Nintendo 3DS Dated And Priced (It’s More Than A Wii)

By Spencer . September 28, 2010 . 10:52pm

image No, sorry, the Nintendo 3DS is not coming out this year in Japan. The date announced at the press conference is February 26, 2011. The price is 25,000 yen ($300).


In addition to the handheld, you get a 2GB SD card.


Update: Famitsu’s liveblog says the system will be available in two colors in Japan, aqua blue and cool black. Overseas colors will be announced soon.

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  • Wow not only is it coming way late, but coming out for such high cost. The launch games better be worth it because the feature set surely arent.

    Sure it is nice and all, but that much, NoA would be forced to sell it at no less than 249.99.

  • Pfftttt hell no. If that’s the price for the west as well I will get mine used.

  • Do you think they’ll do the same with the 3DS that they did with the Wii? It was priced at 25000 yen but $250 in the states. I know the yen/dollar ratio has worsened a lot for the dollar, but unless it’s $250 or less…

    That’s a hell of a price tag for a portable.

    • Wouldnt they have to price it higher than usual to account for the weak dollar and their heavy dependence on dollars?

      • malek86

        They’ll probably put it at 249$ (any more and they are insane). Still, I guess they might throw in a free game, like with Wii Sports.

        If anything, I’m way more afraid of the european price, lol.

        • I think they are throwing in a bunch of augmented reality type demo type stuff with it…

          • malek86

            I meant an actually good game. For example, a 3D version of Tetris or something (kinda like a throwback to the GB days!)Of course, the demos could end up like Wii Sports and be decent, but they wouldn’t last too much play time from me.

  • malek86

    That’s… way more than I hoped.

    That said, if they tell me it’s region free, I might actually plunge. Hopefully it won’t be more than 250€. And even if it were, it looks like it will be more worth it than the Wii.

  • joesz


    • Emperor: Nintendo 3DS Dated And Priced. The price is 25,000 yen ($300).
      Darth Vader: Noooooooooooooooooooo!

  • I hope it’s cheaper when it comes out over here.

    I have the feeling I’ll go ahead and buy it at launch, though.

  • Chaheezor

    I’m guessing the UK price would be about £200-ish. 25,000 yen roughly comes up to £188 with today’s exchange rates. This is all assuming the exchange rate doesn’t get any better of course.

  • AdamBoy64

    If it’s ~$300 when it comes out in Europe… that’d be a brilliant price.

    • Jaxx-Leviathan

      I know what you mean mate. I didn’t get the bitching over the price here at first, but I guess it’s just because we are so used to having to fork over our life-savings to buy anything gaming related.

  • Kris

    Well, I won’t be buying it at that price. Not yet, anyway.

    • Ereek

      This. Maybe in the future, but I won’t be jumping on the bandwagon and buying it immediately.

      I still have a huge backlog of DS games to play, anyway. Not to mention GBA games that I play on my DS.

  • Maybe it is high system cost to offset their ability to charge low prices for the software, unless they would really raise software costs to 39.99 and higher… :(

    • malek86

      “Maybe it is high system cost to offset their ability to charge low prices for the software”Well, if it helps you feel better…But I’m afriad it won’t be the case. I’m expecting the standard 39$/€ price. Maybe a bit more. Because, y’know, they’re in “3D”.(which I’ll never use anyway because it gives me headaches, but still)

  • kylehyde

    Pro: it will have a nice library.Cons: a lot more expensive than expected.Conclusion: I need to know more for making a judgament, about the march release is not a problem considering the price, it will give enough time for save some money, but still I want more details about certain things and if those things are worthing. For the moment my opinion about the 3DS is a neutral one, but I admit that the price was a shock. I heard that electronics devices are more expensive in japan, and I hope this is the case, but still, I think that price for NA will be no less $250

    • malek86

      I’ve already evaluted the thing. In the end, even with that price, I believe it would be worth it. The last info I’ll need to know before I buy, is the presence of region lock or not. Because if it has regional locking, it suddenly won’t be worth it anymore, and I’ll wait until it drops to 149€ or something.

