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I think the reason why handheld gaming is successful is because:

1. Japan uses allot of public transportation, lots of time for handhelds (look at the ads for 3DS in Japan, subway train passengers and people walking to work or sitting on a bench).

2. Little kids are always driven places, not them driving. Long car rides, complaining, etc parents buy them DS. Also lots of little kids don't got TV's in their rooms and the TV is uses so they just get a DS.

Here I see handhelds as...when I'm...on a plane? IDK. But It'd be a waste to play mine at home when I could just play on a PC or Console.
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Where's the outrage in this thread regarding the price disparity between build cost and retail price? Oh wait, this isn't an Apple thread. My bad.
 
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Where's the outrage in this thread regarding the price disparity between build cost and retail price? Oh wait, this isn't an Apple thread. My bad.
did you read the thread?
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I think the reason why handheld gaming is successful is because:

1. Japan uses allot of public transportation, lots of time for handhelds (look at the ads for 3DS in Japan, subway train passengers and people walking to work or sitting on a bench).

2. Little kids are always driven places, not them driving. Long car rides, complaining, etc parents buy them DS. Also lots of little kids don't got TV's in their rooms and the TV is uses so they just get a DS.

Here I see handhelds as...when I'm...on a plane? IDK. But It'd be a waste to play mine at home when I could just play on a PC or Console.
From a games standpoint I can't really agree. Sure, handhelds have always been behind in terms of power, but even dating back to the original Game Boy there have been so many great games on handhelds that you can't get anywhere else. It makes playing them, even when at home, well worth it.

It's sort of like when folks ask me why I game on consoles when I have a capable PC. Beyond superficial graphics, the games between the two platforms vary greatly. You'd be hard pressed to find many of my favorite genres, developed by my favorite developers, on PC.

Plus handhelds give niche developers a chance to get their games out there, and not in an Angry Birds sort of way. JRPGs have largely become a niche genre since the 90s, and you'll find the vast majority of them on DS and PSP thanks to lower development costs.

It's really too bad the systems are seen as being exclusively for children or travel. Portability is really just a benefit of a handheld.
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JRPGs have largely become a niche genre since the 90s, and you'll find the vast majority of them on DS and PSP thanks to lower development costs.
I guess we just have different tastes, since I began disliking jrpg's when the genre felt oversaturated and stale. And I get OCD about games and hate missing some uber cool item that is top tier and one of a kind and the dumb sidequest to unlock a cool scene or level.

And compared to the 90's, Japanese games seem to suck now. So I can easily forget about most console games.
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Well, just think. About 10 years ago the gba was the most powerful portable device ever made, so handheld gaming was strong. There were no iPhones or other portable electronics really, so no competition either.

Of course, nowadays it's quite different, so its easy to see why people have turned down from handheld gaming lately.
post #57 of 76
A $100 dollar device selling for $250...that's quite generous of Nintendo.
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kiwi: Why I have been posting in this thread about how I think handhelds are not so great and how I dislike the price, the reason why it's $250 is because the $100 is the value of the raw components, that excludes the assembling, MSRP markup, taxes, etc.
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costs 100$ to manufacture FOR PARTS (<--AT THE REQUEST OF "justarealguy").

It cost them millions more the develop the auto-stereoscopic tech, and develop the nintendo brand name.

Just sayin'
Edited by reflex99 - 3/30/11 at 9:35pm
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costs 100$ for the parts
Just sayin'
Manufacturing involves labor, which isn't considered in this estimation.
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