November 11 3DS launch date leaked?

[UPDATE] German tabloid supposedly drops details for Japanese debut of Nintendo's multidimensional handheld, suggests it will cost nearly €200 ($270).

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Source: A post on the NeoGAF message boards, with a picture said to be of Sunday's issue of the German tabloid Bild.

What we heard: The biggest news in gaming this week is expected to come out of Nintendo's Japanese press conference to reveal launch details of the 3DS. However, the headline from that conference may have already been leaked.

It's coming right for us!

According to the picture, Bild reported that Nintendo will launch the 3DS in Japan on November 11, with a German launch to follow next spring. That information is in keeping with what has been said all along about the system. When Nintendo first announced the handheld, it said it would launch it during the fiscal year ending March 2011. A report in the Japanese business daily Nikkei on the same day pegged the 3DS as arriving this year in Japan.

The Bild report spends much of its space recapping the basic functionality of the machine and offering praise like the underscored, "Der 3D-Effect ist sensationell!" However, it also mentions a price point of sorts, saying the system will cost nearly €200 ($270). However, it's worth noting that gaming hardware prices between Europe and North America often ignore currency conversions. For example, the DSi XL sells in the US for $170, even though its European price tag of €165 would convert directly to about $222.

The official story: "Nintendo does not comment on rumors or speculation."--A Nintendo representative.

[UPDATE] Bogus or not bogus?: Though initially credible, the rumor turned out to be bogus. Nintendo has now announced the 3DS will launch next March in the US and Europe and on February 26 in Japan. Only the Japanese price of ¥25,000 ($299) has been announced.

Discussion

366 comments
Oni_Taedo
Oni_Taedo

@BloodMist Actually, yes, that is EXACTLY what I said. The 3DO is worth buying JUST for the arcade perfect port of Street Fighter II.

KieranCottrell
KieranCottrell

@Flint247 I think you got marked down because you claimed GB/GBC (GBA has been ruled out, supposedly) would be getting 3D effects. The IGN article only claims that certain 'Classic Games' (separate from the GB games) would be getting the 3D treatment. Still, I'm happy - this has got to mean Link's Awakening and the Super Mario Lands are due for a re-release, which, to be fair, should have happened with the DSi.

fartmoo
fartmoo

the reason it is more expensive in other continents/countries is because the US is infamous for its lavish spending and will sell more than the Japanese/europeans who are a bit more conservative with their financial assets

whitemikeph23
whitemikeph23

ok. this should def be gone by now. we know everything already... step it up gamespot.

NColdhardt
NColdhardt

Well, at least one thing was accurate (I've probably subconsciously always wanted to say this): The price is right!

BloodMist
BloodMist

@Oni_Taedo So because the 3DO had a few awesome games on it, it was worth paying the exorbitant 600 dollar price tag that it cost?Or the PS3, for that matter?That's basically what you just said, which is, of course, beyond insane.

Oni_Taedo
Oni_Taedo

Wow... the haters seem even more ignorant than ever today. Either you complain about the price or about the fact that "DS" is still in the title (no one complained when the PS2 came out and said it was the EXACT same console do to two letters in the name). It should never be the price of the console itself that makes you want to buy it, but the games that are on it.

BloodMist
BloodMist

Anything over 200, and I will be waiting for a price drop, period, end of story.No handheld is worth more than that much money, certainly not for some damn visual gimmick.

Evil_Mr_Jingles
Evil_Mr_Jingles

I'll just wait for the 4DSi pocket XXXL micro limited collector's "Pikachu ain't nobody's *****!" gold edition bundle package.

puppiemaster
puppiemaster

Love it, I'm on a business trip to Japan that week, great timing

wwlettsome
wwlettsome

How much? Does Steve Jobs work for Nintendo now?

Thunderstarter
Thunderstarter

@TheVGamer: Obviously, you're completely ignorant to the fact that you can TURN OFF the 3D functionality. It IS a better DS, Gamespot said its graphical power "easily surpasses the PSP". And its going to include all of the features the DSi has and more, such as video chat and backwards compatibility. Do your homework before submitting such a comment.

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

Well I I bet it will be around $230, but we will find out tomorrow.

sir_simon77
sir_simon77

My bet is $250 in USA. That's a bit much but the quality is 100% there.

linyoa
linyoa

@cytheh ya your right. If you look you'd see I'd edited my comment. I forgot they did not immediately release the basic pack in the US. on the other hand in Japan it cost about 185 on release.

TheVGamer
TheVGamer

I think I'm just gonna skip this 3D fad Nintendo and Sony are making. There's no reason for 3D unless you want to get sick. They should have just made DS a better handheld device by using all wasted space for better hardware. Still, it's Nintendo with their innovative approach.

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Nice; after being pleasantly surprised by the DS, I'm actually looking forward to this, though I'll probably wait until the inevitable 2nd or 5th revision of the hardware to jump on board.

