80% Agree: “3DS Too Expensive”


Surveys of gamers seem to back the reaction of investors – the great majority of gamers seem to think the 3DS is overpriced.

The survey, based on 1,000 responses:

Is the Nintendo 3DS expensive? Or cheap?

It is set to be released on the 26th of February at ¥25,000.


As previously observed, the 3DS does indeed appear to be the most expensive handheld Nintendo has ever released, despite hardware some are accusing of being significantly inferior to smartphones and other devices at a similar price-point:

GB – ¥12800
GBC – ¥8900
GBA – ¥9800
GBASP – ¥12500
DS – ¥15000
DSL – ¥16800
DSi – ¥18900
DSiLL – ¥20000
3DS – ¥25000

Just whether Nintendo’s formidable brand and game development expertise makes up for the pricing remains to be seen.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    02:24 13/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    its a new handheld that does something no others can yet. Sure its expensive, but i dont think its overpriced.

    everyone looks at the specs and gawks, my comment to that is there is no data representing its Graphic Card capabilities to my knowledge at the time of posting this. And it doesnt take a computer science nerd to know that ALL gaming consoles come down to the sheer power their Graphics Chips can produce.

    Don't like the price? just wait itll prolly drop, or the wait at ur local gamestop or used game retailer for the kid who gets everything trades it in because they were "bored" and buy it used. used within the first 2 weeks will prolly be $250ish so have fun.

    The remakes and new kid icarus are more than worth it for me.

    The price is based on the fact that its new, they need to look ahead and see what price will cover the abundance of the new screens for launch, not to mention everything else in there. Nintendo has ALWAYS been affordable except right at launch, except for the wii, that was totally worth it. when you are "first" you get to set the prices. that simple

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:55 13/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    All they have to do is to wait a couple of months and the prices start dropping. Besides, there aren't that much good games that come out in the beginning of the system releases anyway.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:23 13/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i don't care the price im still gona buy it the day of the release

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:25 13/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ITT: A bunch of fucking idiots predicting the doom of Nintendo, same as they have been for the past ten years now. IIRC, Nintendo is kicking ass right now. The 3DS is going to sell like crazy. The DS/Nintendo brand, coupled with the very novel gimmick of no-glasses 3D and Nintendo's awesome marketing assure this beyond a doubt.

    Nice troll wording for the headline, too, Artefact. "80% say 'too expensive?'" That's weird, because the fucking chart says "19%!" There's a huge difference between "expensive" and "too expensive." Nintendo doesn't give a shit about all the parents who cry "this is expensive!" seconds before shelling out for one for their kid. They care about the 19% who refuse to buy it, though I doubt they'll have enough to go around for the first year or so, anyway. I really wish you'd stop letting your ridiculous bias seep into every article you post. All the morons here seemingly refuse to read past your headlines, so it makes the comments here pretty annoying when you post such ridiculous headlines.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:59 13/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)



    You must only play PS3, 360, & Wii games. You must have never watched TV before, because TV has always displayed things at 30 fps (for interlaced stuff), but nobody ever whines about a SHOW'S fps. ALL games are just fine at 30 fps, & most play well even when the fps takes a swan-dive. There are some games that are bad, but NONE of them are bad because they're 30 fps.

    For everybody's info, there has been a way to display 3-D on ALL TV's (including the old ones) WITHOUT GLASSES since the early 80's. If you ever saw an early 80's show called "That's incredible", you may have seen it yourself. Google this word.

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    Comment by Gigavolt
    05:29 13/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If we're lucky psp2 will kill it. Whenever it gets released. I'll buy both after a price drop though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:04 13/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    We won't be so "lucky," because despite any kind of specs the system may have, Nintendo still has its market cornered. The extensive library of A-level franchises Nintendo has to draw from, paired with the great gimmick of a 3D screen will make this handheld run like the wind in the way of sales.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:46 13/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The price is right ...NOT! (Sorry, I had to).

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:05 13/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, no you didn't.

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    Comment by Ken
    05:07 13/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not buying.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:36 13/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    and the ps3 was $600 for how long?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:10 13/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I thought $300 was OK, until the hardware specs were revealed.

