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 Andriasang.com]