More trials, tribulations and concerns seem to be coming from Nintendo President Satoru Iwata as the day rolls on. Earlier this morning, we ran the story of Iwata’s sincere apology to early Nintendo 3DS adopters for dropping the price of the hardware so quickly. Iwata claims Nintendo “decided it was necessary to take this drastic step in order to ensure that large numbers of users will continue to enjoy the 3DS in the future.”
VG247, via Nintendo.co.jp, has it that Iwata is actually concerned that the quick price drop for the Nintendo 3DS will cause potential Wii U consumers to hesitate buying the new system. The logic being, of course, that waiting may land a better price for the hardware.
“With regard to the influence on the Wii U, what we have to take most seriously is that the price markdown could damage the trust of the consumers who bought the Nintendo 3DS just after the launch. I feel greatly accountable for it. Our decision of the price markdown this time has a side effect that, at the launch of the Wii U, people may feel that the price might drop in the near future if they wait. Nevertheless, we have decided to cut down the price of the Nintendo 3DS as we consider it as a necessary decision now. What we will be able to do to recover the consumers’ trust before the launch of the Wii U is very important to us.”
This is where I’m going to step back and pull out the soap box for a second or two.
The best way for Nintendo to earn consumer trust and excitement for both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS lies in conceiving, planning, developing and releasing great software at launch. If Nintendo brings great games to both platforms, consumers will come. And the games need to be available on day one, not six months down the line.
Would great games push you towards buying a Wii U or Nintendo 3DS?