07 July 2012

Power to the People

The nickel and dime operation known as VIDEOGAMES got just a tad more ridiculous when Nintendo revealed that the 3DS LL (aka XL) would not release with an AC adapter in Japan.  They then went on to announce that the price of the 3DS plug would be reduced from 1,500 yen to 1,000 yen, presumably in response to the web-wide backlash.  This is good news for serial lead-losers and cord collectors alike, but I'm not certain Nintendo grasps the full stupidity of their decision.

When the DSi LL (XL) saw release, it was squarely pitched towards the elderly, in the hopes that they would take to the device's bigger screen, bigger grip, bigger stylus, and bigger...well, everything.  It's not much of a stretch to assume that the 3DS LL is aimed toward that same demographic.  Will Japanese seniors be tech-savvy enough to know that this thing needs to be charged?  Or will they return to stores in droves three hours later to refund a doohickey that just stopped working?

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