There was a lot of debate over the final price of the Nintendo 3DS after its Japanese launch price was announced at ¥30,000. The debate got louder when gamers and journalists realized that equaled about $370.
Fortunately, no one really thought that would be the actual price but there was a lot more arguing over what the final price would be. Would Nintendo release the 3DS at the premium price of $300 or give gamers a break and release its machine for under $200?
Nintendo sorted all of that earlier this year when it revealed that the price point will be $249.99. That's better than $300, but many still questioned such a high price point.
Things get more interesting this week after UBM TechInsights' breakdown of the 3DS' internal hardware that was revealed by Eurogamer.net.
In it we learn that it costs Nintendo about $101 to assemble the 3DS. This means it is selling the new handheld for about $100 more than it might need to.
In Eurogamer's article there are a lot of analysts and retailers that are quoted as saying that the price is quite fair and practical. And reading their comments you have to admit it all sounds very logical.
But what do you think? Is $249.99 a fair price for a new iteration of the DS? Is the prospect of playing 3D without glasses enough of a hook to override the cost?
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