3DS coming Down Under March 31 for A$349.95

Nintendo's Aussie arm announces details for its new handheld at an exclusive Sydney event. Device to launch Down Under March 31, 2011, for $349.95.

Last month Nintendo hosted events in Europe and America simultaneously, detailing the launch of the Nintendo 3DS in those regions. While Australia usually aligns with PAL markets, details on the Australian launch of the device were noticeably absent from the briefings.

That all changed tonight at the official unveiling of the Nintendo 3DS. Being released on March 31, Nintendo's stereoscopic handheld console will be available for A$349.95 and will be released alongside several launch titles. Games that will be available on day one include Nintendogs + Cats, Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition, Ridge Racer, and more. For the full list of launch titles, check out our Nintendo 3DS launch centre.

When it launches on March 31, 2011, the Nintendo 3DS will be available in two different colour variations: Aqua Blue and Cosmic Black.

In Nintendo's home country of Japan, the Nintendo 3DS retails for ¥25,000 ($299), while it will sell for $250 in the United States and £229 in the UK.

For more information on the Aussie launch of the Nintendo 3DS, be sure to check out this week's episode of Crosshairs.

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AceBalls
AceBalls

Too expensive. I'd pay $250 max. And I'd have to be in a good mood to do it.

SolemnJedi79
SolemnJedi79

Since I get MOST of my games at online stores from overseas as it is, it's no biggie for me, just have to get an NTSC 3DS to play them on. Also what are Nintendo going to do about travel? One of the reasons the DS was region free was because people take their portables overseas with them. I was willing to pay $299 for it here, but the $349 is insane, my PS3 cost me that, I can get a 360 or wii for less. The battery life is bad, the launch lineup is unappealing..

superbuuman
superbuuman

@dethroned3 - That's the price I'd expect IF our currency is weaker ...but its not, I understand currency exchange isn't everything..but not at $100 more...$50 more I'd understand still piss but understand. If I decide to buy it, I will be importing one. :P

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

That's why it is region locked. So we can pay $100 more for it..

Payback7
Payback7

@SolemnJedi79 - couldn't agree more, I for one will be importing my 3DS. And yes what would the deal be with the power adaptor? gonna have to look into that :P

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Payback7

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dethroned3
dethroned3

@superbuuman u can't just use the current exchange currency and say that it costs $100 more. what if the $usd was three times the value of the $aud? the 3ds, like most other products, is priced according the the general cost of living and purchasing power of the australian dollar in australia.

zaprct
zaprct

With the dollar pretty much at parity, I would've expected maybe a $50 increase as per the usual price-gauging we experience here...but $100? Anyway, I'll still buy one since I like to collect gaming devices and it's not like you buy one every day.

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

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SIDEFX1

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sirbargearse
sirbargearse

Apparently the 3DS WILL be region locked in a departure from their usual policy of keeping it free on the handheld platform. LIKE if this sux... (if that makes sense!) =/

hotfiree
hotfiree

Probably costs them $100 to make haha.

unseen_hero
unseen_hero

Why is everyone so surprised? Most retailers who have been taking pre-orders said it would be around $350. Everyone complains now but everyone will buy one. My problem is that I've already paid $80 for SSFIV, I don't really want to do it again.

supdotcom
supdotcom

I got my ps3 120gb for 350 bucks.

gameking5000
gameking5000

I'm not sure that you can buy a 3DS from overseas from region locking. The price for the 3DS is not surprising to me. The USD to AUD is basically equal but Australia has a higher inflation rate than America. For those who don't know Inflation = Higher prices for generally everything

superbuuman
superbuuman

Anyone working in Gamespot wants to find out why we are getting screwed over pricing...Im mean its $100 more eventho our currency exchange is equal or better...even with smaller market no way it'd be $100 more?

mike_on_mic
mike_on_mic

It seems that because Australia is often see at the arse end of the world we are also often treated as such. Considering the value of the AU$ to the US$ at the moment why are we paying more for it, and not just a small Uamount, Au$100 more.

xTheMuffinManx
xTheMuffinManx

$100 bucks more here god i hate Australia sometimes

SolemnJedi79
SolemnJedi79

Taxing for online purchasing? will the oppression never end? I sincerely hope that it doesn't go ahead, they have to realize that no one wants to get screwed. Nintendo once stated that high prices here was due to a much smaller market than the USA/Japan. Also, if I get a 3DS from the US, will I have any issues with the onjline store or the power adapter?

