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3 Fatal Flaws Of The Nintendo 3DS : Battery Life, Content & Price

The Nintendo 3DS games console suffers from three massive problems which could be detrimental to its sales prospect and are all ironically linked to the company's decision to invest in 3D.

The gaming platform, which will be launched in the UK in March (possibly on the 19th), will carry a suggested retail price of £230; that's nearly £70 more than the retail price of the Nintendo DSi XL which was released in March 2010 (retailers routinely sell it for less than £140).

Then there's the fact that the 3D technology appears to be very power hungry, even with a 1300mAh battery, the biggest capacity ever used on a portable Nintendo console, the 3DS only manages 210 minutes of gaming in 3D (ed : the screens could also be to blame as well).

In comparison, the Sega Game Gear, another infamous gaming console with a poor battery life, managed five hours worth of gaming. Even when playing non 3D titles, gamers can expect only up to eight hours worth of gaming.

Then there's the content available for the platform; while there are already more than 100 3D games announced from more than 20 publishers worldwide, it looks likely that the 3DS versions will carry a hefty premium.

For example Shopto.net sells "The Sims 3" for 3DS for £34.85 while the non 3DS model, costs less than half that at £16.85. Nintendo is already aware of this and has thrown in even more preloaded applications, but given that buying the console with a few games is likely to cost you around £400, it will be a tough sell, at least in the beginning.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.