3DS games to come at a premium cost according to analyst

Despite all of the excitement over the 3DS and its games, there are still several unknowns about them, including the price and release date. Today, one of those things (the price) may have been made clearer. According to Computer and Video Games, “The Nintendo 3DS could see higher game prices than its predecessor, reckons industry analyst Michael Pachter.”

Pachter goes on to state that the 3DS has revolutionary enough technology to justify a price hike and have the system and games still sell well. He believes that the E3 unveiling of the 3DS will aid Nintendo in selling the system. It received almost universally positive reviews during E3.

The fact that it is a revolutionary system could justify a price tag of $250 or slightly more. CVG says, “Speaking to CVG last month, the analyst predicted that Nintendo would quickly sell ten million 3DS consoles at "any price below $300," suggesting that it's certainly not under pressure to put an attractive RRP on the device.”

While this price may seem extreme, if Nintendo markets it appropriately, the price could very well end up being an afterthought for a lot of gamers. This could be true especially during the 2011 holiday season when impulse buys are commonplace. When it comes to the games, with the DS, the prices currently range from $25 - $40 at the most. The exact price range for 3DS games is not yet known. However, based on Pachter’s statements, a price above $40 wouldn’t be surprising. 

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Shadrack said,
The price of an iPod touch/iPhone game is AT MOST $20. And don't say it isn't the same market as the DS/PSP, because it is. "Hardcore mobile gamer" is an oxymoron…

It's not in the same market. iPhone games are very casual. Some are pretty long, but most of them are typical flash games you would find while NDS games are typically more involved.

Shadrack said,
The price of an iPod touch/iPhone game is AT MOST $20. And don't say it isn't the same market as the DS/PSP, because it is. "Hardcore mobile gamer" is an oxymoron…

Since when was an iDevice the same market as a DS. The DS and iDevice's games are different things. iDevice games are portable download games that you just get from the iTunes Store.

The DS you actually buy cartridges,the games are longer,the games can be sold easy. Not the same market.

TechDudeGeorge said,

Since when was an iDevice the same market as a DS. The DS and iDevice's games are different things. iDevice games are portable download games that you just get from the iTunes Store.

The DS you actually buy cartridges,the games are longer,the games can be sold easy. Not the same market.

. Hahaha. Both nintendo and sony recognize that iOS is a serious threat, but you don't? Maybe you should call them up and say everything will be O-K...

iPhone games are very casual.
. Gta china-wars and a number of Square titles (off the top of my head) are anything but "casual". Again "hardcore mobile gamer" = oxymoron.

Xilo said,

It's not in the same market. iPhone games are very casual. Some are pretty long, but most of them are typical flash games you would find while NDS games are typically more involved.

Final Fantasy I and II
Tony Hawk 2
Rayman 2
GTA Chinatown Wars
SimCity
Sims 3
Rock Band

All games you would expect to find on the DS, but far cheaper.

Who knows, we are talking about Nintendo guys, they always like to do their console using "cheap" hardware. But this time, the 3D screen + the touchscreen can be very expensive, considering their strategical move because of Kinect and Move coming late this year, price could be around 250U S$ just as the article states. If this is to occur, it will be Nintendo's first mobile console to be priced beyond the 200 US$.

BTW are there any hardware updates regarding the upper screen? Who knows, maybe they've developed a 3D screen which is cheaper than the ones being produced by TV companies; or maybe they have a deal with someone else so they could cut the price off the screen.

But 2++ US$ Won't be a big surprise here.

People gonna just pirate those $40 games anyways so its not going to matter. I think this is going to blow up in their face like how the psp go blew up on sony. No need for 3d anything like this.

Gotenks98 said,
People gonna just pirate those $40 games anyways so its not going to matter. I think this is going to blow up in their face like how the psp go blew up on sony. No need for 3d anything like this.

Way to be optimistic... 3D is going for the future really... I for one am exited over it, and will be willing to pay £40 for 3D games. I believe Nintendo has a future with this. PSP only blew for sony as the DS had already owned the handheld gaming market,and the psp was just sony's attempt of trying to be better. Just like their attempt to win the Console war with their Wii Ripoff.

TechDudeGeorge said,

Way to be optimistic... 3D is going for the future really...

3D is a gimmick. There was an article that 3D moves have been on the downfall ever since Avatar. I personally don't like 3D, its harder on my eyes and makes things more confusing.

