29 Sep

Image of the 3DS

Nintendo recently held a press conference on the launch of its 3DS handheld, giving release dates for all major regions. The glasses-less 3D system will be available in Japan on February 26th, 2011, and in Europe and the States sometime in March. The suggested retail price for the 3DS, at least in Japan, will be 25,000 yen (approximately $300), no word on whether the price will carry over onto other regions. More specific details on Western releases and launch titles will be made at a later date.

3 thoughts on “3DS Launch Dates”

  1. I am going to guess that it will cost probably $250 in the states, and probably 250 euro in Europe. Before this whole financial crisis, 25,000 yen was under $250, but currency rates change.

    Well I wouldn’t be able to buy it at launch anyways because I still have to have money to buy expensive textbooks.

  2. Analysts expect the price to stay at $300 USD across all regions.

    I hate to say it but… I TOLD YOU SO! The 3DS is pushing some major software (2 screens at a high resolution, 1 touchscreen), and the price is going to be high due to that.

    1. Not really that high. If you consider sub 480p high resolution then go ahead. Granted it is high for a handheld, but the handheld is not pushing the tech that is in some Android phones (dual core cpu’s and the ability to output video in 720p).

      I expected it to be high, but I think it will be more around $250 to keep people attracted to the console, and not drive people away. Granted Nintendo has cut their earnings report by half so they are prepared to take a financial hit. All I can say is that we will have to wait a bit to hear what NOA and NOE have to say about their respective pricing structures and launch windows.

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