GameStop sets American 3DS game pricing at $40 - $50, reveals possibly-made-up release dates

GameStop may know a bit more than we do about the 3DS launch details, but does it know enough to declare game prices and release dates now? We're skeptical, but in order to start collecting pre-orders, we suppose GameStop had to set some sort of price. And that price is $40 for most titles, and $50 for some of the more high-profile ones. still doesn't have an official 3DS section, but there are several 3DS games available, jammed into the site's DS category. Nintendo did finally reveal the system's price and launch date (March 25th in Europe, and 27th in North America) earlier this month but important details are missing, like individual game release dates.

GameStop apparently also knows when the earliest 3DS titles will be available. Here's a list being sent to pre-orderers, which a reader submitted to Kotaku:

March 15

Dead or Alive Dimensions $49.99
Samurai Warriors Chronicles $49.99

March 22

Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars $39.99
March 27

Madden NFL Football $39.99
Sims 3 $39.99
Nintendogs & Cats $39.99
Steel Diver $39.99
Pilotwings Resort $39.99
Super Street Fighter IV $39.99

April 2

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Shadow $39.99
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell $39.99
Asphalt $39.99
Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs $39.99
Rabbids Travel in Time $39.99

June 1

Cartoon Network SuperToon Rumble $39.99

June 2

Animal Crossing 3D $39.99
Mario Kart 3D $39.99
Paper Mario 3D $39.99
Dream Trigger $39.99
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D $39.99
Kid Icarus: Uprising $39.99
Star Fox 64 3D $39.99
Super Monkey Ball $39.99

July 6

Resident Evil: Mercenaries $39.99

Sept. 2

Face Kart: Photo Finish $39.99
Pet Zombies in 3D $39.99

Again, we have no clue where GameStop got these dates. This list has games coming out on Tuesdays, Sundays, Saturdays, Wednesdays... even two that appear to be launching weeks before the 3DS is even available.

Honestly, we could probably fling a bunch of darts at a calendar to get a more accurate release date schedule, but it is what it is. Also, if you're apprehensive about ordering a game that doesn't actually have an official price, GameStop does ensure, "if the price drops before the release date, you will be charged the lower price." But if the price goes up, you'll still get the advertised price.

So GameStop has a reason to put up prices that are higher than it reasonably expects, and for that reason alone these prices should be taken with a grain of salt. Nevertheless, there were some people sitting down in GameStop's corporate offices who probably spent more than a few minutes in a meeting trying to guesstimate this information, and they probably have a bit more insider information than we do, so maybe it's at least worth looking at.

Jan 24, 2011



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  • Cyberninja - January 25, 2011 1:27 a.m.

    i say that DoA will not be $50 and even if it is $50 dollars its still a good fighting game series believe it or not.
  • anduin1 - January 25, 2011 12:30 a.m.

    Get those flash carts ready, cause its about to be a piracy storm up in here.
  • Engage183 - January 24, 2011 11:51 p.m.

    The only game i reserved was Star Fox 3D, hopefully this list has errors becuase it would really suck to get a 3DS on launch but come out with no games -__- hopefully these dates change soon
  • Robusken - January 24, 2011 10:37 p.m.

    the prices seem about right, although yea, I'd be cautious as hell taking a chance on a 3DS game with those prices. I doubt all those games would come out on June 2, it would be heart crushing to only be able to leave with one game if they all did come out in one day. so I'd say past March 27 is a bit fuzzy.
  • mockraven - January 24, 2011 9:55 p.m.

    I asked a Gamestop manager once about the release dates, because they had a date set for Guild Wars 2 but the Guild Wars site date listed is "when it's ready." Apparently they're just thrown in so that the titles will show up on the pre-order list.
  • SteampunkJim - January 24, 2011 8:51 p.m.

    @icedoesnthelp Sure, for a full sized game. I'll pay that much of Zelda no sweat. But if it's like the DS, there'll be SO many games that aren't worth $30, let alone $50.
  • icedoesnthelp - January 24, 2011 8:36 p.m.

    Oh, and I don't see Nintendo releasing so many AAA titles in one day, doesn't seem like a smart approach if you ask me.
  • icedoesnthelp - January 24, 2011 8:30 p.m.

    $40 - $50 dollars is rather reasonable. Thats around the same price as Wii games, so not disappointed. Also, did anyone notice that the price for Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition has been up on Capcom's site for a bit now?
  • SteampunkJim - January 24, 2011 8:29 p.m.

    Yeah, $50 for pixelated tits and a lame samurai game, and $40 for all the AAA games? This list looks like BS to me.
  • EvilChicken - January 24, 2011 8:20 p.m.

    I like how the games that look like crap get are more money but the games that look good are less. another reason not to buy those crap games
  • Nintendophile - January 24, 2011 7:51 p.m.

    @WillisTron: I was thinking the same exact thing. For Nintendo to blow they video game wad like that all on ONE day seems ridiculous. This news has been taken with a hefty, hefty grain of salt.
  • WillisTron - January 24, 2011 7:47 p.m.

    Also if this is true then June the 2nd will be the best day for gaming of all time :)
  • WillisTron - January 24, 2011 7:43 p.m.

    lots-o-money mamma mia

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