3DS games could be more expensive, says analyst

Well-known games industry analyst, Michael Pachter, thinks the 3DS will drop enough jaws to justify a heftier price tag for both the system and its games.

"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," Pachter said today. "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."

Pachter's analysis doesn't seem unrealistic, and anyone who's held a 3DS will probably agree - which is the tricky part for Nintendo. If the company plans to shift the overall cost of owning a 3DS up from the DS, it'll have to convince everyone of its worth. Screens and videos don't do it justice, so there better be a helluva lot of kiosks at every retailer when the system launches in the spring.

Assuming Pachter is right, how ready are you to dish out for the 3DS? Are you convinced, even not having seen the 3D effect in person, or are you skeptical enough to need first-hand proof that it's as "revolutionary" as its proponents are saying? We're sold... are you?

[Source: CVG]

Jul 26, 2010


  • Hotdiddykong - July 27, 2010 8:15 p.m.

    they NEED to put up the 3ds on game retailers so people can be convinced. I dont need convincing im sold
  • GameManiac - July 27, 2010 6:43 p.m.

    Here's what I think. The 3DS will be around $200-$250, which is between the DS and Wii and the games will probably increase in price by about $5-$10 dollars. Nintendo was never one to have their products be too pricey or cheap in quality, so price will most likely not be as big an issue as others think. I was already hooked by Nintendo's fishing rod after seeing their unanimous E3 presentation, so I'll get the 3DS nevertheless. I'm in good shape too, since I've got around $300 in the bank. I just need to be more aware of what I buy and decide if I really crave it. I still in awe at how the games are in the same little Game Card format that the DS uses. The DS Game's memory maxes out at 256MB, while those of the 3DS max out at 8 times that, around 2GB. That's impressive.
  • meh - July 27, 2010 6:41 p.m.

    screw that noise, I'm not paying more for a HANDHELD than I did for a Consosle.
  • pin316 - July 27, 2010 11:30 a.m.

    Is it just me, or would the world be a much better place w/out Michael bloody Pachter and his seemingly never-ending supply of opinions... Nintendo will do what they always do - avoid over-pricing, sell at what they feel is an appropriate price, and rely on Japanese sales in the first year to support any potential issues they might have elsewhere. this dousche really appears to hate the games industry - pretty much everything he says is along the lines of 'big company X can afford to raise prices/add aubscription/charge more and people will pay''s like he actually wants everything to get more expensive and is trying to send not-so-subliminal messages to the industry.
  • Hobogonigal - July 27, 2010 9:02 a.m.

    I just checked on EB Games and the estimate price is AU$348. I don't know why everyone is complaining about a price tag of $250. And for those who say DS games are now $30, brand new games in EB are still $70!
  • Hobogonigal - July 27, 2010 9 a.m.

    In Australia, the DSi is still AU$300. So if the 3DS is US$250 (AU$275) I will be very happy. Then again, knowing Aussie retailers, they will probably sell it for $350 and overcharge us compared to the world as per usual.
  • Robusken - July 27, 2010 6:13 a.m.

    Trying to get this on launch. My Ds lite is already falling apart anyway. I cant really see Nintendo asking for more then $250 for this.
  • Thuperman - July 27, 2010 3:54 a.m.

    Im going to get this. Even if it is 250
  • Defguru7777 - July 27, 2010 3:54 a.m.

    Sorry for the double post. In the first sentence of my previous post, I meant to say that I wouldn't be surprised if Nintendo increased the price of the 3DS a little over the price for older DSes, not their games. ReCaptcha: propane Clark, Every time I see the word propane, I think of Hank Hill.
  • foxyexplosion - July 27, 2010 3:52 a.m.

    I dont think it should be too much more expensive. I honestly didnt know how much the games cost since I havent bought a DS game in a super long time but all they have to do is make the images from another angle. More work but not super hard. Then again 5 dollars isnt much coalesced duce
  • Defguru7777 - July 27, 2010 3:50 a.m.

    It wouldn't surprise me if Nintendo increased the prices of games A LITTLE. But I doubt Nintendo would gouge us like Microsoft. And I also wouldn't be too surprised if the 3DS games were a bit more expensive. But regular DS games are already thirty dollars, so I don't know where he's getting those statistics. And high-end ones are thirty-five dollars. It would suck if the price went up even more, but if the 3DS' games are as awesome as I think they'll be, it'll be worth it. Also, considering that the 3DS has had almost universal praise from everyone who's used it, I'm convinced that the 3D works.
  • RushofBlood17 - July 27, 2010 3:16 a.m.

    Pachter is an idiot. He has been "speculating" a Wii HD for the past two years or so, which he initially thought would come out in 2010 or 2011. He is also a big proponent of thinking Sony will change PSN to be almost exactly like Xbox Live. While PlayStation Plus is a service which must be paid for like XBL, it's not a PSN equivalent to XBL. I hate this guy. Every word that comes from his mouth is complete baseless bullshit. Nintendo has always had cheap consoles, especially handhelds. No way they would release a handheld that costs more than their current home console, or equal to the initial price of the home console.
  • CandiedJester - July 27, 2010 1:26 a.m.

    I'm still sold. But if it really is upwards of 250$ I've got some saving to do...
  • TDUBBS - July 26, 2010 11:39 p.m.

    I'd be expecting a software increase on the 3DS, and since regular DS games are only around 30 bucks, I'm sure we can deal with a slight increase.
  • notallgoodnameswheretaken - July 26, 2010 11:39 p.m.

    @willistron I have to type "five seagroatt". What the hell is a seagroatt?
  • WillisTron - July 26, 2010 10:14 p.m.

    1. I'm buying this no matter how much it is 2. I thought DS games were already $29? 3. Nintendo consistently has good prices - I expect that trend to continue 4. Why did I have to type "squirt of" to post my comment?
  • Phazon117 - July 26, 2010 9:46 p.m.

    For one, Prachter is a dick. And for another, Nintendo isn't Sony. They won't overprice their tech from launch.
  • slimjim441 - July 26, 2010 9:41 p.m.

    I'm going to buy one anyway, but it better not be like $250. I would expect it to be around $200, with games around $40-$50, MAX. But with all the nerdgasmic release titles, I HAVE to get this the day it comes out.
  • JeffGoldblum1 - July 26, 2010 9:20 p.m.

    Is it just me or are these guys never right?
  • Bonesqaw - July 26, 2010 9:20 p.m.

    I'd say it'll launch at $200 AT MOST. I'd guess around $180 as the actual price. For games, I'd say the major releases would be $35-$40; that's for the top-tier titles, with lower titles releasing at lower prices

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