The 3DS launch in the United Kingdom outdid the sales performance of all prior Nintendo launches. From the original DS to Wii, 3DS left them all in the dust. But something’s happening with Nintendo’s latest console. Something the company must be concerned about – ostensibly the 3DS is being returned to shops in record numbers according to UK’s The SUN per MCV, after being on the market for less than two weeks. It’s making people dizzy.
According to the paper, British retailer HMV is offering full refunds on 3DS consoles bought since launch, but the deal will only last till Thursday. One consumer reported he got a Â£170+ refund from GAME, another went to a forum claiming:
“When I returned mine to my local GAME in Bexleyheath I had an argument at first but I am someone who knows how to argue and stuck with my guns. Once the guy agreed we chatted and he told me hay had had a high return of the 3DS, more than any launch product.”
Meanwhile Nintendo are dispelling the report as false, telling Eurogamer in a statement they’re simply
“Recent reports are incorrect,” Nintendo told the site.
“The number of calls and emails with queries on Nintendo 3DS is in fact well below the rate experienced during past hardware launches and having spoken with our retail partners there are only a handful of people who have actually gone into stores to request a refund.
Nintendo 3DS was designed with a 3D depth slider that lets users adjust the 3D effect so that everyone can still enjoy this product. When viewing any kind of 3D images, including movies and on TV, some people might experience minor discomfort.
The effects are short term and have no lasting effect; most people can continue after taking a break.”
We’ll keep you posted. Have you a 3DS? If so, has it affected your vision at all? Let us know.