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3DS Launches in Europe on March 25th

Posted by James Newton

All the details inside!

At long last, Nintendo has announced the European release date for its new 3DS console.

The machine will launch on Friday March, 25th. NoE is yet to announce a final price for the UK and the rest of Europe, however most retailers are reporting £229.99 / EUR 249. It will be available in Aqua Blue and Cosmos Black.

The following games have all been confirmed, with Nintendo stating 25 titles will accompany the console between launch and the end of June:


  • Animal Crossing (Nintendo)
  • Kid Icarus Uprising (Nintendo)
  • Mario Kart 3DS (Nintendo)
  • nintendogs + cats (Nintendo)
  • PaperMario (Nintendo)
  • PilotWings Resort (Nintendo)
  • StarFox 64 3D (Nintendo)
  • Steel Diver (Nintendo)
  • Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (Nintendo)

Third Party Games:

  • Super Street Fighter® IV 3D Edition (Capcom)
  • Resident Evil®: The Mercenaries 3D (Capcom)
  • Madden NFL Football (EA)
  • The Sims™ 3 (EA)
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D (Konami)
  • LEGO® Star Wars® III: The Clone Wars™ (LucasArts)
  • Ridge Racer® 3D (Namco)
  • Dual Pen Sports™ (Namco)
  • Super Monkey Ball™ 3D (SEGA)
  • Thor™: God of Thunder (SEGA)
  • CRUSH™ 3D (SEGA)
  • BUST-A-MOVE™ UNIVERSE (Square Enix)
  • Samurai Warriors® Chronicles (Tecmo)
  • Dead or Alive® Dimensions (Tecmo)
  • Asphalt™ 3D (Ubisoft)
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon® Shadow Wars (Ubisoft)
  • Combat of Giants™: Dinosaurs 3D (Ubisoft)
  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell® 3D (Ubisoft)
  • Rayman® 3D (Ubisoft)
  • Rabbids® Travel in Time (Ubisoft)
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked (Atlus)

No firm software prices were given as it is up to individual retailers to decide how much to charge for the games and console, but expect software to come in at around the £34.99 / EUR 39,95 mark.

Here's what will come inside the box:

  • Nintendo 3DS system
  • Nintendo 3DS charging cradle
  • Nintendo 3DS AC adapter
  • Nintendo 3DS stylus
  • SD Memory Card (2GB)
  • 6 AR Card(s) (view the cards using the outer cameras to play supported AR games)
  • Quick-Start Guide
  • Operations Manual (including warranty)

Our reporter James Newton is in Amsterdam right now and will be bringing you more news and impressions later on today. Stay tuned to our 3DS live text for more information as it comes in.

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User Comments (48)



Golgo said:

ALL the details? Nope, no price announced. Which means: Eurozone must get ready for a price-shafting again.



Yasume said:

The presentation was pretty weak. Almost all of them couldn't speak proper English and they told us only stuff we already knew, aside from the launch date. We still don't know the price and we still don't know the launch games.



Aviator said:

Yeah, that presentation was pretty bad.

Hopefully Nintendo of AU will announce our price and release tomorrow.



Roo said:

What did that Nintendo bloke say about the price? Sounds like he was trying to avoid telling everyone it's going to set us back £500...'price decided by retailer' = poor show!

Happy with the March 25th launch date. Two months away isn't so bad, considering that Kirby's Epic Yarn and Black/White are out in the meantime. Curious to see what the launch games are though.



reshiram said:

I like the charging cradle very mach it is something i have never seen before!



Rensch said:

No price... But at least we get it two days earlier than the US.

And did you see Rayman 3D? That was Rayman 2! Again! I know this is a great game and all and the DS version stunk but come on!



Phobos said:

No bloomin' price! AND the stream was bloomin' terrible! What the bloomin' heck?!?



Nintendo-64 said:

Nintendo wont tell a price because they said that they told the retailers the price and the retailers are free to make a price by them self.



HolyMackerel said:

Yeah, the event on stage was pretty poor but I didn't mind. The Japanese producers and developers were totally confident and knew their stuff. Very professional and in the zone. Their translator on the other hand was sweating buckets. The French dudes were nervous as well. Very interesting, but also a little embarrassing.

And the price being unannounced isn't a surprise. Each country in the EU will have a different price so announcing one at the event will just make people jealous of one another.



PSICOffee said:

EWE!! What dreadful colors! Seriously we havent had an all-red portable nintendo system since the GB pocket and I want one! Its bad enough its not made for left-handers! Typical NOA stereotypes my demographic as all hardcore afraid of bright colors! black and blue. UGH EW EW. Where is yellow and lime green like the Gameboy Color or all the neat colors Europe got for the DSi!? huh?!

/Exaggeration aside, I'm serious about someday getting an all-red portable 3DS. The DSlite with a red shell was a disappointment. I guess this is all just more reasons to feel better to wait a few months after release when I have money. I expected the price and lack of launch titles.

btw, I've learned enough seeing the Wii's launch not to buy into the immediate hype of owning one of these. By waiting a year at least it will be cheaper and more colors available. For most of us, we only get one chance to get the system so we have to pick that color carefully. Its a shame all the cool colors happen far later (mario anniversary dsi). A red and black wii would be cool, but I'm fine with owning my first all-white vidyagame system.



Terra said:

So that's HMV at £229, Games Basement at £159.99 and right now, everywhere else such as Game, Amazon, Gamestation, Zavvi, Play etc... don't have anything in terms of price



GEOFF said:

The USA gets a price and we don't, guess why boys & girls?
Nintendo never sell their consoles at a loss (hello sony & Msoft), weak £ and VAT 20%. Get ready to find out you can't afford the 3DS.



