The Nintendo 3DS now has an official release date, and it’s February 26th, 2011 (in Japan) where it will be on sale for 25,000 yen. That’s roughly $300 which is a bit higher than my $250 prediction, but I’m not surprised at all given how much the unit does.
Here’s the final design of the Nintendo 3DS and its first of what will probably be many colors to come: Aqua Blue and Cosmo Black
The Nintendo 3DS sure has a lot of cool looking games in its early months of being on the market.
-The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
Link in 3D!
Notice the improved graphics.
-Nintendogs + Cats
Take this online and the game will be huge.
-Pilot Wings Resort
I haven’t seen you in 15 years!
Dive, surface, fire!
Watch Pit fly.
It shouldn’t be too hot.
-StarFox 64 3D
One of my favorite games back in 3D? Sign me up.
-Animal Crossing 3D
Animal Crossing also jumping onto the 3D ship.
-Paper Mario 3D
He may appear flat, but Mario loves 3D as well.
-Mario Kart 3D
Mario Kart always sells well, because they’re good games. I expect this one to be big yet again.
-Resident Evil: Revelations
Yes, the 3DS can pump out some impressive graphics.
-Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition
-Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 3D
Snake Eater never looked so good.
Nice, improved graphics.
This is a very smart feature.
-Resident Evil: Mercenaries (NEW)
The Mercenaries looks beautiful.
I’m looking forward to stuff being thrown at be be more menacing than before.
-Mega Man Legends 3 (NEW)
I had a very strong feeling that this was going to be the game that Capcom was referring to the other day.
Here’s what you get in the Nintendo 3DS box:
Nintendo 3DS System
Nintendo 3DS Exclusive Charging Stand
Nintendo 3DS AC Adapter
Nintendo 3DS Exclusive Touch Pen (about 4 inches)
SD Memory Card (2 Gigabytes)
6 AR Cards (paper cards are used for playing with the camera)
Simple Starter Guide
Here are the system specs:
-Upper Screen: 3.53 inches, wide screen with naked eye 3D support, 800×240 pixel resolution
-Lower Screen: 3.02 inches, 320×240 pixels
-Camera: there’s one camera on the inside and two cameras on the outside. Each camera is 3 megapixels (640×480)
-Wireless Communication: 2.4GHz. The 3DS can exchange data with other units through Surechigai (Tag Mode). It can also connect to the internet via wireless LAN access points (compatible with WPA/WPA2 IEEE802.11 security).
-Inputs: A/B/X/Y, D-pad, L/R, Start/Select, Slide Pad (360 degree analogue input), Touch Screen, Internal Mic, Camera, Motion Sensor,
-Other Inputs: 3D Volume (you can smoothly adjust the degree of 3D output), Home Button (this opens the Home menu), Wireless Switch (this allows for the wireless to turn off even while in mid-game)
-Game Card Slot
-SD Memory Card Slot
-AC Adapter Connection
-Stereo Speakers on the left and right of the top screen
-Touch Pen: it can be lengthened up to 10cm
-Battery: Lithium Ion Battery
-Game Card:Nintendo 3DS exclusive game cards. The actual size is the same as DS cards. The max memory capacity will be 2 gigabytes at the system’s launch
Some of the major functions mentioned by Nintendo in its press release includes:
-Enjoy 3D images with the naked eye on the top screen.
You can adjust the 3D volume to change the 3D feel, and can also make it 2D.
-A stereo camera that can take 3D pictures.
Includes 2 external cameras. When you take 3D pictures, they can be viewed on the spot.
-New input interfaces: Slide Pad, Motion Sensor, Gyro Sensor
-Itsunoma ni Tsuushin
When the 3DS is in sleep mode, the system will automatically seek out Nintendo Zone and wireless LAN access points and will grab information, game data, free games, videos and other things from the internet. The name, incidentally, translates to something along the lines of “Wireless Communication When You Weren’t Expecting It.”
Surechigai Tsuushin/Tag Mode
When the 3DS is in sleep mode, it will automatically exchange data with other 3DS systems. The system can transfer data from multiple games simultaneously.
Functionality For Use Without Leaving Games: Home Menu, Internet Browser, Notice List
-A Variety of Software Built In: Nintendo 3DS Camera, Nintendo 3DS Sound, Mii Studio, Surechigai/Tag Mode Mii Plaza, AR Games, Omoide Kirokuchou (Memory Recording Notebook), and more.
-Download Sales of Games: In addition to buying games, you can view introductory videos and rankings on them.
Transfer Over Software and Data: Nintendo is allowing you to easily transfer over your already purchased software to your 3DS. So keep buying DSiWare games, because they’ll be able to jump ship.
-Backwards Compatible: In addition to playing games made for 3DS, the system can also play DS and DSi titles.
-Parental Controls: You’re able to set play restrictions based off game ratings and limit browser use, other areas, etc. Parental Controls are being improved from the DSi versions.