Well the news is out – the 3DS will be launching at $250US on March 27 in the US, and two days earlier in Europe at a cost to be determined by retailers. But what does this mean for Australians still awaiting local pricing?
It’s tough to say at this stage, but since Nintendo Australia has already confirmed that the 3DS will hit stores in Australia in March, I’m guessing it’ll hit Aussie shelves on the 24th, or possibly the 31st – which is a Thursday – the day on which most new gaming software and hardware is released in Australia.
But what about the price? Well, that’s a little more difficult. The Nintendo Wii was launched at $250US, and sold here in Australia for $399.95 so based on that logic the 3DS will retail at a similar cost.
Nintendo do have a stronger Australian dollar to contend with, and the spectre of increased importing by an infinitely more savvy consumer base. As a safe bet we’re going to say that the price will be no more than $400, but most likely no less than $350.
We will, of course, have to wait on the official word from Nintendo Australia, which we hope will come sooner rather than later.
Thanks guys! And thanks to those who braved it and followed the press conference with me on twitter until 2.30am!