We cover various aspects of mobile technology. It‚Äôs usually tablets or smartphones. Still, when a major handheld gaming system comes along, it‚Äôs probably worth taking a look at as well. Especially something with as much hype surrounding it as a Nintendo system.
Earlier this morning Nintendo of America (NOA) held a press event in New York where they announced the launch details of their upcoming glasses-free 3D handheld system. NOA president Reggie Fils-Aime took the stage and talked about the various features of the system and everything that we can expect to see as we approach the Nintendo 3DS release date. Let‚Äôs take a look at the launch details:
1) Nintendo 3DS Launch Date is March 27th
Nintendo is going to release the 3DS on March 27th. That‚Äôs just before the end of their fiscal year, and a little over a year since the handheld was originally teased. That said, it‚Äôs probably time to start saving up, because it‚Äôs going to cost a bit more than the current model. Quite a bit more.
2) Nintendo 3DS Price is $249
The Nintendo 3DS is going to cost you $249. That‚Äôs the same as the PSP was at launch a few years ago, and the same price Sony tried to kid themselves with as they launched the PSPgo. Of course the 3DS has a few extras, while the PSPgo came with‚Ä¶well, nothing. We don‚Äôt know if they are adding it in to give it more bells and whistles or if it‚Äôs just to add some value to that $250 purchase.
3) Comes With a Charging Dock, 2GB SD Card and Two AR Games
The 3DS will be packed in with a 2GB SD card, a charging dock and two augmented reality game cartridges. The augmented reality sounds kind of cool, but we don‚Äôt know how much use we will get out of it. They might just end up being more of a novelty item.
4) Friend Codes Are No More
Nintendo fans will be thrilled to know that they no longer have to use friend codes to play with their buddies. The system will have one unique code, and once that is exchanged, you can play any game together. If you connect over a local wireless network, you will be added to each others‚Äô friend lists and can play from then on play games together without entering a code.
5) Buy Classic Game Boy and Game Boy Color Games from the eShop
Super Mario Land has already been confirmed as one of the games that will be available on the e-Shop. The eShop is a storefront much like the Nintendo‚Äôs Shop Channel where users will be able to purchase games and save them on their system. We are going to keep our fingers crossed for Link‚Äôs Awakening DX.
6) The 3DS Has a Built-in Motion Sensor
This lets you tilt the device like you would an iPhone or an iPad. We don’t know exactly which games are using it at this point other than Ocarina of Time, which is said to let you control the camera movement by turning.
As of the time of this writing, there‚Äôs still no confirmed launch lineup for North America. They did say that between the March 27th release and E3 2011 in early June we will see 30 games on 3DS. That‚Äôs a lot in a short amount of time. Hopefully Ocarina of Time and Street Fighter are somewhere on that list of planned releases.