New Nintendo 3DS/3DS XL (AUS PAL Pre-order) - £136/£161 (XL) + £22 FedEx delivery @ PlayAsia
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New Nintendo 3DS/3DS XL (AUS PAL Pre-order) - £136/£161 (XL) + £22 FedEx delivery @ PlayAsia

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Found 30th Oct 2014
Although the New 3DS won’t be released in the UK until 2015 they will be out in Australia (PAL region, same as UK) this November.

Available models:
New Nintendo 3DS (White)
New Nintendo 3DS XL (Metallic Blue)
New Nintendo 3DS XL (Metallic Black)

Estimated cost:
New 3DS: £136 + £22 FedEx delivery = £158
New 3DS XL: £161 + £22 FedEx delivery = £183

You can tell PlayAsia to mark down value (up to £15 means 0% VAT and no fee) to avoid customs.

Otherwise you risk worst case scenario (20% VAT + ~£10 handling fee):
New 3DS: £158 + 20% VAT + ~£10 handling fee = £199,6
New 3DS XL: £183 + 20% VAT + ~£10 handling fee = £229,6

New 3DS release dates:
JP October 11, 2014
AUS November 21, 2014
NA TBD 2015
EU TBD 2015

Important information about this import:
New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL are not eligible for registration with Club Nintendo and do not include a Club Nintendo Product Identification Number (PIN).
- jsty3105

44 Comments

Banned

I'm tempted to get one but am hoping Nintendo comes up with a different name than "New Nintendo 3DS" to differentiate from the current Nintendo 3DS.

Does anyone know how fast the FedEx shipping will be? I would like to have my New 3DS before the 5th December.

Gamer_U

I'm tempted to get one but am hoping Nintendo comes up with a different … I'm tempted to get one but am hoping Nintendo comes up with a different name than "New Nintendo 3DS" to differentiate from the current Nintendo 3DS.



So the defining factor in your decision on whether or not to buy this is whether they change the name? Interesting..........

features

Plays back PAL 3DS games only
Improved stereoscopic 3D than previous devices
Backward compatible to Nintendo DS and DSi
4.88" screens and analog 3D stick and C-Stick, extended battery life, better Wi-Fi support
3D Camera included
3DS uses parallax barrier LCD from Sharp
new ZR and ZL shoulder buttons
SNES color scheme A, B, X and Y buttons
Micro SD card slot for additional data storage

Banned

thesnowman86

So the defining factor in your decision on whether or not to buy this is … So the defining factor in your decision on whether or not to buy this is whether they change the name? Interesting..........



That and the price.

"New Nintendo 3DS" sounds very imprecise and when asking for games at a store the clerk's gonna think about the new 3DS games not the new New 3DS games.

Like:

Consumer: "Do you have the New Nintendo 3DS for sale?"
Clerk: "Yes, here you go"
Consumer: "No, not that one the other one"
Clerk: "We just have these New Nintendo 3DS systems"

See it's confusing for retail as well as customers, not to mention it's a pretty crappy unoriginal and uncreative name.

Banned

Its called New 3DS Because its not actually a True Successor to the 3DS

The next gen 3ds will have a proper new name

Banned

Cheers op ordered the standard size new 3ds as its the only one you can change the faceplates on

Playasia would only decrease custom value by 50% unless you can confirm otherwise.

So this is pal? It won't brick up when trying to play my current games right?

I'll just wait for the UK release thanks. No big rush for this at the moment.

they should just put the N in front of 3DS

N3DS

sorted

As 3DS XL owner I'd suggest waiting for the UK launch for several reasons:

1. Nintendo's shoddy/tacky build quality means there'll be the inevitable problems with these and if you're one of the unlucky ones getting a replacement/fix will be much easier if you've purchased a UK console. (I've had issues with screen scratching despite the fact the console is NEVER carried around in bags/pockets.)
2. If you get a UK version you can save the Club Nintendo code for Nintendo's next free game promotion and get a free download game (assuming they run this promotion again).
3. It'll be a lot cheaper and you won't have to pay import duty or the ridiculous Royal Mail "handling fee"
4. There's a good chance we'll get more colours (the Small Black version is not being released in Australia)
5. I haven't purchased a 3DS game in nearly a year (since Zelda last November), I don't like pokemon or Smash or overtly Japanese stuff like Tamogotchi AND with only 2 games announced for 2015 so far I'm not sure there'll even be anything worth playing on it! Well, for me at least

Banned

So you're saying its ok to buy the smaller new 3ds but not the xl one ??

