Why did Nintendo deliberately make the original 3DS design so ugly?

#1SolnotPosted 3/10/2013 4:39:29 PM
The odd sandwich shape design, awkward shaped hinges, glossy finish, top screen scratches bottom screen, terrible Start, Select, and Home buttons, etc.

Everything about the original 3DS design just feels so inferior to the 3DS XL's improvements. Why didn't Nintendo just release the 3DS XL design first?
#2IcewitchPosted 3/10/2013 4:42:16 PM
I prefer the original 3DS.
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#3Pork_buttonmashPosted 3/10/2013 4:46:08 PM
They should have hired the PS Vita design team.
GloryChaos posted...
What you say is true. Unfortunately, people have been generalizing like this for years.
#4TheGreatUnownPosted 3/10/2013 4:48:31 PM
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. About the screen scratching issue, it's the other way around.
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#5MachEvolutionPosted 3/10/2013 4:52:38 PM
From what I understand, the design of the original 3DS was made to appeal to a Japanese audience. I don't mean this in a rude way but, Japanese tastes are often really bizarre compared to what we see here in the West.

The "screen scratches" aren't as widespread as they might seem and were a design oversight(I believe more recent production runs have fixed/minimized this issue), and the other complaints you have are more a matter of opinion(though not exactly uncommon).

Basically, it's a Japanese device with a couple minor flaws that have since been fixed even before the XL released. Though I do agree with your opinion in as much as I prefer the XL over the original in almost every way.
#6Gandalf the IstariPosted 3/10/2013 4:55:44 PM
I have to agree - it's not a very sleek looking design. I also hate the fact that they're like 3 different shades of a color.
#7Kouji_TaminoPosted 3/10/2013 4:56:13 PM
Because it's not? I love the cake layer design and glossy finish. I thought the 3DS XL was ugly as sin when I first saw it and it's still one of my least favorite handheld designs even though it's grown on me.
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#8habsalltheway33Posted 3/10/2013 4:57:46 PM
They reduced the price of the original 3DS, thus selling them at a loss supposedly. Maybe the changes on the XL were not costly and allowed them to sell at a profit, or less of a loss? Plus, doing so, they get a lot of people who would opt for the "improved" 3DS rather than the less expensive one.
#9Bancario51Posted 3/10/2013 5:00:10 PM
Your opinion is wrong. The only gripe on the 3DS original design is the stylus location. Everything else is spot on.
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#10MATADOR480Posted 3/10/2013 5:07:14 PM
Bancario51 posted...
Your opinion is wrong. The only gripe on the 3DS original design is the stylus location. Everything else is spot on.

Agreed. That stylus location is horrible.
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