Rumour: Nintendo 3DS Games More Expensive Than DS Games

Just hours before a weekend-long 3DS Nintendo World showcase kicks off in Tokyo, an established Japanese gaming news outlet is reporting details about the system's launch in that country that could signal what we're getting in March in the US.

Inside Games says the 3DS will go on sale in Japan on February 26, according to a translation of the outlet's article on website Andriasang. The Japanese site puts the price of 3DS games at ¥5800, compared to the common ¥4800 price for regular DS games. That would be about $US70 for 3DS games compared to $US58 US for DS games.

The 3DS is scheduled to launch in America in March, though we don't have an exact date or price (presumably to be revealed at a 3DS press event in New York City on January 19).

Nintendo hasn't revealed game prices in America or Japan, but the Inside Games report signals that software may cost more on the 3DS than on the DS. In the US, top DS games often go for about $US30-$US35.

(In Japan, the 3DS will sell for ¥25,000 or about $US300; there's no hardware price confirmed for the US yet.)

Inside Games also reports that the 3DS will launch in Japan with 10 games. Nintendo is showing more than that during their Tokyo event this weekend, a sign that the glasses-free 3D successor to the DS is still getting a lot of support from game creators.

A spokesperson for Nintendo of America was unable to comment on these details which, it should be clear, were not announced by Nintendo in Japan.

Nintendo's 3DS event in Japan - Nintendo World 2011 - kicks off in just a few hours. We'll be keeping an eye on it and letting you know the latest about the games and news coming out of it.

3DSのロンチタイトルは10タイトル前後、ソフト価格はDS+α [Inside Games, via]


    I would be surprised if they were. The DS pushed the limits for how much I was willing to spend on a portable game. I hope they keep away from the PSP prices as ut just wouldn't be worth it to me..

    So wait... The system will be more expensive... The games will be more expensive and it only has 3-8 hours of battery life? You can still have my money Nintendo, I trust you.

    Wait so nintendo the company thats doing all it can to reduce piracy is, now encouraging it. By means of overpricing everything as much as they can. Has Kotick taken over or something?

    Of course they're more expensive, when the console is upgraded, the games are more expensive. When the PS3 came out, the PS3 games were more expensive than the PS2 games. Why is this such a shock to everyone?

    History teaches us that new games hardware AND software come out at the same prices as their predecessors were originally sold at, and the old stuff gets markdowns. In the honeymoon period they will bend over backwards to win as many early adoptors as possible to create an install base.

    We have recently seen this with X360 Kinect. 8 million units shipped at a net loss, perhaps $100 million spent on marketing worldwide, hoping that people will continue to buy its dance and sports/fitness games for more than 6 months.

    Well I have just spent the day at Nintendo World and after playing the games I can say that the games are worth that much! Seriously the 3DS is not just some crappy handheld the play on the bus. The graphics are really impressive and the 3D isn't gimmicky. In fact it's really easy to just turn off and play the game normally.

    10 launch titles. 9 of which are made by Nintendo? that's some support. =P

    $82+ Australian for a 3DS game? no thanks, i'll think i'll wait

    'Willing to spend on a portable game'

    While it is nice that DS games are generally cheaper than xbox/ps3 games, this shouldn't really be the case. 3DS games have just as heavy of a dev cycle than any other AAA game, why should they be cheaper for no reason except 'they are portable games'.

    The cost of games increases with each generation, this is also an inevitable fact of life. I'm expecting... $100 for a 3DS game in Australia? Thank Christ for imports (and here's a big fat 'F-u' to Mr. Harvey Norman :))

    EB has the 3DS listed as 329 Australia pre-order.

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