Why do you think not releasing it this christmas will hurt its sales...at all?
If they release it in march of 2011 obviously the people who really wanted it will still buy it all the same and they can make the big profit in christmas of '11.
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More people will be inclined to buy the fancy new thing for this Christmas. There will probably be a new fancy new thing next year that kids will want more.
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If it comes out this year, those holiday sales will give them a huge undiluted install base, but if they wait 'til next year they'll have to share those consumers with whatever competition may arise.
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I'm hoping it doesn't get released for Christmas. it's always so crazy. i really don't care for the massive spending people do around Christmas. any other time of the year is better.
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More people are in the stores, see it, try it, and buy it. It's a really simple concept, especially for something a lot of people will want to try first.
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The Wii was launched in Holiday 2006, and with the buzz and the shortages and all, I think it contributed greatly to it's success. The hook was of course motion control.
The 3DS also has a major hook. If it's released this Christmas it'll be the hottest gift of the season, for kids and gadget freaks. There is no drawback to releasing it this year. There is a slight drawback to releasing it in the spring.
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I don't think it will particularly "hurt" sales if they don't release it in the spring, but there is no way you can deny that if they release it this Christmas would sell massively.
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I think it's more "It'll sell 500 million units at launch instead of only 400 million" (numbers possibly only slightly exaggerated).
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lol 400 million at launch is slightly exaggerated?
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Lol that's like 4.5 times more what the PS2 sold.
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