    It seems that I will be buying a Pandora after all.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:03 13/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nintendo is fucking smart. Remember the Wii fiasco? They were selling for more on ebay than retail, because everyone fucking wanted one. If they had tacked on $50 to the initial price point, they would have made a shit ton more money. They're trying to avoid that with this console.

    You can't say something's too expensive before it even comes out. Until you understand its capabilities and how much people want it, there's no way to judge. Of course people will say it's too expensive, because everyone wants to pay less for their electronics. Also, a 1,000 sample is hardly enough to judge consumer opinion.

    I love you Sankaku, but sometimes your blatant attempts to create controversy wear on me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:02 13/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Will you PLEASE stop posting this kind of bullshit? This is not news, this is "reporting the results of an open poll that anyone can find if they want." Or do you guys just get off on calling every video game and game system the death of the industry?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:41 13/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you don't like it then don't read it. Some people get some valuable info from this "bullshit".

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:19 13/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Like what?

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    Comment by Dia
    00:10 13/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    80 % of men agree: women don't want enough sex.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:30 13/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I 100% agree that I'm going to give women sex even if they don't want enough.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:16 13/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So whats the difference Between 3DS and a normal DS?

    A build in camera and a 3D screen? >.>

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:32 13/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    the price tag. some other stuff as well... but, mainly the price tag.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:46 13/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    How about the fact that the DS is slightly LESS powerful than the N64, while the 3DS is as powerful, if not more so, than the Gamecube? Different enough for you?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:55 12/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Let me guess, these same people don't have a job & complain when they can't pirate anything? Get a better job or hang yourselves, poorfags. You can't pay for luxuries, not anyone else's problem except yours.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:40 13/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm guessing that you might be the "I'm the best so fudge the rest" when you are just a spoiled child?. Not everyone is spoiled like you.

    Some people don't have money because they don't have a job. And people that don't have a job do so because of 2 reasons:
    1- Even tough they have finished a university or two they just can't find one because either every workplace is occupied or they won't go to garbage disposal when they can be a doctor.

    2-They don't want to work because they don't like it and think that life is easy(Well to some lucky people life is easy and they just inherit everything from the parents/relatives).

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:12 13/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Which doesn't at all change the fact that the 3DS is a luxury item.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:04 12/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    00:30 13/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    80% agree its too expensive? you should double check that... it is 19.2% and Y , I read the "Expensive" and "Quite Expensive" but still you don't sum that up in order to get the % higher on "Too Expensive" :/

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:50 13/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    of those 80% most will buy it anyway

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    Comment by Ballatician
    05:57 13/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    poor mother fuckers. go sell some crack.

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    Comment by SaruDa
    03:51 14/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Those systems are cheap O.O I've seen more expensive eroge. Hell, I've seen more expensive music albums.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:44 13/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Whats more expensive? 3DS or PSP? That's the question. Either way more or less PSP will be executed once 3DS is out.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:36 13/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bitch and whine some more ppl. I live in Sweden, we'll probably pay almost 10000 yen more than any of you will. *sigh*

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    Comment by AnarchoElk
    06:14 14/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I didn't realize this site was a cover for the SDF, misleading title (Only 19.2% think the 3DSis TOO expensive) and the vast majority just fall in step with the Nintendo hate? This is some "Fair and Balanced" reporting if you catch my drift.

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    Comment by Dirty_Dingus008
    11:07 14/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Who gives a shit about this silly survey. Nintardo releases One 2 bit of a Pocket Monster in "THREE Deeeee" and them whiners flock the week before it comes out for it~ Months before if its that "romance" game!

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    11:39 15/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by Visa
    13:52 14/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wouldn't mind if we get 10 free game downloads or a 10GB SD card.

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    Comment by SEGAGIGA
    03:36 15/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    People often miss out on these things:

    Home consoles comparison- Though the price is close to the cost of a 360 or a PS3, the 3DS have everything you need on the go to play. Current gen high def consoles requires a very expensive setup. Add the cost of an HD TV and you are looking at at least $1,000 more..not to mention these things use up more electricity in the long run.

