The accepted wisdom states that the 3DS is doomed to fail, a victim of both Nintendo's hubris and the increasing importance of gaming on smartphones. The problem with accepted wisdom is that it's so often wrong. Despite soft sales on the Nintendo Wii and a slow start with the 3DS, this could be still be a successful holiday season for the gaming giant.

This Christmas is, to put it bluntly, make or break time for the 3DS, and Nintendo is coming out swinging.

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