Jenkiins

As 3DS XL owner I'd suggest waiting for the UK launch for several … As 3DS XL owner I'd suggest waiting for the UK launch for several reasons:1. Nintendo's shoddy/tacky build quality means there'll be the inevitable problems with these and if you're one of the unlucky ones getting a replacement/fix will be much easier if you've purchased a UK console. (I've had issues with screen scratching despite the fact the console is NEVER carried around in bags/pockets.)2. If you get a UK version you can save the Club Nintendo code for Nintendo's next free game promotion and get a free download game (assuming they run this promotion again).3. It'll be a lot cheaper and you won't have to pay import duty or the ridiculous Royal Mail "handling fee"4. There's a good chance we'll get more colours (the Small Black version is not being released in Australia)5. I haven't purchased a 3DS game in nearly a year (since Zelda last November), I don't like pokemon or Smash or overtly Japanese stuff like Tamogotchi AND with only 2 games announced for 2015 so far I'm not sure there'll even be anything worth playing on it! Well, for me at least



Shoddy Build Quality? Nintendo?

You actually avin a laugh?

sunnygilluk

Shoddy Build Quality? Nintendo?You actually avin a laugh?



Uh, no? Nintendo hardware is notorious cheap, plastic rubbish.

The 3DS with its tacky, plastic design, loose hinges (I've had 3 consoles from new and all of them have had floppy hinges) and low-res screens straight out of the 1990s. And then there is the glaring design flaw in that the screens get repeatedly scratched.

Have you even used a piece of technology by manufactured by Apple, Sony or Samsung in the last decade?

I ordered this earlier in the month. Tbh I didn't think about customs at the time, having never imported anything before.
So if I ask customer services would Play Asia actually mark down the value? It just sounds like a shady thing for a business to do. Thanks.

Import tax is stopping me from ordering this but I lost my 3DS a few weeks back and need a replacement.

Also New Zealand is getting it on the same day too, might be cheaper to import from there if you can find a retailer.
Edited by: "malachi" 31st Oct 2014

C_Olimar

I ordered this earlier in the month. Tbh I didn't think about customs at … I ordered this earlier in the month. Tbh I didn't think about customs at the time, having never imported anything before.So if I ask customer services would Play Asia actually mark down the value? It just sounds like a shady thing for a business to do. Thanks.


I think it's considered no big deal over there, in Asia. Unlike in U.S., where it is prohibited by law.

Jenkiins

As 3DS XL owner I'd suggest waiting for the UK launch for several … As 3DS XL owner I'd suggest waiting for the UK launch for several reasons:1. Nintendo's shoddy/tacky build quality means there'll be the inevitable problems with these and if you're one of the unlucky ones getting a replacement/fix will be much easier if you've purchased a UK console. (I've had issues with screen scratching despite the fact the console is NEVER carried around in bags/pockets.)2. If you get a UK version you can save the Club Nintendo code for Nintendo's next free game promotion and get a free download game (assuming they run this promotion again).3. It'll be a lot cheaper and you won't have to pay import duty or the ridiculous Royal Mail "handling fee"4. There's a good chance we'll get more colours (the Small Black version is not being released in Australia)5. I haven't purchased a 3DS game in nearly a year (since Zelda last November), I don't like pokemon or Smash or overtly Japanese stuff like Tamogotchi AND with only 2 games announced for 2015 so far I'm not sure there'll even be anything worth playing on it! Well, for me at least


Thanks for this post, these are excellent points.

skykid3

they should just put the N in front of 3DSN3DSsorted

This just makes me think of someone called Ned!

Jenkiins

Uh, no? Nintendo hardware is notorious cheap, plastic rubbish. The 3DS … Uh, no? Nintendo hardware is notorious cheap, plastic rubbish. The 3DS with its tacky, plastic design, loose hinges (I've had 3 consoles from new and all of them have had floppy hinges) and low-res screens straight out of the 1990s. And then there is the glaring design flaw in that the screens get repeatedly scratched.Have you even used a piece of technology by manufactured by Apple, Sony or Samsung in the last decade?



Nintendo handheld consoles are generally built with children in mind hence why the are made of plastic (rather than fur). Also, the last time I checked you didn't pay upwards of £400 for your 3DS so comparing it to an Apple, Samsung or Sony product doesn't make sense.

And I've had every Nintendo handheld console ever released (apart from the virtual boy) and I've never had a problem with hinges or screen scratches. Maybe I'm just careful with mine or maybe you're just unlucky with yours.

Anyone remember iPhone 4 and it's antenna problems? Or when the Xbox 360 was released and had a 70% failure rate? how about the most recent incidents with the super high quality iPhone 6+ and the bending issue?

I'm sure you know that the low res screen is actually a design decision to bring cost down. Can't say the same for any of the issues from other manufacturers I listed above.

catt466

Thanks for this post, these are excellent points.



Apart from points 2 and 3, every other point is just conjecture. Do your own research into what games are available (there's tons of "25 best games on the 3DS" articles online) and then decide.

I would have definitely picked one up if there is a guarantee I won't have to pay the associated taxes. The improved 3D capability on the New 3DS which uses head tracking so you never loose the 3D image or get blurring or ghosting, is worth the upgrade even if this was the only new feature (my opinion). I will definitely be playing all my old games again with 3D turned to MAX!

catt466

Thanks for this post, these are excellent points.



