Nintendo Confirms Launch Plans for the 3DS

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Nintendo's 3DSNintendo finally confirmed the launch date and price of its upcoming 3DS handheld that got so much attention for its portable 3D gaming capabilities (without glasses) at the Electronic Entertainment Expo. First the important details - the system will launch in Japan on February 26, 2011 for ¥25,000 and will come in blue and black. The launch in North America and Europe is expected to follow the next month, with prices widely speculated to be between $250 and $300. Read on for more details...
The 3DS is planned as a much more powerful device than Nintendo's previous handhelds, and will be bundled with a 2GB SD card for storing downloadable games and to allow for firmware updates. As the title suggests, the device will support 3D displays, which can be seen without glasses (but only at a specific, if adjustable, distance from the screen).

The device will be Wi-Fi enabled, and Nintendo presented a video suggesting that one would be able to pause mid-game to switch to other applications such as web browsing. It will also include a variety of fancy features including an expandable stylus and included software for alternate-reality games and a pedometer.

Finally, Nintendo acknowledged poor sales of third-party titles in Japan, and confirmed that it plans to worked harder to support other publishers' games on the 3DS.

Financial analysts were concerned about the price and disappointed that the handheld will not be released in time for this year's holiday season. Nintendo also reduced its profit forecast for its fiscal year ending March 31, 2011. While the company cited concerns such as currency fluctuations, the implication is that Nintendo had planned to release the 3DS earlier, and the later release date is impacting its expectations for profit.

The games that should be released in the launch window of the 3DS are:

  • Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D from Nintendo
  • Nintendogs & Cats from Nintendo
  • Pilotwings Resort from Nintendo
  • Pro Baseball Spirits from Konami
  • Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle from Level 5
  • Ridge Racer 3D from Namco Bandai Games
  • Samurai Warriors Chronicle from Tecmo Koei
  • Steel Diver from Nintendo
  • Super Monkey Ball from Sega
  • Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition from Capcom

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