Stock market sends Nintendo's stock 5% down after 3DS line-up announcement.
Earlier today we reported about the new games that will come to the 3DS this fall. In itself these new games for the 3DS are great. Additionally the new firmware will bring 3D video recording to the 3DS and a new accessory called Slidepad is supposed to enhance game play for select titles. With the new low price of $169.99 the 3DS should be all set to overtake the DS/DSi in sales this holiday season. But this might not be enough to make the 3DS a success. Mobile gaming on smartphones is the new biggest threat to Nintendo's business.
Nintendo is staying away from releasing their games on other platforms. Nintendo could actually be more successful bringing Mario to the iPhone in the future if hardware sales of portable consoles fail.
The new Wii U is in my eyes also going to be difficult to fill the shoes of the original Wii. I still do not see that the Wii U tablet controller is a game changer. Nintendo had a tremendous run over the last years, now they need to reinvent themselves to continue their success. See also this Reuters report.