Making Sense of the 3DS Sales

Although the 3DS sold strongly right when it was released, its sales have really dwindled at the moment. But Interpret LLC, a market research company, claim that this was bound to happen, and also predict that sales will pick up later on. Apparently this was due to Nintendo targeting the 3DS at core gamers, but not having a software to back the console up (remember the long list of upcoming 3DS games at E3?). Meanwhile, although the handheld will have to compete with phones, which often sell games for free or as little as $1, gaming phones often appeal to different audiences than consoles like the 3DS. But Nintendo should take note that the market for dedicated handheld gaming devices is shrinking.

To read more about this issue, check out the original article at Gamepro.

Link’s Awakening now Availabe on the eShop!

You can now download The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX from the Nintendo 3DS eShop! It’s exactly the same game as the original, except you will be able to play with in 3D vision. It is currently availabe in America, The United Kingdom and Australia priced at $5.99, £5.40 and $9 AU respectively. If you haven’t played Link’s Awakening before, now’s the chance to play this amazing game on your 3DS.

3DS eShop launch titles announced

Nintendo have revealed the games that will be available on the 3DS eShop once it opens on June 7th. They are as follows:

Super Mario Land
Tennis (Europe only)
Radar Mission (North America only)

In addition, two mini-games will be available to download completely free, Excitebike 3D and Pokedex 3D. Excitebike 3D will be available until July 7th, and is the same game as the original Excitebike that was released in 1984. Pokedex 3D is an interactive Pokedex, featuing the 5th generation Pokemon. So, the eShop doesn’t look particularly great right now if you ask me. It’s disappointing to see that Link’s Awakening is not even on the list of games. Still, some day the eShop will hopefully have a big library of games and add-ons for the 3DS!

Source: Zelda Universe