Nintendo has finally opened the curtain on their latest invention, the Nintendo 3DS. First revealed back in March and shown extensively back in June at E3 2010, the 3DS has still remained a mystery in terms of real game content, pricing and availability. At a conference last night, Nintendo set the record straight by answering many questions that surrounded the 3DS.
For one, the 3DS will launch in Japan on February 26th, 2011 and will hit American and European shores shortly after in March. While this does miss the holiday season that many companies aim for, Nintendo has also strategically placed themselves in a unique time of year where not much else tends to release.
Secondly, the system was announced to cost 25,000 Yen which is equal to $299 USD. While Nintendo did not unveil the final pricing for the system in the US, $299 is considered very steep if it stays that way. My prediction is that the US pricing will be $249 at the absolute maximum.
The 3DS at launch will be available in 2 colors, Aqua Blue and Cosmo Black, and comes with a charging cradle, metal stylus and a 2GB SD card. A new feature announced at this conference for the 3DS was “Tag Mode” where multiple 3DS systems can share game content such as Miis among other things.
Perhaps the most interesting feature however, is the addition of a Virtual Console store for those who like their GameBoy games of old. That’s right, you’ll be able to purchase and download old GameBoy and GameBoy Color games right to your 3DS. They’ll even be in 3D if you’d prefer.
Most importantly is the games lineup, and the 3DS’ lineup is looking a solid as ever with such titles as:
- Kid Icarus: Uprising
- Nintendogs + Cats
- Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition
- Resident Evil: Revelations
- Resident Evil The Mercenaries 3D
- Dynasty Warriors Chronicle
- Dead or Alive Dimensions
- Pro Baseball Spirits
- Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater
- Paper Mario
- Pilotwings Resort
- Mario Kart
- Chocobo Racing 3D
- Super Monkey Ball
- Ridge Racer 3D
- Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle
- Star Fox 64 3D
- Steel Diver
- Animal Crossing
- The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time 3D
The following trailer showcases these titles and how they will likely look on the 3DS. We’ll keep you posted with all the latest 3DS news as it comes available, so stay tuned!