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Deadman
03-27-2011, 01:00 AM
Didn't preorder and now I'm thinking WTH might as well! Anyone else picking one up? I'll post my results - sold out, got one, not for sale, etc when I return...

PapaStu
03-27-2011, 01:23 AM
Pre-ordered months ago. Amazon will deliver it whenever they decide to in the next few days.

Amazon already gave me Rayman 3D. More will show up w/ the system. I'm in no rush and will be more than happy to wait a few days to not pay tax or shipping on any of the games or the system itself.

Rev. Link
03-27-2011, 01:28 AM
I got mine Friday afternoon. :)

I've been impressed with the 3D, and the built in games are pretty fun. Now we just need some AAA titles to come out. Street Fighter will have to hold me over 'til then. Might pick up Pilotwings eventually, too.

Deadman
03-27-2011, 02:52 AM
Back with a report:

Super WalMart #1:
- received only 16 units, 8 black, 8 blue total
- only games available: Sims 3D, Ridge Racer 3D, Madden

Super WalMart #2:
- received only 16 units, 8 black, 8 blue total
- only games available: Sims 3D, Ridge Racer 3D, Madden, Lego SW III, Pilotwings, Ghost Recon, Rayman 3D

Super WalMart #3:
- received only 24 units, 12 black, 12 blue total
- games available: Sims 3D, Ridge Racer 3D, Madden, Lego SW III, Pilotwings, Ghost Recon, Rayman 3D, Street Fighter, Super Monkey Ball and Steel Diver

Picked up a blue system, Lego SW III, and STreet Fighter. Unfortunately I'm tired now, so I'm going to open it up to set it charging overnight and play it in the morning. G'nite everyone.

c0ldb33r
03-27-2011, 06:42 AM
Glad to hear you got one. I was torn whether to get a blue or black. My wife said I'd probably regret the blue, Sonia ended up getting the black. She's usually eight about stuff like that.

I pick mine up at noon :)

Rev. Link
03-27-2011, 10:41 AM
At my store we were only able to secure three, and I bought one of those myself, but we did manage to get a number of games. Madden, Lego Star Wars, all three variants of Nintendogs + Cats, Asphalt, Sims, Pilotwings, and SSFIV.

I'm about to leave to go open up the store. I'll report back tonight with how our launch goes. I'm hoping we at least sell them both today, but I don't know how many people in our area will be pumped up about this, or even know about it.

incubus421
03-27-2011, 12:05 PM
I think I am going to hold off a bit on picking one up.
I have got to play with one already and while it is really really cool...some of it's features I think are going to be forgotten quick, namely, the built in mini games etc.

Couple of my other points for holding off would be the game list as of now. Most of the titles I would be interested in don't come out til later in the year. Also kind of waiting to see if they do something special for the games coming out later...a Zelda or Mario 3ds would be fantastic!

My last thought (which is minor and doesn't affect my decision to buy too much) is the release of the 3DSi or 3DS XL...or whatever other iteration Nintendo will think to do. I remember being so excited for the original DS when it was first released. And to go back and play one now.....well, it's not quite what it used to be.

Deadman
03-27-2011, 12:55 PM
This morning I hit the Toys R Us B1G1 1/2off sale to check out the rest of the 3DS lineup and expected lines, crowds, sold out product.... nothing. We were the only ones in the department, they had full stock on all of the games, no problems! I picked up Steel Diver and Ghost Recon on the sale and might go back later to pick up Ridge Racer later, but I'm not sure what else to get. I did see these other releases:

Bust A Move 3ds
Dinosaur 3ds - a dinosaur battle game?
Samurai Warriors
Nintendogs, cats, etc.

zemmix
03-27-2011, 02:11 PM
From what I see 3DS doesn't seem to be doing too hot here in Japan compared to the old DS when it was realeased. At first stores sold out but now few weeks later most stores around here have them in stock. Three students of mine have bought them but the odd thing is none of them have bought any 3DS games to go with their systems. I'm sure whenever the new Mario or Pokemon comes out things will change.

Robocop2
03-27-2011, 02:38 PM
I think I am going to hold off a bit on picking one up.
I have got to play with one already and while it is really really cool...some of it's features I think are going to be forgotten quick, namely, the built in mini games etc.

