by Thomas Bonnell
According to a Nintendo press release issued on Thursday, October 25th, Nintendo of America will feature its “wildest and deepest lineup ever” for the Nintendo 3DS handheld platform for the holiday marketing season.
The company will be featuring its own self-published, “first-party” games, including Paper Mario: Slicker Star and Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask. The announcement also detailed the company’s plans for promoting other “third-party” games from other companies as part of its lineup, including Disney’s Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion.
Although Nintendo called this promotional holiday lineup “its wildest and deepest lineup ever” in the platform’s two year history, Nintendo customers like Eric Eisenberg were disappointed at the company’s holiday offerings. “None of the games include any of the iconic characters like Super Mario, Pokemon, Donkey Kong or Zelda. These are Nintendo’s bread-and-butter. I know I will not be buying any of their games this Christmas.”
Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s VP of Sales, explained in the release that, “The quality of portable game play on Nintendo 3DS is unparalleled; no other hand-held device can match it.” Moffitt was perhaps comparing his console’s library and offerings to the 3DS’ rival, Sony’s Playstation Vita. As of this press release, the 3DS’ weekly sales are routinely doubling that of its Sony rival, with sales approaching 100,000 units sold per week.
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