HolyMackerel said:

@PSICOffee All 3DSes will have a black lid. Apparently it's less intrusive to the top screen's 3D effect. Perhaps there will be some limited edition ones with different lid colours, but don't expect a totally red 3DS any time soon.

£229 is a ridiculous price btw.



PSICOffee said:

@HolyMackerel yeah I kinda figured that was the case. Oh well. At least it's a good reason for being black, rather than saying the DSlite is red when in actuality its all black with a red plastic plate glued on top. Still having most of the system red as shown in the famous stock photos we've seen a million times for months is better and I find that acceptable... except red isn't a launch color now so WTF Nintendo is it gonna be like those 6 colors of the wii we never saw? Hopefully not.



KDR_11k said:

I'm expecting 250€. That seems in line with how Nintendo prices things. More than that isn't happening considering it's 250$ in the US.



GEOFF said:

If it is £230 then N is changing its strategy. Maybe apple being mentioned as major competitors has something to do with it.



Raylax said:

Not paying £229. My laptop cost £229 and that's actually useful. 3DS is just a toy. I'll keep playing my DS until the price comes down, if ever.




Yet again the European gamers get shafted. Again and again and again. $250 is no where near £229 ffs. Its well below £200, like it should. Even WITH 20% VAT and weak pound (lame excuse my British retailers). Go tug on the gonads of Japanese and American gamers then Nintendo and leave us to be treated sh#tly. AGAIN.

What are the LAUNCH games too?!. I don't want an announcement of "before june".

Still at least the 3DS is nice



Victoria said:

I knew the price would be way over the top. I can't see myself buying one any time soon.



Doma said:

Wow, so it's gonna cost over £50 more than the Wii did at launch...
I definitely wont be buying EU then. Now I just need to weigh up the risks of importing a US system.



3DS said:

now that its over iv only got one word to say AHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!




No news from amazon yet. Or Tesco, Asda and Fingers crossed.

Mistake to put it over £200 as ppl don't like to spend above that on items like these. Hence one of the reasons for the poor PSP sales. I've been gathering intelligence from GAME and GAMESTATION management over the past week



FonistofCruxis said:

All those games are out before June? Awesome!!! I'ts good to see that atlus are bringing their SMT 3ds games to eu unlike their ds SMT games, especially since the 3ds is reigon locked. Also, my release date prediction was right.




Zavvi £218 , Play £220.

No use quoting HMV prices to be fair because they're small fry BECAUSE of their inflated prices (even on-line)




Token_Girl said:

I'll probably buy this around Kid Icarus's release, seeing as I should be able to sell my DSi to make up part of the $$$. Keep that in mind, DS owners.



SwerdMurd said:

Woohoo! Europeans get it first! You guys deserve it--you get shafted on release dates too often. I will gladly concede 2 days to you guys.



WolfRamHeart said:

I'm really happy for you folks in Europe getting the 3DS a few days before us Yanks. It works out really well considering that Nintendo Life is based in the UK so you guys can give us some early impressions of the 3DS and it's games.



RyuZebian said:

I pre-ordered it from Game e few minutes ago. As I've previously said, I have the money needed. And if it costs 250 €, I can afford a game as well! None of the titles have REALLY caught my attention yet, other than the RE games and Mario Kart. BUT, I'm really excited about the downloadable stuff! I'm expecting som great indie titles and a lot of retro goodness! I really want to play the original Pokémon games, since my first with the series was Ruby.




Used £32 of my reward points (all of them) to bring the price down to £187 at this website that I shop with often. That's really about the price the 3DS should be shouldn't it (about £190 even with weak pound and VAT issues)? Ah well. Pre-ordered in the end.

Also, 6-8 games on that list I want. What's the average price for a game btw?



CaptainH said:

£229?! if you convert americas $250 it amounts to £160. im importing. no wait its region locked. @%&? you nintendo.




Exactly, see the depth and power to which we've been shafted. Its like an Spirit Tracks locomotive has been through it. The pain.



cheapogamer4life said:

That's just not right...

I'll be will to trade in my DSi to GS if they'll give me 100(maybe 75) bucks for it on a special trade-in offer. Other then that or them giving away a free game I don't see myself buy this anytime soon.



Yasume said:

Are all those games really coming before the end of June? That's really hard to believe.



motang said:

Pretty bad of Nintendo for not putting a price on.the 3DS in Europe region.



potomas said:

£220 at amazon.its worth noting when ordering the bill breaks down vat and 3ds.£180 for 3ds £40 for vat



Pod said:

More expensive at launch than the Wii? ... Well, I guess they know what they doing.



LuWiiGi said:

Presentation was crap but at last we got the important details. But I'm really annoyed that we have to pay way more than the USA. It's ridiculous! Oh well. @Swerd_Murd Thanks!



PSICOffee said:

Another one of my jokes "mysteriously disappeared." Seriously? Whatever. You guys should be happy about getting the system earlier.

I'm glad there is a confirmation as to the games that will be released within the first three months of the consoles released existence. Asphalt Urban GT and Ridge Racer DS were the launch titles for the original DS so its nostalgically ironic to see that here. All the Nintendo releases are instant buys as usual.

But jeez Ubisoft, 6 titles? What an overload of shovelware! in the old days the big N wouldn't allow a company to release more than 5 games a year for a reason (to avoid market oversaturation with crap). Hopefully Rayman 3D will be good.



bestbuck said:

I'd say nintendo aren't sure, they got the price of the wii spot on but believe me 250euro is not the right price and if it does hit the market at that price it will have a price cut after 6 months. 150 euro is the right price and they know it.

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