Iwata admits to poor 3DS software lineup, blames health scares for lower sales

Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime said back in February, “the real test of any system is whether the games and applications draw you in and keep you engaged. Through the launch window and beyond, Nintendo 3DS delivers.” In a recent shareholder Q&A, Nintendo of everywhere President Satoru Iwata admits they were wrong about the whole “through the launch window” part.

When asked about the seemingly weak library during the famed “launch window,” Iwata replied “our preparation was lacking in that regard, and we ourselves understand that is a point we have to reflect on.”

Iwata also touched on the public perception that the 3DS can somehow be dangerous to your eyes, an opinion largely spread through smear campaigns by tabloids like The Sun.

Such comments as, ‘It’s bad for your eyes’ or ‘your eyes get tired’ have wings, so much so that some people appear to have the impression that viewing a 3D image is not good for their eyes…We have carefully taken the individual differences in a child’s maturation into consideration and, because nobody appears to have the information to declare that it is definitely safe to show 3D images to young children aged six and under, we decided to proactively encourage consumers to take care when children aged six and under are using the device.

Thankfully The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D just came out, with more of that trademark Nintendo magic coming via a slew of highly anticipated first party titles for the rest of the year and beyond.

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