Nikkei reports large-screen 3DS and Wii U pricing, Nintendo refutes

by Liam DoolanJune 5, 2012

This year’s E3 has just kicked off and we’re already hearing reports from Nikkei about a new large-screen 3DS.

Yep, you heard me right, a large-screen 3DS. The Japanese news giant believes Nintendo will reveal this new version of the 3DS with a larger screen at some point during E3 2012.

This new model’s display will apparently be 4.3 inches in size (which is 1.5 inches larger than the current model’s display) and is expected to launch in America, Japan and Europe as early as this summer in America, so that’s not too far away.

On top of this, Nikkei provided some alleged juicy details about the pricing of the Wii U. The system is expected to be sold for around 30,000 yen on release, which is only 10,000 yen more than the Wii’s current price in Japan. The Wii U amount translates to around AU$400.

The paper has also reported the Wii U will receive a stack of free digitally distributed content, including a car GPS, books, and a karaoke service with roughly 10,000 songs. Whether Australia or even Europe will ever receive these free services though is another question. Only time will tell.

In regards to all of this news, where Nikkei got their information from is unclear at this point in time. So right now it’s pretty-much nothing more than a rumour. Nintendo has since come out with a statement refuting the news.

Keep checking back for more updates on the story, and also keep your browsers on us for the latest expo news and our upcoming coverage of the Nintendo’s 2012 E3 press conference tomorrow morning.

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Liam Doolan
I’ve been writing about video games since 2006 and playing them since I was a kid. I started out with a copy of Mario & Yoshi on the Game Boy and before I knew it was in debt to Tom Nook. These days I spend much of my time trawling the eShop for the latest downloadable hit.
  • June 5, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    I really hope the WIi U won’t be priced at $399!!
    I at most I think it should $349, at best $299.

    I think it’s not a good idea for Nintendo to even talk about a rehash for the 3DS. They should leave it for next year.

  • June 5, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    The Wii was $399 though (if we’re talking AUD). I think $300 USD is a good price for the Wii U on what we know (hopefully with a bundled game).

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