Nintendo 3DS launch date and price confirmed, rejoice and be merry fellow gamers

Kris Kringle, you fat son of a bitch. We begged you for a Nintendo 3DS this Christmas. But our pleas have obviously fallen on deaf ears, because the mega exciting handheld won’t be released until February 26th 2011. And that’s the Japanese launch date. Peeps in the US and Europe will most likely have to wait until next March. Still, at least there’s some fairly good news on the price of the machine.

Above: Rejoice, my friends. Soon it will be upon us

Nintendo revealed a veritable shitload of 3DS details at a conference in Japan last night. Here are the main points to mull over…

  • It will launch on February 26th next year in Japan, with an expected March release date for Europe and the US.
  • The price for all this 3D goodness, you ask? It’ll retail for 25, 000 yen, which is roughly $300/£190. Which, to be honest, is slightly cheaper than we were expecting.
  • The system will launch in Aqua Blue and Cosmic (man) Black. We might have added the ‘man’ bit. Sorry, we were channelling The Truth from San Andreas. Seeing as we’ve already held a red unit, more colours will no doubt be released further down the line.
  • You’ll get a 2GB SD card in the box, which will come loaded with reality games, no doubt showcasing the 3D witchcraft the pocket-sized machine is capable of. It also comes with a docking bay to house the handheld.
  • Just like one of them new fangled phones of the ‘i’ variety, you’ll be able to multitask with the 3DS. This mean you’ll be able to pause the game and switch between other programs and applications, including a notebook and, we’d assume, the console’s camera functions.   
  • Do you like the Wii’s Miis? Anyone? Hello? Regardless if you care about the insipid avatars or not, the 3DS will have them. You’ll even be able to take a photo of yourself in the Mii Studio and copy the image to create your own potato-headed virtual person. The little dudes and dudettes can then by uploaded to websites and shared via the SD card.
  • Nintendo’s machine will perpetually be in Wi-Fi mode, meaning even when it’s in sleep mode, it can download Miis from other handhelds through hotspots or from something that sounds vaguely wrestling-related, with the system’s enhanced Tag mode. Street Fighter IV will be one of the first titles to use this feature, and the beat ‘em up will allow you to receive fight requests from other gamers. Nintendo also mentioned a Wi-Fi service called Wifine, although this may only be available in Japan.

All exciting stuff, then. It just leaves the small matter of what games will be available come launch day, which we've listed in this article right here. Now, can anyone spare some change, guv? We've got 3DS' to be saving up for.

Above: Seriously, we're skint

Sep 29, 2010


  • sassyg14 - October 3, 2010 10:03 p.m.

    $300 is alot of money.... :'o
  • FamousAnonymous - October 1, 2010 2:23 a.m.

    Sounds neat, but I think I'll get a PS3 instead.
  • AWBrawler - September 30, 2010 9:46 p.m.

    it will be $250 or less. We are getting it months later than Japan, and by that time cost will be down, so that may be why Big N released it in Japan first, so it can be cheaper by the time we get it. and can be $250 or less!! Sounds like something they'd do!
  • AGENTJORRRG - September 30, 2010 6:13 a.m.

    YYYAAARRRGG $300!!? maybe in 2030 when it costs the $10 you can get a gameboy for now. I'm not paying enough for a slim 360 and then some for a box of gimmick.
  • TeslaVonMagnus - September 30, 2010 4:12 a.m.

    I'm selling my DSi immediately to get a jump start on saving up sufficient funds for this glorious device!
  • QWERTYCommander - September 30, 2010 3:50 a.m.

    People who think this is gonna cost $300 in the US are stupid. It's not going to be straight exchange. It's going to be (most likely) $230-$250 in the US. Still a lot, but not $300.
  • Shagnasty - September 30, 2010 3:46 a.m.

    Considering the cost of the 3D technology they're using, I bet Nintendo is actually biting the bullet on the initial cost and making up the rest and profit on the software. Seriously, the components gotta put this thing around $450 to make.
  • theworldendswithpoo - September 30, 2010 1:57 a.m.

    The price was never a concern for me, to be honest. Unless this thing was going go for 350+, i was going to buy it. The day it comes out. Anyway, it sounds like it'll go for 250 in the states. So excited!
  • xerroz - September 30, 2010 12:35 a.m.

    It'll most likely cost $249.99 (ppl are doing 25000 yen = $299 = straight exchange). BUT, if it is $199, nintendo sells 5 million of those bad boys in a month, no doubt.
  • kaizer123 - September 29, 2010 11:29 p.m.

    lol you guys know that its actually 199 to 250 bucks? (We dont have the same currency lol
  • SumthingStupid - September 29, 2010 11:17 p.m.

    i want it, but more money then i thought it would be, i guess on going to have to cut back on food or something
  • bugcatcherjason - September 29, 2010 10:34 p.m.

    I want it FOR FREE.
  • Styrophoamicus - September 29, 2010 9:22 p.m.

    Complain about the price all you want; Nintendo knows you'll buy it. Personally I think it's a good price point. This is, after all, the first mainstream glassless 3D system. Imagine how much it would cost if this were in Sony's hands? The PSPGo cost $50 more than the regular PSP and had less features. captcha: porgen that
  • RebornKusabi - September 29, 2010 9:19 p.m.

    I've already saved up that money and enough for a game or two by now... so yeah, I was pretty much prepared for this price range. Release date is a little too far into the future for my liking however I can deal with it.
  • FeathersMcgraw - September 29, 2010 9:16 p.m.

    300$? That will sell to the mainstream.
  • frozenghost - September 29, 2010 9:15 p.m.

    I am probably the only person who does not care about this thing at all.
  • michaelkaramas - September 29, 2010 8:50 p.m.

    I may bite by then but still the psp 2 news is getting to me...60fps on a hand held... wow
  • Felixthecat - September 29, 2010 8:43 p.m.

    Yeah baby, £190. Just as I expected.
  • Strangleme - September 29, 2010 8:32 p.m.

    Yesssss!!! I can't wait to get this in my hands!!
  • MrDuracraft - September 29, 2010 8:09 p.m.

    @sutrebla Wow that's a really good deal lol. But OT: Guys calm down! This is obviously just an estimate price.It definitely won't launch at a higher price than the Wii did. It will be $250 max. As Mr. Elston said on Twitter "I realize 25,000 yen is $300, but I can't see NOA releasing 3DS for that price. It's a magic "nuh uh" number for mass market handheld." From the comments, and me, that "nuh uh" is totally correct.

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