Famed industry analyst Michael Pachter has sat down with Eurogamer to discuss the Nintendo 3DS. Pachter admitted in the interview that he was wrong about the original price point being the right price point but believes that the system has a rosy future ahead of it.
“It’s very successful, but ran into a headwind given its relatively high price – which I incorrectly thought was the right price – and lack of third party software support.”
“Now that we are seeing more first party titles at a lower price point, sales have increased. It’s definitely turned the corner.”
“I was surprised that it sold so few at the $249 price point, and its sales to date are exactly what I originally forecasted at that price.”
EEDAR VP Jesse Divnich was also interviewed by the publication and stated that he isn’t convinced that the Nintendo 3DS will achieve Nintendo DS level sales, but admits that any console would find it difficult to do so.
All three agreed that it’s unlikely the system will manage to catch the DS’s lifetime total, which currently sits at around 150 million worldwide.
“I think anything catching the Nintendo DS will be incredibly difficult.”
“The key to catching the Nintendo DS would be appealing to the ultra-casual consumers, those who originally bought the Nintendo DS for games like Brain Age and Sudoku, which are now prevalent and cheaper on other platforms – tablets and mobile.
“But I don’t believe topping DS sales is Nintendo’s goal for the 3DS. Their goal, however, is to create a sustainable and healthy third-party environment which, as I alluded to earlier, means having high software attach rates that are generally driven by the core audience.”