Price will be highest for a Nintendo console in more than a decade
Take those 3D glasses off, everyone. The first major mass-market device to take advantage of glasses-free 3D technology has been given a soft release date in the US of March 2011.
Nintendo had confirmed that it would announce release details for the upcoming handheld system today, and it sort of did. It said the system would go on sale in March, but did not announce what the price would be nor did it give an exact date.
However, it did say the 3DS would launch in Japan on February 26 for 25,000 yen, or roughly $300.
This is substantially higher than analysts were expecting, and it could lead to lower sales. Gamers were assuming a price point of closer to $200. If the $300 tag comes over to the US, it would be the most expensive Nintendo system since the Virtual Boy, which of course was a total flop thanks in large part to its overly high price. Hmmm....
Of course, the technology, known as autostereoscopic 3D, is still very new for the mass-consumer market. So the price doesn't come off as unacceptable. However, it is certainly going to make it out of reach for a lot of casual gamers - which is Nintendo's main target.
It's telling that Nintendo was afraid to actually announce the US price point today. It makes us wonder if the company actually hasn't made up their minds yet. That could very well be the case, because the price will determine whether or not the 3DS becomes as big a success as the previous line of products in the DS family.
A $300 price tag is even higher than the launch price of Nintendo's home console, the Wii.
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Via PC World