Why Japanese haven’t bought a Nintendo 3DS

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With the Nintendo 3DS having been on sale since February of 2011, goo Ranking decided it was a good time to ask their monitor panel why they hadn’t bought a Nintendo 3DS.

Demographics

Between the 20th and 22nd of April 2011 1,110 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 60.5% of the sample were female, 10.8% in their teens, 16.2% in their twenties, 27.4% in their thirties, 26.4% in their forties, 9.3% in their fifties, and 9.9% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample. Also note that naturally those who had already bought a 3DS would not have answered the question.

My reason for not upgrading is that I haven’t even got round to playing the Nintendo DS we have lying around the house…

3DS demo booth in Akihabara
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Games machines, Sony’s torne and Nintendo’s 3DS

Would you like to get the recently-announced Nintendo 3DS? graph of japanese statisticsjapan.internet.com reported on goo Research’s fourth regular survey into consumer games machines, my favourite current goo Research series.

Demographics

Getween the 2nd and 6th of April 2010 1,059 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 52.9% of the sample were male, 16.1% in their teens, 17.8% in their twenties, 21.5% in their thirties, 16.2% in their forties, and 28.3% aged fifty or older.

I’ve never actually heard of the torne. I know when the PS3 first came out it was seen as a backdoor way of getting Blu-ray into Japanese homes, but now, with the digital switch-over a mere 15 months away, perhaps it is too late? On the other hand, the device by definition will have a digital decoder, and the PS3 already has an analogue output, so it seems also to be being sold as a decoder. Perhaps I’ll soon see a question on this in that other current goo Research series into digital television?
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