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European retailer selling 3DS for $200

Dutch retailer, Bart Smit is currently listing Nintendo’s 3DS at 170 Euros, which roughly translates to $200 and £140. Seriously?! If you’re keeping score, that’s merely $10 more than the DSi XL, and even more hilariously, less than a PSPgo. Obviously, there are other factors involved and prices are subject to change even when items are available for preorder, which the 3DS currently is not. But if we’ve learned anything from this business, it’s that even when online retailers ruin announcements and clumsily break embargos by leaking information, it’s more often than not, accurate.


Above: You're going to want to move fast, those Zwarts sell out quickly

Such low listing seems incredibly unlikely, if only because industry analysts have predicted prices closer to $250 and $300. But one can’t deny that such a price would place the 3DS in a more than competitive position with the Sony’s renewed interest in the PSP, not to mention Holiday competition with Microsoft’s Kinect, which has been rumored to release at $149. Plus, the original DS launched at under $200, and outside of the 3D aspects of the new handheld, the 3DS’s similar hardware doesn’t appear as if it should necessitate a drastic increase in overhead. Logistically, it almost looks like the only reason Nintendo would charge more than $250 for the 3DS, is because it can and still sell millions.

Either way, the Nintendo 3DS March release window is closer than you think, so we should be hearing more very soon. Let’s keep those fingers crossed for $199.99 sticker!

Jun 30, 2010

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Nintendo

25 comments

  • MaynardJ - July 5, 2010 2:26 p.m.

    Nice to see you guys using Dutch words suddenly.:-) Bart Smit is a huge chain of toy shops, so this indeed looks like very good info.
  • awsomemaster - July 3, 2010 1:53 a.m.

    can't wait. i've been keeping my dsi in as good a shape as possible so i can trade it in to get some extra money as soon as i can preorder it.
  • HeroOfLegend - July 2, 2010 6:53 p.m.

    I've been saying for a while that I didn't think it would be over $200.
  • QWERTYCommander - July 1, 2010 10:53 p.m.

    I can't decide between Rood and Zwart!
  • NastyRobotHickey - July 1, 2010 3:35 p.m.

    I'm getting the blauw one!
  • shyfonzie - July 1, 2010 2:51 p.m.

    HOLLYYY SHIIIIIIZER
  • dominusrecti - July 1, 2010 12:34 a.m.

    I can't see them selling it for over 200$, that is to say, I hope they won't sell it for over 200$.
  • JohnnyMaverik - July 1, 2010 12:01 a.m.

    @ Patius Also the time some dude claimed Borderlands was being sent out to die and would be lucky to shift 1 million copies total, and it's done over 3 million to my knowledge.
  • HaVoK308 - June 30, 2010 11:47 p.m.

    The 3DS could sell at 320.00 dollars and it wont matter. It will still sell out everywhere. It is going to break records...be sure. 200.00 dollars for Real? I'll take 3 please!
  • GameManiac - June 30, 2010 11:43 p.m.

    I'm hoping Nintendo sells a 3DS "Blauw" for no more than $300. I know that I'll be able to afford it, but I wonder if I'll be able to get it on launch day.
  • TheWebSwinger - June 30, 2010 11:30 p.m.

    Rood! Blauw! Zwart!
  • Patius - June 30, 2010 8:42 p.m.

    We all know that industry analysts are full of crap. Micheal Patcher in particular. he says something, and more often than not, betting against what he thinks is a better chance for accuracy. Remember how those analysts said the Wii would revolutionize hardcore gaming?
  • Cyberninja - June 30, 2010 8:25 p.m.

    if this is true then it will be the same price as wii
  • MediocreDinosaur - June 30, 2010 8:21 p.m.

    HEY, HEY, HEY, LET'S NOT COUNT THE PSP OUT YET, HUH? THEY STILL HAVE MARCUS, M'KAY? HE COULD USHER IN A SLEW OF NEW SALES THANKS TO HIS LIKEABLE AND YOUNG AND NOT TOTALLY ANNOYING PERSONA! SO YEAH. Nintendo just won 2010. reCAPTCHA: help forebode
  • tuomotaivainen - June 30, 2010 8:12 p.m.

    @JADENkOTOR The only way you will EVER see prices like that is after they get discontinued and put into the used bargain bin. I dont think they have ever gone below $100 while still viable since (I think) the GBA. reCAPTCHA: shaggy which
  • JohnnyMaverik - June 30, 2010 7:13 p.m.

    If it really does release at that price I might get one in the first year...
  • JADENkOTOR - June 30, 2010 7:11 p.m.

    $200 for a handheld? That's cheap??? You guys are fucking nuts especially if you were actually thinking about paying $300 for one. They are cool but not even close to that cool. I haven't bought a handheld yet and I thought they ran $60 to $80... TOPS.
  • gatornation1254 - June 30, 2010 7:01 p.m.

    Holy shit Chris it's like a game deals right in the middle of the week. Oh and did anybody actually waste their money on a PSPgo?
  • lovinmyps3 - June 30, 2010 6:42 p.m.

    Holy shit! That would instantly kill the PSP! Sony is gonna be thinking "Why the FUCK didn't we announce a PSP2?!?!" If this is true. Actually, even if it was $250-300 that is still better than a stupid PSP GO. PSP is screwed!
  • Felixthecat - June 30, 2010 6:39 p.m.

    I saw this earlier, and I shit myself then. Thanks for making me shit myself again, GR. But YUSS ITS FUCKING $140 (perhaps) FUCK YES.

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