The Nintendo 3DS has been in the news recently with the announcement from Nintendo that it was slashing the price of the console. The console dropped to $170 from the original price. Those that paid full price for the console will get free content to make up for the extra money spent. Nintendo has made another interesting announcement about the 3DS and the Wii U consoles.
Yesterday many things were revealed about Nintendo, facts about their abysmal earnings this past quarter, the fact that they had "few hit titles," and of course, most importantly, that the price of the Nintendo 3DS had been slashed to $170 from its original $250. Upon further analysis of the earnings call just hours ago, Nintendo's CEO Saturo Iwata appears to have revealed that the gaming company may be taking a loss on every 3DS unit sold with the cut. While some reports have Iwata saying that Nintendo's price cut for the 3DS was necessary and would improve the company's balance sheets this year and next, others have reported that he, in one set of words or another, said that Nintendo is now taking a loss on ever 3DS unit sold.
The Nintendo 3DS has been around for a while now and not too long ago one of our big problems with the console that we raised in the review is fixed. The 3DS now has its eShop in place to let you buy download games and grab other software too for the portable. Some new apps are landing in the eShop today with the Netflix app coming for download.
The number of patent suits that fly around the technology world is staggering. It seems like every day we hear of a new patent infringement suit being filed. The latest patent suit is against Nintendo and the plaintiff in the case is a company I have never heard of called Tomita Technologies. Tomita claims that Nintendo's 3DS is infringing on a patent it holds. The patent in question covers tech for viewing 3D with no glasses.
Back in March when we reviewed the Nintendo 3DS we really liked the console but didn’t like that the eShop wasn’t available at the time. The eShop is set to launch soon making the new Nintendo portable more appealing to us. Despite the eShop coming soon, the 3DS hasn’t been selling in the volume that Nintendo hoped for. The company has announced that the 3DS portable has finally hit the million unit mark for sales in Japan.
I don't know about you, but any time my iPhone or other game console runs out of power on the go, it's generally right at the point where I am about to win a race or beat a certain boss. That makes the device turning off on its own doubly sucky. Nyko has been trotting out a lot of new Nintendo 3DS peripherals at E3 and the latest of them is called the Game Boost.
The 3DS eShop firmware was previously expected to land on June 7. Nintendo has now announced that the firmware update will be hitting North America on the evening of June 6, a few hours before we expected it. The update is free and will be offered via the WiFi connection integrated into the 3DS and your home broadband network. The update will add some very cool and welcome features.
Nintendo launched its 3DS not too long ago and the console sold pretty well to start with. In Japan the PSP beat the 3DS one week in sales, but that was related to a new PSP game that was popular in Japan. New details on the 3DS sales figures have surfaced this week that show Nintendo had a good opening week of the new game console.
Let's begin today with some awesome news from Google - you know that big fat developers conference they have every year, the one where you get to talk to all your developer friends, the one that sold out this year in 8 hours? Well you're in luck, even if you didn't get a ticket, because they're totally streaming the whole thing. Then let's get into some FCC business, a column or two, and some very exciting launch news from a couple of fabulous Android-toting businesses.
If you are a bored gamer in the San Francisco area that really need something to do on a Friday you can thank me later. Nintendo has announce that it is having a special sneak peek of the 3DS for gamers in the San Francisco area that starts today and runs through April 3.