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3DS Launching on 18 January

David Gilbert


3DS Launching on 18 January

While Nintendo is going to unveil its much anticipated glasses-free, 3D, portable gaming system in the Dutch capital next month, we Europeans won't be the only ones getting the goodness. Nintendo will be holding a simultaneous event in New York for our north American colleagues.

The 3DS was first announced in a somewhat bizarre (if typically Japanese) fashion last March. We then managed to get a look at, and were very impressed by, the 3DS at E3 last June. Since then all we’ve heard about it is that they are likely to be available in March 2011 in the UK. Today however Nintendo issued invites to its exclusive event on 19 January.

The event will likely see the price of the hand held device being announced, as well as an official launch date and the launch titles that will be available. The 3DS will ship in Japan on 26 February and will cost 25,000 Yen. This is currently around £190, but we’d expect it to cost closer to £250 when it arrives in Europe, in March 2011. The event will also of course give the invited media a chance to get some hands on time with the device for the first time.

So while Nintendo won’t be taking a booth at CES in Vegas next month, we will have just recovered from all the Vegas-style excitement when Nintendo hits us with 3D goodness. Bring it on we say.


December 22, 2010, 2:08 pm

I know this is going to sell millions of units and be extremely popular but... I don't get it. 3D gaming is a nice bonus but I can't quite see what gaming innovations it's going to bring to the party over the existing DS. And after a couple of decades playing games I'm finding very little trully new to whet the appetite. Think I'll stick with my iDevices for the time being, very cheap games, vast variety of titles and there's a serious library of high quality in-depth titles building up as well.


December 22, 2010, 3:24 pm

I still think that £250 is ridiculous. Even £190 is pushing it for a handheld. And we know that this isn't even going to be close to cutting edge tech.

Nintendo are the masters of taking cheap hardware and selling it for an affordable price. It's great for them that they don't subsidise their consoles but I'm not willing to pay over the odds for basic hardware and also get fleeced for games.

I'm surprised by how much I've grown to dislike Nintendo after over 20 years of buying every console and portable they've made, some multiple times. I guess I'm just not their target market any more.

Rant over!


December 22, 2010, 4:34 pm

@Rav - you can't really have a go at a business for running things perfectly! It's a simple case of supply and demand. Nintendo would be committing financial suicide if they reduced the prices of their machines just to suit a few folk. If they sell at £250 then who can blame them! The DS was the best part of £200 when that first came out and look how that did.

But, I kind of get where you are coming from in terms of Nintendo going downhill in my eyes. I have been a fan of theirs for years owning all their home consoles until the Wii. I recently sold that as I probably played my SNES more often!

The Wii was probably the end of the road for me and Nintendo. It's great fun for about 5 minutes but quickly becomes only a party piece. With a 2 year old and another on the way meaning few party opportunities Id rather stick with Footy Manager or 10 minute gaming on my iPhone.


December 22, 2010, 5:10 pm


As I said, it's good for them that they can sell yesteryear's hardware at a profit and I'm sure there will be millions of buyers but to me it feels like robbery. Even with Apple hardware if the tech is a bit old at least it's dressed up all shiny.

IFIRC I bought the original DS on release for roughly £130 with SM64DS which seemed reasonable to me at the time.

I'm not questioning their right to make a profit and they're entitled to charge whatever they like. I spend way too much money on gadgets but I like to feel that I'm getting good value. It's not like the DS will do anything beyond playing games either.

I'm really starting to enjoy iOS games and appreciate how reasonsbly priced they are. I'm not saying they're as good as the better DS/PSP games but for fun per £ they're definitely up there.


December 22, 2010, 6:57 pm

The original DS launch price was £129.99 in the uk and &#8364189.99 in europe. Incorporating 3D tech which doesn't require glasses is great, not sure it can justify having the same rrp as a 360 and Kinect!! http://www.game.co.uk/Xbox3... ok you need a HDTV, but you can ge a 19" one for £150 http://www.richersounds.com...


December 22, 2010, 9:15 pm

Apologies - I forgot that I got my DS imported from the States a few months ahead of the UK release. Anyway, the point remains valid - and I'm sure plenty will find the outlay acceptable.

And in any case, at these prices Nintendo will have plenty of spare margin to release if demand isn't as expected. I reckon "bargains" will be out there fairly swiftly.


December 23, 2010, 10:06 am


I've also grown despondent with Nintendo's meagre offerings these last couple of years, but how is glasses-free 3D "yesteryear's hardware"?


December 28, 2010, 11:29 pm

I wonder if they'll mention anything about porting your DSiWare games over - I hope you don't need to have them both at the same time else it will make trade-ins difficult!

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