04. Nov, 2004 20:20 (HKT)

Nintendo DS™ update: 220V Asian model announced, shipping schedule, licensed Japanese accessories & suitable stepdown converter

It's just 17 days left until the official release of the Nintendo DS™ in the US. Same as everyone who has already preordered the unit, we are very keen to get our hands on Nintendo's new handheld console. Now while we are getting close to the release, Nintendo has announced to launch an official 220V Asian model in Hong Kong on the same date as the Japanese release date (December 2nd); certainly good news for all customers living in Europe & Australia who prefer to get a 220V model.

While the release is set on Sunday, November 21st in the US we are expecting the first US version models to hit the Hong Kong market between the 22nd to 26th of November. The Japanese and Asian model consoles are expected to follow closely on December 1st/2nd. If you are looking forward to receive your Nintendo DS™ as a Christmas present, now will still be the right time to submit your preorder.

Preorders for all 3 models are taken at an currently estimated price of US$ 169. Customers who prefer to switch between any of the models are welcome to do so at any time by contacting our customer service.

Hitting the Japanese market with the Nintendo DS™ release, a few Japanese third party manufacturer have announced a small variety of officially licensed Nintendo DS™ products to be shipped on the same day. We have started taking preorders for an assortment of 3 different Nintendo DS™ suitable pouches & bags, shipping in a small variety of colors. Preorders for the following officially licensed Nintendo DS™ accessories have been opened today:

Mobile Pouch DS US$ 12.90
Active Pouch DS (black) US$ 19.90
Active Pouch DS (blue) US$ 19.90
3D Mesh Cover DS (black) US$ 18.90
3D Mesh Cover DS (white) US$ 18.90
Sunfilter DS+ US$ 6.99

If you have a pending NDS™ preorder and like to add any of the items to be shipped along, please feel free to contact our customer service.

Finally resolving the voltage issue, we have stocked up a suitable stepdown converter available for customers in Europe, Australia and other 200-240V countries who wish to import a Japanese or US Nintendo DS™ machine. The JA-30 Power Converter is ideal for charging the Nintendo DS™ (or also GBA SP™) and recommended as low cost addon purchase at US$ 6.99 only.

The item comes with a UK/HKG 3 pin style power plug. For operation in Europe (apart from UK), please also order the European socket adapter. For usage in Australia or New Zealand, please purchase the Australian socket adapter.

The JA-30 Power Converter is not required for the 220V Asian model Nintendo DS™.


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