The number-one reason Nintendo 3DS hasn't flown from shelves is price, Japanese survey company Goo has discovered.
Number two: "Satisfied with DS/DSi."
Number three: "Worried about eye-strain."
Number four: "Worried about getting sick from the screen."
Number five: "Few launch titles."
More than 1100 people (60 per cent female) were canvassed for the survey. Their top 20 reasons for not buying a 3DS were compiled into a list translated by Andriasang.
Japan received the 3DS in February this year. Launch price: Ľ25,000 (Ł186).
Early 3DS sales were strong. But last week, for instance, the 3DS managed only 17,240 sales - just over half of what market leader PlayStation Portable totted. And it's becoming a worryingly frequent trend.
Lifetime Japanese 3DS sales stand at just over one million (1,013,259).
The top 20 reasons Japanese people aren't buying 3DS:
- Price is high/waiting for a price drop
- Satisfied by DS/DSi
- Worried about eye strain
- Worried about getting sick from the screen
- Few launch titles
- Will buy once a game I want is released
- Satisfied by cell phone and smartphone games
- Satisfied by PSP
- The battery is weak
- It's heavy and I don't feel like carrying it with me
- Can't play Game Boy Advance games
- The colour I want isn't available
- Can't play Game Boy games
- I'll save my money for NGP, thank you very much
- Waiting for a version with a larger screen
- Because you can't move your DSi Points over
- The buttons layout looks hard to use
- No Famicom/NES in the Virtual Console
- The zoom view for DS games is hard on the eyes
- Waiting until my friend buys it