3DS release date and price to be revealed September 29

When we first saw the 3DS at E3, I think everyone agreed that right release date for the 3DS should be “immediately,” and the price should be “whatever you want, just give it to me now!” Still, Nintendo has been cagey with any details for the fancy new handheld. But hot on the heels of rumors that it will launch in Japan in October, Nintendo announced it will finally hold a press conference on September 29 where all will be revealed.

Above: Maybe if we hold our breath and stamp our feet, Nintendo will release this now

The timing seems to be based around the Tokyo Game Show, Japan’s answer to E3, which is happening Mid-September. Traditionally Nintendo sits out the actual show but usually has major announcements timed around it. In past years, Nintendo has premiered the Wii Remote and announced new games and system price cuts during the TGS time frame. So it makes sense that the publisher would schedule such big news around the event this year as well.

Rumors of the price and date have been swirling since Nintendo announced the 3DS. On Jimmy Fallon’s talk show in late June, Nintendo big wig Reggie Fils-Aime said it comes out next year, then Nintendo corrected him saying it could come sooner. Though we do know with relative certainty it will be out by March 31, 2011. And what will it cost? Vague reports are all we have, but it's looking expensive, with a couple retailers putting it in the $200/£140 range. Sadly, it seems that the only way to get answers is through endurance and patience. Boo!!!

Jul 29, 2010




  • xxflowersxx - July 31, 2010 9:02 p.m.

    I'm getting anxious for the 3DS to come out. I seriously hope it comes out for the holidays this year, though I highly doubt it.
  • JayBeat - July 30, 2010 7:56 a.m.

    I hope it's $200 in Australia, the new model xbox is $450 without games or a controller.
  • Robusken - July 30, 2010 5:23 a.m.

    Im trying to buy an Arcade Stick and save money for this sucker at the same time so I really need to know the date as soon as possible.
  • Hotdiddykong - July 29, 2010 11:48 p.m.

    I don't care about price I get easy money by hard work, it lo be worth it for the 3ds! Paper Mario, star fox 64, LOZ OOT, Metal gear, kid Icarus, 3d movies and many more!
  • The_King_of_Nothing - July 29, 2010 11:19 p.m.

    I was never a DS guy, preferred PSP. This is totally going to blow the PSP out of the freaking water though. I actually think I might get one of these bad boys. Unless I hear of a PSP2 that actually has 2 analog sticks or something, the 3DS will steal my allegiance.
  • CandiedJester - July 29, 2010 10:52 p.m.

    WANNNNNNT. Though I'm afraid if it is released before christmas I won't be able to buy it right away. >< But still, I really, really, really, REALLLLLYYYY want this!!!
  • EnragedTortoise1 - July 29, 2010 10:34 p.m.

    Oh, holy hell, I want this now. As long as it's not the "ok let's release this right now wiithout anywarning or games, people like that rite" kind of coming soon. and HeroOfLegend is probably right. 200$ seems about it.
  • Conman93 - July 29, 2010 10:31 p.m.

    I have full faith in nintendo that they will make it a reasonable price. I wonder how much the games will cost
  • Chardan - July 29, 2010 10:19 p.m.

    @Fiirestorm21 I dont think its that nobody thinks Pachter will be wrong, its just that in this instance he is pretty much just stating the obvious.
  • BlindMarksman - July 29, 2010 9:15 p.m.

    It can´t be more than $200.00 My guess is either $179.00 or $199.00.
  • superstud - July 29, 2010 9:05 p.m.

    I'm really looking forward to this but based on past Nintendo form I'm gonna wait a few months after the 3DS' release for the newer 3D-ier version Nintendo will surely announce.
  • Fiirestorm21 - July 29, 2010 8:34 p.m.

    As much as everyone loves to rag on Pachter, I think he's going to be end up being right, or at least reasonably close to it, on this one. Absolutely no less than $180 or so (about where the DSi is now) and easily up to $250. As this article jokingly refers to, people will buy it. And Nintendo damn well knows it. That said, I'm not going to be one of those people. At least not until I see more than remakes, ports, and Kid Icarus. (Hey! It's the PSP all over again!)
  • Strangleme - July 29, 2010 8:26 p.m.

    I cannot wait to get my hands on this.
  • Cyberninja - July 29, 2010 8:03 p.m.

    nun004 i dont think it would be a smart idea for something not relased to be demoed at stores because then people would want it right then and there.
  • nuno004 - July 29, 2010 7:42 p.m.

    I want to at least see this thing playable at retail stores before it comes out
  • Harleynator - July 29, 2010 7:40 p.m.

    I guess 250 - 300 $
  • db1331 - July 29, 2010 7:21 p.m.

    Yeah I called $199 max price the other week. That is one sexy looking machine though. Methinks I shall be powerless to resist.
  • Felixthecat - July 29, 2010 7:02 p.m.

  • Felixthecat - July 29, 2010 7:01 p.m.

    Okay then, FOR YOUR EYES ONLY - Now I feel bad. Also, correction on my last comment, the "It's going to cost between £180-£200" part is simply my own prediction. Nintendo only vaguely discussed the RRP. Probably made the article sound better than it actually is, come to think of it :/
  • Chardan - July 29, 2010 6:58 p.m.

    And this I spose....

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