Nintendo 3DS launches in Singapore on 28 March


Update (28 March): The local 3DS is region-locked to North America. The recommended retail prices for 3DS games on launch day is SG$59.99.

Original: The Nintendo 3DS is launching in Singapore on 28 March, on the same day as the US (taking into account timezone differences), with a retail price of SG$399. Maxsoft, the Southeast Asian distributor for Nintendo products, will be holding an overnight 3DS launch party at Funan, Challenger, on 27 March.

According to SGcafe, the bundle pack on sale in Singapore will contain the console, charging cradle, AC adaptor, Augmented Reality (AR) cards, a 2GB SD memory card, a stylus, and a Hori screen protector. There are currently only two colours available on launch: Cosmo Black and Aqua Blue.

Maxsoft will also be providing a one-year warranty for the 3DS, which is a drastic improvement from the company’s previous three-month warranty for the old DS Lite.

Unfortunately, Nintendo has implemented a region-locking system for the 3DS, split into three regions: North America, Europe / Australia, and Japan. There is no information from Maxsoft regarding which region the local 3DS will be region-locked to, although based on common sense, we can assume that it should be North America.

The list of local launch games for the 3DS are as follows:

  • Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition
  • Steel Diver
  • Pilotwings Resort
  • Nintendogs + Cats
  • Asphalt 3D: Nitro Racing
  • Rayman 3D
  • Tom Clany’s Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars
  • Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D
  • The Sims
  • LEGO Star Wars III
  • Samurai Warriors Chronicles
  • Madden NFL Football

My thoughts: The SG$399 price tag sounds just about right, I was honestly expecting Maxsoft to inflate it to SG$450+. However, do remember that 3DS games are quite pricey: The recommended retail price for a 3DS launch-game in the US is US$39.99. If you do the Math and factor in distributing/publishing costs, converted to Singapore money, we could be looking at close to SG$60 per game.

As a fan of the previous DS Lite console (and its impressive selection of memorable games), I will be following the launch of the local 3DS closely in the coming days. Stay tuned for more updates.

Have your say. Add your comments:

  • Zouamontiga_says_hi

     hou muc iz it four singapore and sory mi spelin in english iz bads

  • Glimmerous.Fop

    Hi, the console is selling for SG$399 in Singapore. Games are usually priced at SG$59.99.

  • Minun_pro

    Hey can I ask so if  I buy a 3DS from the USA and buy games from here it should work right, since all the games are US versions

  • GFoppy

    Technically it should work, yes, but I suggest you kindly request the shop to let you test the game beforehand on your 3DS first before you purchase the game. Better to be safe than sorry.

  • Kazumakiryu1996

    the prize for 3ds in  2011?

  • Kazumakiryu1996

    i mean the price for 3ds in 2011?

  • Wei-Meng

    If you’re in Singapore, you can read about the price here:

  • Ronaldchew1984

    Hi peeps. I’ve got a brand new Nintento 3DS for sale! Won it at a lucky draw last saturday. Not into gaming, that’s why selling it at $280. Any parties interested, do feel free to drop me an email at [email protected] Cheers!!!

  • GFoppy

    You’re not going to sell it at that price. The SRP has dropped to SG$249 since late August:

  • Ronaldchew1984

    how about $180? any takers?

  • GFoppy

    Are you in a hurry to sell it off? I can help to ask around, but no guarantees that I’ll find a buyer.

  • CT Lah

    you still have the game for S$180? My sis is keen to get for her daughter’s bday…

  • Ronaldchew1984

    Great! Deal’s closed! Thanks CT Lah!

  • Maggie zhu

    pricepanda has a price of $255

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  • violet

    anyone knows where to buy the nintendo 3ds here in singapore?

  • GFoppy

    Any good games shop should sell it. Try the shops at the 5th level of Funan.