3DS pricing, date details promised in Sept. - Report

UPDATE: Nintendo has confirmed the announcement, but denied any release window confirmation.

Nintendo has confirmed to Bloomberg Japan that the 3DS is coming out in the island nation this quarter (see update below) and that pricing and an exact release date will be revealed on September 29. Nintendo had previously announced that the handheld would be out in America some time in 2011 after confirming at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo it would be out this fiscal year. No dates for other regions have been confirmed.

The 3DS on display at E3.

The Nintendo 3DS will allow games to be played with a 3D effect without the need for glasses and was debuted at this year's E3 in Los Angeles last month. The company also confirmed a wealth of first-party titles were in development for the handheld, as well as significant third-party support from the likes of Konami, Capcom, and Activision.

The 3DS is to be the fifth iteration of Nintendo's latest handheld. The original DS was released in 2004 in the USA and Japan, with a European release following in 2005. In 2006, the DS Lite was launched across the world, and in 2008, Nintendo launched the DSi. In 2009, this was followed up with the DSi LL (DSi XL outside of Japan), a larger version of the DSi. After years of runaway success, the handheld's fortunes seem to be slipping, with Nintendo blaming poor DS hardware and software sales for its recent quarterly loss.

Recently, Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter suggested that the 3DS could retail in the US for in excess of $250--$100 more than the original DS did on its US debut. He went on to say that he felt Nintendo could still sell "millions of units" at that price point as he branded the 3DS a "revolutionary device" that would spur hardware and software sales alike.

UPDATE: Since this story was published, Nintendo has confirmed that it will be revealing date and price information for the 3DS on September 29. However, the Mario Factory has said it is has not confirmed that the 3DS will be out this quarter. The headline of this story initially stated that the 3DS was due out in October, according to the Bloomberg report. GameSpot regrets the error.

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Mav91890
Mav91890

I can't wait to get the nintendo 3ds just so I can play Zelda Ocarina of Time again! I cannot tell you how anxious i was for this new system after i read up on Nintendo 3DS News - http://nintendo3dsnewsnow.blogspot.com/ here at Gamespot and IGN. Thanks for posting this awesome article.

Tylendal
Tylendal

School tuition, rent, whatever. 3DS will be a guaranteed first day purchase.

Pickleking23
Pickleking23

Looking forward to this more than anything. Hopefully by spring I can get my hands on it.

residentman36
residentman36

god I hope that Final Fantasy game is a Final Fantasy VII Game PLZ FFVII 3D HELL YEA !

MuffinMan1014
MuffinMan1014

people believe that it is going to come sometime this november or december

noah10
noah10

But it kind of sucks because I was going 2 get a dsi because I havent had a handheld system in a while every since I lost my psp,and now Im gunna have 2 wait till next year 2 get a handheld system.Im also glad that there going 2 have some hardcore games like resident evil,and metal gear solid.

noah10
noah10

Man this version of the ds looks bad-ass.3-d,better graphics,a joystick,and it can play movies.Awsome lol

Arcadia_Roxas
Arcadia_Roxas

My only gripes are how the top half kind of sticks out when closed and that the control pad may be awkward to use.

Momo-momo
Momo-momo

To me, this is a must have! I'd be happy around 200 for it, but hey after Sept 29 I'll be looking for the first place that does pre-orders :D

Czech895
Czech895

@spottedfire22 Whatever nintendo prices the 3DS at, that is the price it will stay The ds lite is still 130

Spottedfire2
Spottedfire2

I personally will laugh if I walk through a store and see the 3DS for 250. I will also not even look at it until the pricing goes down. For a game system that'll get a new version in a year or two, seen with the last four versions of the DS, 250 is high. Hell, I may even wait for one of those new systems to come out before buying, depending on how many complaints there are compared to the compliments. Also, I'm not getting the system as soon as they shoot it, I want to see how many mechanical difficulties there will be, as this is practically a first of its kind system. I want it though, no matter what the hell I just said.

Distinctive_Fin
Distinctive_Fin

$250.00? I doubt Nintendo will be stupid enough to price it that high. That is the price of their home consoles to start, not their hand held systems.

shravanraja
shravanraja

awesome I cant wait for this to come out in Canada. But I'm probably gonna wait a while for the price to come down a bit before I buy it.

