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Buying Nintendo Consoles on Day One: Is it Worth it?


After a few years of being scorned with "buyer’s remorse," I still ask myself the same question: Why did I buy Nintendo's latest console on day-one?
I've been a Nintendo fan for years. The NES and SNES were some of my most favorite consoles probably of all time. The subject might be even more important to me considering my financial status as a young lad. My parents were exactly rollin'-in-the-dough, but we weren't in a total pinch, either. Yet, the feeling of value when it comes to gaming is often weighed prior to cashing in.
My most recent Nintendo purchases, in terms of consoles, have been the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Wii U Deluxe Set. Both were purchased on launch day, which for any gamer buying day one, comes with its wins-and-woes. New bundles, designs and pricing all become part of the game over the lifespan of a gaming console. However, Nintendo seems to change its tune and offer far more iterations, more frequently.
In the time that we've seen the Xbox 360 change face approximately three times, Nintendo has already released a limited edition Wii U, Nintendo 3DS XL, and its most recent abomination--the Nintendo 2DS. Le sigh.
All of the consoles mentioned above have seen something more significant than their respective releases. All have released below the initial price point of the console. This wouldn't come with as much sting if it weren't for the fact that Nintendo delivered reassurance early on that it would not drop price points.
“With Wii U, we have taken a rather resolute stance in pricing it below its manufacturing cost, so we are not planning to perform a markdown. I would like to make this point absolutely clear. We are putting our lessons from Nintendo 3DS to good use, as I have already publicly stated.”--Sotoru Iwata

Well, well, well.
The Nintendo 3DS XL is currently priced at $199.99 and is as we all know "90% larger" than the Nintendo 3DS. When it first launched, the Nintendo 3DS sported a $249.99 price point. The Wii U now rides as $299.99, which is cheaper than its $349.99 initial price. If there was news early on of a Legend of Zelda Limited Edition, you can bet your golden coins that I would have waited. Impatiently, but waited nonetheless.

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About GBargasone of us since 1:42 PM on 10.29.2013

My name is Greg. My gamertag is inappropriate (massivestds--Xbox LIVE/Nintendo). I love everything retro and have been collecting consoles for years. I've blogged on GAMINGtruth and TheDinoBox. Follow me on Twitter @me4uu4me. Oh, hai.