Nintendo held a press release today, finally releasing lots of juicy tidbits about their new portable. The 3DS is the next installment in the DS line of handhelds, and looks to be an expensive way to get your gaming in on the go. We have been pulling together the details from around the web and have a full guide here for you.
The release date for the 3DS is February 26, 2011 (Japan), March 25, 2011 (Europe) and March 27th, 2011 (U.S).
The 3DS will be priced at $249, making it an expensive option for handheld gamers.
Like its predecessors, the 3DS features two screens. The top screen is a full 3D screen with a resolution of 800 x 240. It does not require 3D glasses in order to see the 3D effect. The bottom screen is a touch screen without 3D, and has a resolution of 320 x 240.
The 3DS has three total cameras, all of which are 0.3 megapixel. Two are located on the outside of the device with the ability to take 3D photos, and one is facing the player on the top of the device with the ability to take 2D photos and video.
In addition to the standard directional pad, there will also be a new analog circle button similar to other home consoles.
It also contains a gyroscope, pedometer, and accelerometer, capable of making games more interactive but potentially more difficult to play for those with disabilities. At this time, it’s not clear whether these features will be required for some games or if they will be able to be toggled off.
The battery will last 3-5 hours while playing 3DS games, and 5-8 hours for regular DS games.
Color options will be either Aqua Blue or Cosmo Black.
Here is a video preview of the 3DS hardware:
The 3DS will be backwards compatible with all DS and DSi games. You will also be able to transfer your digital purchases made on other 3DS’s or DSi devices to the 3DS. There will be extensive anti-piracy technology that will supposedly prevent gamers from using flash cart modifications to pirate 3DS games.
A Virtual Console service will allow players to download old Gameboy and Gameboy Color games via built-in wi-fi. There will also be 3D games available on this service.
The multiplayer features of the 3DS are upgraded from the previous DS models. The device features multiplayer over local network connections or over the internet. Unlike the DS which required a friend code to be exchanged for each game, the 3DS will have only one friend code which will work for all games. The 3DS features sophisticated wi-fi hotspot seeking connectivity, and the ability to passively download and share gaming information with other 3DS players (such as your Mii avatar). These features do have the option to opt-out for those who are uncomfortable with realtime sharing of gaming information.
The 3DS will be capable of playing 3D movies, and Nintendo has worked out deals with Warner Brothers, Disney, and DreamWorks to bring 3D movies to the device.
The 3Ds comes with a wealth of preinstalled and downloadable software.
The first is the ability to view the online status of your friends and know what they’re playing at any time. If a friend is playing the same game as you at the same time, the light at the top of the device will glow orange.
The 3DS features multitasking, in which you can have multiple applications open at the same time.
A full video walkthrough of many of the built in software including photo merging, friend status, augmented reality, and Mii creation is available:
There will be three titles available at launch: Nintendogs + Cats, Steel Diver, and Pilotwings Resort. There will then be a launch window in which games will be released each Tuesday starting on March 27th and ending on June 7 (coinciding with E3).
The following games will be released in North America during the “launch window”:
Asphal 3D (Ubisoft)
Bust-a-Move Universe (Square Enix)
Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D (Ubisoft)
Crush 3D (Sega)
Dead or Alive Dimensions (Tecmo Koei)
Dual Pen Sport (Namco Bandai)
Lego Star Wars 3: The Clone Wars (LucasArts)
Madden NFL Football (EA Sports)
Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D (Konami)
Rabbids Travel in Time (Ubisoft)
Rayman 3D (Ubisoft)
Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D (Capcom)
Ridge Racer 3D (Namco Bandai)
Samurai Warriors Chronicles (Tecmo Koei)
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked (Atlus)
The Sims 3 (EA)
Super Monkey Ball 3D (Sega
Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition (Capcom)
Thor: God of Thunder (Sega)
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Shadow Wars (Ubisoft)
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell 3D (Ubisoft)
Nintendo is also working on the following first party titles: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Animal Crossing, Mario Kart, Paper Mario, Star Fox 64 3D. These games do not have a release date yet. More than 30 3DS games should release by June. Here is a video preview of Zelda:
Will you be buying the 3DS when it launches?