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Nintendo 3DS Priced At $249, Dated March 27

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In case you haven't already heard a thousand times from hopping on twitter or visiting just about any blog even tangentially related to videogames, there was a little 3DS shindig happening in New York today. Our own Wootini is off at the event, and will have much more to say about the system and it's launch titles later, but in the mean time I wanted to bring some news that many have long been waiting for: a price and release date.

The Nintendo 3DS will release in the US on March 27 for the price of $249.99 and in two colors: aqua blue and cosmo black. Each system also comes bundled with a 2GB SD card and a charging cradle, as well as a bevy of preinstalled software and cards for use in augmented reality games.

Elsewhere in the world there was actually a second event going on announcing an earlier March 25 release date for the system in European territories, though oddly no price was given to accompany that date.

So what are your thoughts? $250 is actually exactly what I was expecting the system to cost, but I'm sure there were some of you out there hoping for or expecting something lower. Is the 3DS a must-have at launch, or do you plan on waiting for the practically inevitable 3DS Lite?

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In the European corner [and my thoughts as the event went on]...


- First time I've ever seen the EU guy of NoE... *shock*
- Aqua Blue for me [shame at no purple :(]
- The Home button is a nice idea. Very 360ish.
- 3DS wifi content - Sky 3D and sport will be a big hit here in the UK then!

- Aardman involvement - Shaun the Sheep shorts via SpotPass! :D
- I wonder if I'll be able to transfer Miis from my Wii to the 3DS...?
- One universal system code [wireless automatic FC exchange and can see what friends are playing right now] :D
- 3DS = 'Virtual Boy 2' joke. :P

- Okie, THIS is the head of NoE. Again, first time I've ever heard and seen him... *shock*
- Rayman 3D for me :)
- $250 sounds expensive for the US [and looks like it'll be pretty cheap in £s]!
- The focus on these specific games makes me think that they will be the European 3DS lineup, personally.

- Pilotwings Resort for me then :)
- Kid Icarus, why aren't you a launch title...?!
- 3DS and Pokemon B/W two days before the US = heck yes son!
- No points / cards and actual cash to pay for transactions - at last!

I have my Aqua Blue [at £220 from Play.com] and Pilotwings [maybe Super Monkeyball or and Rayman to add later] pre-ordered. ^-^

Keith said:

That's about the price that I was expecting, but higher than was hoping for. At that price, it's not a day one buy for me. I'll wait until the inevitable upgraded model is released and either buy that, or the original model once the price has dropped to $200 or less.

Gabe said:

I'll buy it when KH:3D comes out (oh no, I think it's coming out this year…)

Mittens said:

I expected that price, exactly. But I won't buy until the first game I want comes out for it--and only it.

I dedicated myself to buying this thing day one at E3. I'll worry about the games when we get to them. Curious to see what the launch line up is going to be for us.

Gologan said:

Great read. I also think it could be a bit longer

Gologan said:

Great read. I also think it could be a bit longer
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