Gameplanet.NewZealand: In recent years the Kiwi dollar has dramatically strengthened against the US. So why are we still paying so much for their games?
Nintendo UK’s general manager, David Yarnton, cryptically said that retailers there were accepting pre-orders for the 3DS at GBP £229. Converting that figure at current rates comes to NZD $474.
In short, you can expect to receive coins as change from NZD $500 for a Nintendo 3DS.
Local gamers are right to wonder why we’re paying so much. After all, 3DS units ultimately destined for New Zealand will not (one hopes) be shipped from Japan to Europe before being loaded back onto the boat to make a return trip to the Pacific and our sunny shores. New Zealand is closer to Japan than New York.