quite sure but were tempted to bit the bullet and purchase the console. Perhaps I'm wrong, though, and it broke the price point for the public in general to be more interested.
Well if you compare
it's new price to the current Nintendo DS family line, the 3DS is about as equal or less to as much as the current pricing for the DSi and the DSi XL. I think placing it at such a price like this would defiantly make the public in general interested because it's priced approximately the same price as the Nintendo DSi, and I'm sure with a price like that it would be easier to get the up to date model being the 3DS since it can do all the features the DSi can do and more. Getting a DSi at this point would be pointless if anyone was interested in getting a new Nintendo handheld, that's for sure.
However, it must be said that this console didn't feel like it had any "splash" in the UK to me, which is surprising for a Nintendo handheld. In game shops, it has barely any space devoted to it compared to the other consoles, as well. When the Wii was coming out, it had a lot of space in comparison and it was a big deal.
I think Nintendo shouldn't have made the DSi, if they hadn't made it the 3DS would have a bigger impact compared to the DS. The DSi was like the half-step between the Nintendo DS and the 3DS that wasn't really needed. The 3DS borrows a lot of features the DSi had which makes it lose a lot of it's appeal IMO. The DSi had a camera, an internet browser, a shop for DSiWare (I think digital content would have been a neat feature to see on the 3DS do if the DSi didn't exist), and a few other stuff that I didn't list. If there's one thing the DSi did do that made the 3DS not look that bad was to cushion it from the lack of GBA support, because if the DS still had GBA support and then leaped to the 3DS without it I think people would be mad at it like how some were at the DSi not having it.
The 3DS does have one thing that would interest some I think, the eShop's Virtual Console. Currently it's only Game Boy and Game Boy Colour titles but if they do include Game Boy Advance titles it would be great since the GBA had quite a strong library of games worth getting if anyone happened to missed out on them.
So currently the 3DS isn't doing that well, but I wonder if this can be said later on once the big games do come out. I guess we'll have to see, but as of now, not that well.Now from my own personal viewpoint of the 3DS, I think compared to the original Nintendo DS and DS Lite, there's a lot more features to do but the DSi kind of spoils it (though since I didn't get a DSi, it seems fine I guess). The only 3DS game I have on it so far is OoT 3D and I thought it was a lot of fun but maybe it wouldn't be if I had played the original before. Besides OoT 3D, I find none of the 3DS titles are worth looking into currently and would rather just get games for the Nintendo DS to play on the 3DS since there is quite a lot of good DS games to be played. Or as least buy some of the gems that are in the huge dump of DSiWare titles.
The battery life can also be a concern to others and a put-off of not getting it but I haven't gotten any problems with it so far but that's because I keep it on the cradle a lot. If I was outside and tried to use it as long as possible, I wouldn't be able to answer that yet since I've only used my 3DS mainly at home and not outside for a long time yet.