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GameStop Prices NGP At $299

This is one of those times when you ask yourself, "does the retailer know something I don't?"

Well, sometimes yes, sometimes no. After much speculation concerning the price - including EEDAR analyst Jesse Divnich's claim that the NGP can't cost more than $400 - it seems a tentative price is already floating around out there. It comes from GameStop:

According to a reader citing a retailer source, GameStop is now taking pre-orders for Sony's snazzy new Next Generation Portable; you just have to put $50 down. The price in their system? $299. This may be significant because normally, if they don't know the price of the hardware, they'll just use the absurd placeholder amount of $999. Evidently, the Nintendo 3DS had that price in GameStop's database before the official cost came down the pike. So what do you think? Might it be possible for the NGP to hit at $299? Considering the technology involved, many would say that's agreeable, and let's not forget that the original PSP launched with a $249.99 price tag. Oh, and for those seeking to compare the price to the PS3, remember the console will have been out for 5 years when the NGP hits shelves. That's a significant point.

$299 isn't a bad price for that thing, although some may disagree. Of course, this is all assuming GameStop knows what they're talking about. ...and you know what happens you assume...

Tags: ngp, next generation portable, ngp price, ngp gamestop

1/29/2011 9:56:41 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (61 posts)

Looking Glass
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 10:12:42 AM
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Well, obviously this begs the question of legitimacy. But something else I'm curious about is if this speculative price refers to the 3G or non-3G SKU.



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Neo_Aeon666
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 11:24:32 AM

It was said that all psp2s would have 3G the different skus are for different regions.

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Gregory Freeman
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 1:26:19 PM

will there be an additional monthly charge for 3G access??

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___________
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 6:20:18 AM

no, not all NGPs come with 3G there will be 2 SKUs one with 3G and one without.
and yes there is additional charges to 3G networking, monthly more likely.
i just hope they dont force you into a 24 month contract like what apple do with the Ipad.

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GuyverLT
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 10:13:40 AM
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It's about a 50/50 chance it will have that price and if it does it would surprise the hell out of me I was expecting it to be well over $300 price tag, BUT if it does in fact turnout that this price is correct I tell you people now that this will be my 1st handheld since the original 4 battery powered gameboy. It would be a day 1 purchase for me (ONLY IF IT'S $300) & I never buy anything as soon as it comes out I usually wait a year or two for price drop.

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GuyverLT
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 10:23:57 AM

I've stated before that Handheld gaming has really never appealed to, but the more read about this thing the more I actually want to give it a try.

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DazeOfWar
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 10:26:29 AM
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I would definitely buy it for that price. I'll most likely buy one anyways but the cheaper the better. I also hope Gamestop has a good trade in deal on the old PSP.

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hadouken
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 10:27:21 AM
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The last time I cared about handheld gaming was when I had the orignal gameboy but I have to admit this does look cool.

At 299 that's not bad if gamestop knows the truth.

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Snaaaake
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 10:27:25 AM
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In this case, I'll either get this late 2012 or early 2013.

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BTNwarrior
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 1:40:30 PM

ahh the end of the world

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Nlayer
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 2:13:48 PM

As will I. The PSP2 is $300 and the games will be around $40. I can't let myself drop that money otherwise I won't be able to buy PS3 games for a year. I've already upgraded my TV and sound so I need to pay that off first. Oh well..

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STAY3R
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 10:32:41 AM
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day 1 purchase for me

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Sunni_Boi
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 10:35:58 AM
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Do anybody know how much the ps2 was when the psp came out?

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kevinater321
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 11:27:07 AM

I think it was around $150 because isn't that when the ps2 slim was released? Ahh i dont really remeber, i was young then.

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Fane1024
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 3:49:53 PM

I believe the PS2 was $199 at the time, though it may even have still been $229. I'm fairly certain it wasn't anywhere near $149 (though the GameCube was).

The slim was available at the time.

