An der heutigen Pressekonferenz von Nintendo wurde das offizielle Release-Datum des neuen Nintendo 3DS verkündet. Der Release ist allerdings nicht wie bisher vermutet im November diesen Jahres.
- Nintendo 3DS wird am 26.Februar 2011 in Japen veröffentlicht
(Europa und Nordamerika vermutlich März 2011)
- Launchpreis: ¥25,000 ($299 USD)
Nordamerika vermutlich zwischen $249 - $299
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Nintendo Announces 3DS LaunchToday, Nintendo officially announced the launch of their upcoming 3DS handheld platform for one region; Japan on February 26th, 2011. While no official announcement has come regarding North America and Europe, their 4 million unit 3DS expectations worldwide through March 2011 likely represents a March 2011 release date in those regions.Comments on PricingThe original Nintendo DS launched at $149.99USD in 2004 (or $173 in 2010 dollars) and ¥15,000, representing an increase in Nintendo’s pricing model for their handheld systems. EEDAR is, however, unconcerned that the initial price-point will discourage consumers. The higher price point allows Nintendo to incorporate new features such as 3D movies, camera, and game support as well as incorporating a more robust online network to aid Nintendo in evolving their product from a single-use, games only platform to supporting the plethora of media and entertainment options that consumers have become accustom to using on their handheld devices such as the PSP, Smart Phones, and Tablet Computers.Disparity between Investors and ConsumerThe industry was anticipating the March 2011 release for North America and Europe; however, general comments from the financial community indicated they were disappointed with the Japan release of February 2011. EEDAR’s opinion differs; we believe that a 2010 Holiday launch would severely impact both the quantity and quality of titles that could be made available by November 2010. EEDAR believes there is both a short term benefit (by not placing a third new device into the holiday line-up for consumers) and a long-term benefit (by allowing publishers and developers additional time to create compelling content) in the selected launch timing for the 3DS platform.EEDAR believes that Nintendo’s decision to launch in North America and Europe in 2011 has little to do with manufacturing limitations and everything to do with Nintendo’s decision to ensure a strong third-party launch line-up. Historically, third-party launch titles have underperformed compared to their first-party counterparts, which is almost entirely due to the limited development schedules available to third-parties. By allowing additional development time through March 2011, a superior product lineup should be available at launch, something all gamers can appreciate. EEDAR applauds Nintendo and their continued efforts to support the third-party development communityLastly, with an already packed holiday season, a Spring 2011 launch of the 3DS hardware and software will provide incremental revenue to the industry and will likely be a catalyst for positive growth both in hardware and software for the first quarter of 2011.