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Nintendo 3DS: Price too Expensive?

Following on from our main article on the official Japanese release date and pricing for the Nintendo 3DS handheld, we know to know your initial reaction to Nintendo’s price point. Do you think it is too expensive, or reasonable?

For a brief recap, Nintendo has just announced at their September 29th press conference that the Nintendo 3DS will be available in Japan on February 26th, priced at 25,000 Japanese Yen.

We shouldn’t expect a direct conversion for US pricing, but that figure translates to just under $300, 298 to be exact. For a next-generation system, do you think $300 is reasonable for the 3DS, or completely out of order?

To put the figure in perspective, you can pick up a 120GB PS3 Slim for the same price on Amazon, while you can also pick up the new Xbox 360 250GB console for $299 as well.

Can you justify paying $300 for the Nintendo 3DS or not? You could argue that the price is likely to drop a bit for the US market, but we can’t see it dropping too much to be honest.

For the average gamer, this may seem a bit expensive, but then again, the 3DS does feature some amazing hardware. Let us know your thoughts on this.

Coverage from the press conference can be seen over at IGN here.

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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Marina
Marina

@ jose

That might be true. And the whole 'price to make it' again, a small amount to pay for something AWESOME! And personally, by MYSELF I would understand that price if it came wit one game, maybe… Say, do you have to have games made for the 3DS on it, or can you put regular? Questions… and also, Pokemon Black and White? I dunno if it's on both… ds dsi, xl… same…. 3xd… all 3 types of same games! (2?) Lmao…

jose diaz
jose diaz

i think 300 o 400 usd is a good price, it has 3d features, and is a fkn awesome console, not like wii, wii has no games at all, just a few, but 3ds comes to kick ass, also nintendo said that unlike wii, 3ds is more focused to the hardcore gamers, so i think is a good price, because all the stuff it has to offer

MESanborn
MESanborn

The nintendo games are always childish and terrible except for the OBVIOUS games like mario and zelda which EVERYONE always mentions in the gaming argument.

Marina
Marina

Well, we ALL know that the DSi costs about, eh, maybe half or higher when it came out? But super-graphics without 3D glasses? Awesome!!! Do you all know how much it costs to MAKE that type of thing? $300 must be a very small part of making it all! And everyone's used to higher prices. But I think they can let it down a bit…

SSBBrawler
SSBBrawler

Even if it was $300, I have a $50 GameStop gift card, so the price would be around $250 regardless.

But I find it a good price, seeing as it's as good as the Wii regarding graphics. Then add the fact that it is 3D, which will be great.

I'm currently going to save every penny that I make so that I can pre-order one.

Alice
Alice

At first i was really excited about this… Until i heard the price. I assumed it would be expensive, but not $250-300. I mean, nintendo does want us to have enough money to buy games, don't they? Though, i probably will give in and pre-order just for the remake of Ocarina of Time and possible another Animal Crossing or Kingdom Hearts.

Moe
Moe

seeing as how i was expecting $300 (or more!) and therefore started saving a while ago, all i will need is a date of release in the US! 250 would be amazing! i would have enough to buy a new game 😀

shady
shady

Well the system is amazing and revolutionary, but everything in life has it's limitations and mine is $250. any higher and i ain't buying it, it's just not worth it

Matt
Matt

im sure it wont be any more than 250 when it is released in the US.
I will be preordering it myself, regardless of the price.
Yeah I know I could get a 5 year old console for the same price, but I would rather have the 3ds any day. I mean, portable SSF4!!!!

Mad guy
Mad guy

All of these people are retarded hypocrites. How many of you pulled out $250 when the Psp came out? All of you, myself included. Quit acting like it's a lot of money for it when its just the same old price that you always pay when stuff first comes out.

PRICE$
PRICE$

I think the perfect price for this is…….. 175-180 USD dollars cause lots of peopl still have the original ds and ds lite and love classic gameboy games. do u think people will pay $300.00 or even $200.00 in this economy….. no also i can get a psp for under 200.00 so yea.

victor
victor

300 dollars? Ps3 or 3ds?? Hmm

Moinak
Moinak

I hope it is $140 or $200 that would be awesome for the 3ds.

Gamer
Gamer

I want it to be $150 or $200 now thats a reasonable price for the 3ds.