TechDudeGeorge said,

Way to be optimistic... 3D is going for the future really... I for one am exited over it, and will be willing to pay £40 for 3D games. I believe Nintendo has a future with this. PSP only blew for sony as the DS had already owned the handheld gaming market,and the psp was just sony's attempt of trying to be better. Just like their attempt to win the Console war with their Wii Ripoff.

Actually for the first year of the PSP's life, the PSP was absolutely destroying the DS. It wasn't until 2006 the DS got a revamp and a full xmas line up of decent games then the DS really started to turn it around at all. LTD the PSP was winning until about late 2006-mid 2007.

Most people have really bad memories when it comes to things like this.

Brandon said,

3D is a gimmick. There was an article that 3D moves have been on the downfall ever since Avatar. I personally don't like 3D, its harder on my eyes and makes things more confusing.

I'm sorry about your eyes, but mine and many others agree that 3D is extremely impressive and worth it.

andrewbares said,

I'm sorry about your eyes, but mine and many others agree that 3D is extremely impressive and worth it.

Who are others? Numerous threads about 3D movies have said the same thing: they don't really add much to the story and are often just a "second thought."

As I understand, the 3DS will not require 3D glasses, which is unlike most other 3D experiences. If Nintendo can somehow have it where you don't have to hold it at exactly a perfect angle, then it *may* work. If you do, it will just be annoying as hell. I'd rather see Gamecube-level graphics with a 3D rendering (like all other video games) than this actual 3D stuff.

Brandon said,

3D is a gimmick. There was an article that 3D moves have been on the downfall ever since Avatar.

The opposite, there are more 3d movies now that before Avatar.
For movies, 3d is not a gimmick anymore, now 3d is part of the market.

Magallanes said,

The opposite, there are more 3d movies now that before Avatar.
For movies, 3d is not a gimmick anymore, now 3d is part of the market.


The industry may want to produce more 3D movies, but that doesn't mean that consumers want them
Article: http://gizmodo.com/5592956/is-3d-already-dying

and another article saying 12% of the population in just the UK can't even see 3D
http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=255376

3D is and will continue to be a gimmick until you can get the effect without needing glasses, needing to be within the very limited viewing angle of the device and when it doesn't put strain on the eyes

Brandon said,

3D is and will continue to be a gimmick until you can get the effect without needing glasses, needing to be within the very limited viewing angle of the device and when it doesn't put strain on the eyes

Well, I don't see how the 2 points apply to the 3DS: it does not use glasses to have 3D effect and, frankly, I don't think people will use it to game or watch movies in any othe angle besides looking straight to it (you might say that for a 3D TV this might be an issue, but for a portable console I don't think the same applies).

As for the strain in the eyes, that is something that changes from person to person. I for instance, never got any disconfort from the current 3D tech whatsoever.

IsLNdbOi said,
Didn't some eye experts say recently that more than an hour or two at a time of 3D content could hurt your vision?

Sounds like the backing of an episode of Penn & Teller: Bullsh!t.

Doubtful. Nintendo of all companies will not allow a product to be inaccessible. Patcher is a tool, rarely correct about anything. This is the guy who said Wii HD would be out in 2010, and Natal would be 50$.

Remember Virtual Boy? You REALLY think Nintendo would allow that to happen again?

3D is absolutely a gimmick! For you fools that say otherwise, try actually watching a movie on a 3DTV before coming here and spouting off bull**** about how it's the future and it's here to stay and other idiotic **** like that. I urge you to go to a best buy and watch a 3D tv and you will see that the technology is very much behind what it promises.

ManOfMystery said,
3D is absolutely a gimmick! For you fools that say otherwise, try actually watching a movie on a 3DTV before coming here and spouting off bull**** about how it's the future and it's here to stay and other idiotic **** like that. I urge you to go to a best buy and watch a 3D tv and you will see that the technology is very much behind what it promises.

I'm not flying to america to best buy, I'v got a 3D TV shop that's not Best Buy. And I actually liked the 3D TV

TechDudeGeorge said,

I'm not flying to america to best buy, I'v got a 3D TV shop that's not Best Buy. And I actually liked the 3D TV

So did I. And 3DS has a plus: no glasses.

i would not be surprised if this is true. Console games used to be $50 and now theyre $60. i wouldnt be surprised if PS4 games are $65-70.

how do they still not understand that raising prices doesnt stop piracy? PSP and DS are notorious for piracy... the games are $30-40! although i guess we cant expect that piracy would go away if the games were only $20...

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