Nintendo surrenders Christmas to Apple; delays U.S. 3DS release until March

Apple Online Store“In a blow for holiday video game sales, Nintendo said it would delay the launch its 3DS handheld video game system until February [and a month later in the U.S.],” Dean Takahashi reports for VentureBeat.

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“The company also cut its forecast by more than half due to the stronger yen and the delayed 3DS, which lets users see stereoscopic 3D images without requiring them to wear 3D glasses,” Takahashi reports.

Takahashi reports, “Missing the holidays is a big deal, since 40 percent of sales in the game industry occur in the fourth quarter. The delay will leave Nintendo vulnerable to rivals such as Apple… The Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad have grown at such spectacular rates that many believe is coming at the expense of the Nintendo DS, originally launched in 2004.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Arline M.” for the heads up.]

50 Comments

  1. This is a huge blow to Nintendo. Now they really have absolutely nothing to compete against the iPod touch this Christmas. With the Retina display, VOIP options, Facetime, HD video camera and texting options, the iPod touch will be a force to be reckoned with.

    I have three children under age 14. Needless to say, none of them or their friends, want a Nintendo for Christmas. They are all saving for iPod touches if they don’t already have one.

  2. This is a huge blow to Nintendo. Now they really have absolutely nothing to compete against the iPod touch this Christmas. With the Retina display, VOIP options, Facetime, HD video camera and texting options, the iPod touch will be a force to be reckoned with.

    I have three children under age 14. Needless to say, none of them or their friends, want a Nintendo for Christmas. They are all saving for iPod touches if they don’t already have one.

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