Whilst Nintendo have yet to give a specific price point or release date for the 3DS, Iwata did confirm that the technology residing within the machine inevitably costs more to produce than the technology powering the DSi.
“I have to refrain from talking specifically about the price point. What I can confirm is that, in terms of the production costs, it will cost more than the costs for the Nintendo DS today. Having said that, we believe we will produce enough value worthy of the production cost. We do not think we have to sell the products below cost.”
– Satoru Iwata