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kevinater321
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 11:38:37 AM

Okay, like i said i don't really remember that.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 10:46:43 AM
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Well, if I was gonna put my $50 down I'd ask if they were 100% certain on that 299 price. Someone should call Gamestop and ask.

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Cesar_ser_4
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 1:53:13 PM

but doesnt gamestop specify in their preorders that youll get the lowest price?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 6:07:53 PM

compared to what?

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Cesar_ser_4
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 1:28:08 AM

well when they list pre-order items they state: Pre-order any product and if the price drops before the release date, you will be charged the lower price...

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Zorigo
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 10:58:27 AM
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anything more than £180 and i'm waiting for a price drop.
(and any people from the UK wondering, 299 dollars at today's exhange rate comes at EXACTLY at 188.49)
either meaning exactly 180 quid, or more. perhaps £150 and i'd be reeeally happy.

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RobiinzZ
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 12:13:21 PM

Well the original psp was £180 at release but the UK generally get screwed over so i'd say around the same price as the 3ds £230...thats if $300 is the true ammount

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Fane1024
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 3:56:47 PM

Yes, but isn't the VAT at 20%?

So $299 = 188.49 pounds (don't have the symbol)

188.49 pounds x 120% = 226.19 pounds

If I were to buy a NGP here at $299, I pay a total of $334.88.

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NoSmokingBandit
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 11:02:21 AM
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$300 sounds a bit low, but they might have to take a hit on the hardware in order to keep up with the 3DS. Assuming they can make it all back with SDK licenses (shouldnt be a problem with how excited everyone is to work on NGP games) they should do alright with a $300 price tag.

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tes37
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 12:02:42 PM
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A $299 launch price has gotten my attention. I don't want to pre-order it because I want to hold a display model in my hands to see how it feels. I don't play my PSP because it cramps my hands. My hands aren't big but I have long fingers that make the PSP uncomfortable to play with after a short amount of time.

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Gone
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 12:03:18 PM
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How much are the games going to cost? Hopefully it won't be $60.

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BTNwarrior
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 1:42:43 PM

probably the standard 50

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TheAgingHipster
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 12:09:49 PM
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If the price stays at $299, this is a guaranteed day one purchase for me. Otherwise, have to wait and make sure the launch lineup is solid and future support for the system won't dwindle before hopping on board.

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sticklife
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 12:27:14 PM
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That doesn't seem too much. That's what I think the wifi one will be.

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JSwayze
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 12:30:16 PM
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300 bing bings, definitely a release day purchase. Also for $300, why would you buy a 3DS with old tech and mediocre hologram images for $250

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thj_1980
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 12:48:11 PM
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Well $300 isn't bad but considering that the 3ds can do 3d without glasses, for only $250 is quite the win. I don't know how many people are hyped about this thing, but I know I definatly want one of these things!!!!!! THis thing has so much to offer and $300 won't be a bad start. I wonder how much memory the NGP has without the cards?

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Fane1024
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 4:05:23 PM

Everyone I've heard who has actually used the 3DS says that they expect to turn off the 3D effect almost immediately.

Which isn't to say that it won't hook a lot of people.

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JSwayze
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 8:27:20 PM

I think the 3D on the 3DS is unimpressive if it's releasing in a few months and still no showing of the 3D power

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Radiohead
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 12:50:11 PM
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thats the same price as a ps3, I wonder what people would rather have a ps3 or psp2???

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Bloodysilence19
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 12:54:07 PM
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i think its about a normal price sorta. its only 50 dollars more than original psp was. the only thing that could be the ngp without 3g only the wifi. i don't see how gamestop is the only one that has a price on it. i get my games on amazon they don't even have the pricing yet. so either full of crap and sleezing people money into putting the $50 down or their right.

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Scarecrow
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 1:52:14 PM
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Good price, isn't the 3DS going to be $250?

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Kai200X
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 2:05:54 PM
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I was expecting to pay somewhere around $349, so if it cost $299 then I will be VERY happy.

