3DS could cost more than $250 - Analyst

Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter says Nintendo can sell "millions" at projected mark; software price average to climb as well.

Nintendo's glasses-free three-dimensional portable, the 3DS, walked away with the Best of Show accolade following the 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo. In fact, anticipation for the handheld is so pronounced that industry analyst Michael Pachter thinks Nintendo can charge more than it ever has before for a piece of hardware and remain financially viable.

Nintendo raising the stakes with its new system?

According to the Wedbush analyst, the 3DS and its games are "revolutionary" enough to warrant elevated price tags at retail.

"We view the 3DS as a revolutionary device, and expect its launch to spur hardware and software sales," Pachter told video game Web site ComputerAndVideoGames. "Due to the unique 3DS experience previewed by Nintendo at E3 this year, we believe Nintendo will be able to sell millions of units even at a price of upwards of $250."

In addition to the system, Pachter believes the system's software lineup will increase average software prices over its predecessor.

"From a software perspective, we believe Nintendo will be able to increase DS software prices, from a blended average of around $25 today to over $29 next year," he added.

The 3DS is currently scheduled to be released in early 2011. If the 3DS launches at $250, it will debut at $100 more than the original DS did in 2004.

Written By

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

Discussion

607 comments
LinkLuigi
LinkLuigi

Meh, only people with actual jobs and have real lives worry about the price, and that fits me to a tee. I don't have the money to say "I'll pay whatever they decide to charge". Quite simply, that sounds insane. I can wait for the price to drop a tad, if they decide to charge this much.

Maxx_the_Slash
Maxx_the_Slash

With my launch DS on it's last legs and me never upgrading to a Lite, DSi or DSi XL, I was willing to pay any price around $300 for the 3DS. But if it's $250, that's even better.

Slyster1181
Slyster1181

Not a good price point.. I really dont think any handheld is worth more than $100-150.

mortal1012002
mortal1012002

Still beats the price of what PS3's were charged for upon release. Besides there are plenty of games on this system I am interested in, like the new Animal Crossing and Paper Mario games, and no doubt there will be a new Dragon Quest, and I'm always up for that. In other words. I'm buying this handheld device, no matter the price.

Lawsow
Lawsow

maybe it will come out on black friday, that would be devious. But it could be when thier launch titles are finished.

LgacyX6
LgacyX6

It's like getting a Nintendo Wii at that amount. I'm gonna wait till either the price decreases or if there is any game that interests me for the handheld of course.

narutomoon
narutomoon

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hansumguy
hansumguy

if they stick with around a 200$ pricing they will sell a LOT more than they would at 250$ thus on the long run it would be more profitable for nintendo+ currently the dsi xl costs 170-180$ at amazon.com but at amazon.co.uk its 160 pounds around 240$ and nintendo said its going to have a sub 200 pound pricing so i think it will be definitely less than 250$

Pipluplikeslink
Pipluplikeslink

Does Nintendo know that the United States and Japan's economy sucks right now!! 250$ I will wait for a price drop.....

Adidam
Adidam

@iilsSueZ You're right!! :-)

chimpmeister
chimpmeister

@Da_Bee Whether you like it or not, it will be a fake 3D effect, once again provided by another Nintendo gimmick. While I'm sure hordes of Nintendo sheeple and idiot casual gamers will buy this, just as they have all the other ridiculous DS consoles, that doesn't change the fact that this is just one more cheesy design by Nintendo, masters at pushing useless gimmicks on their willing victims. I can't wait until this company finally fails and folds, it won't be soon enough. RIP Nintendo, soon we hope!

