That's a lot of money for a handheld! Especially given the fact that I'm still rocking my DS Lite, and have quite a few friends who never upgraded from the original DS. Then again, I still have my SNES and that didn't stop me from buying a N64, GameCube, and Wii.
Since its announcement I've had my doubts about the 3DS. I was over the whole 3D craze before it began (3D makes me nauseous) and I'm a little disappointed Nintendo is going after the craze. However, my doubts are definitely quelled a bit by Iwata talking about how he dismissed 3D gaming (with required glasses).
You have to admire a company that says "OK, 3D is neat and everything, but the technology for it now is dumb, so we're going to change it."
Thus the 3DS.
Now that I've read up on the 3DS a little more, I'm not sure I'll be able to pass it up. The DS saw a blast of casual gaming, and it seems the 3DS will see a blast of gaming back to its roots. We've got such titles as Mega Man, Resident Evil, and Super Monkey Ball slated to pop out games for the thing. Plus there's going to be a Virtual Console for Gameboy and Gameboy Color games, which means I may finally be able to retire my double A batteries for rocking Pokemon Red on my old GBC. Apparently there were demos of Ocarina of Time at E3 as well!
What do you think readers? Are you determined to buy a 3DS no matter what its pricing in America? Or are you crossing your fingers that Nintendo makes it more affordable?
*rumors on big game sites who tend to pull numbers out of their butts, so who knows