Why Japanese haven’t bought a Nintendo 3DS


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.


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

Ranking result

Q: Why haven’t you bought a Nintendo 3DS? (Sample size=1,110)

Rank Score
1Too expensive, waiting for the price to come down100
2I’m satisfied with my DS, DSi60.6
3Worried about eye strain41.2
4I’d probably get motion sickness39.4
5Wasn’t much software available at launch24.6
6Will buy once a game I want is released, eg Pokemon, Zelda, Love Plus18.5
7I’m satisfied with my mobile phone, smartphone games11.1
8I’m satisfied with my Sony Playstation Portable10.8
9Battery life seems poor8.0
10Too heavy to be bothered carrying around7.1
11Can’t use Gameboy Advance cartridges5.5
12Not out in a colour I want4.9
13Can’t use Gameboy cartridges4.3
14I’m saving up for a Sony Next Generation Portable (NGP)3.7
15Want to get one with a bigger screen3.1
16Can’t move my DSi points across2.8
17Buttons look difficult to use2.2
18No Famicon/NES virtual console1.8
19=Scaled-up DS games are ugly to look at1.5
19=Friends didn’t buy, so I’m waiting until they do1.5
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  1. June 6, 2011 @ 08:21

    Maybe another big reason is because they need the money to rebuild their houses.

  2. Steven said,
    June 6, 2011 @ 08:54

    I think it’s important to note that the DSLL came out just before the 3DS. I thought that in combination with a lack of attractive software would be a big reason… the eye strain thing is kind of a surprise to me. I think it’s a safe bet to wait until they make an upgraded 3DS, just like they did with all of their other gameboy/DS systems several times.

  3. apan said,
    June 6, 2011 @ 12:31

    Japanese are poor 🙁

  4. Marie said,
    June 6, 2011 @ 23:22

    I think there are simply too many electronic devices released too often for people to both make use of them and afford them! Console, portable console, tablets, mp3 players…. No-one can follow that!

  5. apan said,
    June 7, 2011 @ 00:00

    That is the point poverty is unfortunately on the rise and that is very worrisome. 15% is shame poverty level!
    If one had the money this is no big deal at all. Japanese have become lazy lately and it shows.
    日本は最悪国になってしまった 負けるな日本!

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