US and Euro 3DS Details - What Does It Mean For Australia?

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!


    $350 if that's possible. Please! :)

    $300 is my limit anything higher and I'm going to wait. I hope i don't have to though.

    I guess pricing is up to the retailers much like Europe and I think this will show if they truly care about competing with internet/importing or if they are just being whiney bi**hes.

    Its odd because $400 sounds like a lot for this yet the PSP launched at that price for a lot less 5 or so years ago.

      *for a lot less I mean tech wise with the PSP.

    Let's face it; If I am stuck with region lock, I would have no reason anymore in buying 3DS games in Australia. Many games will never actually get released here. If I want the largest library of English 3DS games, I NEED to get an American 3DS. Together with the very real possibility that the US 3DS would be cheaper, and I no longer have a reason to buy Australian anymore.

    You brought it on yourselves, Australian retailers. Region locking, overprice, and lack of games I want. Going American is the logical choice.

      Australian retail stores have nothing to do with region locks or lack of games, and basically any store that will sell the 3DS will do so at RRP or less.
      If you want to rage, point it at Nintendo.

      I tend to agree

      The region lock and possibility of 50% price inflation is swinging me towards just importing the US or UK model and buying my games from O/S

    The 27th is a Sunday, the 24th is the Thursday, or maybe they'll slip it into the last Thursday on the 31st?

      Yeah, I don't know how I got 27th as a thursday! Fixed.

    I just cancelled my preorder.

    No fucking way I'm paying that when the Americans get it for so much cheaper.

    My faith in Nintendo has been lost again, and even more so I'm sick and tired of Australian retailers thinking they can take us for a ride.

      Probably best to just wait for the official word don't you think?

        I do not mean to be rude, Mark, but Goddy carries a lot of logic with his claim.

        I would not be surprised if official word came out it will cost $400.

        There is basically no competition here in Australia and the powers that are forever think the Australian dollar is only worth at most 60 US cents.

          I agree with you - I think this retails day one at $400, but I wouldn't cancel my pre-order based on speculation.

            There was more to it then just a knee jerk reaction, Mark.

            I pre-ordered from who take the money out of your account automatically when the item is ready to ship, or more specifically my credit card.

            If the 3DS will indeed cost 350+ dollars, I didn't want them just TAKING it. Besides, my point about the Americans getting it cheaper still stands; why spend 350+ dollars here when you can get it for currently 2 dollars LESS then the Americans.

              I do not mean to be rude, Goddy, but I think you would be saving more than $2. More like $200.

                Pretty sure he means that in the US they will pay US$250 and at the current exchange rate (maybe around when he published his comment) we would be paying around the AU$248 mark.

                Having said that however, we're currently sitting almost bang on parity.

                No what I mean is, if an Australian bought the 3DS right now, the dollar to dollar parity has the aussie dollar worth 2 dollars or so more then the U.S.

                So effectively, buying the 3DS from the States right now, you would be paying 247-8 dollars.

                I believe he meant after currency conversion

                  You do have to account for shipping though as well. Still would be a saving of $100 at least

    If we don't get it for 299.99 it's a scalping.

    This is dedication - updating Kotaku AU at 2am.

    So a 3DS will cost as much as a Wii?!

    Wait.. but doesn't Ebay exist? Means you can get the Nintendo 3DS for about $300 to your house including delivery, maybe less in a month or two after release? (factoring in the great AUD)

    I accidentally left my PSP in Dubai last week, so I'm looking at a new toy to carry.. perhaps this?

    Yeah... The international freight industry is going to be getting a boost on March 27th then. Another case of BS overpricing that the Australian consumer is going to be expected to put up with

    At $250 USD, it is safer to import - specially with the region lock.

    Seriously, even with the AUD constantly hovering at the parity point, distributors are still going to think the AUS is only worth around 50 to 60 US cents.

    Hey Mark, TAY is gone!!!
    (trying to do Jack Sparrow impersonation) Why's the TAY gone?!
    :0 :0 :0

    Even $350 is an uncomfortable price point IMO, it's starting to encroach on the cost of a console. That with the idea of region locking could be a deal breaker...

      I bought my 360 for $200 new - it's more than the cost of a console!

    Yes because in a time when our dollar has seen equal if not superior value this sure makes SENSE...

      The current Australian $ value is an anomaly. Give it a few years at this level and you might see the parity prices come through. There would be more complaints if it started at $250 and went up to $350 when the Aus dollar eventually plummets.

    One of these days, ONE OF THESE DAYS, our dollar parity with the US has got to mean something.

    Still getting one!

    I'll be waiting until the price becomes reasonable, ie: not $150 than the US for no valid reason.
    Either that or import and trust the homebrew crowd to do what they always do.

    Surely the recommended retail will be $349.95, and therefore with retailers being ultra competitive i think we'll see $319 price somewhere at launch or even $299. The new x360 slim 250gb's recommended retail was $449.95 but none the less it still gets sold at $399 some places.

    I'll be importing from the US if I ever end up getting one. There's no reason at all to rip Australians odd by so much, especially when today tonight has introduced mothers to online shopping and importing! There will be a lot of people importing IMO. All the more power to savvy shoppers.

    I just found another reason to wait for the inevitable redesign. Remember how great the DS Lite was compared to the original DS?

    Has the region locking been confirmed...I thought some Jap rep said that it may be region locked or something.

    Damn them for region locking...bye bye Inazuma 11 and One Piece Ultimate Cruise :(

    As I've said previously, and Michael's stated here, compare it with a PSP or PSP Go - the Go still sells at $400 and can't even take UMDs (granted, they've taken to throwing in free games to make it more appealing)

    Look at smart phones, you're paying $600-1000+ if you buy one outright... for what amounts to a 3DS without the 3D or ability to make phonecalls.

    So $350 would be a fair price all considering, but that being said I do still take issue with the 30-50% markup we seem to get - the 'being Australian' tax - and I do agree it could quite easily stand to be cheaper.

      and the ability to make phonecalls*

      ...and the launch selection is a bit underwhelming, so people could probably count on a few console/game bundles when the bigger games are released (e.g. OoT)

      Don't get me wrong, I have a *very* tight gaming budget so I can definitely say to you don't buy it if it's not worth it... but this (unconfirmed) price range has pretty much been the expectation since November.

      the PSPgo still sells for $400? I think you must of missed the priced drop late last year... try $250 with most retailers doing it for $199...

        I just checked and you're correct - I was half-shopping for one in late November, EB and GAME had them for $379 RRP with the bonus x-number of games.

        $200-250 is certainly more reasonable, but the point still remains that if Sony can release two editions of the PSP for $400, there's nothing to dissuade Nintendo from doing the same...

    As much as I would love a 3DS, unless Nintendo first bring out a High Def home console, I won't be getting a 3DS if it's $400, but I guess we just have to wait and see.

    are the 3ds region locked cause if they are going to be more expensive and a few months later, American or uk import sounds good

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