Nintendo 3DS Selling At Snails Pace: Predecessor Outshines

As with many devices to the market, the reaction to them can be positive and negative from customers, the same can be said for the Nintendo 3DS gaming console. Hoped to pull in the masses with its new 3D technology, the 3DS hasn’t quite lived up to peoples’ expectations with news today that the device is selling at an extremely slow pace.

Ok, so as Sean Buckley over at Engadget stated, the gaming console has managed to hit the one million mark, despite its initial criticism over the device contributing to ill effects such as headaches, dizziness and eyestrain. Many consumers were disappointed with reports of some heading straight back to the retailer to get full refunds, this understandingly resulted in Nintendo hitting back to the claims.

Since then, the E3 gaming event has been and gone with news from Nintendo that they are bringing out a new selection of 3DS gaming titles including Mario Kart, Ocarina of Time, The Legend of Zelda and so on. This is hoped to entice potential new customers and keep those who already have the 3DS console. Along with this the tech giants are bringing out a new Wii U + Controller some time in 2012, but the big contender announcing the new PS Vita is of course Sony.

As Engadget stated, Nintendo’s main man Satoru Iwata has already said that the 3DS isn’t living up to expectation, and as Sean pointed out has struggled to gain the interest and sales that its predecessor racked up. When the new 3DS is compared to Sony’s original PSP handheld, that alone sold one million in a timeframe of 7 weeks, so can Nintendo come back from this? Is the enticement of some new games enough, or will the PS Vita blow it completely out of the water?

Let us know what you think? Are you a 3DS fan, have you had any problems since acquiring your console? What are your thoughts on some of the E3 announcements?