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3DS: 10 launch titles, games pricier than DS - Report

Japanese site scoops Saturday Nintendo event?

The Nintendo 3DS will launch in Japan with around ten titles on February 26, Japanese industry site Inside Games has reported.

According to the site, specifics on the 3DS launch line-up will be announced on Saturday, presumably at the Nintendo World demo event.

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It's claimed that Nintendo's third parties have a large number of games in their lineups planned for release between February and March.

Only 15 games will be playable at Nintendo World, according to Inside Games, and Nintendo has "carefully selected" the playable title list.

While there are many publishers who have not finalized their pricing, the site reports that 3DS games will be around 1,000 yen above the DS's standard pricing of 4,800 yen, which puts them more in the price range of PSP games.

President Satoru Iwata said last year that 3DS game prices probably wouldn't be "too far off from current DS software", and another - now removed - Japanese retail listing on Dengeki puts them even higher at 6,090 yen for Namco's upcoming 3DS game Pro Baseball Famisuta 2011.

The price jump could be explained by the fact that 3DS games are reportedly three times as expensive to develop as existing DS ones.

Inside Games did not provide sources for its info, but Andriasang points out they're a "professional site". We'll take their word for it.

A 3DS preview event is set to take place in Amsterdam and New York on January 19.

[ SOURCE: Andriasang ]

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