Couple of my other points for holding off would be the game list as of now. Most of the titles I would be interested in don't come out til later in the year. Also kind of waiting to see if they do something special for the games coming out later...a Zelda or Mario 3ds would be fantastic!

My last thought (which is minor and doesn't affect my decision to buy too much) is the release of the 3DSi or 3DS XL...or whatever other iteration Nintendo will think to do. I remember being so excited for the original DS when it was first released. And to go back and play one now.....well, it's not quite what it used to be.

This was my original thought as well but I'm not sure I can hold out that long. I didn't get into the DS until the Lite came out and I got my wife one for a trip we were taking. I was hooked after that, sure I like the Lite better compared to the Phat but product improvements are going to happen with everything nowadays. I don't think I want to wait two years + for a revised model.

Bojay1997
03-27-2011, 03:29 PM
Checked several Best Buy, Target and Walmarts in San Diego around noon and none were sold out. It did appear that the Cosmo Blue units were more plentiful than the black ones, however. Also, plenty of all the launch games everywhere.

Deadman
03-27-2011, 04:52 PM
I went back by my TRU an hour ago and they are still loaded with games - systems are going pretty good though. Like most people here are saying, I think people are gettng the system now to avoid a possible rush when Zelda, Mario, or some other big hitting title come out. There are a few on my radar that I'm looking forward to, including the DreamTrigger 3D game, PacMan/Galaga Dimensions (?), Splinter Cell among others.

maxlords
03-27-2011, 05:43 PM
DreamTrigger and Professor Layton are two of the big ones I'm waiting for ;)

Just got mine today (black) as well. Haven't gotten any games cause...the launch library sucks!

c0ldb33r
03-27-2011, 05:43 PM
our stores have plenty of 3DS. Selection of games by store is pretty hit or miss.

I ordered a nice clear case from amazon and a few screen protectors. I couldn't find anything decent/inexpensive local.

Swamperon
03-27-2011, 06:17 PM
Here in the UK the 3DS seems pretty much in stock everywhere, I haven't heard of any places selling out, though I am sure it has happened.

I think the lack of a major launch title has hurt. Just imagine if Pokemon Black and White had been a 3DS launch title instead.

The 1 2 P
03-27-2011, 06:24 PM
Haven't gotten any games cause...the launch library sucks!

This is the whole reason why I didn't want to get a 3DS at launch. It has one of the worst launch line ups of the last several years. There is nothing in there that even remotely interest me.

gepeto
03-27-2011, 06:31 PM
I am totally blow away at how quiet this launch is. Considering all the hype the past year. I mean I have never seen a nintendo launch this quiet. You go to the store there are plenty of systems and games. No one is there buying.

I went to best buy at 330pm and they hadn't even put out pe evolution soccer or lego star wars They couldn't find them. Eventually they did but my point is I was the first one to ask and it was 330pm.

I sure hope they didn't price themselves out. Also I really believe gamestop will be going the way of blockbuster. They offer no deals nothing hardly competetive with new releases they still have the used market but others like kmart and amazon are beating that market with there deals.

Press_Start
03-27-2011, 06:36 PM
From what I see 3DS doesn't seem to be doing too hot here in Japan compared to the old DS when it was realeased. At first stores sold out but now few weeks later most stores around here have them in stock. Three students of mine have bought them but the odd thing is none of them have bought any 3DS games to go with their systems. I'm sure whenever the new Mario or Pokemon comes out things will change.

Well, when you're a country who's been struck by the 5th biggest earthquake, devastated by a huge tsunami, risk experiencing a real nuclear fallout, scavenging for necessities, the danger of contaminated radiated products, and mending the physical, emotional, and psychological scarring of the aftershock for the next decade....the last thing on my mind would be video games.

kupomogli
03-27-2011, 06:44 PM
I think the lack of a major launch title has hurt. Just imagine if Pokemon Black and White had been a 3DS launch title instead.

Nintendo is probably kicking themselves for this one. Not only that, but what were they thinking releasing Pokemon a few weeks before the 3DS?

According to the current Gamefaqs poll of the day. 52% don't want one at this time and 20% can't afford one. Obviously it doesn't account for everyone but it's basically a general interest for the 3DS.

megasdkirby
03-27-2011, 07:50 PM
Honestly, I can afford one in around two months or so, but I won't pick it up anytime soon. There are simply NO games that interest me...well, Street Fighter 4 does a bit, but I already have it! So why get it again?

