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Nintendo Announces 3DS for 25th March

Nintendo Announces 3DS for 25th March

Nintendo has confirmed that the 3DS will launch on 25th March, 2011 with a price to be decided by retailers.

Nintendo has confirmed that the 3DS handheld console, which is be a new 3D-without-glasses handheld in the DS line, will go on sale on the 25th March 2011.

Nintendo has specified that the 3DS will be accompanied by 25 launch titles, but hasn't revealed what they will be quite yet. An official European price hasn't been announced either, with Nintendo saying that retailers will decide the price themselves.

So far, outlets Game and HMV have priced the 3DS at £229.99, while other retailers such as Play.com have listed the handheld at £219.99. Retailers have warned, however, that these prices are preliminary and may be subject to change.

In America, the 3DS will launch on the 27th March and cost $249.99, or about £157. In Japan, the 3DS goes on sale on the 26th February and will cost ¥25,000, or approximately £190.

Nintendo has also confirmed that games for the 3DS will all be region locked, a move Nintendo has defended by saying that...

'We're very conscious of making sure we tow the line as far as government goes there. In Europe we've got PEGI. In Australia there's a different rating. America's got a different rating. Japan's a different rating.'

Retailer Game has confirmed that it will sell 3DS games for £39.99 at launch, while GameStation will offer them for £32.99 according to Eurogamer.

Check out our preview of the 3DS for more information on the console, then let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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greigaitken 20th January 2011, 04:28 Quote
I cant imagine there's a big difference between the rating organisations in different countries. in an ideal world, media gets rated once and then no need for region locking. surely the money saved by no requirement for region locking could pay for the central rating body?
Toploaded 20th January 2011, 04:45 Quote
'does on sale'

You can delete this post after you correct that, just thought I'd point out the typo.
Toploaded 20th January 2011, 04:45 Quote
I really hope the rumors of the PSP2 getting announced end of this month are true, that's what I'm waiting for.
mpr 20th January 2011, 08:35 Quote
Wouldn't it be funny if the PSP2 launched @ $199 or less. Could be the first time Nintendo has the most expensive handheld. Somehow I doubt it though, if Nintendo pushes 250 I can see Sony trying for 299. I'll have both eventually more than likely, but even if they came out side by side, the 3DS will be in my house way before the PSP.
Mentai 20th January 2011, 08:36 Quote
Screw region locking, Nintendo of Europe usually takes too long to release anything, not to mention having to pay at least 1.5times the cost for games in NZ compared to America.
While Steam isn't perfect, it is the closest thing to a gaming platform that acknowledges a world market, even when it segments regions you can just get overseas friends to gift to your account. Looks like I will be sticking with PC gaming for the time being.
alf- 20th January 2011, 09:26 Quote
really can't see these selling in any great number.

its little time since christmas, so i would imagine plenty of people have already bought one of the existing DS's and aren't really looking for new one that costs over hundred more.

229? seriously, a handheld console costing more than a xbox 360 and close to a PS3.
i work in a store selling things like DS's, and our biggest customer is parents buying for their kids, i really can't see parents paying an extra hundred pound for a 3DS,
people are still apprehensive over 3D, some totally dislike it and some just don't care, so i doubt parents are going to be queuing up to buy this 3DS
leveller 20th January 2011, 10:21 Quote
Will the 3DS play the old DS games? That is something I've been wondering along time but not got around to researching. If it does then I'll upgrade immediately!
eddtox 20th January 2011, 13:28 Quote
£39.99 for games and £229 for the console? No, thanks.
Landy_Ed 20th January 2011, 13:38 Quote
I'd like to see if that price disparity on the games bears out. There are already launch titles listed on Game at 39.99, nothing on gamestation yet.

But yes, day 1 purchase ~£250 with a game? looking at the titles, I'd say Nintendo are targetting the mature gamer rather than the junior player. Could be their undoing in my opinion, 3D seems a little pointless as a selling point on a unit that small. I certainly won't be getting one for my littleun in the forseeable future.
Matticus 20th January 2011, 13:38 Quote
I have a feeling the price is disproportionately high for the hardware compared to the older DS models, and I wouldn't be surprised if its linked to the region locking, all in an attempt to lessen the impact of piracy. Also the now increased VAT rate meaning that it needs to be rounded up again, can't have something's rrp being £223.67 etc.

Quite a few people bought a DS lite with the sole purpose of getting a game card/cart and pirating games or playing old gameboy games. While that sort of thing drives sales for a small section of the market who probably would never bought one, it is no good if the profit margins on the console itself are not high enough. That extra bit of profit per unit shouldn't put off the parents buying it for their kids, but could recoup losses due to piracy.
dactone 20th January 2011, 16:26 Quote
what a complete rip off!
Manu_Otaku 20th January 2011, 16:31 Quote
I only will say.... is 3D...... on a Handled.......and Without glasses, it will sell bazillions
Glix 20th January 2011, 16:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by alf-
really can't see these selling in any great number.

its little time since christmas, so i would imagine plenty of people have already bought one of the existing DS's and aren't really looking for new one that costs over hundred more.

