I bet you never thought this would happen to you. Even during the lifetime of the N64 and GameCube, you've always been happily printing money and selling consoles at a profit. What happened to you?
One problem might be that the 3DS doesn't have a real killer app yet. It had nothing at launch, and even now, months later, its best offering is a remake of a 13-year-old game. There are probably lots of people want Ocarina of Time 3D, but wouldn't buy the system for it. When a system suffers from a lack of quality exclusives, it is natural to expect that it will not sell very well.
But this isn't the first time you've launched a system with no games. Hell, I can't remember the last time you launched a system with more than one or two killer apps in the first six months. The GBA and DS also launched with no games and got to slow starts, but not so slow as to cut deeply into your bottom line and force you to slash the price. Who was it who bought the GBA and DS at launch, despite the complete lack of quality exclusives at either system's launch?
It was us. It was your devoted fans. We're the ones who grew up with you, and loved you unconditionally. We didn't just buy your products and enjoy them. We were rooting for you. We wanted you to succeed. We had faith in you. We knew you would pay us back. So we bought the GBA and DS at launch, knowing full well that they would both get lots of great games and end up being well worthwhile purchases.
We kept the DS afloat long enough for it to start gaining momentum. Once it had a broad range of good games, you pulled in a very wide crowd. Your brilliant advertising on the Wii launch resulted in it being sold out across the country for months, and you tasted mainstream success like you never dreamed of. You did what any company would have done; you catered to your new, larger audience and capitalized on the situation big time. You kept making great games, so many of us still bought your games. And life was good.
Make no mistake. The breakaway success of the Wii was due entirely to your perfectly executed ad campaign for it. We had little to do with it. In fact, we had a great deal of trouble getting our hands on it for a long time.
Your work on the 3DS... not so great. As we can see. Who would have guessed that anti-3D sentiment would become so widespread, so fast? Oh well. You can't hit a home run every time you're at bat. Good thing you had your devoted fans to carry you through this rough patch, right? You turned to us.
And we didn't help you. We're still here, and we're watching you closely, but we decided not to blindly buy your system this time. We didn't organize this. It wasn't a boycott, or even what an idiotic 12-year-old on the internet thinks a boycott is. It just so happened that a lot of us came to the same conclusion. Something you did caused your blind devotees to open their eyes. Who's to say exactly what it was? Maybe it was a combination of things, over time.
Maybe it was the number of games you damaged by tacking on waggle or scribble where they didn't belong.
Maybe it was the games you didn't release outside of Japan.
Maybe it was the way you keep rehashing the same franchises without making significant interesting changes to the formula each time.
Maybe it was your horrible online service.
Maybe we felt betrayed that you shifted your focus to the mainstream and started taking us for granted.
Maybe it was your sheer corporate arrogance.
Maybe it was your awful Wii Sports/Resort/Fit/Play/Music series.
Maybe it was the death of 2D Zelda and Metroid.
I hope you understand. We've put up with enough. You got away with being complete jackasses for years and years, but that time has ended. This isn't the 90's anymore--your fans are reading up on all of your decisions on the Internet, and we have a clear picture what's going on. Few of us are so blindly devoted as to ignore the above and do you the charity of buying a system with no games in 2011. We've realized you don't care about us, and we're taking the rational course of action.
Those mainstream gamers? They're fickle. They might respond to a good ad campaign, but it will be expensive, risky, and time consuming to reverse public opinion about the 3DS.
But we're still here. And we want you to make it up to us. We're eager for it. We still like you. We can carry you through the hard times, as we did before.
I think you know what you have to do.
Fucking release those games in America. It won't fix everything, but it's a great place to start.