3DS XL And New Super Mario Bros. 2 Irresistible Impulse Buys, Nintendo Puts Sony In Tight Spot
The Big N hopes to entice fans to go for the old double dip. Will Sony respond, or let Mario butt stomp Vita?
Last August, I was overjoyed at Nintendo's decision to drop the price of its 3DS system and, most importantly, make early adopters like myself Ambassadors. The result? Twenty free games, split amongst NES and GBA titles that still haven't seen the light of day on the eShop.
Now my attention turns to this upcoming August, the 19th, to be specific. That's when the company releases the jumbo 3DS XL, and right alongside it, New Super Mario Bros. 2. Suffice to say, I want both, and have every intention of making this wish a reality. Finally, Nintendo fans will receive a Mario game at launch, in a manner of speaking.
First, it's a marketing master stroke by Iwata and Co. No need to bring 3DS to stores on its own. Make that super-sized screen even more appealing with the help of the company's plumber. Beyond that, I can't help but wonder what Sony's thinking these days with PlayStation Vita. Last I checked, the system still costs $249.99 and $299.99, respectively. Compare that (without a game, mind you) to the price of 3DS XL ($199.99) and New Super Mario Bros. 2 ($39.99). The package comes in at $239.98, $10 less than the base model Vita; OK, $10.01.
Ultimately, Sony has to respond, right? This is a critical moment for the Japanese publisher's machine. Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified won't appear until the fall or even later. I'm looking at Vita's summer games list and I can practically hear virtual crickets. There's little that jumps out, especially with 3DS boasting Mario, Kingdom Hearts and Heroes of Ruin; have to admit, Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy looks intriguing.
Bottom line, Nintendo wants to dominate the summer and carry this momentum into the fall. Sony, meanwhile, seems content to just sit back and watch the action unfold. Considering the impact the DS Lite made all those years ago (you know, back when critics considered PSP superior to the original DS), Sony can ill afford to let Nintendo stomp all over the handheld market. As a result, this could lead to a welcomed price drop, and/or new game announcements.
Regardless of what happens, though, that red 3DS XL and copy of New Super Mario Bros. 2 will be in my home August 19.