Lazard Capital analyst Colin Sebastian:
“We expect a late 2010 launch of the 3DS in Japan, followed by March 2011 in North America, with a price point in the $249-$299 range.”
That’s pretty funny. I highly doubt Nintendo holds any illusions that they’d be able to sell people on a new DS that cost that much more than the old ones. There are patterns to follow, just like with iPod/iPhone pricing: this will enter the market at $199, tops.
This E3 has been difficult to observe usefully from afar, because merely watching doesn’t convey the data it used to: so much of the offering is directly experiential. People are waving things, or they’re waving their arms in front of things, or they’re looking at magical screens that shit is popping right out of. It would be like if a person came out and started talking about chocolate, and then ate some chocolate, and then walked off stage. That is not data. There’s so much conjecture that whatever you come up with is almost hopelessly attenuated.
This is very true of what I’ve seen of E3 from here. Motion controllers, insanely expensive 3D setups for your living room, and other insanity are ruling the day.
There will be more posts on this—of course—but hardware aside, the games that are being revealed make me very interested in the next 12 months or so.
As a bonus, the comic from yesterday is quite vulgar but also quite funny, and is a very apt description of what the three major press conferences were like at E3.
I will own some of these.
When I was a kid, I grew up with games that looked like this:
(This was even very popular with our dorm floor when I was in college. It’s hard to beat RBI Baseball.)
Now, let’s take a look and see what baseball looks like in game format now:
Behold! The sequel to one of the best games I played last year:
All I needed to know is that it was more Boom Blox. With pirates.
I’m not sure how to feel about this:
I mean, on the one hand, you can’t fault them for looking to reach out and embrace the explosive popularity of the Wii and the theory that it will help people in their homes to evangelize when people as “Who’s that guy?”, but on the other hand, there’s the sticky issue of—you know—graven images and of the fact that this usually means that someone will have to play as Jesus.
If I’m going to give them any credit, it’s that they made him appropriately less… Caucasian than usually depicted.