With Nintendo 3DS Release Looming, Speculation Turns To Its Price Outside Japan

We’re rapidly approaching the release of the Nintendo 3DS, and all sorts of things are being speculated right now. The latest concerns the price: what will it be? Nintendo has already said that it’ll launch on February 26, and that it will retail for JP¥25,000. That converts, at time of writing, to around $306. But will it actually be that expensive?

Pocket-lint wants to know, too. A UK retailer has slapped a £194.99 price tag on the system, but with a suggested retail price of £199.00. Given that UK folk typically have to pay much higher prices than others (the 120GB PS3 Slim can be had there for £259.99, or around $399, while the same thing can be found on the U.S. version of Amazon for $298), some have taken the £194.99 price tag to mean that the 3DS won’t be quite as expensive as once figured, if not feared.

Can Nintendo truly get away with charging, say, $300 here in the U.S. for the 3DS? Take your pick: a PS3 or a 3DS. I’d be shocked if it ends up retailing for more than $250 at launch. I think at $250 it’s pretty much an instant buy, because once you throw in the cost of a game—let’s assume for now that Ocarina of Time won’t be a pack-in—you’re looking at a $300 outlay.

The only thing I do know is that of all the fancy new toys that are expected to be released in 2011 I’m most looking forward to the 3DS. I have zero interest in any of the 8 million tablets that are coming out, and the Verizon iPhone is a big yawn—will it be so different that you’ll stop in your tracks, kicking up dust like in a Road Runner cartoon, and visit the VZW store in double-quick time? Nah.

Bring on Mario and Zelda in 3D, I say.