I was lurking around GameFAQs and because I’m playing Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask right now, I gravitated towards the message board for that game. I found a lot of people looking for help and giving personal opinions, but I also came across something interesting.
The post that caught my attention was titled “People on Amazon whining because they didn’t know it was on the 3DS.” I was curious to see what people we’re “whining” about so I clicked over. In there I found a couple of links to Amazon reviews with the topic creator pointing out 1 star reviews for the game. Turns out that some people are confused (and mad) about Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask being a Nintendo 3DS game.
A lot of these customers don’t seem to understand that the Nintendo 3DS is actually a brand new handheld and not just an updated Nintendo DS. One customer in particular even points a finger at Nintendo for coercing people into buying the 3DS. Another actually bought the game and noted that it wouldn’t fit into the Nintendo DS because of a protrusion on the cartridge. That customer also goes on to say that they will cut off the profusion to see if it will work in a DSi XL.
Most of their complaints come down to one thing; being uneducated about the Nintendo 3DS. I do understand the concerns from some of these individuals, mainly the ones that are confused about the four other Professor Layton games being on the Nintendo DS. Though, most don’t seem to understand that the 3DS is actually not a DS at all.
Is this Nintendo’s fault? Not at all, though including DS in the name of their newest handheld was bound to conjure up some confusion, the same kind of confusion that I’m sure the Wii U will create as well. Instead, I believe it comes down to how educated these individuals are on the Nintendo 3DS. These are the people that don’t follow gaming websites or reviews, otherwise they’d already know that this adventure is for Nintendo’s new handheld. Those interested in gaming hardware and software should at the very least do some research before making a purchase.
It’s certainly not the first time (and likely won’t be the last) that consumers have deliberately given a title a low score due to some grudge. What are your thoughts on the matter?