Master_Turismo
Master_Turismo

I've been eyeballing this handheld for a while now and to see it come November 11th would be great. Though the price might be high I wouldn't mind owning one. The one main title I want to get for it is Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake Eater.

FusionRain
FusionRain

@widdowson91 That new technology will keep it from smaller prices. Even if they wanted to lower it, i'm sure they would be close to losing money, like the PS3's first price drop. I think this will launch at $250 USD. I do understand what you are saying though, the DS was always cheaper than the PSP and I don't see that changing. So you may be right on a lower price, but maybe as low as $220.

MERGATROYDER
MERGATROYDER

I kinda hope this fails. I've heard it's a powerful unit, but with the PSP2 being released in the next year and Sony being the only handheld maker doing next-gen graphics in your hand, i'll wait for the better experience. On a side note, I played the 3DS and I felt it was a horrible experience.

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@eal-zubieri You clearly haven't looked at the 3DS fillrate per second.It's also dubious to compare an iPhone to either the PSP or DS seeing as most of the games on iPhone aren't actually very good,in particular the ports.

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

In Europe gaming related items is insanely expensive,70 euros for one game! I'm just glad I'm British and get to buy game related items cheaper.Looking forward to this.

pjordan0404
pjordan0404

@saltymeatballs Good point thanx for the info I skipped over that part

metalkitten
metalkitten

europe always have a bigger pricetag on all gamerelated stuff then north america, so i doubt north america need to worry about the price too much...

bigM10231
bigM10231

tomarrow the lies ign said about power will either become true or some bull ign was trying to pull

Cloud1029
Cloud1029

Again, Nintendo, you're dealing again with a revolution! Super Nintendo - Got me through childhood Nintendo 64 - AWESOME! and funny controller Gameboy Advance - Hell-Yeah Wii and NDS - WTF! and now 3DS !!!!

XxF1N4L-ST4NDxX
XxF1N4L-ST4NDxX

Hope its worth it, we will find out the official price tomorrow! :D

Leftel
Leftel

I need to see it, If it is really 3D free glasses O:.. If yea!, so 250$~ it is worth it! :D.. If no, GO TO HELL NINTENDO xD..

lizzie1238
lizzie1238

Staying up until 1am to hear about the 3DS. The conference starts at 2pm japan time tomorrow, 1 am eastern, and 10pm pacific time. Its almost time to get the answers we've been waiting for!

JBjazzbo
JBjazzbo

I hope this is at the EuroGamer Expo... I doubt it though :(

mario-nin-freak
mario-nin-freak

I expect it to be $219.99 and coming out early next year. ;)

e1shw
e1shw

I can't wait for the system to release, I hope this is true! :D I am really interested in seeing what the launch titles will be though. There have been many announced, but none confirmed as official launches yet.... :(

tiki_tidalwave
tiki_tidalwave

Well I don't think the system will release in the US for $270. Even $250 is a price point Nintendo would be hard pressed to release the 3DS at (although a great system none-the-less). That is not how Nintendo conducts business. I know this article is only a rumor and we'll all know the actual price and release dates tomorrow, but I believe the system will cost $229.99 along with a built in game and possibly a couple of demos.

penpusher
penpusher

@eal-zubieri which means it'll not have the most powerful graphics of the generation,,,but then hasnt the original DS and the wii already proved that this doesnt matter?

mariostar0001
mariostar0001

If I had a nickel for every one of these release date rumors since E3, I'd have myself ten bucks by now.

eal-zubieri
eal-zubieri

@chemicalbrother according to ign.com the ipod touch is almost 2x faster and has 256MB of ram compared to 64MB for the 3ds, its even slightly more powerful then psp as ign wrote, i don't see any cutting edge technology on the 3ds except the screen.

Flint247
Flint247

Tomorrow's the official announcement! :D

Deathstalker83
Deathstalker83

I'll just wait for a promotion to trade in my DSi for the 3DS.

hememi
hememi

I think nintendo is out to win this generation also ;)

anthonycg
anthonycg

I'm really skeptical about leaks. How could information practically get out of a building that requires a key card to get into the freakin bathroom? :D

atopp399
atopp399

I hope the US gets cool colors. I liked what was shown at E3 but I know we could end up brown.magenta. As for price I am going to say $200-$250 based on the Wii's price at launch.

mhder
mhder

"because they can afford to make a loss for a few months" - Already stated by Nintendo they won't be taking a loss on any hardware. And have we been reduced to commenting on a something that came from a tabloid? Many people like to complain about the different versions of the DS etc and I'm sure the 3 DS will have them too but why do people react as if there is something wrong with that? Every electronic device from mp3 players to cell phones, heck even cars have new versions yearly or even more frequently.

steve4123456789
steve4123456789

It prints money btches, OoO snappp we take stupid white poeples money to make strong army for the empor.

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

@aaddron it wont be 270$ ... people just flock to comment without reading ... When putting currency conversions into effect the retail price in the US would be around 220$ ...GG