Nintendo Reveals US Launch Details for 3DS

Nintendo Reveals US Launch Details for 3DS

Laura E. Hall
Jan 19, 2011

Today Nintendo previewed the new 3DS handheld unit at press events in New York and Amsterdam, to announce that it would be for sale in the United States on March 27 for $249. The Nintendo 3DS displays games in 3D without requiring the users to wear glasses, and can take 3D photographs.

The company announced the lineup of games that will be available at launch, which includes pet simulation game "Nintendogs + Cats", acrobatic flying game "Pilotwings Resort," aquarium adventure game "Steel Diver", "Street Fighter IV," sports game "Madden," and fighting game "Dead or Alive". "Nintendogs + Cats" will include a feature in which pets can recognize players' faces through the built-in camera. Other games utilize the unit's gyroscope for gameplay.

Future games with 3D elements will include "Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D," "Star Fox 64 3D," "Kid Icarus: Uprising," "Mario Kart," "Animal Crossing" and "Paper Mario".

Another cool feature of the 3DS is the Mii Maker application, which lets players create a Mii share the Mii avatars created on the Wii game system.

Colors at launch include aqua blue and black. The unit is compatible with DS games and players can transfer games they previously downloaded onto their DS or DS Lite. Pre-loaded games and apps will let the player use the unit as a pedometer to earn points toward unlockable content.

30 additional game titles will become available between now and June, including:

  • Atlus: "Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked"
  • Capcom: "Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition", "Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D"
  • EA SPORTS: "Madden NFL Football"
  • Electronic Arts: "The Sims 3"
  • Konami: "Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D"
  • LucasArts: "LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars"
  • Namco Bandai Games America Inc.: "Ridge Racer 3D", "Dual Pen Sports"
  • Sega: "Super Monkey Ball 3D," "Thor: God of Thunder", "Crush 3D"
  • Square Enix: "Bust-A-Move Universe"
  • Tecmo: "Samurai Warriors Chronicles", "Dead or Alive Dimensions"
  • Ubisoft: "Asphalt 3D," "Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Shadow Wars," "Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D," "Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell 3D," "Rayman 3D", "Rabbids Travel in Time"

Nintendo is targeting non-gamers with the 3DS and will have 5,000 display units in stores around the country as well as demos roving the streets of major cities. They hope to have over one million people play with the 3DS before its launch date.

For more info on the Nintendo 3DS, check out their official site.

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