The Flare Red 3DS arrived at such a terrible time for Nintendo, whose 3DS sales did not turn out to be better than expected, with many scheduled games delayed or cancelled. Just several days ago, a shocking price drop from US $250 to $170 was announced, which clearly points to a console in trouble.
I have more issues with the 3DS than any of Nintendo's handhelds, which includes bad design, tiny touchscreen, poor battery life, and unappealing games, all of which have prevented me from getting one at this time--a far cry from my initial excitement when it was unveiled at E3 last year.
While Nintendo's roster of proprietary characters like Mario and Pokemon will always be best-sellers, how long can you keep churning out the same old thing? Do something new for a change, Nintendo--surprise us!