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Post by Steve Farrelly @ 10:30am 20/01/11 | 18 Comments
Nintendo of America revealed late last night that the Nintendo 3DS, the company's new glasses-free 3D handheld console, would launch in North America on March 27 for a US price point of $249.99, adding that markets outside the US will "offer similar consumer value", and that the system will be available in either Cosmo Black or Aqua Blue at launch.

That puts the AU price point at basically the same after conversion thanks to the strength of the Australian dollar, though knowing how locality works in events like this, it's unlikely it'll be the same. We have contacted Nintendo of Australia however, and have been told there will be a specific Australian press event held on February 8, so stay tuned. Unfortunately, the handheld is also region locked, making importing difficult.

"DVDs are also region locked. It's nothing new," former Australian Nintendo boss and current UK Nintendo head, David Yarnton explained to Eurogamer of region locking. "I know people would love to sample the box of chocolates from everywhere, but at this stage... As time goes on, who knows what's going to happen."

In the UK, the handheld launches on March 25th at a price point of £229, which in Australian conversion is roughly $365; likely giving us a closer comparison at the chunk of change we'll need here. As for launch titles, there was no 'specific' list for Day One, only a promise that in the time between the late March drop and E3 (June), there would be some 30 titles released for the handheld, most of which you've already heard about: Kid Icarus: Rising, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Super Street Fighter IV 3D, Star Fox 64 (or Lylat Wars here) 3D, Mario Kart, Animal Crossing, Pilotwings Resort, Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D, Resident Evil: Revelations and so on.

We've already started getting press releases from third-parties, so keep your eyes peeled throughout the week and the next few months leading up to the launch for more local release details, as well as official word from Nintendo Australia early next month regarding Aussie-specifics, right here on AusGamers.



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Latest Comments
ravn0s
Posted 10:33am 20/1/11
hands-free 3D handheld console


huh?


also region locking is lame

last edited by ravn0s at 10:33:51 20/Jan/11
fpot
Posted 10:32am 20/1/11
hands-free 3D handheld console
lol sorry but that is a hilarious typo.
tspec
Posted 10:36am 20/1/11
You mean you have to use your hands? That's like a baby's toy.


last edited by tspec at 10:36:23 20/Jan/11
Steve Farrelly
Posted 10:35am 20/1/11
oops

:S
Linker
Posted 10:46am 20/1/11
heh. at that price you would be stupid NOT to import it rather than buying it here.
fpot
Posted 10:48am 20/1/11
Coming soon iphone 3D
scuzzy
Posted 10:59am 20/1/11
the iPhone will get the technology in 5 years time but apple will claim they invented it.
Tepid
Posted 10:59am 20/1/11
250 usd? sweet, should only be about 500 aud then
`ViPER`
Posted 12:12pm 20/1/11
yeah it will be $350 AUD at least.
pimento
Posted 12:22pm 20/1/11
Stating that region locking is nothing new and unusual is misleading - before the DSi, no handheld consoles were region locked. Not for Nintendo anyway. I don't see what significant advantage they will get by region locking things, but to my mind it will cause more people to hack the things so they can play games that aren't released here. I'd be curious to pick someone's mind about that.
Enska
Posted 02:01pm 20/1/11
yeah that's the thing, Region locking is OLD f*** it off.
`ViPER`
Posted 02:06pm 20/1/11
"DVDs are also region locked. It's nothing new,"


Yeah and it is lame on DVD's too, so you copied it? Nice work idiots.

Isnt there some australian law against region locked DVD players?
Midda
Posted 02:09pm 20/1/11
Well, I won't be getting one at launch now. I'll wait, hopefully some clever chaps will find ways around the region locking.
vito
Posted 02:24pm 20/1/11
Wow, so 3DS is regions locked, because DVD's are. What a s*** explanation.

And all that tripe about region locking for suitability and compatibility is bollocks. Its just an old capitalist method of forcing people to buy locally instead of overseas, to minimize competition.

Also, my guess is $399.95 for the 3DS at launch.
Deviouz
Posted 03:20pm 20/1/11
DSi and DSi XL are region locked... wheres the up-roar? no where because it isn't an issue.
diaglyph
Posted 03:53pm 20/1/11
Regional lock is crap. If Sony can do it on PS3 and PSP I can't understand why Nintendo can't. Another excuse I've read is to stop the pirates - that's a laugh.
But I have read that Australia is under the Europe banner, so that means we should be able to import from the UK (I'm not going to pay the high exorbitant prices expected for games in Australia).
I'm also hoping, at most, the 3DS will be $299AUD. Anything more than that..... I don't know if I'll pick one up straight away.
And with current exchange rate, it will be overly "rich" of Nintendo Aus to charge over $300 for the 3DS (but not overly surprising if it turns out that way).
trog
Posted 03:53pm 20/1/11
"DVDs are also region locked. It's nothing new," former Australian Nintendo boss and current UK Nintendo head, David Yarnton explained to Eurogamer of region locking. "I know people would love to sample the box of chocolates from everywhere, but at this stage... As time goes on, who knows what's going to happen."
What a hilarious thing to say. Comparing your decision to another industry where region locking has been used to screw people over time and time again all around the world really doesn't make your product sound any more appealing.
Midda
Posted 06:13pm 20/1/11
DSi and DSi XL are region locked... wheres the up-roar? no where because it isn't an issue.

Only DSi games are region locked. Actual DS games, which are all that is really important for the platform, are not region locked.
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