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The first of these two articles comes from Kotaku. On the 22rd they posted an article relaying information from an interview they did with Nintendo of America President Reggie "My Body is Ready" Fils-Aime where the conversation turned to the New 3DS and its absence from E3 in particular and its absence in America in general. After telling him about the massive popular demand of the system that is not only smaller and more portable than it's larger XL version but also has replaceable faceplates that can be exchanged for game or character specific versions available, Reggie had this to say:
"So we've got nothing to announce here. We've certainly taken note of all of the readers and consumers that expressed desire for the base model. We analyzed the results in Japan and saw the lion's share of the volume was on the XL model, and that's with no 2DS existing in the Japanese market. And so as we thought about: 'What's the best line-up for us?' We thought the new XL and 2DS would be our best line-up. Not going to make any promises but, you know, I would suggest to your readers that they stay tuned and maybe some special SKUs might show up." (SOURCE)For those of you who are wondering "SKU" stands for "Stock Keeping Unit" and is a common term for market inventory.
As soon as this article hit the internet Nintendo fans and other gaming media outlets immediately jump at this as a sign that the New 3DS will hit America soon. After all, after months of silence about the topic, the President of NoA himself almost flat out said that the system will be announced soon. This gave hope to all fans who where wanting the smaller system ever since the XL was announced back in January.
Unfortunately, those hopes where dashed by another interview, this time with the Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales Scott Moffitt at the iDigitalTimes only three days after Kotaku released their article. After talking about the upcoming games for the 3DS and the rational behind having the 2DS, 3DS XL, and the New 3DS XL as our options, the question of the New 3DS was popped and Moffitt responded with this:
"With Nintendo, every market and every region makes their own choice of what their hardware lineup ought to be for their market and makes the best guess they can for what will satisfy the needs of gamers in that market. So I'll never say never, but if we see a consumer need for that and fill out our portfolio of hardware offering on the portable side we will consider bringing them in. But right now our lineup, we believe, satisfies the needs of the widest variety of gamers in our territory." (SOUCRE)So there you have it. Reggie hints that we will get it, Moffitt sees no need for it, and once again the fans are in for a rollercoaster ride of emotions as the system of their choice seems out of reach.
|Some of the faceplates available for the New 3DS.|
On the other hand with the Moffitt interview, we see a lot of the same old rhetoric that we've heard before when the New 3DS was discussed in the past. "Every market makes their own choices," "We are a different market," "We are trying to satisfy the needs of the gamers." It's the same song and dance we've heard for a while and it's getting tiring because the New 3DS DOES have a market here, there is a NEED that is not being met with the 2DS, 3DS XL, and New 3DS XL and that is for more portability, more customizing, and more comfort for certain gamers.
Right now, we have gamers who want to have the New 3DS experience, but CAN'T because the XL system is uncomfortable for them. In fact, for some of them they CAN'T play the XL because it is physically painful. These are gamers who are not being served. There are also gamers who want to carry their portable system with them where ever they go, but both the 2DS and 3DS XLs are TOO LARGE to carry comfortably. These are gamers who are not being served. There are also gamers who love to customize their stuff. They can already buy custom wallpapers for their 3DS's HOME menu, and LOVE the New 3DS's faceplates. I mean some of them are really BADASS like the Xenoblade Chronicles one and the Fire Emblem Fates one. These are gamers who are not being served. And then finally, you have gamers who are like me, to whom it is a major preference. I love the faceplates, but more than anything else I just prefer a smaller 3DS. I find the original 3DS size to be the perfect size for a handheld system, and with my 3DS slowly but surely breaking down after all the years of use, I want to upgrade to a New 3DS: but I DON'T want a New 3DS XL. I am a gamer who is not being served.
|I HOPE the SKUs Reggie was talking about are these bundles|
Until Next Time.