64-bit
64-bit

really pumped 4 the 3DS.

adriande2
adriande2

Meh, I say this is well worth the wait and the price.

kawizxr
kawizxr

Why didn't Nintendo just make a new handheld. I hate that they keep coming out with a new iteration every year. Granted, I think this is the first iteration I feel is worth upgrading to. It's almost like it was a new handheld, except Nintendo decided to keep the DS name and format to keep capitalizing on the DS market and continuing to create growth in it.

hellpolice
hellpolice

We still got to wait until 2011 for a release.

The_Dragon_Born
The_Dragon_Born

I will wait if its 250. I don't want to buy one and find out the 3DS lite is going to be released a few months later

Hellfury360
Hellfury360

Let the people be mislead about a so called " 'nother DS" :) Atleast I'll have a 3DS all for myself

meke186
meke186

@dontshackzmii i don't know if you knew the but the other screen usually only shows 1 thing a map, usually nothing else so i'm pretty sure it won't drain the gpu and secondly if you look at some off the screen shots, especially for MGS 3. I'd say the 3d version looks much better than ps2. And anyway what we've all been waiting for is a capacity as much as a gamecube so that we can finally play an authentic Zelda game and it's happening so the price could definitely be 250 but same i hope it's 200

meke186
meke186

CAn't wait for MGS 3

meke186
meke186

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lbptoady
lbptoady

Here is why I think the 3DS will be $180+... The Dsi XL is currently for sale at $180. The DSi was originally $180, so this must be atleast $180. I'm guessing $200-220

tframp420
tframp420

I'd like to see it at $200 of course... Even if it is $250 I'll most likely still end up getting it on day 1... Don't forget people, trade-ins, cya later DS Lite and PSP!

amaan4ever
amaan4ever

i'll definately get it on the launch if the price is between 150-200$.It'll be my first ever DS

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

Awesome. I bet 200 bucks.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

I bought my DS Lite back in 2006 so I would say that the 3DS offers the perfect upgrade almost 5 years later. Can't wait to start DS-ing again like I used to. Oh and price it for 150 quid at the most... including Kid Icarus.

amaan4ever
amaan4ever

if they dont release it this year in the US then ill just order it online from a japanese electronic site or might even consider going to Japan lol

amaan4ever
amaan4ever

If they dont want the same fate as Psp go then they will price it between 150 and 200$.

waZelda
waZelda

I doubt it would come at 250. I'm guessing 175. @dontshackzmii: If you count in the 3D effects, then the graphics will be better the way I see it.

dontshackzmii
dontshackzmii

250$ for a system that cant even do much better then ps2 in terms of graphics is to much. even more then 200$ is not a fair price. i worry that 3d and 2 screens will drain the gpu so we end up having really lame looking games.

ricardo-sene
ricardo-sene

A new HARDWARE doesn't mean, necessary, a new platform. The hardware of Xbox 360 S is different of normal Xbox 360. It has a new motherboard, it has a new 45 nm processor (the older has 90 nm processor), it has a new size and case, a new design... and it is an iteration of the older one....

berto64
berto64

250 bucks its sorta ok but i think it should be a bit lower

REVOLUTIONfreak
REVOLUTIONfreak

1. Whoever wrote this article really didn't pay attention in college. Incorrect information, and poor word choice. The 3DS is not the fifth iteration of the DS... it would be much better described as the fifth evolution. It's true that it is still a part of the DS brand, but like the progression to the Gameboy Advance, the 3DS is not the same thing as the DS. 2. I doubt Nintendo will release the 3DS at $250. $200 wouldn't shock me, but $250 would turn off a lot of parents looking to buy it for their children. Nintendo shouldn't forget that children are a large part of their demographics. 3. I don't think we'll see a release of the 3DS 'til March. They won't release it anywhere near Zelda, and I'm predicting a January release for that.