I will wait. Hopefully Nintendo will release a 3DS XL version or similar later on. But at $250...and having no interest in the current games...I will wait.

I'm happy playing Theresia on my XL. :)

Rev. Link
03-27-2011, 07:50 PM
Back from work. We didn't have a single person ask about the 3DS today. A couple of people took a look at the games, and one kid said something about wanting one for Christmas, but that was it.

At first I was pretty disappointed, but then I realized the area we're in is not known for its early adopters. If we sit on our two systems for a while, it'll just look like we always have them in stock, which is not a bad thing. They'll sell eventually, especially if bigger titles get released soon.

Speaking of which, any word on Zelda or Kid Icarus yet?

Dr. Dib
03-27-2011, 08:51 PM
The problem is probably the timing of the release. Nintendo dropped the ball by not having the 3DS released during the holiday season. The PSP had this same problem of being released around this same time and it had the same response. I remember walking into Best Buy around launch day and seeing stacks of consoles.

Of course portables also have a poor track record of selling out. I haven't been to any recent console launches, but I remember walking into Target and purchasing a DS on launch day. They still had 8 left when I bought mine. They did sell out of them eventually though.

Press_Start
03-27-2011, 10:53 PM
The problem is probably the timing of the release. Nintendo dropped the ball by not having the 3DS released during the holiday season. The PSP had this same problem of being released around this same time and it had the same response. I remember walking into Best Buy around launch day and seeing stacks of consoles.


Nintendo's learning from its Wii shortage problem. Instead of dropping it all at once and a high risk losing potential customers and revenue during the holiday season, they're snowballing momentum for base and library come Christmas. Especially considering Sony's NGP fall release cause I don't see them waiting another year or following 3DS footsteps.

Rev. Link
03-27-2011, 11:04 PM
Nintendo's learning from its Wii shortage problem. Instead of dropping it all at once and a high risk losing potential customers and revenue during the holiday season, they're snowballing momentum for base and library come Christmas. Especially considering Sony's NGP fall release cause I don't see them waiting another year or following 3DS footsteps.

That's probably a pretty smart move for them. By the time the NGP does come out, 3DS will hopefully have a decent userbase and a good library of games.

exit
03-28-2011, 01:13 AM
Back from work. We didn't have a single person ask about the 3DS today. A couple of people took a look at the games, and one kid said something about wanting one for Christmas, but that was it.

We didn't start selling any until about Noon, I was surprised when I got to work a buddy of mine told me we didn't sell any overnight, especially since the store is in a relatively busy area. It's probably just off to a slow start, but it's surprising when anything Nintendo isn't selling like hotcakes, it would be tragic if they had another Virtual Boy on their hands.

Rev. Link
03-28-2011, 01:34 AM
it would be tragic if they had another Virtual Boy on their hands.

I simply don't see that happening here. The VB was flawed in many ways that the 3DS isn't. For one, the games don't display in just red. Two, if it gives you a headache you can turn the 3D effect off. And lastly, it's an actual portable system, not a visor on a stand with a controller attached to it. LOL

It's possible the 3DS won't take off like Nintendo expects it to, but there's no way it's going to bomb. The fact that there's already Mario and Zelda titles announced for it pretty much guarantees that.

exit
03-28-2011, 02:29 AM
Well I wasn't being completely serious about that, I wouldn't be surprised tho if a lot of people were turned off by the 3D "gimmick" and/or are holding off until the PSP2 (or whatever it's going to be called) drops. It would be interesting if it ends up on top, would be the first time ever that Nintendo was beating in the handheld market.

Of course all Nintendo really needs to do is release a Pokemon game and that would be game set and match.