      • Tom_Phoenix

        My feelings exactly. For that amount of money, the 3DS should at least be region free.

    • Yeah even though electronics seem more expensive, I dont think Ninty would sell it for more than 50$ less than Japan.

      I think the 3DS is a worthwhile purchase gamewise…but gamewise is the problem. We dont know which titles are launch titles, its launching here with Pokemon B/W, not to mention some backwards decisions with the device (2GB SD card versus on board memory).

  • puchinri

    Damn. That price…
    Job nao plz…

    Any idea of when we’ll know if it’s region locked?

    • thebanditking

      If some portion of this system is not region locked I will eat my hat, lol. The DSi store is region locked so I’m guessing it will be the same for 3DS ware as well.

      • puchinri

        Lol~. Ahh, I was trying to remember what on the DSi was region locked. That’d be disappointing, but it makes sense.

  • 25000 yen was the starting price for the Wii. That was the equivalent of $215 at the time. Curse these economic times.

  • Ouch.

  • kupomogli

    Barely even more powerful than the PSP and it’s priced as high as it is yet odd how hardly anyone is bashing it for its price($599 anyone?.) $300 for a handheld is ridiculously overpriced.I guarantee Nintendo is going to drop DS support once it’s released to force gamers to buy the new system. It happened to both the GBA and GC when the DS and Wii were released. Nintendo also released the GB Micro during that same period of time. It’s like. “Hey guys. How about buying a system we don’t support.” Nintendo must have been mad when that idea failed. I mean their fanbase is stupid but not that stupid. Who’s going to buy a Micro at the overpriced cost they were charging over a DS which could play GBA and DS games.I’ll still be buying a 3DS. I just hate Nintendo’s cheap tactics and the way they treat their fans(this is coming from someone who used to be a huge Nintendo fanboy.)

    • lostinblue

      barely? LOL.

      We’re not looking at the same pictures.

      Anyway that’s expensive, yes.

    • malek86

      *overly long rant about price*

      “I’ll still buy it though”

      Okaaaay, then.

      • kupomogli

        I never said when I was going to buy it. I’ll buy it eventually. It’s just not going to be $300 when I purchase it.

        • malek86

          We don’t even know if it will actually be $300. I’m betting on $250 (and €250).

          For that price, if it doesn’t have absolutely no region locking, then I’ll buy it. Otherwise… well, I guess I might spend up to €200 if they at least include a good game. If not, hey, no buy until i find it at €150 or something.

          • Why does it need to include a game? Its already coming with demos. If they were including a game, then I would have to seriously consider that the thing could be sold for presumably 50$ less, if the 3DS games retail for 49.99.

          • malek86

            I don’t know about you, but a bunch of demos usually can’t hold my interest for long.

            Kinda like Wii Sports, it was cool for a couple days, but then I wanted something more substantial.

  • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

    3DS Lite. Better. Cheaper. Later. If you can wait that long.

    • OneOkami

      I always do. Thats the benefit of having a backlog and self-control. Waiting is easy, and just plain makes sense.

      • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

        Yep. It’s not like there’s nothing else to play. I never bite until a system drops to about about of it’s original price, and usually after a redesign.

      • RupanIII

        Yea, same here. It’s gonna take a while to get through my huge backlog anyhow.

      • Joanna

        Same here too. I’ve got a massive backlog (could probably last me 2-3 years) and I don’t mind waiting. In fact, I’ve never bought a game system at launch.

  • YoFace

    Well I won’t be hasty on my judgement of the price, because I know that isn’t our confirmed price (for the rest of us). I’ll wait patiently and just continue to take guesses on what it’ll be based on this.

    • Aoshi00

      The US price will be $250, and 250 Euro for Europe. It’s always the case, you just take away the zeroes regardless of current exchange rate. Like the 4Gb 360 Sim now, 19800 yen in Jpn, $200 in the US, not sure about Europe, probably 250Euro. The PS3 as well, it was $600 here at launch and 600 euro there.

