3DS Aussie midnight launch confirmed for Melbourne

Nintendo chose the EB Games Store in Swanson Street to host the official Australian launch of its latest console.

With just under a week to go until the launch of the Nintendo 3DS in Australia, Nintendo's local arm has announced that it has teamed up with EB Games to have the official Aussie launch of the console at the EB Games store on Swanson Street in Melbourne's CBD. Coincidentally that store is also Nintendo's lifestyle store, with a section of it dedicated to various Nintendo products.

Kicking off at 11 p.m. on Wednesday night, punters will be able to check out the 3DS before they buy it, get their Miis printed on special cards, and enter into the draw to win a console. Food and drink will also be on hand for those waiting to pick up their consoles at midnight.

If you are thinking about heading down, keep in mind that this will be a good opportunity to get a head start on StreetPass by trading Miis with other 3DS owners.

At this stage, it's unclear whether any other stores will be doing midnight openings for the console, with EB Games and GAME stores in Sydney not revealing their plans. GameSpot AU tried to get in contact with both retailers to find out their plans for nationwide midnight launches, but neither was available for comment at this time. If you haven't preordered yet, you might want to get in quick, with EB Games saying in a marketing e-mail that the retail giant is down to its last 1,000 consoles for its online store. Whether EB Games has more available for the brick-and-mortar stores remains unseen.

For more coverage on the Nintendo 3DS, be sure to check out our launch centre.

[UPDATE] EB Games has since gotten in contact with GameSpot AU and confirmed that one store from each state will be hosting a midnight launch. The stores open at 10pm tonight and there will be basic food and drinks on-hand for eager punters who are waiting around to pick up their consoles. Before heading out, be sure to call the store you intend on buying it from to confirm the details.

To find out what store in your state will be open at midnight, check out the list below:

State - Store:
Victoria - Swanson Street
New South Wales - Macarthur Square
Queensland - Indooroopilly
South Australia - Marion
Australian Capital Territory - Canberra Civic

In Western Australia the Midland store will be opening early at 8am tomorrow for breakfast, instead of opening at midnight.

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9 comments
R_evolution_Jay
R_evolution_Jay

@sonic0491 That cost depends how you acquire your games now doesn't it. And doesn't matter, I found a local seller selling them new for $199! :]

sonic0491
sonic0491

@R_evolution_Jay You know, I thought of importing too. I looked it up on Amazon (what I found to be the cheapest that ships to AUS) . $250 for the handheld, but then about $20-$30 for postage too. For another $20-$30 you can pick one up from JB HI-FI plus you get a pack with screen protectors. If you import your also cutting out Nintendo Store use and you will have to import EVERY SINGLE game you want to play on it, while also paying AND waiting a week or two on postage, it again, doesn't cost much more, about $10 a game. Your choice, but I've done my research, its not worth it, at least for this. I do import most other games from Oz Gameshop though because its saving at least half price than at our stores.

R_evolution_Jay
R_evolution_Jay

@iceyyyy Cool, I'll definitely look around for the lowest prices possible locally too, but if there are major bucks to be saved, then I'm importing, usually just have to wait till the launch fever wears off lol

iceyyyy
iceyyyy

@R_evolution_Jay as much as I love importing, I'm getting mine for $283 with Rabbid locally :)

R_evolution_Jay
R_evolution_Jay

@IcedSalmon It was called a GLOBAL financial crisis, yet australia is the only country that charges an arm and a leg, what do you think justifies that 100 dollar markup?

IcedSalmon
IcedSalmon

@R_evolution_Jay Retailers don't charge high prices because their evil, they do it because the economy is sh*t and they need money too, so importing from overseas just f*cks things up worse!

R_evolution_Jay
R_evolution_Jay

For $350 AU? NO THANKS!... going to import it for a huge discount of US $250, I advise everyone else to do the same till the retailers here in oz get a god damn hint... and when the aussie dollar is practically the same as US?... ridiculous unjustified greedy markup is all that is.