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3DS confirmed for March 31 Aussie launch at AU$349

Tuesday, 8th February 2011 08:41 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Nintendo’s just confirmed a March 31 release for 3DS in Australia at a launch price of AU$349, following announcements of US and European launch details last month.

3DS

Launching February 26 in Japan, March 25 in Europe, March 27 in the US and March 31 in Australia.

Priced $250 in the US, roughly £210 in the UK and AU$349 in Australia.

Over 30 games releasing between launch and E3.

Q&A – 3DS

Assembled media and guests were visibly shocked by the console’s suggested pricing, which includes a significant disparity with other territories despite currency equalities.

The console’s much-praised Street Pass data exchange service was given a vague launch window of late 2011 to early 2012.

Nintendo confirmed at events in Amsterdam and New York last month that 3DS will launch in Europe on March 25 and in the US for March 27.

It’ll launch in the US at a price point of $249. In Europe, Nintendo have left it up to retailers to decide a price, although prices are currently within the region of £209-£229.

Read a recent chat from the Amsterdam event with Capcom’s Yoshinori Ono and Super Street Fighter IV here.

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  1. Blerk

    That’s kind of cheap for Australia. Usually they get totally fleeced!

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Crysis

    @1, Indeed, let’s also remember that the USD & AUD are also neck & neck at the moment too, so $350 USD, $150 more than the original DS, With a price like that, Sony actually may stand a chance of ‘winning’ the next portable generation, the only people i could imagine picking up the 3DS at that price are the Nintendo faithful(fanatics) & the tech whores(early adopters) simply because it’s glasses free 3D, but the winner is always determined by who can sway the casual gamers, price & marketing are the 2 largest factors.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Blerk

    I’m not falling for that one again. Last time around I “couldn’t see any reason why people would pick up a DS over a PSP” and we all know how that turned out! I’m betting on Nintendo this time. :-D

    #3 3 years ago
  4. JonFE

    How does the “related posts” list work? On this article it lists 3 launch dates -one of which is last year’s God of War 3- and all they have in common is a March date.

    The “related posts” in this case should have more to do with the 3DS and not March launch dates in general, shouldn’t it?

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Crysis

    @3, I’m not necessarily saying that the 3DS is overall better or worst (ignoring my own personal opinion here), I’m just saying that Nintendo has made a rare decision to price them self outside of the casual market & Sony very well has the chance to capitalize on that, but it seems that Sony is staying loyal to the hardcore tech junkies by what they’re offering, no way could they price it @ the same (or lower) price than the 3DS, it’s more powerful than a netbook that costs the same as the 3DS, but Sony have mentioned they will sell it a loss (a la the PS3), main source of income for Sony Computer Entertainment has always been through the software anyways, sell more hardware (even at a loss), you’ll have a larger install base to sell more software to.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Crysis

    @4, you’re right, should be done by the 3 most recent articles including one (or more) of the same tag/s.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Callum

    Hmm. Every single one of Nintendo’s consoles released under $199 in the past.
    The Wii was the first console to buck the trend and go in at $250. It took nearly 3 years for it to drop down to $199.

    Perhaps they have decided the ‘casual’ market has a lot more money than it used to. Perhaps they are right.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Crysis

    I noticed that the 360(arcade) was normally cheaper than the Wii here(until MS introduced the S model).

    #8 3 years ago
  9. back_up

    nobody cares about 3ds it’s a failure

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Len

    Hehe…you make me laff.

    Best tell all those devs lined up working for it or they might have a terrible shock! ;)

    #10 3 years ago
  11. OlderGamer

    I don’t care 350usd/aud is a hella lot of cash.

    I am sure it won’t fail or flop, but I wonder how well it will sell after the first week. Because thats when the real demographic is going to buy it, post launch. All of those early adapters won’t mean too much three years from now.

    My advice Nintendo is drop the price fast.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. daytripper

    @10 look you, its a failure ok? not even worth releasing it, so we’ll all have to deal with that fact!!!

    ;-)

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Len

    @12 Lol…exactly.

    @11 Agreed it’s overpriced but it’s not stopped them before. We’ll see…

    #13 3 years ago