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Nlayer
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 2:19:26 PM
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Sounds like a good price. Too bad I just don't have the money for it this year. Maybe next year or 2013. I wonder when a price drop will happen.

I am kind of scared to buy it though, I never really get into the handheld stuff anymore, even if it does look very advanced. =/

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Culoslap
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 4:12:22 PM
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Not bad since I think I paid that much for a 30GB iPod 5 years ago. Sony, I will gladly be giving you my money for this.

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Wrote
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 6:39:50 PM

yeah my ipod touch was $300, so thats very smart pricing on Sony's part if its true. who would by an ipod touch when they could have this sexy thing that does everything that ipod can do plus like actual games and good looking fun ones too. if this thing has a 16 gb internal memory like the psp go or even more like my ipod then this thing has the power to set the market ablaze and steal a lot of the ipods potential sales. the 3ds will sell regardless of anything. it coulda been 599 like the 1st ps3 and it'd still sell 10 million in a week. so sony just needs to sell as much as possible. I still have a gut feeling that it'll be more then 300, the wifi only ipad is like 400 isnt it? this thing is way better then the ipad, I bet apple will reduce all of the prices on there ipad/pod once this thing hits. I predict that if the wifi only ngp is 300, the 3g one will be 400 + the monthly plan or 500 and have lifetime 3g. idk its all speculation at this point but its still really fun. but I might have to wait for a slim or lite model of this thing. it might be cheaper then too.

thats my rant. im wrote, I've been viewing this sight for a couple years now but finally just now made an account. I really like this sight and all the users too. your opinions are all great to read about

peace

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Lawless SXE
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 9:03:17 PM

Welcome to the site, Wrote.

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kraygen
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 4:39:33 PM
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Gamestop is probably just trying to take some people's money as early as they can for any reason, so why not throw this out there and hope people bite.

I wouldn't be surprised if this is accurate tho, it's the price I would expect it to be.

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Jawknee
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 9:17:00 PM

eh, I don't know. Then people would be pissed when they went in to pay for the rest of it. I would.

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kraygen
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 11:41:16 PM

Everything I have ever pre-ordered from gamestop has not been what I got upon release. I stopped pre-ordering from there because I never got what I was promised, that is why I don't doubt that they would do it.

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Lawless SXE
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 4:50:22 PM
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Well, if that's the case, then we'll likely end up paying $500AUD for it, or $550 after they add GST. I don't doubt that it'll be worth it, but that might be a tad steep for me. Price it under $450 and I'll pick it up though.
Peace.

EDIT: Y'know actually, it depends how much money I have at year's end, and the launch line-up. I'll wait and see.

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Alienange
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 5:14:54 PM
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That seems expensive considering there's no phone involved. Maybe signing up for the monthly 3G service will reduce the overall price.

And I do NOT want to be rubbing the back of this thing to make Drake climb a rope.

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FM23
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 8:37:39 PM
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All this money for phones, handheld devices, etc...people seem to spend money on items I would never consider purchasing like a iphone and such. Things like that are a waste of money, but marketing convinces people they need it. I'm not saying these products aren't worth the money, but when you think about it...do you actually need some of these devices as they cost a pretty penny and anyone who doesn't have money to spend like that shouldn't be going crazy to pick such items up. I say this because my GF does dumb shit like this all the time and I can see my friend buying this thing even though he will never play it as much as his Wii or PS3.

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Lawless SXE
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 9:08:01 PM

Well, no doubt. Most people should be able to comfortably live without all of the modern conveniences, such as mobile phones, tablet computers, games consoles, mp3 players and such as. But it ultimately comes down to perception. If there is a massive fad, then people are more likely to buy into it to feel as if they are a part of the herd. If it's more niche, then people are less likely to get it.