229? seriously, a handheld console costing more than a xbox 360 and close to a PS3.
i work in a store selling things like DS's, and our biggest customer is parents buying for their kids, i really can't see parents paying an extra hundred pound for a 3DS,
people are still apprehensive over 3D, some totally dislike it and some just don't care, so i doubt parents are going to be queuing up to buy this 3DS

Your sooooo wrong, there are plenty of mugs and die hard fans queuing to get these.
eddtox 20th January 2011, 17:34 Quote
3ds + 1 game is the same price as ps3 + move? No, thanks :)
leveller 20th January 2011, 18:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by Glix
Your sooooo wrong, there are plenty of mugs and die hard fans queuing to get these.

I don't think it's as simple as that. It's also a new piece of tech, yes at a premium, initially.
Sloth 20th January 2011, 20:31 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Article
'We're very conscious of making sure we tow the line as far as government goes there. In Europe we've got PEGI. In Australia there's a different rating. America's got a different rating. Japan's a different rating.'
I'm always a big opponent of piracy, but come on, that's one of the weakest excuses yet. They really expect people to believe region locking is to keep an American like myself from buying non-ESRB rated games because I may bypass an age restriction?

Just be honest: it's to stop people pirating games which are released in other countries. Look at how often the Japanese Pokemon White and Black was pirated because it wasn't released in any other market yet. Who cares if that impacts legitimate gamers from importing and playing foreign games? One of the anti-piracy methods I can't agree with.
eddtox 20th January 2011, 21:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by Sloth
I'm always a big opponent of piracy, but come on, that's one of the weakest excuses yet. They really expect people to believe region locking is to keep an American like myself from buying non-ESRB rated games because I may bypass an age restriction?

Just be honest: it's to stop people pirating games which are released in other countries. Look at how often the Japanese Pokemon White and Black was pirated because it wasn't released in any other market yet. Who cares if that impacts legitimate gamers from importing and playing foreign games? One of the anti-piracy methods I can't agree with.

I suspect region-locking is primarily so they can set different pricing structures in different parts of the world based on what they think people there will pay and to enforce those pricing structures by making it impossible (supposedly) to play cheaper imported games.

In short, british people have more money, they can pay double.
Repo 20th January 2011, 22:59 Quote
Region locking is all about screwing the consumer and is nothing about piracy or age ratings. Very lame excuse that Nintendo!

As for 3D? I'd like to see how it works gaming wise but I'm not expecting great things TBH.
Gh0stDrag0n 20th January 2011, 23:20 Quote
My wife just preorderd 2. :)
Gh0stDrag0n 20th January 2011, 23:23 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by leveller
Will the 3DS play the old DS games? That is something I've been wondering along time but not got around to researching. If it does then I'll upgrade immediately!
Yes it will play ds and dsi games.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3ds
Gh0stDrag0n 20th January 2011, 23:29 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by alf-
really can't see these selling in any great number.

its little time since christmas, so i would imagine plenty of people have already bought one of the existing DS's and aren't really looking for new one that costs over hundred more.

229? seriously, a handheld console costing more than a xbox 360 and close to a PS3.
i work in a store selling things like DS's, and our biggest customer is parents buying for their kids, i really can't see parents paying an extra hundred pound for a 3DS,
people are still apprehensive over 3D, some totally dislike it and some just don't care, so i doubt parents are going to be queuing up to buy this 3DS

Perfect timing here in the US, millions of tax returns will be recieved around the same time.
eddtox 20th January 2011, 23:35 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gh0stDrag0n
My wife just preorderd 2. :)

better you than me...
Gh0stDrag0n 20th January 2011, 23:52 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by eddtox
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gh0stDrag0n
My wife just preorderd 2. :)

better you than me...

It's only money.
leveller 21st January 2011, 08:23 Quote
Clarity:

US - £157.41
Japan - £190.08
UK - £219.99 - £229.99

... why do the prices look so different per region?
Repo 21st January 2011, 23:57 Quote
'cos we're being screwed as per normal perhaps? :|
Nicho133 8th February 2011, 07:25 Quote
I might get one of these once the upgraded version comes out, since the original DS had 4 different versions.
kenco_uk 8th February 2011, 13:49 Quote
Sainsbury's have them for £199.
eddtox 8th February 2011, 15:22 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by kenco_uk
Sainsbury's have them for £199.

I still think I'd rather have an xbox 360
Nicho133 9th February 2011, 01:35 Quote
The price in Australia has been officially announced, SRP AUD $349.95. But why does it only cost around AUD $246 in the US? I could understand if the price was around $40-$50 differnce for whatever reason but $100 is just unfair in my opinion.
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