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For Most Of Japanese Gamers, The 3DS Is Too Expensive

by Ernice Gilbert on October 12th, 2010, under Hot, News, Nintendo

See, we’re not the only ones who believe Nintendo’s pulling a fast one on here; because according to a recently conducted survey, the vast majority of Japanese gamers feel that the 3DS is priced extremely high.

The survey was conducted by GetNews.jp, and it shows that 19.25% of the one thousand gamers surveyed labeled the ¥25,000 / $305 / £192 handheld as too expensive, with 28.3% deeming it as expensive and 32.2% ‘slightly’ expensive.

Only 16 percent thought the handheld was reasonably priced, with 2 percent as slightly inexpensive and 0.9% rated the price as inexpensive.

But it’s our fault anyway. Nintendo said it priced the device that way because the reception at E3 was very high, and so they believed it’d sell well.

“You do not need any other hardware devices to be connected in order for you to play with it,” Nintendo President Satoru Iwata told investors recently. “We do not think, ‘the price relationship between portable devices and home consoles must stay intact simply because it used to be that way.’”

So, would you purchase the 3DS for $305?

3 Comments

  1. Wed, 13th Oct 2010 at 3:32 am

    so if the demands high that gives you the right to charge whatever you want for your product?
    see, this is exactly why i hate the gaming industry, everyone has turned into greedy money grubbing sons of ………
    the day i pay 300 USD which probably would equate to 500 AUD for a crappy handheld which only had games 10 year olds wanted to play, and which makes me throw up after 10 minutes of use due to the crappy 3D screen is the day pigs start eating zombies!

  2. Wed, 13th Oct 2010 at 5:52 am

    “the day i pay 300 USD which probably would equate to 500 AUD for a crappy handheld which only had games 10 year olds wanted to play, and which makes me throw up after 10 minutes of use due to the crappy 3D screen is the day pigs start eating zombies!” Don’t pigs eat zombies already? I think so ;-)

  3. Wed, 13th Oct 2010 at 8:46 am

    havent seen any.

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