Tuesday, December 9, 2014

New Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL to be released in U.S. and Europe in March?

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Although currently available in Japan since October, and in Australia and New Zealand since November, Nintendo has officially stated that the newest models of their 3DS handheld systemthe New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XLwill not be released in the U.S. and Europe until 2015, and so far they've provided nothing more than that year. However, based on other circumstances, I believe I've been able to narrow that release date down to a specific season and maybe even the specific month, as well as guess what the systems' prices might be in the U.S.

The New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL in all of their stock photo glory!

By my deductive reasoning, the New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL will be released in North America and Europe during the spring of 2015, and initially, the regular version of the system will cost about 180 U.S. dollars and the XL version will sell for approximately 210 U.S. dollars.

I say spring because "spring 2015" is when the 3DS version of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask is scheduled to be released, according to Nintendo's North American website, and that game in particular has been said by a figure at Nintendo to play differently on the new 3DS, indicating that the game might be released alongside the new systems to promote sales. "Spring 2015" is also the release date for that same game displayed on Nintendo's U.K. site.

And I say 180 and 210 U.S. dollars because—by the current exchange rate—that's equivalent to the 220 and 250 Australian dollars the systems are currently being sold for in Australia, as shown here, here, and here.

The gaming news website, Nintendo Life, speculates a full western release of the New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL to take place before the end of Nintendo's annual fiscal term to get the inevitable burst in sales on the books. Combined with my own speculation, this places the systems' release between March 20th, 2015, the beginning of spring, and March 31st, 2015, the end of Nintendo's current fiscal year.

What do you, the gaming populace, think?

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