Ipsita
Ipsita

The US just wants profit

Ipsita
Ipsita

I would want it to be 150 to 200 if it is over that I am not buying it

Carl Louie Agbayani

THAT IS TO MUCH MONEY…I THOUGHT IT WAS LIKE 195 DOLLARS… COME ON LOWER THR PRICE WE JUST MOVED AND WE HAVE A LITTLE BIT MONEY LIKE 30,000 DOLLARS AND WE ARE BUYING NEW STUFF FOR THE HOUSE…LOOK AT THE COMMENTS IT'S AWFUL SO I'M GEUSSING YOU SHOULD LOWER THE PRICE

Chris
Chris

300 bucks is expensive for you? where the bloody hell are you guys living? africa? cause 300 bucks is completely nothing. i just bought and iphone 4 for 900 bucks. now, that was a lot, but 300? im working, and i could buy a 3ds each week if i wanted to….you kids need to grow up. now you can minus me, cheap bastards 😀

person
person

The 3DS IS GOING TO BE $ 250.00-NOT $300.00. It will beat any other system like kinect, psp, smartphones, and android phones.

kyle
kyle

to much but then i coul pon my dsi and buy one after all it plays dsi games

Tamarind
Tamarind

As much as I want one, And it's DAMN amazing!

$ 300 is just a little TOO much.

but who knows, the price might drastically drop.

jeremy1
jeremy1

k first of all this thing is simple amazing , if u look into it like the ipod it has a touch screen but the games are far better , with front and rear facing cameras wich the ipod does not have . like the person befor me said it also suports sd hc witch means you can expand the hard drive , just like you CANT DO on the ipod plus lets not forget that 2nd screen . now that i think we will all agree its superior to the ipod we can talk about its 3d . thats… Read more »

RSS Trace
RSS Trace

First of all its going to be Hard for teens but mainly kids to actually get a 3DS. Parents will think twice before buying it 1 because of the price and 2nd because they'll see it the same as past NDS's Now lets get reall 300$ for a handheld? NO WAY! 250 or 199$ would be resonable, you cant argue with that. Most people who are rich can get things quick, but what about other minorities?

Shane
Shane

Gotta start saving..

Random
Random

Wow, thuis is way cheap, i was expecting 500$!

TrEvOr 99
TrEvOr 99

i really hope that its not too expensive.But i have hope that the price will drop.

Kylie
Kylie

DSi XL is 300 here (in Aus). I'll happily pay 300 for a 3d handheld gaming device (although it's likely to be more here). It's 3D. No matter what else you buy, you won't get that technology.

yagamislight
yagamislight

3d seems kinda worth the money. BETTER BE AROUND 250 THOUGH…. I’d still get it at 300

Guest
Guest

Thats more than a Wii!

mwiz
mwiz

i think $250 is a little too high, but its definitely reasonable with all those features!
im gonna buy it anyways cause i wanna play OoT and other favorite games on 3D, and 3DS just sounds awesome XD

jhake
jhake

nintendo will make the price at $250 lower!

kevin
kevin

in 2007 the wii came out for $250 (about 25,000 yen). it is likely the 3ds will be $250.

even if it was $300 it would still be worth the price because of advanced technology and it is also backwards compatible (plays normal ds games as well)

for those of you who are comparing it to the release price of the original ds for $150ish, you need to account for technology differences and the YEARLY rate of inflation

Cameron
Cameron

I say that even though it will be a 3-d system it should be no more than $240. if you sell for 300 bucks, nobody is gonna buy it. This isnt out yet, so theyll pry have a few more conferences and lower the price. Im pretty sure of it NINTENDO ROCKS i cant wait for the sf64 remake. ILL BE DOING BARREL ROLLS IN 3D YEAH

Anonymous
Anonymous

To the people who call us idiots: I admit, the 3DS looks pretty amazing. With 3D graphics, this machine will deinately change the way we look at gaming. However, I believe that $300 is a little steep, especially for a handheld device. I understand there are a lot of awesome features, but seriously. For the average American, $300 is hard to scrape up, especially if it's for something that won't help our lives in any way. You have to consider the additonal prices of games, plus the necessities of life such as food, clothing, and shelter, too. For me, it… Read more »

Matty
Matty

does ther hav 2 b all new games for it or can u play regular ds gamewss

Josh
Josh

guys the ps3 and xbox were around $600-$750 when they were first released (some people bought it for 1000 where i live) and no one cared. plus at the time some x-boxs got red ringed and people still bought x-boxs. $300 is such a deal for this and if its too much for you wait awhile until the price drops. also when i bought my ds it was $199, nintendo is not stupid enough to sell a better system with 3d technology for anything less.

