Most Japanese Gamers Plan To Buy A 3DS XL, Even If They Have A 3DS

Most Japanese Gamers Plan To Buy A 3DS XL, Even If They Have A 3DS

The Nintendo 3DS upgrade, the 3DS XL (“3DS LL” in Japan) will be hitting stores in Japan later this month and in the US in August. Looking at what will hopefully be a bigger launch than the launch for the original 3DS (granted, they had to deal with a weak launch lineup and a major earthquake then), Weekly Famitsu polled readers on their impressions and intent to purchase the 3DS’s younger, bigger brother.

Question 1: Do you plan to purchase a 3DS XL? For intent to purchase, over 50 per cent of responders expressed an interest, with 28.9 per cent planning on purchasing the 3DS XL on release day and 29.4 per cent responding that they plan on purchasing one eventually. Interestingly enough, of those who were in the “yes” camp, 71.7 per cent already owned a 3DS, showing both the strength of the 3DS brand and also the wish of many users for an upgrade model.

24.3 per cent had no plans to purchase one and 17.4 per cent stated that they would decide after seeing an actual sample.

Question 2: What colour 3DS XL do you want? For the most part, choice of colour was evenly divided. 38.9 per cent were looking at the red and black, 32.8% a white, and 28.3 per cent a silver and black model.

Question 3: What do you think about the retail price? 54.6 per cent of responders thought that the price tag of ¥18,900 ($238) was just Baby Bear right. Considering that there is no major difference between the 3DS and 3DS XL other than size, and the fact that the AC adaptor is sold separately, 27.4 per cent thought it the price was high, while among the 18 per cent that responded that they thought it was cheap, some noted that the drop in the AC adaptor price was part of their reasoning.

Question 4: What games are you looking to play on the 3DS XL? Ever the popular brand in Japan, Monster Hunter 3G was at the top of most lists with 146 votes. Mariokart 7 came in second with 60 votes. Third was Resident Evil: Liberation with 38 votes. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry’s Wonderland 3D came in fourth and fifth with 34 votes and 33 votes.

Overall, impressions of the 3DS XL were positive. One user expressed excitement of a larger screen 3DS while another remarked that this would be their introduction to the 3DS market. One user even expressed hope that the 3DS XL would become the standard model. On the opposite side, some retailers noted the necessity to inform customers that the AC adaptor was not included every time could lead to confusion and complications, while others wondered if the increase in weight may not be suitable for the hands of children and might decrease the portability of the portable console.

The Nintendo 3DS XL will be sold in Japan starting July 28 for ¥18,900 ($238), and in the US starting August 19 for $US199.

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  • Hmm. Seems like an overly positive spin on the data presented.

    Certainly the headline is completely misleading.

    “25% of hard-core gamers have no desire to buy the 3DSXL! 17% do not trust the hype and are waiting to see and touch it to assess it’s worthiness” is equally true and equally “spun”.

    “Almost a third of gamers say: 3DSXL is too expensive!”

  • What I’ve noticed out of this is the fact that out of the people who did indicate a desire to purchase the new 3DS, nearly three quarters of them already own a 3DS console.

    This to me indicates that the original clearly had an inherent flaw (namely for me at the very least the size of the 3D screen being too small to observe the 3D effect for prolonged periods of time without irritation) that Nintendo is trying to rectify with the new console. However the fact that they’ve only got less than 30% of people interested in the new console who do not already own one it isn’t exactly a good sign. . . but I guess for Nintendo money is money no matter where it comes from.

    Too bad I can’t transfer over my ambassador program when I decide to upgrade to the 3DS XL

    • You will be able to transfer your ambassador program if you upgrade to a 3DS XL. The 3DS has the ability to transfer between 3DS consoles.

    • I’m also pretty annoyed at losing ambassador status… but I want the bigger screen, especially for Ocarina of Time 3DS. Too much going on for such a small screen.

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