Nintendo told Gamasutra that it plans to install more than 6,000 Nintendo 3DS kiosks at retail locations across the United States over the next five months.
The chief selling point of the Nintendo 3DS is, of course, the glasses free 3D illusion that the device provides. Ever since it’s unveiling at E3 last year, Nintendo’s explained that it’s impossible to recreate the 3D effect the handheld delivers over video. As such, most consumers even remotely interested in the 3D the 3DS provides have yet to experience it.
These play kiosks are an absolute must if the Nintendo 3DS has any chance at surviving. It’s undeniable that the system will sell well at launch based entirely on hype alone. However, it’s going to take physical proof to sway over the minds of plenty of potential buyers.
I had a chance to go hands on with the 3DS again in Nintendo’s booth at PAX East earlier this month. The place was absolutely packed as players swarmed around tables with four 3DS’ placed on each side of the square surfaces. The line to get into the booth stretched out and wrapped around the perimeter of the show floor. And all of this was to catch a glimpse of a system that would be releasing to the public in less than a month’s time.
Like I said, these kiosks are necessary.
Nintendo will launch the 3DS in North America this Sunday, March 27th. Will you be buying one?