Donald Salguero

The price is OK, it has a lot of interesting features that have already been explained by previous posts. Unluckily, i can't afford the price, i guess it's time to start saving

Jack
Jack

Seriously? The 3DS has great graphics, better than the Wii's and nearly as good as the 360's, and 3D, as well as about a million other awesome stuff, including a better camera, a fantastic library of games, and Miis, yet you people think $250 is expensive. A 360 must be like highway robbery to those people.

dale
dale

well i think most of u are being cheap 250 would be great but 300 isnt bad even if it was 400$ dollars id save up mah money to get it the 3ds games are supposed to be around 40 dollars a little pricey but i mean not as pricey as wii games

Matt
Matt

$300 for the 3DS? Yeah that's a bit pricey. But I'm wondering if I trade in my DSi could I get some money off of it. Regardless to say I probably most likely will be getting it. I really want to play the Mario Kart 3DS!! But yes I am hoping for a little price drop. $250 at the least would be nice. $200 would be even nicer, but I doubt it would start off at $200, I mean for what it can supposidly do. But we shall see as the time gets closer.

flame
flame

that's too much that is sooo expensive.can't you lower the price?

Dave
Dave

i think the price should be $250 and i dont think it'll be too expensive.it has so much in such small size and perhaps the best games coming out…but still…i think they should lower it…you can buy a wii instead…

miggy81
miggy81

I agree its expensive but my son wants it and I would do anything to make him happy =)

Nights111
Nights111

If you already own a DS you can sell it and earn a little more money. Thats the best way to get a 3DS. Im selling some of my games and My DS to get it. $200 – $300 is an OK price.

HubbaBubba9849
HubbaBubba9849

Sure, it does seem expensive, but you gotta admit the technology IS brand new and fairly ahead of its time. On the other hand, that also means it will probably be pretty buggy for a while and i know many people, including myself, won't want to pay the same price for a handheld as for a full-fledged home console.

Nic
Nic

no way im buying that i have the orginal and im happy with it. and im not going to spend 300 dollors fora device i only play pokemon games on!

Da Woj
Da Woj

Yeah… about that. Back then, in November, 2006, 25,000 yen was about $213. As of today, it is $308, according to today's exchange rate. How about you do some research? 🙂

Regarding whether or not I will buy it, I'll only get it if they're able to drop it to $250, and no more than that. Even then, I probably won't be able to get it for a couple of years, given my financial situation.

Sincerely,
Da Woj

eric
eric

yeah $300 is way too expensive,i bought the 350GB playstation 3 bundle with the ps move and that put a real dent in my earnings.so i'll wait 'till its drops to $200(hopefully)then i'll buy it.

Timothy
Timothy

The 3DS is promising. I still think 300$ was more than I thought it would be but after looking at all it can do, the deivce has well exceeded my expectations. WiFi, Web Browser (Faster Processer than my PSP), Touchscreen, 2 High Resolution Cameras, 3D gaming cappabilities, 3D movie playback. It seems alot of money after you look at all it can do, but since NIintendo is in more of the children category.. They will be nice and keep it at 250$.

akT
akT

OK everyone really! Its 3D and a really hot device. And I think many have forgot that our society is ran on MONEY. the price will be high and most will buy it even though they don’t want to because their precious sweeties “got to have it”. So why not charge $300, people will pay.

dfgfdfgfd
dfgfdfgfd

Dude i was already sold after seeing Resident Evil and Ocarina of Time on it

John
John

I think at 250, its not that bad. It comes with all sorts of things too. Now, if it had OoT 3ds with it, Then I'd think it was perfectly reasonable.

Ashitaka
Ashitaka

It shouldn't be any more than $150. Every system ever has been labeled as revolutionary in some capacity. The DS was the first handheld to have multiple screens. The Wii had the motion controls. But there has to be a limit. $150 is reasonable. $200 is the absolute limit. At $250, I wait for the first price drop. $300 is plain outlandish, the Wii didn't even cost that much at it's release.

matthew
matthew

i live in trinidad…i think $200 USD would be a good price because its around $1200 TTD here.3ds has camera and 3d which you wont need 3d glasses it also has touchscreen,joystick,wifi,internet and micro sd…

jaeyo
jaeyo

nintendo is out of their freakin mind! who would buy a 3ds that costs $300 dolars!!

Megaz0
Megaz0

A fair comparison wud be the original price of the ps3 and xbox 360 when they where new. This is a new product with technology new to the consumer. the price is fair in my opinion. It offers a lot, and more than a gaming device. Its definitely worth more than the Wii is at the very least.