Evenios
Evenios

@sebFlyte: Perhaps but it should be made clear for people who do not yet understand that the 3DS is a entirely new system even IF it has the same formfactor and has "DS" in the name. Otherwise some people might falsely assume its just another DS model with "3D" effects. It is entirely new HARDWARE and should be pointed out as such. Such as this line here: "The 3DS is to be the fifth iteration of Nintendo's latest handheld" Which again is INCORRECT or if not incorrect then MISLEADING. It leads readers to assume this just is another model of the DS line. It is an entirely NEW system that happens to retain some form factor and play DS games too. You really need to get your information correct and write it in such a way to not confuse people who may not have all the facts already. As many people who may have several versions of the DS already may be lead to NOT buy the 3DS simply by being misinformed that the system is just a new ds model with 3d effects. Please write in a non-misleading way before posting articles thank you. I think had you actually seen the Nintendo 3DS in action at E3 or at the london showcase this week you would not so easily make that mistake.

Nintendo_Ownes7
Nintendo_Ownes7

Gamespot you are wrong the 3DS is the next generation of the DS. Which means it isn't the 5th iteration of the DS. The way that is worded makes it seem like the 3DS is just another DS. @ monson21502 They had a video of someone playing classic games on the 3DS in 3D those games were downloadable but I think they were mainly NES games. I think the 3DS will have a Virtual Console type service if that is true the 3DS could have GBA games.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

[quote="Maxout623"]"The 3DS is to the DSi the same as the iPhone 3GS is to the iPhone (Original/Edge). The hardware is upgraded, but the form factor is nearly identical and games can be played on both systems (with varying performance)." Incorrect. A 3DS game cannot be played on a DSi.[/quote] I didn't say that. [quote="Hvac0120"]... games can be played on both systems...[/quote] There are some games that will not play on the old iPhone that are designed for the iPhone 4. But there are still games that play on both. This is the same thing for DSi and 3DS.

finallyalex
finallyalex moderator

@Evenios It *is* another form of the DS. It's a different hardware iteration with the same fundamental form factor and part of the same naming schema.

blackace
blackace

monson21502 hope it plays ds games. gba games would be a nice bonus too. ******************************************************************* They said at the conference that it will play all DS games. It probably won't play Gameboy games. I believe the DSi XL doesn't play Gameboy games. The regular DSi does play both DS and Gameboy games. I don't care what the price point is. I'm getting it at launch. I may actually get 2 of them and sell the other on Ebay. This will be the hottest item next year in the U.S.

monson21502
monson21502

hope it plays ds games. gba games would be a nice bonus too

Evenios
Evenios

about time this was corrected. I find it sad that today it seems most websites are using other already published articles as their source instead of finding out themselves by picking up the phone or sending out an email to confirm. Using a google translated article BLURB as "news" is poor doings. Even if Gamespot has a smaller staff then IGN it still should have a responsibility for proper reporting. and this article still incorrectly states that the 3DS is another form of the DS. This can confuse people. The 3DS is not another "form" of the DS it is a whole new system.

Maxout623
Maxout623

"The 3DS is to the DSi the same as the iPhone 3GS is to the iPhone (Original/Edge). The hardware is upgraded, but the form factor is nearly identical and games can be played on both systems (with varying performance)." Incorrect. A 3DS game cannot be played on a DSi.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

The 3DS is to the DSi the same as the iPhone 3GS is to the iPhone (Original/Edge). The hardware is upgraded, but the form factor is nearly identical and games can be played on both systems (with varying performance).

Zabimaru1
Zabimaru1

Well, if the 3DS is just another iteration of the DS, than the PS3 is just another iteration of the PS2, isn't it?

Maxout623
Maxout623

"I maintain it is a further iteration of the DS -- it's got the same name, the same form factor, and will play some of the same games. It's a major step up, but it's still an iteration." That's a little disingenuous. Sure, the 3DS can play the DS games with backwards compatibility, but 3DS games could never be played on a DS or DSi. The graphical improvement is too much to call it another iteration, especially since the only cross compatability is with the older games to the new system. I mean, what you said sounded like the upgrade from gameboy to gameboy color, but this is far more like going from gameboy color to gameboy advance.

beny_pimpster
beny_pimpster

its better to wait till sony release their counter-attack on 3ds then thats the time to choose