As you may have heard, Nintendo opened the 3DS floodgates, with information about their upcoming handheld swamping the internets. The biggest (and baddest) news is that this one won't be out by Christmas. Despite Big N's best efforts, a supply shortage has resulted in a Japanese release date of February 26, 2011. Westerners will have to wait even longer, with consoles not arriving until an unspecified March date - with some analysts predicting that it might be more like April.
Pricepoint was another big issue - the Japanese are expected to fork out ¥25,000 to play (around US$300) - and gamers around the world are protesting paying so much for something that's not a home console. Current expectations are that this price may be adjusted for the West, but Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata explains that the high price tag is actually your fault! (Well, technically it was affected by a number of factors, but a major player was the general public's excitement when the 3DS was revealed at this year's E3. Excited gamers will pay more, don'tcha know. Next time, act like you don't care, and you'll be rewarded with lower prices.)
Nintendo already have big hopes for their new baby, projecting sales of four million units at launch. Looking at the release lineup, they might be onto something - there's a huge pile of games just waiting for the third dimension, and more yet to be announced. Even more exciting: they're not all from Nintendo, either - other major publishers have already pledged their allegiance.
A current list, sorted by publisher, reveals a few big names - and we're promised there's more on the way (thanks, GoNintendo!):
Cubic Ninja (temp.)
ASCII Media Works
Ace Combat 3D (temp.)
Table Pen Sports (temp.)
Tales of the Abyss (temp.)
Pro Baseball Famitsa 2011 (temp.)
Ridge Racer R 3D
Here's a fancy-dan fact sheet for y'all too, in case you needed more facts and figures:
Included in the hardware package are:
- Nintendo 3DS hardware unit
- Nintendo 3DS recharging cradle
- Nintendo 3DS AC adapter
- Nintendo 3DS stylus
- 2GB SD memory card
- 6 AR Cards (used for games with AR technologies)
- Quick-Start Guide
- Operations Manual
- Warranty card
Nintendo 3DS functions:
- Upper screen can show 3D images without the need for special glasses.
3D effect is adjustable with 3D Depth Slider. Possible to make the image 2D.
- Stereo Camera to take 3D photos.
With the two lenses outside, 3D pictures can be taken and seen on the spot.
- New Control Interface
Circle Pad, Motion Sensor, Gyro Sensor
While Nintendo 3DS is in sleep mode, it automatically detects Nitendo Zone and certain wireless access points to receive information, game data, free software, pictures, etc from the Internet without input from consumers.
While Nintendo 3DS is in sleep mode, it automatically exchanges data with other Nintendo 3DS units. It is possible to transmit data for multiple game simultaneously.
- User built-in functions that can be used without turning off the gameplay include:
HOME Menu, Web Browser, Notifications, etc.
- Preinstalled software
Nintendo 3DS Camera, Nintendo 3DS Sound, Mii Studio, StreetPass Mii Plaza, AR Games, Activity Log etc.
- Download service to purchase game software and additional content
In adition to the purchase of software, it is possible to view sample software videos and software sales rankings.
- Software Data Transfer
Possible to transfer download software to the new Nintendo 3DS system. It is also possible to transfer Nintendo DSiWare from Ninendo DSi/DSi XL to Nintendo 3DS.
In addition to new Nintendo 3DS-dedicated software, it also can run Nintendo DS software and Nintendo DSi software.
- Parental Controls
So that children will be able to use the product safely, parental control functions already available on Nintendo DSi, such as restricting the game play in accordance with age rating and restricting the use of Web Browser, will be enhanced.
Size (when closed):
Approximately 5.3 inches wide, 2.9 inches long, 0.8 inches tall.
Approximately 8 ounces (230g).
3.53-inch widescreen LCD display, enabling 3D viewing without the need for special glasses; with 800x240 pixel resolution (400 pixels are allocated for each eye to enable 3D viewing).
One inner camera and two outer cameras with 640x480 (0.3 Mega) pixel resolution.
Can communicate in the 2.4 GHz band. Multiple Nintendo 3DS systems can connect via a local wireless connection to enable users to communicate or enjoy competitive gameplay. Systems also can connect to LAN access points to access the internet and enable people to enjoy games with others. Will support IEEE 802.11 with enhanced security (WPA/WPA2).
Touch screen, embedded microphone, A/B/X/Y face buttons, +Control Pad. L/R buttons, Start and Select buttons, "Circle Pad" that allows 360-degree analog imput, one inner camera, two outer cameras, motion sensor and gyro sensor.
Other Input Controls:
3D Depth Slider to adjust level of 3D effect (can be scaled back or turned off completely depending on the preference of the user) HOME button to call system function, Wireless switch to turn off wireless communications (even during gameplay), Power button.
A game card slot, an SD memory card slot, an AC adapter connector, a charging cradle terminal and a stereo headphone output jack.
Stereo speakers positioned to the left and right of the top screen.
The telescoping stylus is approximately 4 inches when fully extended.
Lithium ion battery details TBA.
Nintendo 3DS Game Card:
The same size as a Nintendo DS game card.
2GB max at launch.