Software: Check the Nintendo Website. Are any of the launch titles worth anything to you? For example: are you a sports fan? If so, maybe the launch of Madden or Pro Evolution Soccer will appeal to you, and you will find that the system will be worth your time. If you don’t find any of the games appealing, but you believe you can manage, try to gauge how much time you believe you will be spending with the system. Do you think that the system is worth the launch date money?
Hardware: The estimated battery life for the Nintendo 3DS is somewhere around 3 hours with the 3D functions turned on. Without them, it has an estimated 5 hours. Is this enough for you? Are you someone that only likes to bring their handheld along for long trips or are you just the casual player who plays games maybe once every few hours? Secondly, do you even care that the system is 3D? If not, maybe you should wait for the pricing to drop down, because that seems to be the main focus of the system (rather than software at this point in time).
Pricing: Perhaps the most important point that needs to be considered, is can you afford it? Sure, you may be able to afford it, but are there other things that you wish to buy with $250.00, and is it even worth that much money at this point in time? In the future, the price point will most definitely drop (because it will soon have to compete with Sony in the near future) and the software will become much more stable and improved. Is it more beneficial for your wallet to wait for the price point to settle down a bit?
Friends: If you’re someone that only loves video games so you can play with your friends, try to see if they themselves will be buying the system. If not, then why should you? It’d probably be best to wait until you have a stable network of friends that you know you can play with if you are more of a social player.
Other Options: If you aren’t constantly on the go or can spend a lot of time at home, why not consider purchasing another system? $250.00 can actually get you a Nintendo Wii , Xbox 360 and a PS3 . That’s actually saying a lot. But, even if home consoles aren’t you’r thing, maybe you can consider buying a Nintendo DSi or Lite . There are plenty of great games for the original DS that are still worth the time.
Conclusion: All in all, I don’t doubt the power of Nintendo and how amazing this piece of hardware will be. But, with so little coming out at launch and so many more options for such a steep price point, is this system worth it for you?