Hello, my name is Terra and this blog is mostly an art blog but I reblog a lot of different things I like, so be prepared for outbursts of fangirling. Also my blog is not spoiler free and does occasionally have nsfw.
Why is everyone so pissed about the existence of the new 3ds the gba and ds also had multiple models
People were pissed about those too.
Initially, this post was going to end there - but I started thinking about some things and it turned into a rant.
For the record (these are North American release dates):
- Game Boy - July 31, 1989
- Game Boy Pocket - 1996
- Game Boy Color - November 18, 1998
- Game Boy Advance - June 11, 2001
- Game Boy Advance SP - March 23, 2003
- Game Boy Micro - September 19, 2005
- DS - November 21, 2004
- DS Lite - June 11, 2006
- DSi - April 5, 2009
- DSi XL - March 28, 2010
- 3DS - March 27, 2011
- 3DS XL - August 25, 2012
- 2DS - October 12, 2013
- New Nintendo 3DS - 2015 (announced)
- New Nintendo 3DS LL - 2015 (announced)
The point really is that since before the GBA came out, you’ve basically had revisions or new form-factor handhelds from Nintendo every two years. Sometimes they make the screens bigger, sometimes they make the thing lighter. Sometimes they re-imagine the whole design (GBA SP). No matter how they slice it, they’ve been dumping a new version on consumers on average every two years since 1996.
Let’s look at it from a different perspective -
Consider a person on Tumblr who is 16 right now. When they were 11, The DSi came out and they got it for Christmas and then they wanted to get the larger screen DSi XL so they did some side jobs as a 12 year old a year later and maybe even traded in the DSi and got a used one from GameStop to save a few bucks.
Then, a year later, the 3DS comes out and a bunch of the new games won’t work on that DSi anymore, so it’s back to saving your allowance and begging your uncles and if you were unlucky enough to buy it in the first six months, it cost you $250.
Luckily, they wised up and dropped it to $170, but then in August of 2012, there’s a new, larger one with better battery life and $30 added to the price. The 2DS comes out as the cheaper option and now they are revitalizing the whole series at an unknown price.
This is a long story because the point is that between the time this hypothetical person was 11 and 16, Nintendo put out handhelds with combined retail price at release of $940, and that’s without buying a single game. Yes, every model is not necessary and they are made for different consumers, but that’s not how they are marketed. They put out a handheld and then a bigger, brighter, longer-lasting one a year later so that you will buy both, and this poor theoretical Pokemon fan has dumped hundreds of dollars into keeping up.
In comparison, from the time I was 11 until I was 16, this is what Nintendo had out:
It cost $90 at release, but two years later, my dad found one at a yard sale for twenty bucks.
The legacy of the 2000s, what that generation is carrying forward, is one of rapidly increasing consumer pressure and rapidly decreasing available resources. We are bombarded with press releases and social media and full-page ads and an entire industry of tech-related press that exists with the sole purpose of getting excited about unreleased devices.
We’re told we have to preorder because the buzz is too big and there won’t be enough stock. We have to get it at launch because it’s not just a product release anymore, it’s an event and we all want to be part of big things.
And there is the iPhone price-drop after six months. Here’s the timed exclusive that told you that you have to buy a PS4 because that’s the only place this game will be, which wasn’t a lie, at least for a while. Over there we see the monthly internet press events to tease that amazing new content a year before it comes out so that by the time it does, you are so tired of waiting that you have to buy it right away.
This is what most people on Tumblr have been experiencing for the entire time they have been consumers. So when Nintendo says “hey, guess what, we’re releasing a new version of the handheld you’ve already bought at least once, and some of the cool new games we’re making won’t work unless you buy it,” I totally understand why people’s first response would be
As for me, I’ll be playing some Tetris.