Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Nintendo 3DS available March 27 for $249.99

Nintendo held a press conference today in New York to announce details of their upcoming handheld device, the Nintendo 3DS. The device creates a realistic 3D effect, without the use of glasses, pushing the market in a direction where televisions can some day support the same technology. Sorry Sony. The device also features an analog stick (a first for Nintendo handheld devices), ability to play games and video in 3D, and take advantage of 3D photography. It will come with a 2GB SD card, charging cradle, the ability to transfer data from the Nintendo DSi. The 3D effect is also adjustable, allowing games to be played in both 2D and 3D. The Nintendo 3DS will be available in blue or black and retail for $249.99 starting March 27, 2011. Starting today, it is also available for pre-order at GameStop, Amazon, and other retailers.

Nintendo said that the launch window for the Nintendo 3DS will have over 30 games, leading up to E3 in June. First-party launch titles for the Nintendo 3DS include Animal Crossing, Kid Icarus Uprising, Mario Kart, Paper Mario, Pilotwings Resort, Star Fox 64 3D, and Steel Diver. Third-party highlights include Dead or Alive Dimensions, Madden NFL Football, Rayman 3D, Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D, Ridge Racer 3D, The Sims 3, Splinter Cell 3D, and Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition.

Check out Joystiq’s media round-up including videos and screenshots of all the games for Nintendo’s newest handheld console.

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