Adidam
Adidam

Only people who don't have a lot of money complain about the price!! :-)

Felkin_
Felkin_

Hokay, so adjust from Yank money to good ol' British pounds... add VAT... add the usual "It's Europe, lets double the price" mentality of US and Japanese firms, and... uh-oh. *gulp* Uh, are the banks lending money again? Because I think I'm gonna need to take out a loan... :(

bal15r24
bal15r24

Input/Output: A port that accepts both Nintendo 3DS game cards and game cards for the Nintendo DS™ family of systems That tells alot (source: http://e3.nintendo.com/3ds/ )

Da_Bee
Da_Bee

@chimpmeister: Who the hell keeps calling this fake 3D?? Fake 3D is where you put on glasses and no matter how far you move your head you are still given the same perspective rendered by the camera control in the game. Real 3D is where no matter where you move your head, the perspective changes with your eyesight. As such the Nintendo 3DS offers infinitely more "real" 3D compared with your 3D tv.

Coolyfett
Coolyfett

Coolyfett really hopes that Sony does not play into the 3D gimic! The PSP 4G just needs great HD visuals and many great games like the current PSP has. The PSP is the most amazing handheld ever created. Being that Coolyfett is such an awesome and unstoppable gamer, thats most likely the reason he chooses the PSP over the rest.

anthonycg
anthonycg

3d is nice and all but certainly not $250 nice... You can buy 3d monitors for your freakin pc for only a bit more if you're into that. But mostly I'm not going to pay more for my handheld than I would pay for an entire console. Just doesn't seem right y'know...

gohtingqi1997
gohtingqi1997

time to have a good laugh at people with 3 d goggles when they are on the bus!

maitkarro
maitkarro

@chimpmeister dude a slight upgrade from ds, I just lol at you it should be as powerful or more than a psp, especially if it's going to release Super Street Figher IV on it. It has almost the same graphics and just has more aliasing and a small resolution. Nevermind about SSFIV, if it can handle this Icarus game that well, then how can think it's only little superior to DS. DS couldn't get anything close to this 3DS power.

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

All I have to add is that Michael Pachter is supposedly making these statements, which means one of two things: 1. He's completely, hopelessly wrong, and this article is full of non-information and fail. 2. There is a credible, obvious source of this information elsewhere. In the apparent absence of any contrary information, I'm going to go ahead and trust my gut and say that Pachter is once again completely full of failure. I don't see Nintendo releasing this for $250.

PS3callofduty
PS3callofduty

I dont think Nintendo would price it that high. Just look at the PSP Go, and it didnt sell much.. Its not even being released near christmas, so it would be hard to sell.

Tullerman
Tullerman

what are some of you people saying? that 3ds is just a upgrade of ds, well it's not! Sure the name sucks and it tricks everyone and fool them to think that it's just another version but the hardware is almost or better then the PSP. I gonna buy one sense I don't have a DS and I want my Kingdom Hearts + it will be fun to see how good the 3d is

chimpmeister
chimpmeister

@Gipshaw: No, I do understand . . . they may be trying to sell the 3DS as a "sequel" to the DS, but in reality it it nothing more than a slightly upgraded DS. It still plays DS games, still has the dual screens (a useless feature), still has almost an identical layout to the DS. There's nothing new or amazing here, just the added gimmick that it can play fake "3D" games (besides regular DS games). I don't buy this as a sequel at all, its nothing more than one more in an endless line of ripoff revisions to the original ripoff hardware (remember the original DS had a crappy dim screen too, until tey released the "DS Lite" with the brighter screen?), and I have no doubt the diehard Nintendo sheeple and casual gamers (their main market now) will buy it it.

Gipshaw
Gipshaw

@chimpmeister You don't seem to understand. The 3DS is a SEQUEL to the DS, not a new revision.

chimpmeister
chimpmeister

*YAWN* Yet another version of the gimmicky Nintendo DS, which has had more revisions than any handheld ever. Another revision for sheeple and casual gamers to waste their money on. The design of the DS itself is ridiculous, with a 2nd useless screen, so I passed on all the versions (including the pixellated and ugly DSI XL) . . . and of course will pass on this new "3DS" gimmick as well. I can already foresee that this is going to be yet another waste of money, with few good "3D" games and nothing really exciting. Then there's the issue of, will this system cause headaches like the doomed Virtual Boy did. Amazing that Nintendo can revise systems year after year, rehash the same old junk, and still sell to its flock of lemmings. At least it looks like the gravy train may be ending for them, since their last financial results were pretty bad. What a shame . . . NOT!

onthe_dl
onthe_dl

i really hope it's not $250. And remember what the first ds looked like? I think I'll wait till the 3dsi XL comes out for atleast 80 bucks cheaper 3 years from now.