Flashback2012
03-28-2011, 04:20 AM
I was in Best Buy Sunday afternoon and gave the 3DS they had on display a quick whirl. The damn thing ended up giving me a rather nasty headache and I barely put 5 minutes into playing it. @_@

Anyway, after putting the unit down and feeling the onset of a headache coming on, I noticed some boxes for the 3DS under the demo endcap. The boxes were in their protective anti-theft containers so I figured they had some units in stock. I went to pick up the container and it weighed nothing at all. On the corner of the box I noticed the "Display Box Only" line. I'm guessing they were worried about someone making off with their display packaging and put them in those locking containers. :ass:

Not that this one incident is a defining point, but I am thinking of holding off on purchasing one any time soon. There's just a bunch of stuff on my plate and while it'd be nice to get in on the ground floor of this like I did with the DS and PSP, I'm thinking it might be better to just wait. I still have a colossal list of DS games I want to pick up among other things. I know at some point I'll eventually get one and I'm sure I'll do for it like I have with other systems and snap up games I want when I find them on the cheap. :)

Rev. Link
03-28-2011, 04:52 AM
I was in Best Buy Sunday afternoon and gave the 3DS they had on display a quick whirl. The damn thing ended up giving me a rather nasty headache and I barely put 5 minutes into playing it. @_@

Anyway, after putting the unit down and feeling the onset of a headache coming on, I noticed some boxes for the 3DS under the demo endcap. The boxes were in their protective anti-theft containers so I figured they had some units in stock. I went to pick up the container and it weighed nothing at all. On the corner of the box I noticed the "Display Box Only" line. I'm guessing they were worried about someone making off with their display packaging and put them in those locking containers. :ass:

Not that this one incident is a defining point, but I am thinking of holding off on purchasing one any time soon. There's just a bunch of stuff on my plate and while it'd be nice to get in on the ground floor of this like I did with the DS and PSP, I'm thinking it might be better to just wait. I still have a colossal list of DS games I want to pick up among other things. I know at some point I'll eventually get one and I'm sure I'll do for it like I have with other systems and snap up games I want when I find them on the cheap. :)

When I first played mine, I played it at work under fluorescent lights, and it did give me a bit of a headache. But later that night, after I got home, I played it a bunch more and I felt fine. Some people have been saying that the fluorescents make it mess with your eyes more because of them reflecting off of the top screen. I don't know if that's true, or I just got used to it.

The next day at work I played some more, and felt fine, though I didn't play very long. So don't give up on it entirely. You could just need an initial adjustment period.

WanganRunner
03-28-2011, 09:09 AM
Got mine at midnight on Saturday.

Super cool, I'm very impressed with it so far. The 3D *makes* Pilotwings work, IMO, although I wish the game itself had a lot more content. The hang glider missions are profoundly relaxing, especially the tunes.

That's the only launch game I picked up, so more impressions later when I have something else.


I wish there was a web browser and some kind of DSware from launch though.


I <3 the teal finish. It's super blingy.

Deadman
03-28-2011, 09:41 AM
I played mine off and on all day yesterday, as did my two boys, and no one is complaining of headaches or anything. I think there was a little bit of eye strain, but I get that sometimes playing with an older gameboy or game Gear sometimes. I played SFIV for an hour or so and am enjoying it even though I'm not a big fighting-game guy. I also spent time with Lego Star Wars III and Ridge Racer (a couple of hours each) and I gotta say that I'm really enjoying this new hardware!

Also, Face Raiders, the 3D camera, the Mii stuff - it's been a lot of fun!

c0ldb33r
03-28-2011, 09:44 AM
The 3ds is good hardware just give it time.

Robocop2
03-28-2011, 10:15 AM
^this
I know alot of people are writing off the 3D as a gimmick and maybe to a certain extent it is, but that's what I initially thought about the DS and it touch screen/dual screens. I do think that there's going to be a learning curve but I'm interested to see what they can come up with that uses the 3D in innovative ways.

Deadman
03-28-2011, 10:25 AM
I don't think it's been brought up much that 3DS games can NOT be played in a older DS model due to a "notch" on the game cart itself. I read somewhere that people weren't going to buy one because they can play the games in 2D on their old DS, which they can't. So, unlike past DS iterations, you actually DO have to buy the hardware to play the new games. A good 3D Mario game exclusive will launch the sales of the hardware into the stratosphere.

By Christmas, they are going to be flying off the shelves and based on the Wii-model, there will probably be a few shortages here and there at that time.

WanganRunner
03-28-2011, 11:16 AM
I don't think it's been brought up much that 3DS games can NOT be played in a older DS model due to a "notch" on the game cart itself. I read somewhere that people weren't going to buy one because they can play the games in 2D on their old DS, which they can't.

Even if there wasn't a notch, you couldn't anyway.

You can file the notch off, but the older DS still won't read the cart. Some website tried this.

