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3DS Japanese Release Set for February 26, 2011

by James Jones - September 28, 2010, 11:02 pm PDT
Total comments: 3 Source: (Nintendo), http://www.nintendo.co.jp/n10/conference2010/3ds/i...

Nintendo's newest handheld will retail for ¥25,000 ($300) in Japan. Also, it's coming out in March in North America and Europe.

At their 3DS press event today, Nintendo announced the first details concerning the launch of their newest handheld.  The 3D-enabled device will launch in Japan on February 26, 2011.  It will be priced at ¥25,000, or approximately $300 USD; this price is confirmed for Japan only.  The 3DS will be available in two colors, "Cosmic Black" and "Aqua Blue".

No specific prices or dates were announced for North American or European releases; however, Nintendo did state that the system will launch in those territories in March 2011.

Most of Nintendo's current hardware is priced lower in the United States than in Japan. For example, the DSi LL/XL costs ¥18,000 (approximately $215 USD) in Japan, but the retail price is $169.99 in the U.S. after the recent price drop.


CaterkillerMatthew Osborne, Contributing WriterSeptember 28, 2010

Holy smokes! $300 Japanese smackers if converted! Nintendo knows we are gonna buy it! Really makes me wonder about the home console front. Nintendo knows they have their audience hooked and they will buy what ever they put out.

TJ SpykeSeptember 29, 2010

Well what do you know, all those rumor and news sites saying Japan would get it in November were wrong. ::)

I guess likely the US price will be $250.

Although the DSi XL is currently ¥18,000, it launched at ¥20,000.

Hyrulian GuardSeptember 29, 2010

I'M a big nintendo fan. But if they think I'm
going to pay 250 or over for a handheld
they are smoking miyamotos garden mushrooms.
I'm sorry. But 230 is tops I'll pay for a handheld.
200 or below is more reasonable.

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