  • 299 US dollars, and Ridge Racer is one of the launch titles. Oh boy, here we go!

  • WonderSteve

    The 250 (estimated US price) to 300 dollar price is too high for a portable gadget that really only does gaming. I can pretty much get a 32GB 4G iPod Touch with 300 US.

    The 3DS will need a supreme 1st and 3rd party library when it launches to convince people to spend 300 dollars. Most of the 3rd party 3DS games announced so far are probably going to play better on a home console instead. Most series compromise their graphics and control in order to fit in a portable system. The only game that really needed the DS touch control was Trauma Center.

    I also hope the prices of 3DS game won’t be higher than the current DS game price.

    • Nintendo has said that they plan on getting 3D Hollywood movies on the 3DS. There’s also the music player and the potential for expanding on Pokemon Black and White’s online video chat function. So while it is primarily for gaming, it is capable of doing more than just gaming.

      • Who would really buy a movie for say 7.99-14.99 to watch on such a tiny screen?

        • The 3D glasses at movie theaters basically converts the image on the big screen to tiny images, but they don’t seem so tiny since the lenses are so close. 3DS gets rid of the glasses and keeps the 3D effect.

        • malek86

          Judging from UMD sales, I’d say very few people.

      • WonderSteve

        I have zero confidence in aspects other than gaming if it is Nintendo.

        They can’t even deliver a hassle free online environment for the Wii. I seriously doubt the 3DS other functions would be as capable as iPod Touch or even other multimedia player on the market.

  • xenonism

    I guess this is a joke. On Amazon Japan you can buy a PS3 with a 160GB drive for 28000 yen and the cheapest Xbox360 for 18700.

  • 300$!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thats way too much thats more then a psp and a ds i got my psp for 200$ i think and i came with dissidia im not gunna pay for that with no bonus game it better be cheaper here then or else…i wount buy it i cant say that :p but i wount buy it the first day…i wounder how much the games will cost…

    • Aoshi00

      PSP-1000 was $250 when it first came out. And now people are touting this to be powerful this and 3D that, dunno why this is a surprise at all. I was expected it to be $300 or less, so this is still w/in my range.

      • malek86

        It should be noticed that nobody bought the PSP when it was $250.

        • Aoshi00

          Well, I’m sure Nintendo did the math. I forgot if I bought the PSP at $250, I think I did.. it had a dead pixel or two anyway, and later I bought a 2000 for the video out which wasn’t that useful either.. For me the important thing is if there’s a killer app. If there’s a good game that’s worth playing at launch (Love Plus 3DS? lol), then what’s $50 more. I regret getting the PS3 at $600 because for a while there really was no good games on it until like MGS4 and by then the system alrdy dropped $200, of course the software B/C wasn’t as good as hardware B/C. Just hope this thing isn’t region locked.

  • Aoshi00

    Well, it’s $250 just as expected all along, expecting it to be any less was just wishful thinking (I guess the price drop of DSlite and DSi did get people false hope). And everyone was saying how much they wanted this on day one, is an extra $50 really that much for the benefit of playing this at launch? It’s just the price of a game. We could all contemplate whether it’s worth it or not, $250 really seems reasonable, even for me who’s not a portable guy, but now Love Plus 3DS lol..

    Regardless of exchange rate, 25,000 yen should automatically translate to $250. Like the PS3 is 29,980 yen and $299 here or the 360 Slim for 19800 yen in Jpn and $200 in the US. Probably 250 Euro for Europe..

  • Great launch lineup, but when you can buy a PS3 or a 360 for the same price, that’s really, really bad.

  • Starmony

    Nintendo… U in danger, gurl.
    That’s too expensive. I’m sure If I had the money, I’d rather buy a PS3 than this. Besides, who’s not expecting redesing of this device, with a smoother desing and cheaper? Because, you know, it’s Nintendo S:

  • Looks like I’ll be waiting for the “3DSL” like I did with the DS, heh. Or a price drop. Especially since it will probably only launch in those two boring colors over here anyway.