The 3DS is markedly more powerful hardware than the original, so there's no reason why the older hardware would run it's games. That would be like a PS1 running a PS2 game just because it's on a CD and not a DVD, which, naturally, it could not.

Rev. Link
03-28-2011, 12:55 PM
Even if there wasn't a notch, you couldn't anyway.

You can file the notch off, but the older DS still won't read the cart. Some website tried this.

The 3DS is markedly more powerful hardware than the original, so there's no reason why the older hardware would run it's games. That would be like a PS1 running a PS2 game just because it's on a CD and not a DVD, which, naturally, it could not.

Yeah, but you'd be surprised how many people just don't get that. I get asked all the time by customers, "can I play Xbox 360 games in my original Xbox?" or PS3 on PS2, etc. Some people just don't understand. They see that both systems say Xbox on them, so why won't that work? I know there'll be people that say, "well, it's still a DS, right?"

I even had to explain that to one of my co-workers yesterday. A customer asked about the 3DS, if all it does is play games in 3D, and my co-worker said yes. I had to step in and explain that it's all new hardware.

dairugger
03-29-2011, 01:15 AM
Yeah, but you'd be surprised how many people just don't get that. I get asked all the time by customers, "can I play Xbox 360 games in my original Xbox?" or PS3 on PS2, etc. Some people just don't understand. They see that both systems say Xbox on them, so why won't that work? I know there'll be people that say, "well, it's still a DS, right?"

I even had to explain that to one of my co-workers yesterday. A customer asked about the 3DS, if all it does is play games in 3D, and my co-worker said yes. I had to step in and explain that it's all new hardware.

this happend while i was in my local gamestop. a mom asked the sales rep about the 3ds an he told her it was the same as the ds xl, just in 3d.

YoshiM
03-29-2011, 10:47 AM
I guess the local Gamestop should have had a better demo other than Super Street Fighter. When I played it yesterday it reminded me of a Viewmaster. Yeah, the depth is cool but it's a superficial thing that didn't enhance the game. I'll wait a while until I see something that really makes use of it.

RPG_Fanatic
03-29-2011, 10:16 PM
I went to Walmart today and they had around 15 to 20 of both colors. They had plenty of games to choose from. I was tempted but I think I'll wait for the PSP 2 to see how much that will cost.

Jehusephat
03-30-2011, 01:10 AM
I don't recall the original DS selling out when it was released. I only knew one person who bought one right when the system came out, and my friends and I all made fun of him because the games he was showing us were all terrible. My first impression of the system was negative, and it took the release of Castlevania: DoS to get me to buy one. When the library improved, my opinion of the system changed quite a bit. I think the same will be true for the 3DS. People want to see what it can do.

That being said, my point will be completely irrelevant if Capcom moves the Monster Hunter series to the system.

StoneAgeGamer
03-30-2011, 05:12 AM
When I first played mine, I played it at work under fluorescent lights, and it did give me a bit of a headache. But later that night, after I got home, I played it a bunch more and I felt fine. Some people have been saying that the fluorescents make it mess with your eyes more because of them reflecting off of the top screen. I don't know if that's true, or I just got used to it.

The next day at work I played some more, and felt fine, though I didn't play very long. So don't give up on it entirely. You could just need an initial adjustment period.

This is probably true, if there are noticeable reflections on the screen then your eyes have to strain to try to keep focus.

I thought 3D would be hard on my eyes, but so far I have had really no problems playing it.

WanganRunner
03-30-2011, 09:12 AM
I don't recall the original DS selling out when it was released. I only knew one person who bought one right when the system came out, and my friends and I all made fun of him because the games he was showing us were all terrible.

Which games?

The first DS game I ever bought was XX:XY, and it blew me away. I remember thinking that if even third-party DS games at LAUNCH were all going to be that innovative (which, of course, they weren't), Sony may as well not bring the PSP to market.

Of course, being a big PSP nerd now, I'm glad they did.


I'm totally obsessed with the stupid 3DS now, contemplating trying to build a complete collection, even though I've never done that before. I just love the system. The graphical chasm between it and the NGP won't be as wide as between the DS and the PSP, and the NGP doesn't have 3D, which I DO think is a real asset. I'll still buy an NGP, but probably not at launch unless there's some crazy killer app (i.e. MAINLINE Final Fantasy title, etc).