Originally Posted by MacA
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.)