Nintendo is a strange company! Once a leader in video games, the company currently is in creative slump. Blaming the worldwide recession, the company justifies its overestimated sales targets for the portable video game console – Nintendo 3DS, an upgraded version of the Nintendo DS. But, alas, the company has a solution and a brand-new product that shall be more popular and interesting than the current flagship product. The company is proud to present... wait for it... wait for it... Nintendo 3DS XL.
The new portable video game console will be launched around August 19th in the United States for two hundred dollars. The main feature of this new and improved gadget is that it will have a nearly 90 percent larger screen and improved battery life. Hence, the top screen, which will continue supporting 3D functionality, will measure almost 5 inches across (4.88''), and the bottom screen will measure 4.18 inches. The console will be available in two colors: red and blue and comes with a 4GB SD card that can be used to store games and videos purchased and downloaded from Nintendo eShop.
Reading this announcement made me really sad for the company. The company's dominance and progress has stopped with the Super Nintendo gaming console. Everyone used to have and play games on that advanced video system. Now, everyone has either Xbox or PS3. Realizing the company does not have a chance to compete with Microsoft and Sony (the developers of the modern and popular gaming consoles respectively), the company decided to concentrate on their hand-held device. The problem here is that it competes with all mobile phones there are on the market. Our smart phone are now packing quad-core processors and so many sensors that they can easily compete with Nintendo's portable. To make the matter worse, PSP also is a lot more advanced than Nintendo's gaming console, though without 3D screen. The company prematurely made a bet on a 3D screen and now it sees it's losing the battle. Now, I highly doubt an attempt to rejuvenate the game will pay off, but hey, until the company is in total slump – there is a chance of recovery. Maybe a larger screen is what the user wants? I guess we will know how well the new console is received by this year's Christmas purchases. Until then, we will wait.