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Topic: Cost/Date: is it something to worry about?

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Link-Hero

41. Posted:

Price: $200 or more. - The DSi XL sold for about $180 at launch, and it was just a larger version of the DSi. It has been proven to be just about as powerful as the Gamecube/Wii just by the screenshots for games like Kid Icarus, and other stuff like the 3D I'm sure will not be that cheap since it's somewhat recent technology. Besides that, I don’t know what else could make the 3DS priced at around $200 or more, but the Gamecube/Wii hardware and the 3D will most likely be the main reason for it.

Release Date: Late 2010 or early 2011. - Nintendo said that the current 3DS is not the final design and since Nintendo is about trying to cater to as much people as possible, they will probably wait until the sales of the DSi brand slows down and/or the price for the technology required for the 3DS goes down.

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I'm gonna say around $200.00
I don't think its going to be as pricey as the Wii was, but it will be a ton of money. I want to say it will be released around the same time Japan is getting it. I think we will get it same time as Japan because, we got SMG2 and NSMBW before Japan, and they gave us a preview of the 3DS in America!

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43. Posted:

It will be worth whatever the price is.

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jangonov

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With the price of the PSP go, and the price of the DSi XL, I am going to peg my guess at $249.99. More than an XL, but it does more, and the same as their main competitor. As for release? I honestly have no clue. I am going to be hopeful and put an educated guess at November. Honestly, I could be wrong on that.

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Release is around march 2011. Before the end of the fiscal year. Or so I'm told.

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MetalMario

46. Posted:

$200 for the system probably.

Now for games, how much would THEY cost?

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jangonov

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considering the amount of content in them (2GB max) and the fact that there is 3D I am going to say $40 standard. No higher than $45 for any title.

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V8+Ninja wrote:

From what we can tell, the system looks pretty much complete from the E3 build. And since Nintendo is letting E3 attenders play it out in the open and not behind curtains, I'd say it's a good bet to say that it's coming out in the end of this year or the extremely early beginning of 2011. Also, it seems that Nintendo doesn't have any Christmas releases since Zelda was pushed back to 2011, which would make the 3DS a prime candidate for Nintendo's heavy hitter of the shopping season. As for the price, I would prefer spending $200 on the thing, but I wouldn't be surprised if it cost up to $250 since it's new tech.

You forget that Donkey Kong Country Returns is their Holiday game for Wii, and probably Golden Sun Dark Dawn for the DS. I wouldn't be surprised if they announced it for a Spring release date, like in March or April, but when will Skyward Sword be released? I hope in like February or March honestly.

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MetalMario

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I just want this thing ASAP, so I can play Kid Icarus: Uprising.

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Roopa132

50. Posted:

Link-Hero wrote:

I'm sure will not be that cheap since it's somewhat recent technology.

Stereoscopy was invented in 1838. Not really that recent.
I mean the 3DS just has tilted pixels and projects 2 different images onto them, that's not really that impressive technology-wise so I think the 3D isn't the expensive part. Even the little 3D picture cards that sometimes come with the cornflakes can do that.
I still think it's gonna be around $200.

And besides the PSP had almost the graphics the 3DS has now 6 years ago and it still only costed $250 but just because it was only available as Value Pack with a whole bunch of accessories.
So I don't think there's any reason why the 3DS could/should cost more than $200.

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51. Posted:

Dream: It will cost $199.99 and is released in august.
Reality: It will cost $249.99 and be released in december

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Klapaucius

52. Posted:

Its a brand. You can't expect them to lose the DS brand when its so popular and so widely recognised.

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Natie31

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Nintendo’s new 3D portable system has made a pretty big splash at E3. Most of the press coming from the showfloor has remained pretty positive about the 3DS and its capabilities. Having handled the new system, a few analysts have taken to guessing a possible suggested retail price and release date for the console.