  • nyobzoo

    $250… thanks, will just wait for the 3DSi before I pick up the 3DS

  • andref

    If they announced February for the US I would be saying and quick and loud no. the first quarter of next year is too packed to want to save up $300 for a handheld. Excuse me Nintendo, I believe Dragon Age 2, Mortal Kombat, Bulletstorm, Brink, True Crime and Legend of Zelda Sky Ward Sword are calling my name

    • Games coming on the other consoles will make it difficult, though if they stick to March that is essentially the end period of the major games I thought.

      • andref

        For me, its April since that is when Legend of Zelda SWS comes out

    • They said it would be on sale by the end of this fiscal year. That would be the end the of March. The fact that the Japanese release is so close to that end means we might see a near simultaneous launch worldwide.

  • thebanditking

    250 was expensive back in 2005 for a hand held (PSP), and its still a bit too high for today’s market and economy. Its not out of my price range but, I’m not a father of 3 trying to make his mortgage payments. Nintendo’s bread and butter (the kids) are officially priced out of this launch, so it will be interesting to see if the older gamers out there will feel like parting with $250 for a hand held console, because 5 years ago they sure did not.

  • KHSoraKeyBlade

    I knew instantly when they announced the 3DS that people would be like “ZOMG GOT TO HAVE IT” then when the price is announced people are like “woah hang on that’s way to much”
    Of course I’m going to buy it because well it’s out next year and plenty of time to save up :P

    • Bruce

      plus lots of titles are lining up for it

  • Heh. Whatever.

    I’m going to buy it anyway.

    Y’know, I’ll note from personal experience, mulling over it’s price point and features is smart, but it can also lead to overthinking about something you could just be having fun with.

  • Looks like my 249-299 price point estimate was pretty much on the dot.

    You can’t have ‘major technology advances’ like this without some sort of premium. It’s just not how the game (or console) works.

    • And people were of the believe that it was not going to be nowhere over 189$…

      • Not of the ‘belief’. Of the ‘hope’. Gamers are cheap and always will be. There’s a certain line you don’t want to cross when it comes to consoles. Look at how the PS3 started and how it’s ended up. Sure it started big, but once you get under a certain line, THRONGS of people buy the console. Look at the MML3 announcement article. Not too many people are happy about it being on a ‘premium’ console.

        Of course, you put it at a 200 dollar or ‘similar’ price point and everyone would be pleased as heck and going ‘omg mml3 in 3d omg’ more than the deconstructive criticism. Regardless, I’ve never purchased a console on launch day, regardless of price, because of the inevitable ‘buyer’s remorse’ when a console loses price anyways in a few months to a year after launch. I can actually hold off like many others I know before a purchase of a console like that.

        There might be a lot of criticisms on it, but the truth of the matter is that if it was at a 500 dollar price point PEOPLE WOULD STILL BUY IT. Those that want to buy this at a netbook’s price, regardless of the technology involved, pretty much know what they’re getting into. Once again, we fall back into the ‘belief’ and ‘hope’ misconception. Most of them don’t ‘believe’ the system is going to be great to pay that much out the butt for it, they ‘hope’ it will.

        I’d just rather wait first. My DSi that I got for 40 (because I fixed it) hasn’t had much use outside of this next upcoming week and the last (Zenonia and Shantae) and outside the major stint that was Pokemon HG/SS. Even then, there were greater priorities for my gaming out there and I simply can’t justify a $200+ handheld console when my “$40” console hardly gets used and the base at launch is mostly a handful of remakes (like most Nintendo launches because they strive in first party makes more than third).

        Only my opinion, of course. The long and the short of it is that we’ll know soon enough if 3D has a place for people or if this is the next Virtual Boy in action, just with more hype.

  • Bruce

    i wonder if the games price is gonna go up , since many of 3ds games look well made with decent budgets

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