Legion
Legion

"I'M NOT BUYING THIS MY ALLOWANCE FROM MOMMY AND DADDY IS TOO LOW! FUCK NINTENDO"

*on release date*

"MOOOOOOOOM???? PLEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASE?

Jorge
Jorge

i was so looking forward for this, especially with games like metal gear solid 3, ocarina of time, starfox 64 and resident evil, but if its $300 , no way im getting it. Its just insane to pay that much for a handfeld device. Maybe ill just wait for the psp 2, hopefully it wont be that expensive

OldDS.
OldDS.

I still have my ORIGINAL DS because I didn't even want to pay the 150 or so for a ds lite. I think nintendo is going to have to prove that it is worth the value before expecting to sell a lot. Especially after releasing the DSI and DSIXL so recently.

V-kun
V-kun

I am a big fan of nintendo, always have been. However as much as i want this system, i cant afford it. $200 USD Is my limit, even paying that will leave me in the hole especially for being in college. and even if i were to purchase it, imagin what the games themselves would cost.
Sorry Nintendo, i love you guys but $250 is way to much.

Net56
Net56

Okay, the thing has awesome hardware, we can all see that. This isn't really matter of whether or not you have the money to get one. The 3DS just simply costs too much, and everyone knows it, including Nintendo. Here's the thing. The 3DS costs more than the N64 (of which it's boasting a lot of it's game line-up), it costs more than the Wii, it costs more than the PSP (which, to some, is thought as superior to the DS). Now let's look at what is actually on the system. Camera (on DSi), 3D (which is mostly just a… Read more »

Justine
Justine

I think it's a little too much considering on what people are willing to pay, and the economy isn't making this any easier either

jacknight 11
jacknight 11

Why the hell would u buy this for three hundred dollars!?

Jackie
Jackie

Way too expensive, and considering everything is about 40% more expensive in Australia (in gaming terms) I have the short end of the stick and will probably end up not buying it at all. What's the point of AUS>USD is you can't do anything about it?…
The DS Lite is still $200 here for gosh sake!

soul 90
soul 90

i know the technology that nintendo is useing is the first of its kind in a hand held but still 300 dollars is still 2 steep 250 or 225 would b a great price when it is launchd in my opinion but we will just have 2 wait and c what nintendo decides 2 set their price at

boy from the uk
boy from the uk

if you have done some reseach you would find out $300 is about £190 I and my limit is £200 which is $316 so do some research

ssbb
ssbb

this 3DS is amazing but it is a bit pricey.Once i get it i bet its going to be worth it

asdf
asdf

I think it will be a high price. It is going to basically be the hand-held version of the Wii with 3D. I think it will be $250. Then I am going to guess that on Black Friday the price will be about $220. My bigger concern is how much the games will be.

Revolutionary
Revolutionary

Watch the price fall down to 150-200 in a year or two, if you guys are not going to buy it, the price will surely drop due to supply and demand

jose
jose

I read in some page that it was going to cost about 170 dollars.

Stephen
Stephen

While all the games for the 3ds look fantastic, but it will take a while for them to come out and the 3 ones that come out on the 3ds launch date do not look appealing at all (i.e. Resident Evil, Icarus, Wild Crossing). I will wait until the games I like come out and hopefully the price of this system comes down. There is no way I will pay $200+ for a portable game system. Even the PSP does not cost that much and I have heard its equal to it. I will assume Nintendo will only ship 3ds… Read more »

redkid555
redkid555

I think it would be no more than $200

Nintendo
Nintendo

Michael STFU, not everyone who has a job lives in their moms basement, so not everyone can buy a 300 dollar handheld game that will be obsolete in a year.I personally am still being affected by the recession that has supposedly ended. 300 is way to expensive, at 200 i would think about it but even 250 is steep.

Michael
Michael

Most of you need a pair of BALLS and a JOB!!! $300 for a small handheld device that has 2 screens (one a touch screen), plays games in 3d, or 2d. Plays movies in 3d, or 2d. It has 2 high megapixel cameras, capable of capturing pictures and video in 3d, or 2d. Internet connection, Wi-Fi, No $150 3d glasses what so ever. It comes with an Infra-red communicator port. Also a recent press release announcment states that there will be a virtual console service available for Gameboy, Gameboy Color, and "classic games" all in 3d. Plus it is a… Read more »

Sigma
Sigma

$300 double the price of the NDS on its release date. $200-250 is reasonable.

