Nintendo has been doing a lot of stuff recently, and they look like they’re in a bit of a panic. At E3, they looked like they were well composed and had something that could be innovative for the home console market. They pretty much had an upgraded Wii (WiiU) with some cool new features that they showed off, and an upgraded DS (3DS) that everyone seemed excited for.
Then the investors started to pull out during/after that E3. People felt the price point was too high, so they made a drastic price cut, while giving early adopters some old classics as compensation. Now, the 3DS has had a few faults (store being delayed, not much original/new content), but I still felt like I wanted to get one. (Especially the red one). Now there’s talk about some ugly attachment for a second control stick. In my mind, that is a drastic change and one that will split the market. Developers might want to use it, but it being an optional and not apart of the system at launch will either make the early adopters more upset, or the developers will not focus on using it for any main mechanic and the add-on will seem not as worth it. This is something that should have been decided earlier, and I think since people have been less than enthusiastic about making games for a system that might fail, they appear to be trying to fix all the criticisms they had in the past all at once.
Now, rumors are circulating that the WiiU is not up to snuff and Nintendo is trying to rush it through production. While I sincerely hope that is not the case, it would make a bit of financial sense since releasing early and taking the market by storm is what they did with the Wii. However, if the rumors are true, I hope Nintendo doesn’t forgo any of it’s quality to get a product on the shelves. The 3DS already has a lack of a library. Wii don’t need another system with no games for itself.
Nintendo is doing a whole lot of things that are confusing and scaring me as a consumer. I just hope they still have their head in the game and not in their wallets. At least we can have the ability to buy a Metallic Rose DSiXL soon.