Nintendo’s 3DS handheld gaming console will display glasses-free 3D, take 3D pictures, and may even be updated to record 3D video. Oh, and it plays games too! Still, the $250 price tag is more than Nintendo has ever charged for a handheld system. Is it too expensive?
Commenters across the internet are balking at the price of the 3DS. “$250 for a handheld system that does everything we’ve wanted from a 3D handheld? Surely not!” To put it in another perspective, the 3DS is the exact same price as the PSP was when it first launched. It’s far cheaper than an iPhone purchased without a service contract, and comparing the price of a 3DS to a 3D television is ludicrous.
The system will launch in the U.S. on March 27th at $250. 23 different games will be available by the end of June, including a new ‘Dead or Alive’ game, ‘Pilotwings Resort’, ‘Street Fighter IV’, and even ‘Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked’. That’s an impressive set of launch games – much more promising than those available for the launch of the DS, PS3, Xbox 360, or even the Wii.
So what do you think? Is the 3DS worth the $250, or are you holding out for a lower price point?