ASnogarD
ASnogarD

I wont bother with it , not for a few months after release and a few price drops... hell most likely pick up a 2nd hand one from those who rush to grab it. Why ? Simple, first it will not have much of a library of titles to play then theres the issue of the programmers learning the ropes on the hardware and finally the inevitable 'slim' or 'lite' version of the unit. Wait a bit, price drops and theres more titles to choose from and probably more worthwhile bundles to choose from, plus the likelyhood of some tech geek getting bored of the handheld and sellingit cheap. (I learnt my lesson from buying the DS at launch, only had Ridge Racer and the Metroid hunters demo...rest of the time it played only GBA titles, I flogged it and picked up a PS 2 instead... and bought the DS Lite later)

ceaseless
ceaseless

Never listen to Pachter. No one can stand this guy, not even the users on Gametrailers.com. He's the other side of the industry you don't want.

Adidam
Adidam

(3DS) three dee es, will be a success, could we ask for anything less? I won't second guess, the loneliness of success, being on top, staying on top, three dee es (3DS) will never be second best!!!!! peace................

Adidam
Adidam

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KillerWabbit23
KillerWabbit23

When was the last time this guy was right on the money? Anyone? Yeah. Thought so.

ashokmeena
ashokmeena

I hope the price is not that high.. but will buy it anyways.. hope it launches soon (will be my first DS)

fantasyfacade
fantasyfacade

I love my DS and I'd love to have the 3DS but for that price I think I would do without it. Rather have a few more games.

Gantua
Gantua

Buying it period. Don't care what the cost is.

e1shw
e1shw

I really don't care what the price will be, I will pay it. Plain and simple, this system will be epic and set major landmarks for the industry. Really IMO the handheld market needed a new push to move things along to the "next-gen" level. :)

HisuroKun
HisuroKun

"sell millions of units even at a price of upwards of $250." LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Stupid analyst is stupid. If there's one thing that Nintendo has always had over Sony and Microsoft, it's their lower system pricetags. Like AnelZukic said, Nintendo won't sell the system for a price that is lower then the production cost of a unit, and I highly, HIGHLY doubt it costs over $175 to make a 3DS system. Even though he makes a good point that with this new technology being pioneered, it can still sell a lot, but let's not forget why the PS3/PSX failed financially. The analyst can go die, I'd sooner wait for this year's TGS to get a good fix on the price.

02050muh
02050muh

i can get the best h**kr with that much...which is more satisfying

DrEvilKoala
DrEvilKoala

Analysts say analysts could be wrong.

geomyr
geomyr

gonna have to save more money to this one 3d is cool to play on a handled

Talk2Luke
Talk2Luke

I think where Nintendo falls down is their marketing for this product. The only announcements I've heard are on places like this and the layman would not have any reason to buy this product over the DSi.

Dan21278
Dan21278

When I saw the price I LOLED. I wouldn't pay more than 200(tax included) for a hand-held.

TdWp808
TdWp808

250$ is the analyst's estimate. i dont think nintendo has released a price for this yet, but i hope it is decent because ive been looking to get a DS.

diggyman
diggyman

I'm buying it. High price could hurt sales though.

lanmanna
lanmanna

DS Phat- 2004 DS Lite- 2006 DSi- 2009 DSiXL- 2010 New DS systems don't come out every year. Sony has actually released new PSP revisions quicker than Nintendo's DS.

rocano
rocano

*i do not think it will be movie quality

rocano
rocano

ppl do we even know how good the 3d is wat if its chessey or if it sux or the grafix are so bad that even good 3d looks bad i mean the 3ds is cool but its not magic i do think the 3d will be movie quality

drumma1
drumma1

I doubt I'll buy this the day its released. Knowing Nintendo and how they release mulitiple versions of the same thing, I'll just wait till they come out with a 3DSi.