Nintendo may consider itself on track to return the 3DS to profitability with the forthcoming launch of the new 3DS XL, although Wedbush Morgan analyst, Michael Pachter believes it’s not so simple for the console manufacturer:
“The larger 3DS format is not all that compelling for the customer, and although I think the XL will help sales, I don’t think that the impact will revive weak sales of handhelds overall.”
On a slightly related note, Pachter has expressed his beliefs that the PlayStation Vita’s slow sales have been due to, much like with the 3DS in its first months, its price and a lack of software:
“Vita’s too expensive for most, priced pretty much the same as the PS3 everywhere. While I think the Vita is good value and a great device, when compared to the PS3 it’s pretty expensive.
“Also, there is not much of a library of Vita games, so sales will probably be slow until we see more content.”
Nintendo’s doing something right with the 3DS, then, with a more-than-reasonable price tag, and a solid collection of both released and upcoming games; although whether the 3DS XL can revitalise the system’s fortunes completely remains to be seen.