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Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime wants you to know that "full-fledged" portable titles on 3DS are an entirely different beast than cheap iPhone games. During an interview with Geoff Keighley on GameTrailers TV, the Nintendo exec defended the $35-45 price range of 3DS games while simultaneously knocking mobile games, saying "some of those are actually overpriced at $1 or $2."
"One of the biggest risks today in our gaming industry are these inexpensive games that are candidly disposable from a consumer standpoint," said Fils-Aime. When asked about Angry Birds, he responded "Angry Birds is a great piece of experience, but that is one compared to thousands of other pieces of content that for one or two dollars I think create a mentality for the consumer that a piece of gaming content should only be $2."
With cheap games like Angry Birds raking in the money at such a low price point, Reggie's clearly in a position where he has to justify the higher cost of 3DS games. With its March 27th release date rapidly approaching, it won't be long until we find out if people are still willing to fork over more cash for bigger games.
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It depends on what your getting, stuff like a flashlight app probably is over priced at $1. there are way too many variables, and it sucks that most of the app store games do suck.
I still don't understand why everyone loves Angry Birds so much. Isn't it just a remake, of a remake, of a remake, of a remake, etc. of a slingshot based physics game, with cartoon graphics?
Well said Reggie, you get what you pay for.
I really don't have a problem paying 35 to 45 dollars for a 3DS game.
With the 3DS you're going to be paying more for a more developed & licensed product. Sure mobile games are more of a risk, but they don't have a lot of the licensing cost that 3DS games go through. I mean, if you follow the wisdom of crowds concept, mobile gaming (based on volume & originality) is a greatly superior product . . . of course, Reggie's getting paid by the other guys.
I honestly won't have a problem paying $35-45 for a 3DS game. It would be much more worth it to me than paying $1-2 for a crappy flash game-esque title. And I don't even have an iPhone anyways, so....
I really don't care about phone games and I wouldn't spend a buck or two on them either, but thats me. Though $35-$40 is clearly higher than a dollar, I rather have a game I know I'll play to the end and/or continue playing than have some mini-game that I'll end up getting bored thirty minutes later....maybe less.