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The man who’ll be orchestrating the launch of the 3DS here in the UK, James Honeywell, was interviewed by Electricpig recently to find out more details regarding Nintendo’s little box of magic. The whole vid is worth a watch but by far the most chin-tappingly-interesting part came when asked about pricing. Honeywell said: “Price, we haven’t made any kind of announcement at the moment, but for everyone who already knows, you know, the Nintendo DSi is available for around £129.99. The Nintendo DSi XL, with the larger screens, is around £159.99. So obviously, it’s going to fit, kind of, somewhere within that kind of architecture.”
Hmm, lets think about that; If Nintendo were to keep the DSi and DSi XL at the same price and introduce the 3DS as a completely new system, then £179-199 sounds about right. If however they decide to drop the price of all previous DS SKUs, treating the 3DS like the next model, we could see it come in lower between £159-179. It’s far more likely to be the former since the new tech of the 3DS is far more advanced and therefore really a DS 2. I was suitable impressed (check out my hand-on) with the 3DS when I got to play with it and wouldn’t be too fussed if it ends up costing just under £200. I can’t imagine Nintendo going too far over that since they’re all about affordable gaming.
We won’t find out anything for sure until September 29th it appears as Nintendo confirmed to Bloomberg Japan (via VG247) that an event discussing price and launch timings will take place. The confirmation of the event got a bit out of hand with rumours of a Japan only release happening sometime this quarter. Nintendo claimed this was just a case of Chinese whispers.