It’s nearly here. Nintendo of America have taken the covers off of the 3DS (the glasses-free, 3D handheld console, don’tcha know), announcing that their new baby will be landing in North America on March 27th. This makes gamers happy!
Making gamers less happy is the US price point – US$249.99 – while other regions will “offer similar consumer value”. In the UK, you’ll be able to get your handheld a couple of days earlier, as it launches on March 25th. The price there will be £229 – close to AU$365. Just because it might be cheaper, don’t be too gung-ho about buying your console overseas, however. Nintendo have confirmed that “at this stage”, the 3DS will be region-locked.
In happier news, at its US launch, the handheld will be available in either “Cosmo Black” or “Aqua Blue” (that teal-y colour we’ve been seeing so much of), and we’ve been hearing stories that other regions may get the hardware in different shades.
We’ve already started seeing information about third-party launch titles for the console – so while there’s no official list, you won’t be starved for choice. Nintendo are already promising more than 30 titles to be released between March and June (that’d be “launch date” and “E3”), including outings from some classic characters such as Zelda, Mario, Star Fox, Kid Icarus, and the Resident Evil crew.
Official Australian information about the Down Under launch will be revealed on February 8th.