We’re not sure how much the system will cost, what games it will launch with, or even what colors it will come in. But we know you have opinions on what you hope the answers are to those questions. Let’s share with the world what we want the 3DS’s launch to be like.
The rough yen-to-dollar conversion of Japan’s 3DS launch price is $300. A lot of people stateside balked at that, but just remember, the average 3DS game (not to mention current DS game) retails for over $55. That said, we all have our limits. You may remember some Dojo-Show-Go podcast hosts claiming they’d spend $500 to get a 3DS. We’ll see how true that is today for them and you.
Timing Your Purchase
Are you a hardcore Nintendo fan? If so, you may be getting 3DS on launch day. Others may wait until the first big game they want releases, and still others will be more frugal, waiting for a hardware bundle or a price drop, particularly if launch price is higher than expected. Then there’s Nintendo’s nasty Apple-esque habit of redesigning and re-releasing its handhelds on a near annual basis– perhaps you’ll wait for a 3DS with a longer battery life?
Much as with Wii’s prototype hardware, Nintendo teased us at E3 with a rainbow of 3DS colors– orange, red, purple, aqua and black. The red and aqua models were featured in all the accompanying E3 photography, but then at the Japan 3DS launch announcement only black and aqua were named as launch colors. This made some Nintendojo staffers who dream of a “Crush Purple” 3DS sad, but international launch colors may well be different. Assuming Nintendo goes conservative, though, and keeps it aqua and black for everyone, which color do you want more?
2011 3DS Games
Given the surprisingly short list of games confirmed for Japan’s 3DS launch (after seeing a flood of titles at E3), we’re in no position to guess what titles will launch in other territories. However, we can hope that most of the following titles will at least launch within the year– though many may just as easily push out to 2012. Hoping for the best, though, if all these titles came out this year, which one would top your must-have list?
That’s all for our 3DS survey. We may have another after next week’s announcement to gauge your reactions. In the meantime, feel free to share more of your thoughts and anticipation in the comments below!