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I'd say they are feeling the pressure from the ever accelerating technological advancement in smartphones.
Really? I personally would never use my phone to play games. I would have a separate device for that as it eats the battery. My GF plays games on her phone, but she is not the type to ever buy a handheld games machine anyway.
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This is why this is happening;

http://gamasutra.com/view/news/36042...Year_By_82.php

Basically, Nintendo reduced their financial forecast for the current fiscal year by 81.8% They also had a net loss of $324.1m for the first financial quarter ending June 30.

Looks Nintendo is finally starting to feel the heat now that the Wii phenomenon has stopped
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Wow this is crazy, maybe I'll pick it up now!
    
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Love my 3DS, there just aren't many good titles for it at the moment, but a Super Mario Bros game is coming soon, Zelda OOT is great, and 20 free titles makes me happy. I must admit, I got my 3DS as a gift, otherwise I wouldn't have bought it for $250, at $170 I probably would've picked one up a lot sooner.
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Well, I guess I'll be getting one much much sooner, as in a couple months...
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Really? I personally would never use my phone to play games. I would have a separate device for that as it eats the battery. My GF plays games on her phone, but she is not the type to ever buy a handheld games machine anyway.
They aren't perfect now. But give it time. I play a few on my phone from time to time. But I plan on AC power being available before I do.
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3DS

Y U No price drop in uk?
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Wow, what an amazing price drop! Guess who's still not getting an Nintendo 3DS?
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@ MaxFTW

It's a world wide price drop.

North America
Japan
Australia
Europe
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Two possible reasons:

-Low sales (the 3DS is not doing that good right?)
-Nintendo wants to compete with the PS Vita which is $250 for much, much better hardware
Both, almost certainly. Nintendo is having a rough time lately. For one, 3DS sales are not when they projected, due to a combination of a lack of premiere titles, a way too high price tag, and (this is my experience, but I assume I am not alone) the 3D just not being all that "amazing" once you actually start playing with it. And two, Wii sales have dropped off the map...everyone who wants one has one, they just aren't moving anymore. So they had to do something to get units of 3DS moving and generate some positive cash flow.

And Vita is clearly superior hardware, Nintendo had to do something to establish a customer base before that thing comes out and the fence sitters are left with an obvious, non-Nintendo choice.

Personally, I think I'm skipping both handhelds. I believe the future of portable gaming lies with phones, not dedicated gaming units. The only people I see porting around a DS or a PSP are kids. But everyone has a phone. Yes, iPhones and such don't have controls as good as a real gaming unit...but that's what my "real" consoles are for, I believe "good enough" is all that matters in portable gaming. (That Playstation phone thingamajig may be a best-of-both-worlds compromise, I'm curious to see how well it actually works.)
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