Nintendo 3DS hands on and UAE launch details

By on March 14, 2011
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The 3DS arrives in all its blazing glory.

I know a lot of you have been eagerly waiting for the 3DS since it was announced at last year’s E3. Now, for the first time ever, we’re going to have a Nintendo console being officially distributed as the system gets launched in US and EU. So no more black market importing, no more paying exuberant prices. We’re going to get the Nintendo 3DS by the end of this month (US launch is 27th March and EU launch is 25th March).

So here’s the nitty gritty, the 3DS will be sold by Active Gulf FZCO. The Middle East will be getting the NTSC version which will include a 220v power adapter.

Here’s the best part, the 3DS will retail for AED 1,099 which is slightly more than US retail price but still cheaper than UK retail price.The 3DS will be available at Toys R us, E4U, Computer House, United Bookstore, Costless Electronics, Jacky’s Electronics at launch.

Launch titles are as follows:

-Super Street Fighter IV
-Rabbids – Travel in time
-Lego Star Wars 3: Clone Wars
-Asphalt 3D
-Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell
-Combat of the Giants Dinosaurs
-Nintendogs and Cats – Golden Retriever
-Nintendogs and Cats – Toy Poodle
-Nintendogs and Cats – French Bulldog
-Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Shadow
-Pilot Wings Resort
-Steel Diver
-Rayman 3D
-Super Monkey Ball.

Each title will be sold for AED 169, but Street Fighter IV will retail for AED 179 instead.

End of March isn’t that far off, so till then, just watch the short video below to get a feel of what the 3DS is like.



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  • twd

    Will it be american ntsc ?

  • Akira_yuki13

    What is the specific date of release here in UAE? please answer

  • Abdulla

    Full of false information. We didn’t get the 3DS at launch. It was 2 days late..Plus Street Fighter isn’t available yet which is pretty sad considering its the best launch title..Plus I called a few of the retailers and they didn’t even have the 3DS..Where did you get all this information anyway?

  • Makamco

    buy Nintendo Wii and save a lot

  • Majeed111

    game boy advance is very expencive

  • Majeed111

    madness to biey game boy advance

  • Amooma

     how we can change the langug

  • Chrisali

    my 3ds box says “UAE Saudi Arabia”.  Which region’s games will play on this as it is region locked?

    • Taimoor Hafeez

      The official 3DS over here, which says “UAE & Saudi” will only accept NTSC games. Do not buy PAL games because the 3DS is region-locked. 

  • Bayonnetah

    i know i sound stupid,but is qatar is in uae?cause my dad will buy me one there,i’m from philippines(NTSC ONLY).

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