Yes, thanks for this. I too am a 3dsXL owner and agree with virtually every point here.

Go on I can't be bothered to do actual research. What's so different/special about the New 3DS that we have to abandon the old one?

Jenkiins

Uh, no? Nintendo hardware is notorious cheap, plastic rubbish. The 3DS … Uh, no? Nintendo hardware is notorious cheap, plastic rubbish. The 3DS with its tacky, plastic design, loose hinges (I've had 3 consoles from new and all of them have had floppy hinges) and low-res screens straight out of the 1990s. And then there is the glaring design flaw in that the screens get repeatedly scratched.Have you even used a piece of technology by manufactured by Apple, Sony or Samsung in the last decade?




Nintendo have some of the most well built hardware going and have for a long time. Rarely you will see faults with their stuff. I worked in the games industry and I'd rarely see a faulty Nintendo console, compared to the xbox and playstations with red light of death, YLOD, RROD, faulty lasers etc etc.

You mention Apple having good build quality? lol. Their stuff isn't built to last. Ipods have loads of common faults. How many cracked iphones have you seen? New iphone bending issues?

If you are basing Nintendo's poor hardware on your hinges breaking off, you are clearly not looking after your stuff very well.

Aimone

Go on I can't be bothered to do actual research. What's so … Go on I can't be bothered to do actual research. What's so different/special about the New 3DS that we have to abandon the old one?



More buttons, extra analogy stick/nub, more powerful CPU and better 3D. One exclusive game will work on it but not on the normal 3DS. Obviously more will follow later in the consoles life cycle.
Edited by: "malachi" 31st Oct 2014

Aimone

Go on I can't be bothered to do actual research. What's so … Go on I can't be bothered to do actual research. What's so different/special about the New 3DS that we have to abandon the old one?



In short:

- More RAM, allows for everything to load faster and for bigger and better games to be released
- Miles better 3D capabilities, ie actually useable
- c-stick, ie a camera stick like the Gamecube controller
- Two extra shoulder buttons
- Slightly better battery life
- The N3DS has changeable faceplates and is bigger than the original

This variant is much like the DSi was to the DSlite.
Edited by: "Kais" 31st Oct 2014

Are you going to be able to play standard DS games on this new console?

I was toying with the idea of importing, but think I'll just wait for an official UK release. The threat of a customs charge is putting me off.

drkdtvngr

I was toying with the idea of importing, but think I'll just wait for an … I was toying with the idea of importing, but think I'll just wait for an official UK release. The threat of a customs charge is putting me off.



probably for the best. it's better for us to wait a while until they release or at least announce some games specifically for this revision.

mrman007

Are you going to be able to play standard DS games on this new console?



Yep

Jenkiins

Uh, no? Nintendo hardware is notorious cheap, plastic rubbish. The 3DS … Uh, no? Nintendo hardware is notorious cheap, plastic rubbish. The 3DS with its tacky, plastic design, loose hinges (I've had 3 consoles from new and all of them have had floppy hinges) and low-res screens straight out of the 1990s. And then there is the glaring design flaw in that the screens get repeatedly scratched.Have you even used a piece of technology by manufactured by Apple, Sony or Samsung in the last decade?



Obvious troll, Nintendo is known for their build quality, Samsung are known for cheap feeling phones as well. Also people still collect old nintendo systems and games which all still work, they are known for making things that last over companies like Microsoft who's Xbox systems break when you touch them.

I think they're going to be able to play wii u games. They have a touchpad, all the same buttons, nfc, and a second screen, ie the tv.

jamesw306

This just makes me think of someone called Ned!



I know but its better than NEW 3DS

I would rather SUPER 3DS

just cos I like it when Nintendo put SUPER in front of stuff (ie my fav console SNES)

skykid3

I know but its better than NEW 3DSI would rather SUPER 3DSjust cos I like … I know but its better than NEW 3DSI would rather SUPER 3DSjust cos I like it when Nintendo put SUPER in front of stuff (ie my fav console SNES)



Super 3ds is a winner. Do it Nintendo!

I've had all the handheld Nintendo have offered the uk and never a single problem. I've always looked after them and they have looked after my gaming needs! Shoddy build quality my foot.

You can pre order a new 3ds from 365 games for £153 delivered so no custom charges to worry about. It says release date is 28th November

Also XL is £170

adamcraze1

You can pre order a new 3ds from 365 games for £153 delivered so no … You can pre order a new 3ds from 365 games for £153 delivered so no custom charges to worry about. It says release date is 28th November



Yup I pre ordered over a week ago, this things going to be £200+ when it's released officially over here.

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Jenkiins

Japanese stuff like Tamogotchi…


Tamagotchi is coming to the 3DS? When?

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mrman007

Are you going to be able to play standard DS games on this new console?


Yes
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