The Five Biggest Flaws with the Nintendo 3DS

#1BendilinPosted 8/8/2011 7:58:25 AM
#5 - The eShop Prepaid Card Issue
So far, Canadians and Europeans do not have access to the eShop unless they use a credit card. The eShop launched back in June, but we've received information suggesting that Europe won't be able to buy prepaid cards until "somewhere between September 2011 and March 2012." Are you kidding me, here? Canadians can't even cross the border to purchase the prepaid cards from the States because, despite Canadians and Americans both having the same North American 3DS model, they both use a different eShop and American prepaid cards will not work on the Canadian eShop. This wouldn't be an issue if people could buy Wiipoints and have the system convert them into money on your eShop account.

#4 - The Design

The 3DS is not perfect, and in fact has taken a few steps back that other DS models had fixed. It's still using the same low quality camera as the DSi (making any 3D photographs look like a blurry mess), the new plastic squeaks, the Select, Home, and Start buttons are so terribly designed and uncomfortably placed... these problems, along with Nintendo's recent history of putting out a new design every two years, has left people wanting to wait until Nintendo puts out a new model before they think about purchasing one.

#3 - Relying on Third Parties
Nintendo has had a problem for several years now where third party publishers are afraid to put any effort into their Nintendo titles because, usually, first party software always takes priority. Capcom even announced back in March that they were no longer even going to develop games for Nintendo platforms, with Resident Evil: Revelations being the last one. So, Nintendo had a plan; They gave third parties over two years to develop games for the 3DS, and then half a year after its launch to put 'em out. So what did third parties do? Most of them either made nothing or they only put out quick ports. Ruh roh. This left the 3DS with an unfavorable library, unless of course you didn't already own the console versions of these games. I know Nintendo really wants more third party support, but they seem to grow more and more resentment for Nintendo each year. Maybe the best solution is for Nintendo to purchase more developers and have them create more new IPs for the Wiiu and 3DS.
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#2Bendilin(Topic Creator)Posted 8/8/2011 7:59:13 AM
#2 - The Price
Iwata has clearly stated that the only reason why the 3DS was originally priced at $250 USD was because of the overwhelmingly positive response they received at E3 2010. If everyone wasn't jumping up and down like a kid in a candy store that was coated in cocaine, it would have been more "reasonably" priced. Some people argue Nintendo was always planning to launch the 3DS at $250 in hopes of making Sony lowball the price of their Vita (to make them sell it at a loss) and then sneakingly lower the 3DS's price when the Vita launched, but I don't feel that's the case at all.

#1 - The Marketing
The general public just flat out doesn't know that the 3DS is a next generation handheld with updated graphics and capabilities. Despite their efforts, people believe it's just a DSi with 3D visuals and if you don't care about the "harmful" 3D visuals, just buy a far less expensive DSi. This is caused by several different things; Nintendo's original 3DS commercials flat out advertised it as a "DS with 3D" and nothing more. It still bares the Nintendo DS name. The 3DS software packaging looks identical to the DS packaging. Consumers don't understand that 3DS games are actually bigger and better looking games than the DS ones and despite the labels on the boxarts they're still buying 3DS games then wondering why they don't fit into their DS's, figuring they could just play the same game without the 3D. Nintendo is now trying to remedy this by not even advertising the 3D at all (as seen in the latest European 3DS commercial), and some companies aren't even considering using 3D in their 3DS titles any more in favor of focusing on graphics or the gyroscope.

The 3DS, despite having a similar first year as the DS, is having problems for different reasons. When the DS launched, people weren't claiming it was a GameBoy Advance with two screens. They were complaining about how every game for the system so far were N64 ports or minigame collections. They complained about the DS not having graphics as good as the PSP's. The 3DS? People don't even know it's a next generation handheld. That's a major problem and Nintendo needs to educate retailers so their employees stop claiming, "It's just a Nintendo DS with 3D."
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#3panama_chiefPosted 8/8/2011 8:01:33 AM
Hey should ramp up first party effort and tell third parties "give us your best or get left behind"
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#4Hay_StackPosted 8/8/2011 8:09:04 AM
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#5MBBDarigonPosted 8/8/2011 8:09:41 AM
The online is pretty garbage too
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#6panama_chiefPosted 8/8/2011 8:12:50 AM
Hay_Stack posted...
From: Bendilin | #001
Select, Home, and Start buttons are so terribly designed and uncomfortably placed
Obvious troll is obvious.


Please....press pause on any other console, then come back to the 3DS and wonder why you have to fumble around from lack of anything tactile. These buttons should be raised given their importance. Maybe not select, but home and start definitely need it.
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#7Bendilin(Topic Creator)Posted 8/8/2011 8:12:59 AM
Hay_Stack posted...
Obvious troll is obvious.

You mean yourself?

Not only do your thumbs have to swivel over 35 degrees to even reach the buttons, but because they're hidden under a flat STICKER, a freaking STICKER, there's practically no tactile feedback whatsoever. You usually have to look down after your thumb missed the button two or three times to actually see where it is so you can press it. You also have to apply considerably more pressure to use the three buttons than you do any other button on the system. It's a huge inconvenience and only makes playing games more difficult.

The Start and Select buttons should have been placed where the power button is, the home button should have been placed on the opposite side of where the power button is, and the power button should have been a switch like it was on the DSlite.
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#8DeshokunPosted 8/8/2011 8:15:56 AM
bronx718 posted...
They should ramp up first party effort and tell third parties "give us your best or get left behind"

Problem with the Wii is that there's horrible third-party support compared to the PS3/360 and most of the worthwhile games getting for the Wii are niche ones you've probably never heard of(e.g. Bit Trip series), games that aren't localized to your country (Last Story, Pandora, etc), or just plain first party(SMG 1/2, SSBB, Kirby, Skyward Sword)

With 8th gen, they want more third party support, so with the 3DS they wanted to have a good selection of games all year round with no drought. Problem is that they assume that the majority of third party games will actually attract customers. The only first party games out are a remake and a port, that's sad.
#9mcsmellingtonPosted 8/8/2011 8:18:31 AM
I agree, although I say the awful online setup is more of a problem than the prepaid cards.
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#10VIC10U5Posted 8/8/2011 8:20:54 AM
Bendilin posted...
Hay_Stack posted...
Obvious troll is obvious.

You mean yourself?

Not only do your thumbs have to swivel over 35 degrees to even reach the buttons, but because they're hidden under a flat STICKER, a freaking STICKER, there's practically no tactile feedback whatsoever. You usually have to look down after your thumb missed the button two or three times to actually see where it is so you can press it. You also have to apply considerably more pressure to use the three buttons than you do any other button on the system. It's a huge inconvenience and only makes playing games more difficult.

The Start and Select buttons should have been placed where the power button is, the home button should have been placed on the opposite side of where the power button is, and the power button should have been a switch like it was on the DSlite.


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