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Nintendo 3DS Japanese launch date and price revealed

By Jos
Sep 29, 2010
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  1. Nintendo has finally given a launch date and price for its upcoming 3DS handheld. The company’s president, Satoru Iwata, announced during a press event in Tokyo that the novel portable gaming console would arrive in Japan next year, on February 26, for 25,000 yen -- around $300. He was less specific about a release date in the U.S. and Europe, but did say the device would be hitting those markets sometime in March 2011, so you won’t be kept waiting much longer.

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  2. fullmetalvegan

    fullmetalvegan TS Enthusiast Posts: 162

    The iPod touch is most defintely not a versatile gaming machine compared to the Nintendo DS. lol. Anyone that is typically interested in the DS ranged/style would never even consider an ipod.
  3. dunebeetle

    dunebeetle TS Rookie Posts: 16

    The mention of iPod touch should not even be in this article......
  4. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,383   +15

    Mention of the iPod touch does raise a good point. There are more devices available today that could appeal to Nintendo's consumer crowd than say back in 1998 or whenever I had the original Gameboy.
  5. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 970   +84

    I haven't seen anything that brings out the "wow factor" in the new Nintendo 3DS. Perhaps this shows off well in person. But the benefits of 3D gimmickry from the interwebs doesn't make it an apparent selling point. I don't even recall the hardware specs as being that spectacular.

    Now, as for an iPod comparison, I think the point is valid. It would be even more so is Madcatz made some sort of iPod game-pad cradle with battery life extending capabilities. Then all that would be needed is iD Software to produce a game out of Rage for iPod. http://www.appleinsider.com/article...hows_rage_60_fps_game_engine_on_iphone_4.html But this does show that the little music player has grown up with big potential. And certainly its evolution is progressing quicker than the Nintendo DS product line. (Which has been going in circles since 2004.) And the iPod is also a fairly good web browser and camera, better than the Nintendo DS that's for sure. Making it in some areas that the iPod's versatility is better than a DS.
  6. RealXboxMaster

    RealXboxMaster TS Rookie Posts: 139

    My 2 cents

    Besides the 3D, Wifi,...etc.....Sorry, for that price, I can pickup a PS3 or a new 360 slim! They using nothing more than old technology (Arm 5 processor). Basically, they took the current DSI model and just slightly modifed, added 3D = $300. I pass on this. I'll just wait and see what Sony's R&D team are upto with the PSP2.
  7. RealXboxMaster

    RealXboxMaster TS Rookie Posts: 139

  8. $300? No thank you.
  9. vangrat

    vangrat TS Rookie Posts: 223

    I am going to save my $300 and put it towards getting a tablet of some sort this holiday season. With the market bursting at the seams with these devices, the days of Nintendo's domenance using "gameboy" style systems is about to wane. THIS IS A GOOD THING. This will force Nintendo to come out with something that will blow the market to smitherines, just like they have in every other generation. A device that is not just portable, but fun and has a load of good games. I do not think the 3DS is going to do it, however.


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