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20 reasons why Japanese don't buy 3DS

"It's heavy and I don't feel like carrying it."

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: ¥25,000 (£186).

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:

  1. Price is high/waiting for a price drop
  2. Satisfied by DS/DSi
  3. Worried about eye strain
  4. Worried about getting sick from the screen
  5. Few launch titles
  6. Will buy once a game I want is released
  7. Satisfied by cell phone and smartphone games
  8. Satisfied by PSP
  9. The battery is weak
  10. It's heavy and I don't feel like carrying it with me
  11. Can't play Game Boy Advance games
  12. The colour I want isn't available
  13. Can't play Game Boy games
  14. I'll save my money for NGP, thank you very much
  15. Waiting for a version with a larger screen
  16. Because you can't move your DSi Points over
  17. The buttons layout looks hard to use
  18. No Famicom/NES in the Virtual Console
  19. The zoom view for DS games is hard on the eyes
  20. Waiting until my friend buys it
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