The Nintendo 3DS will debut in Japan on February 26th, 2011 for approximately $299 USD
That’s a lot of money. It may be worth that price since it does feature 3D without glasses and a fair bit of horsepower compared to its predecessor and the competition, but that’s still a large sum of money.
North American prices haven’t been set in stone, so it’s possible that it could debut at a lower price point, but I’m doubtful of that. I’m thinking $289.99. Others are leaning towards the $249.99.
I like to set myself up for surprise and not disappointment.
There’s no set date for the North American launch either. All we know is that it’ll be as early as March 2011.
According to Siliconera, the Japanese package will include the following:
Nintendo 3DS hardware
- Nintendo 3DS charging stand
- AC adaptor for use with Nintendo 3DS
- Nintendo 3DS stylus
- 2GB SD memory card
- Six AR (augmented reality) cards for use with the 3DS’ camera
- Quick start guide
- Instruction book
That’s not much. Not even a game? C’mon.
Check out the rest of the FAQ over at Siliconera, it’s quite informative.
Nintendo also released a handful of promotional videos which provide insight on how the Nintendo 3Ds’ various functions work and how different Japan is compared to North America. All that wireless tag mod stuff? Yeah, that’s not happening in North America. At least not on public transportation.
Nintendo 3DS Concept Video
Now here’s something everyone can appreciate. A montage which includes Metal Gear Solid 3 re-release, Resident Evil: Mercenaries 3D, Super Street Fighter IV and other beloved titles on the Nintendo 3DS. All these home console style games makes me wonder if the Nintendo 3DS will get the same criticisms for not having a second analog/slide pad. Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence release used the second analog for camera control. We’ll never know until people get their hands on the games themselves.
Nintendo 3DS Software Montage
Will I get one?
Short answer: No.
Not yet. Not until the redesign and a price cut.
The current design isn’t offensive (in black), but it gives off this Nintendo DS Phat vibe. It’s a little too thick and doesn’t seem sleek like a Nintendo DS Lite or even a DSi. The price is a problem for me because I haven’t seen software that I haven’t seen (or expected) on a handheld before. Obviously the biggest selling point is “the 3D with no glasses”, but am is it really worth that amount of money on a handheld? At the moment: I don’t think so.