They also seem to know what the consumer wants. Despite their early struggles to get off the ground after launch, the 3DS is the top selling gaming console month after month, thanks in part to the XL version being released on the almost overwhelming amount of good games being released, one after another. For many people, despite having other home consoles hooked up and ready to play, the 3DS is their number one gaming device, and you have Nintendo themselves to thank for that.
One of the super-engaging aspects of the 3DS is the StreetPass function, which is coupled with the little mini-games to go along with it. I wrote about Find Mii before, and how fascinating and addicting it really is. But since then, Nintendo has upped the ante and finally gave all those who loved the StreetPass games but had finished them, more of a reason for to continue carrying around their systems wherever they went.
They released four game, almost like DLC, for the StreetPass plaza, that 3DS owners can buy, if they wish, for five bucks a pop, or the whole package of four for only $15. Each of the four games are uniquely different, but they all run on the same principle of using people's Mii characters that you get by walking by someone else with their 3DS.
My personal favorite of the four games is called Mii Force, which is a side-scrolling shooter, where you control a ship piloted by your Mii character. You blast through enemies in the stage, trying to collect as many gems and jewels along the way, while the Mii characters you encountered add weapon upgrades throughout the stage. The game itself is pretty straight forward, but I'm just a sucker for side-scrolling shooters, and well, Nintendo built a pretty good one here. Couple that with the fact I am utilizing my StreetPass function for even more gaming experience, I have to say this is money well spent for me.
See, I told Nintendo knows what they are doing. They like making money, and they are good and making me want to give me mine.