Angel_Belial
Angel_Belial

As of this post: 250.00 USD = 246.580 AUD Meaning, we're getting ripped off $100. There is no way I can support this price. I'll be buying it from overseas...and the funny thing is, now that Australians are rebelling against the high prices here and buying online, the government are saying they'd like to tax us for our online purchases. Swindlers.

benboz
benboz

Nah, I'm saving up for the NGP first.

qubeley
qubeley

That's exactly what I will do. I won't pay $100 more than the US counterpart especially now the currencies are in parity. Just a blatant rip off for Australian gamers. I'm with you SolemnJedi79

SolemnJedi79
SolemnJedi79

I shall be importing the US version. I mean really, $350? when the wii is at least a hundred bucks cheaper here now. Not to mention there's rarely a time when we get games before the US, so I may as well import the 3DS and all the games from the US. Everyone here should do the same, that's the only way to let Nintendo know how badly they've screwed us.

superbuuman
superbuuman

Ridiculous price considering the currency exchange now..BS Nintendo!!! Look like I'll be importing from US, what's the bet we also pay more for the 3DS games compare to US, UK & Jpn. Nintendo Australia..as I said it before & I'll say it again, you're useless!!!.

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

Ouch.....wow, that's just...wow. I mean, to say you guys & gals in AU are getting screwed is being (OVERLY) polite. There's no excuse that a handheld (that's not even the PSP2, mind you) should be costing that much for you all when I guessing regular consoles (i.e. PS3s & 360s) cost around the same. I feel for you all, sincerely. That most certainly puts into perspective the firmer push for the region locks when you see price like that. :|

Ragnarok-64
Ragnarok-64

All I want to know is if it's Region Locked >.

smoke_dog_4ever
smoke_dog_4ever

Wow you get a 360 or PS3 for that price. Is it really worth it paying that kind of price just to play small cartridge games with graphics not that advanced past the original Gameboy when you can pay the same and get so much more out of a full on console? Considering our economy and much more expensive technology is becoming each year, if this is an indication of how expensive the future of gaming is, I'm pretty sure we'll be due for another minimum wage price hike before long.

Wrathesoul
Wrathesoul

WOW what a way to milk Australia for their money 100 dollars more then the USA version and the Australian dollar is the same if not better then the US dollar.. Also the battery life on the 3DS is a total joke no way this is a system you could take on trips etc without a car adapter (more money to nintendo) Looks to me like Nintendo are more greedy then first thought not good business practices IMO.

Sagacious_Tien
Sagacious_Tien

About what I expected, though I was hoping for $300. Still, if a retailer bundles it with a title, I'll probably end up getting it.

justletmesignup
justletmesignup

pricing a bit high? tell people not to buy it... that is the ONLY way companies will lower prices - but alas, people will buy this in droves, so nintendo can keep charging what ever they want.

jimmy1398
jimmy1398

Greasemonkey, where are you able to get a 3DS in the UK cheaper than this? I've been looking around and the cheapest I can find it is £220 which is almost exactly A$350.

CamoBullo
CamoBullo

Any handheld that costs more than a console is a crime. It's not stopping me from purchasing it, mind.

tko6070
tko6070

oh no what can i do, only if there was some sort of internets where you can buy things and get if shipped to your door from overseas?!

Sigh_han
Sigh_han

$349.95?! Why the hell do we always have to pay so much more. This is ridiculous. I guess i should expect the NGP to cost $499.95 then.

masterds64
masterds64

Prehaps it's because of the battery laws... I tried to send a psp with it's battery over seas, after being told by AUS post that it was illegal, private shipping companies with specialised methods offered to do it...for $100. DAMN YOU AUSTRALIA POST DX

greasemonkey42
greasemonkey42

This is $100 more than it should be. Are Nintendo headquarters in a cave? Don't give me that 'distrubution costs are much more expensive in Australia' junk, and even if costs were more, it wouldn't nearly equate to $100. I can import a 3DS from the UK direct to my house for miles cheaper than this.

quirky_clayboy
quirky_clayboy

Despite the AUD being worth more than the USD, Australia has to pay an extra $100? Ridiculous.