But ultimately, one thing the people need to remember is that pretty much all of these items are little more than luxury expenses. They are not necessary to live their lives, and as such should take an extremely low priority, while vital things like food and clothes, rent, debts, etc. should come first.
Peace.

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Jawknee
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 9:14:15 PM

"Things like that are a waste of money" then..."I'm not saying these products aren't worth the money,"

huh?

Really though, they aren't a waste of money. My phone gets a ton of stuff done for me and allows me to do what ever I need to do when ever I need it done, especially since I am moving around more now for work. Very convenient. As for the handhelds, I just like games...and the PSP and DSi have their fair share of good games. Very much worth it you like games.

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FM23
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 4:11:34 AM

Their worth the money because alot of man labor goes into them, but their a waste because in my opinion they are unnecassary. I have never once used my phone to handle business except calls and thats it. I know people live off their phone, my GF is one of them and for them these things are not a waste of money. For me, it is. I'm only speaking for myself, not others.

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aaronisbla
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 12:47:56 PM

its only a waste of money if you buy it and don't get any use out of it.

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Jawknee
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 9:08:24 PM
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As long as it releases within a $299-349 price point. I should have more than enough by the time this releases. Yay! Always great when you can buy games with your new console too. Ha!

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Jonesy555
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 11:55:00 PM
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I was quite willing to drop $399 for this device, but if I could keep an extra $100 in my pockets for some games, I won't complain.

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___________
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 3:40:40 AM
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dident they have it at 1000 a few moments ago?
anyway, i hope it does not cost that much because to be honest its no where near worth the price of the ps3!
ps3 can do so many more things, media hub for example, streaming and recording live TV with play TV, ect,ect.
id say 250USD at the most!
hopefully that means it will be around 400 AUD here, hopefully this time sony will learn how to convert USD to AUD properly!
not convert it, than add a little sugar on top!
no, scratch that, ALLOT of sugar!

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Robochic
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 7:32:02 AM
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I think the price point is great, I've been saving for awhile now for a new psp just sitting in my psp jar, but this type of information coming from gamestop I won't trust it until Sony officially announces the price point.

@jawknee are you getting a 3ds? or you waiting?

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Jawknee
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 4:53:45 PM

I'm going to wait a bit until they have some original Zelda games coming down the pike. I wanted to get it at launch but an Ocarina of Time remake isn't enough to get me to buy a 3DS over the NGP. Software is key and it looks like Sony will have the upperhand when it comes to planned software for the NGP. Though, as soon as Nintendo announces a release date for a new Zelda 3DS, I'm game!

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telly
Tuesday, February 01, 2011 @ 10:05:28 AM

@Jawk, and it doesn't even look like the Ocarina remake will be available at launch. I'm very interested in both of these handhelds -- as you mentioned in another post, if you like great games both companies have released some fantastic titles on the portables, so not much not to like -- but I'm not buying either until the true "must have" games come out. An original, 3D Zelda would certainly quality :)

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TheRaPtuRe
Monday, January 31, 2011 @ 6:46:29 AM
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A very good price to be honest.
Some sites have claimed it would cost quite a bit more than that.
As for it being a waste of money, that depends on how much you use it doesnt it.
For me it will be perfect because i travel on trains alot an so it would get alot of use.
Cant wait for it!

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poisonedsodapop
Monday, January 31, 2011 @ 3:24:17 PM
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Typically the prices are just placeholders. The 3DS was actually 999.99 placeholder in the GS system for preorder at first. I'd assume the lower price this time is probably something coming from Sony themselves or to try and gauge interest in the system.

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poisonedsodapop
Monday, January 31, 2011 @ 3:24:19 PM
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Typically the prices are just placeholders. The 3DS was actually 999.99 placeholder in the GS system for preorder at first. I'd assume the lower price this time is probably something coming from Sony themselves or to try and gauge interest in the system.

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babadoa
Wednesday, July 06, 2011 @ 3:52:40 PM
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If u get the one without 3g then it'll be about $250

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