Colin Sebastian, analyst for Lazard Capital Markets believes the 3DS will launch somewhere around $249 to $299 retail. “Nintendo’s 3D-enabled handheld device (3DS) was the largest draw at E3, and we believe it will be successful at extending the company’s leadership position in the portable market. Importantly, the 3DS does not require glasses or a 3D TV to enjoy a 3D experience, which we believe will resonate well with consumers. We expect a late 2010 launch of the 3DS in Japan, followed by March 2011 in North America, with a price point in the $249-$299 range,” he said.

David Cole of DFC Intelligence spoke to IndustryGamers and confirmed his belief in the $249 price point. "The 3DS exceeded expectations on most levels for me. Prior to the show I would have said it had to be under $200. Now $250 seems reasonable for what it offers."

Finally, Todd Greenwald of Signal Hill Capital cautioned Nintendo to be wary of growing competition from Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch.

“Those that have held it are mostly blown away with the 3D features,” he said. “I think $250 would be too high. We saw how well the PSPgo did at $249, right? Also, needs to be priced closer to iPhone or iPod Touch, in my opinion. Think it comes out at $199. And probably launches in spring 2011, likely in March -)To me the PSPgo was a bad idea to start with cause it didnt do much. If people could pay big bicks for a iPod Touch after buyin different iPhone the price on a 3DS is not a big deal bein you are gettin more then all put together. Dont think nintendo would do a such thing but it is what it is, people will still buy it because the 3DS is the next big thing.

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kevohki

54. Posted:

Price: $299

Nintendo can charge whatever they want due to Sony not announcing a PSP successor and Apple's products not offering 3D or a full-fledged gaming experience (yet). They have no competition at the starting gate with the 3DS and it's features. There's no chance of it going to be under $200, that's for sure.

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Natie31

55. Posted:

kevohki wrote:

Price: $299

Nintendo can charge whatever they want due to Sony not announcing a PSP successor and Apple's products not offering 3D or a full-fledged gaming experience (yet). They have no competition at the starting gate with the 3DS and it's features. There's no chance of it going to be under $200, that's for sure.

Your right and people still will buy it if they want it that bad.

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Natie31 wrote:

kevohki wrote:

Price: $299

Nintendo can charge whatever they want due to Sony not announcing a PSP successor and Apple's products not offering 3D or a full-fledged gaming experience (yet). They have no competition at the starting gate with the 3DS and it's features. There's no chance of it going to be under $200, that's for sure.

Your right and people still will buy it if they want it that bad.

Uh, no. No way am I dishing out 300 smackers for a handheld. It looks like a blast but my wallet is only so thick.

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Natie31

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pixelman wrote:

Natie31 wrote:

kevohki wrote:

Price: $299

Nintendo can charge whatever they want due to Sony not announcing a PSP successor and Apple's products not offering 3D or a full-fledged gaming experience (yet). They have no competition at the starting gate with the 3DS and it's features. There's no chance of it going to be under $200, that's for sure.

Your right and people still will buy it if they want it that bad.

Uh, no. No way am I dishing out 300 smackers for a handheld. It looks like a blast but my wallet is only so thick.

lol im not sayin $300 dont think nintendo would go that far only sony would do that just sayin it why it why not be no more then $250 or less, ur right $300 is to much for me to.

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warioswoods

58. Posted:

I imagine they can't announce the price because they're still in the process of brokering deals with suppliers. One thing in their favor is the sheer volume of sales one can expect; you can really twist some arms for lower cost parts when you have a near guarantee of producing many millions of units.

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59. Posted:

Maybe Gamestop will allow you to trade your DSi in for the 3DS, plus some extra moolah, most likely.

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jangonov

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If it comes in November, there will be brawls of single parents, Otaku, Casual Gamers, grandma's buying for christmas, and....OMG...Nintendo is making a real life smash brothers with the release of this system. I am going to be the Otaku with the final smash of "eye gouge" since if they only have one eye, they can't see the 3D and I can go ahead in the line/mob.

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