Rumor: 3DS games could cost around $42 in the US, based on leaked Japanese launch details

There will be 10 games available when the 3DS launches in Japan next month, and they'll be a bit more expensive than the most expensive DS titles. At least, that's the latest rumor circulating around the internet. Japanese game site Inside Games has reportedly gotten a hold of the details, which are expected to be officially announced at an event tomorrow.

The site did not list exactly which 3DS games would be part of the launch line-up, but whatever they are, consumers may have to pay more than they did for DS launch games. The site reported that 3DS games will retail in Japan for around 5,800 yen, which is the equivalent of nearly $70 USD. Don't worry though - even if that's true, you almost definitely won't be spending $70 per 3DS game in the US.

Current DS games usually go for around 4,800 yen in Japan, which is about $58 USD, but DS games only cost up to $35 in the US. Given that ratio, we might expect to pay around $42 for 3DS games in the US (if the information, and our math, is accurate).

It's all speculation for now, but we'll know more about the North American launch after Nintendo's media event in New York on January 19.

[Source: Andriasang]

Jan 7, 2011




  • WTeen8 - January 8, 2011 6:26 p.m.

    As long as the $300 system rumors aren't real, then this don't bother me. Plus after a few months the prices of the games will drop, and there's always the pre-owned game price drops...
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  • QWERTYCommander - January 8, 2011 9:14 a.m.

    Seriously guys? Your average big-budget DS games were $40.
  • ThundaGawd - January 8, 2011 7:58 a.m.

    Meh, I've already payed FAR MORE for games, (I got Metroid Prime: Hunters when it was still around 45$-50$) so this shouldn't really be too bad. But either way, I'm gonna wait a while before I get my hands on a 3DS (I only really want Resident Evil and Metal Gear Solid for now) I have waaaaay too much PS3 games to play for now (got like 15 of them for Christmas :/), plus, I got Little Big Planet 2, Dead Space 2, and most importantly, Killzone 3 coming out in the next few months, so my money is focused on other things. I'll probably wait till I start working over the summer again before I get one of these
  • ttfp - January 8, 2011 5:32 a.m.

    I'm worried about how the region locking (if any) will be handled. I'm currently living in Hong Kong, and not sure which region of the 3DS I will eventually get, if it means certain things are blocked.
  • Nintendophile - January 8, 2011 3:23 a.m.

    The big question is which games are going to be available at launch. I don't think they'll blow their load so early and release Kid Icarus, Mario Kart, AND Zelda all at the same time.
  • RebornKusabi - January 8, 2011 2:15 a.m.

    Pity I don't care how much it costs since the games look damn impressive so I'll take the hit come March.
  • Hydrohs - January 8, 2011 1:59 a.m.

    I haven't bought many DS games in the last few years, so I'm still used to paying 50. This doesn't bother me.
  • bobbybroccoli - January 8, 2011 12:59 a.m.

    As long as I don't buy from EB games (the canadian gamestop) I'll save atleast 13$ a game.
  • SteampunkJim - January 8, 2011 12:47 a.m.

    Ouch, that's steep. If it's worth it, great. But there are definitely DS games I had trouble paying $30 for. $40+ is quite a bit.
  • dphoenix192 - January 8, 2011 12:44 a.m.

    Well, I was expecting that considering most PSP games go for $40 and there have even been some DS games that have gone for that much.
  • Robusken - January 8, 2011 12:10 a.m.

    I was somewhat expecting that.
  • SuperSEGABros - January 7, 2011 11:49 p.m.

    I really don't think the system is worth the asking price and I really don't think the games should go for more than the price of DS games. It's great that this thing is already appealing to more gamer types. It means more games gamers will like. But, I think it's foolish on Nintendo's part to not continue with their strategy of making their products highly accessible. They finally struck the balance in the last two years between core products and non-core products and it feels like they're going to mess it up trying to imitate Sony and Microsoft before those companies started to imitate Nintendo. It's silly.
  • flabslapper - January 7, 2011 11:44 p.m.

    naw you know what? funk that beeswax. I ain't shelling out that kinda dough until I see some real innovation, I ain't gonna pull a Wii and pick one up day one, even IF they release a new Zelda along this too!
  • KaiokenKid - January 7, 2011 11:39 p.m.

    eh, not too bad if its worth it.

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