3DS game prices revealed?

The Nintendo 3DS is breaking new waves when it comes to mobile handheld gaming. While there has been a lot of hype around the device, one detail has yet to remain unveiled, how much are the games going to cost?

Play.com has posted up what appears to be pricing for the upcoming games. They currently list two titles at £24.99 (about $40.00 USD). While some may quickly write this off as a place holder, Play.com actually does have place holders without prices. 

As such, it is a safe assumption to make that the games will command a premium, much like an analyst had expected. While there is certain reasonable expectation that these games would ask a higher MSRP when compared to games on mobile platforms, such as those on iOS, the real question is, will consumers pay the price?

The 3DS does offer a lot more than the iOS platform, so it’s expected that the games will be more expensive. But when the iOS has a typical $20 max price for games, do people (parents) really want to pay upwards of $40 per game on a mobile device? Yes, there will be a certain amount of hardcore enthusiasts that purchase the games, but $40 is creeping in close to the game prices of the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. 
 

Thanks for the tip Sylar2010

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3DS > iDevice

reason: no known exploits have been made for the 3DS yet.

And what kind of parents buy their kid an iDevice and every single game the kid wants for it? The kid will get bored after like a week.

stablemist said,
3DS > iDevice

reason: no known exploits have been made for the 3DS yet.

And what kind of parents buy their kid an iDevice and every single game the kid wants for it? The kid will get bored after like a week.

Maybe because... the 3DS isn't out yet? -_-

I totally disagree some games are actually better on the iphone some are better on dedicated game console. I think that in the future dedicated portable game machines have to do a lot more then they are doing now. Nintendo even said they are more worried about the iphone then they are about the psp. -That tells the story right there.

To be totally honest i see gaming on a mobile phone no more true gaming than flash games on miniclip the 3ds and PSP2 are true gaming devices

If you have an iphone you are paying a monthly fee for data which you wont be paying for the nds. Plus the 3ds has 3d and NINTENDO made games.

The ipod touch or iphone does not have nintendo made games. Thats a huge selling point.

majortom1981 said,
The ipod touch or iphone does not have nintendo made games. Thats a huge selling point.
And this alone means that the 3DS will sell well. Sure, I could go buy an iPod Touch and play games I've never heard of... or I could buy a 3DS and play Mario Kart and Zelda.

honestly i think console games should be no more than $40 and handhelds no more than $20. prices for games are out of control these days; however, i remember when N64 games were $50 too...

Also how is £25 close to 360 and PS3 Prices. Games here for them consoles are £40 plus. Wii games are £35. Super Mario Bros. Wii and Mario Galaxy 2 are both £35.

Umm, pretty much all normal DS games come out at £25 to start, unless they are like Pokemon and come out at £35, so I don't see why these would have more of a "premium price" if they are the same.

And I don't know what parents you might be talking too, but most of the ones I know who are the normal non in the know types, don't have the slightest clue about iOS and the iPod Touch/iPhone as a gaming system, plus the fuss of buying through iTunes as a software platform on a computer compared to walking into most shops, buying the game and giving it to their kids.

I don't think it's a premium price. I just looked on Play.com, and New Super Mario Bros. retails for £29.99, and Dragon Quest IX retails for £34.99.

caughtjoo said,
What price did DS games retail at when released? I see some Nintendo games are 25-40$.

First DS game I bought, when it was released was Zelda and it was $45. However that was an acceptable price back then... these days people want less for portable, and more for regular... or so it would appear...