Steve Eisenmann

I could do 250. If it is 300 it better come with a game.

Jeremy
Jeremy

I really want this, but I can't afford it. 200 dollars is my max. As much as I love Nintendo, I simply can't fork out $250. That's just like asking for my own wii. I may just get a cheaper $150 DSI instead since my DSlite is broken.
This little system is amazing, but I can't afford it.

kingj
kingj

@Mike
Don't call some1 an idiot for saying its expensive. $1000 could b nothing to some1, while to some1 else it could b a lot.

$300 is a lot for the 3ds, i do believe it will however launch for $250 in the us (still expensive for me). But by the end of summer going to Christmas i hope it will get a price cut to $200 which is the most i will b paying for it.

edgarska
edgarska

i actually expected it to cost 300 so i will buy it. And when the first zelda for 3ds comes out it will be worth every damn pennie spent.

NINty
NINty

well is aus the dslite is 199 dsi is 250 and dsixl is 299 and apparently the 3ds is gonna be 350

Jess
Jess

$300 is a bit pricey for my tastes. The DSi XL that practically just came out, is at $169. Yes, I agree that the 3DS system is pretty neat and that I really do want it, but for that I could get something else.

I think I would pay $200 for it, but I doubt that's what the starting price will be, so I'll just play on my pink, slightly broken DS Lite until the price drops.

david
david

I hope they put killer instinct gold,banjo kazooie,mortal kombat amargeddon on this thing. The graphics look great for the resident evil they have on it, looks scary. Oh, and how about some silent hill, 4g download speeds and the ability to download movies on the thing. It has so much potential, definitely want one.

Fernando
Fernando

what about the games? im wondering how absurd we gonna have to pay for only ONE of lots each of us may want

Fernando
Fernando

Feel lucky for ''only'' 250. Here in Brazil probably will coust like R$2000 (!!!!). Thats like more then 1300 DOLLARS.

Jennifer
Jennifer

And I thought $225 would be expensive for it >.> Definitely not buying it…

Michelle
Michelle

yes it's way toom much …i need two if im going to get it…i have 2 kids and i wanted one myself i wont be getting it for 300 the most i would pay is 200 and thats really pushing not to mention how much the games are going to cost

Michael
Michael

I"m sorry but I'm not playing the same price for a handheld that I payed for the wii. No matter what the features are its too expensive for a handheld at 250.

berry-sama
berry-sama

remember when the ps3 came out? it was 600 usd and noone cared bout it, the 3ds is a very hightech gadget guys, so i think 250 or 300 usd is a very nice price.

mike
mike

you idiots that say it's to much plus it comes with a bunch of stuff including micro sdcard

belgarion234
belgarion234

the price is reasonable, the gameplay and graphics are that of the wii and you can play it ON THE GO!!!!!!!

3ds GOD
3ds GOD

All you people saying its just a little handheld this is for you. Its not just a little hand held. Its THE LITTLE HAND HELD THAT WILL REVOLUTIONISE GAMEING! $300 dollors may be a little high and even shocked me at first but im going to buy it anyway. And the virtual consule with the all the gameboy, nintendo,super nintendo,and N64 games all made in 3D it is a perfect deal. I may be being a little extream but hay, this thing is worth it.

dogbite
dogbite

sounds like some kids need to get a job. lol.

Look at it this way, sony tried making tv's. 3d games, 3d glasses. a good pair of 3d glasses is like 150 bucks!!!

If anything, 250 is a insane value, worth every penny.

Dude
Dude

Man i’m not sure if I’m going to buy it if it’s even $250. This is a little handheld device. Not a freaking computer. Maybe I’ll go for the iPod 4 instead. But even that is overpriced :/

stephen
stephen

too much. $200 was my limit. ill just wait and keep my ds lite.

nmz
nmz

dude, thats way to much for a tiny device, even if it has 3D.

Why not buy a wii or an iPod Touch.

thelegendofzeldafan
thelegendofzeldafan

Since the dsi included the camera the 3ds included the gamecube features it should be $193-$250

3DS Wanter
3DS Wanter

I think US will be $250! It has great hardware so why is $199 too expensive for you? Nintendo is out of their minds if they will sell it for $300.

ssfdfs
ssfdfs

not buying !!!! 199 USD would be also TO MUCH

chaos
chaos

You have to understand that products cost more in japan (cost of living). $250 will most likely be the price in the U.S. I’m pretty sure Nintendo is aware that that’s the cut off point for most people.

dave
dave

way to expensive for me

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