Of course I got one!
Before the 3DS was detailed at E3 last year, I was thinking about upgrading my computer for nVidia 3D vision. Which would have:
1. Cost around $600 (3d capable monitor plus glasses and IR transmitter)
2. Required active shutter glasses, which have a noticeable flicker, are bulky, need to be charged, and are expensive to replace.
3. Had very few games designed to use it.
Then, the 3DS was announced. No glasses, much cheaper, and games designed to be 3D. On top of that, it has a ton of developer support (Dead or Alive, Resident Evil Revelations, and Metal Gear Solid FTW!), it has Nintendo first-party titles, it's portable, it can play DS games (I never bought a DS,
, so this is actually kind of a big feature for me), it has a lot of the slightly more offbeat titles the DS was known for in development (Layton vs Ace Attorney, Time Travelers, etc.), it's more powerful than the Wii, it's got a ton of cool little things like Street Pass and Face Raiders, etc. It's an extremely impressive system, even if the launch lineup was a bit lackluster. Choosing to buy it instead of an nVidia 3d vision setup or a PS3 + 3DTV setup was an absolute no-brainer. And with so many awesome games coming out this year, and so many DS games to catch up on, I saw no reason to wait on the purchase.
On the topic of price: my $0.02:
$250 is a lot of money to spend on a personal entertainment device, of any kind, IMO. However, the only reason ANY of us expect something cheaper is because it's a Nintendo product. If Sony or Apple were the ones to release this, we all know it'd cost $400-$600, and that would be considered a fair price for it. For most of the world, this is the first no-glasses 3D device available to buy. If this were Apple, people would be raving about how great it is that we can get this
, futuristic technology for only $600!
The 3DS is $20 more than an iPod touch, and a heck of a lot cooler. It's half the price of an iPad, which I would be willing to bet functions primarily as an entertainment device for most of its users. It's almost certainly going to be significantly cheaper than the NGP. I still think that $250 is a lot of money for an entertainment device, but compared to other devices in that category, and considering that it does something never done before in consumer electronics, the 3DS is more than fairly priced IMO.