    Smart phones or any jack of all phones comparison- It won't be practical playing games on it since it wasn't primarily designed for gaming. They often have poor battery life, and mediocre controls for these new types of portable games. These phones won't be getting the triple AAA titles that will be coming out on the 3DS.

    Even though the 3DS is reported to have a shorter battery life than the DSi I think it will be more efficient compared to a PSP since it does not have moving parts to read the game.

    Backwards Compatibility - This is what the next PSP would severely lack since I highly doubt they'll be using the UMD format ever again. Your entire UMD library will be obsolete once PSP2 comes out, while every DS game made can be played on the 3DS.

    This pricing thing is just a marketing strategy to sell more DSi/LL before the 3DS launches. And by that time comes most of you would have saved enough money to buy it and a couple of games. ^^

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:54 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow, your really trying to sell this thing.

    I'm sorry, but I'd rather wait for a PSP2 annoucement before I go anywhere near this thing. The fact that a 3DS slim of i version will come soon after, the fact that Nintendo is known to not lower the price of anything, and the fact that Sony will probable sell the PSP2 at a loss to make up ground, is enough for me to be cautious with my purchase.

    Nintendo played catch up, that's it. They didn't do anything to secure the lead, will they sell alot of units, of course because Nintendo has alot of people eating out their hands like dumb animals, but I can't drop $300 knowing they could have just as easily released these games on the current DS, minus the 3D.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:33 18/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Uh.. Do you even remember the launch price of $250US for the original PSP? Sony even jacked up the price for the PSP Go! for $250US launch price again, which was $80US more than the regular PSP price at the time. Are you seriously thinking the PSP2 will be cheaper than a 3DS launch price, especially when Sony tried to sell the PS3 at launch for $600US? I can guarantee you that PSP2 will be a lot more expensive than $250US.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:26 13/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah 80% think it's to expensive yet the SAME 80% will be in the launch line on day 1.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:49 13/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    even if it costs $100 there are always ppl who will say it is too expensive ==

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:44 13/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Stop that stupid anti-Nintendo propaganda!
    250-300 USD is too expansive? Really?

    A good camera?
    1.5 times the 3DS price!

    A smartphone?
    Twice the 3DS price!

    A gaming laptop?
    5-10 times the 3DS price!

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:31 13/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Even if it's not $298 when it comes out I have a feeling it's still gonna be close to it.

    Comment by Shadowmen
    06:11 13/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So completely how is nintendo suppose to sell there product if it that expensive get it together nintendo

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:06 13/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    By selling to me, who actually has a job and can afford a one-time purchase of $300, and $50 a month after that for games.

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    Comment by PrinceHeir
    10:34 13/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    hmm the lineup is already awesome but the thing is. 1 year after launch there's gonna be a "slim" version of this on a lower price. though the MGS Snake Eater along is worth the price :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:36 13/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They didn't compare with the price of PSP though. Fail.

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    Comment by motaku96
    09:58 13/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    How can you even compare smart phones and a game system? Of course everyone will say it's too expensive. That won't stop them from buying it though. Rarely will you ever see people say a price is too cheap. Especially for expensive luxury items.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:46 13/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    3DS is too expensive, what about Microsoft's joke of a Kinect which practically doesn't have any uses at all. Casual gamers, hardcore gamers, won't be buying it.

    At least 3DS has a good game lineup, people will buy it.

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    Comment by Uncommon0taku
    08:57 13/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Its relatively "INEXPENSIVE" when you remember the fuktards, that put them down and wander off on a whim,... Then its simply free!

    There are still lots of parents of spoiled rotten brats as well as lazy clueless grown ups that put out the euros for these things. And still leave them laying about.

    Geeeze,... expensive, my ass.

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    Comment by Daiyousei
    09:29 13/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wanna see a popular device that's voted "too cheap" by more than 20% of buyers. Just one.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:36 12/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    People will still it, be it in japan or other places on earth. Thats how humankind is.

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