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Nintendo 3DS will be released in the U.S. in late March

Nintendo announced today that its 3DS system will be in stores March 27 of this year, and will cost $249.99. 

The Nintendo 3DS is a portable game console that is capable of producing 3D effects through the use of autostereoscopy. Autostereoscopy allows a user to experience 3D effects without glasses or headgear.  

The Nintendo 3DS was first announced on March 23, 2010, and was first seen on June 15 at the 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo. The system will feature backward compatibility with Nintendo DS series software, which includes the Nintendo DSi software.  

According to Gamasutra, Nintendo has confirmed 30 games that will be available for the launch of the 3DS. Twenty-five of these games have been confirmed for the United States so far, including Nintendogs & Cats, Steel Diver, Pilotwings Resort and Super Street Fighter IV 3D. 

Nintendo also noted that 3DS versions of Paper Mario, Mario Kart, and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time are in development.  

The new system will be released February 26 in Japan and March 27 in the United States. 

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$250 is too expensive...
By tayb on 1/19/2011 7:59:47 PM , Rating: 3
I can't justify spending $250 on a 3DS when I can buy an Xbox 360 w/ Kinect for $50 more or a an iPhone/Android/iPod Touch for $50-$80 less. This price point is going to put this device out of reach for many consumers. I wonder what the bill of materials is.

RE: $250 is too expensive...
By ketchup79 on 1/19/2011 8:11:55 PM , Rating: 4
But the use and/or target market is different. I am not going to go out and buy my son and Android just so he can play games on it, and the Xbox will do us no good in the car. The price is high because they know people will pay it. I am glad to see they are continuing to build in backward compatibility as well.

RE: $250 is too expensive...
By B3an on 1/22/2011 5:26:44 AM , Rating: 2
Regardless or market i've always found it sad and depressing that people are willing to pay so much for Nintendo hardware which is never worth anywhere near as much as it sells for. Look at the Wii for instance, they must make a truly massive profit on the extremely outdated hardware, that even on release was obsolete. It's hard to think or another product that sells for so much more than the hardware costs.
People always moan about Apple doing this, but Nintendo somehow gets away with it? Why? it's rare you even see people mention this. Yet the extent at which Nintendo do this is often far worse than with Apples products. I know both companies are (usually) in different markets but the market shouldn't matter with this stuff at all. And atleast Apples products have some useful features.
With Nintendo you get nothing but motion control gimmicks, now '3D' gimmicks, and games that have been re-made so many times they give a new meaning to the line "beating a dead horse".

RE: $250 is too expensive...
By Alexstarfire on 1/19/2011 8:22:36 PM , Rating: 2
I'm with Ketchup on this. You're comparing this to products in different markets. I wouldn't buy this 3DS though. Real 3D doesn't really seem to offer anything to gameplay IMO, though I've never actually seen a 3DS. I might change my mind after seeing one, but I doubt it.

This price seems too high as well. The original PSP had this very problem. Despite superior hardware the price point was a hard sell to parents buying this for their kids.

RE: $250 is too expensive...
By phantom505 on 1/20/2011 8:12:00 AM , Rating: 4
That's kinda short sighted there. Of course you don't, you haven't seen any ideas or games developed on a true 3D platform.

It's a new media. If anyone can maximally use something new it's Nintendo.

It took MS and Sony how long to come up with something similar?

Personally I am eager for this to hit. I'm more eager to see a Metroid and Paper Mario for this.... they made great use of 2D and 3D unlike any other game.

RE: $250 is too expensive...
By Connoisseur on 1/20/2011 12:04:33 PM , Rating: 2
I dunno. I've seen the PS3 version of 3D. it's an illusion. it doesn't actually enhance/affect the gameplay in any way. It just adds the semblance of depth.

RE: $250 is too expensive...
By chick0n on 1/20/2011 10:57:32 PM , Rating: 2
u call Metroid and Paper Mario ? great use of 2d/3d unlike any other game?

wow ...

What a dumb noob, you need to know what a real great use of 2d/3d game is.

RE: $250 is too expensive...
By phantom505 on 1/27/2011 2:55:49 AM , Rating: 2
noob? Really? Are you 12? Did you get your parent's permission to post that?

If you played those games you would know how they manipulated spacial orientation in a 3D environment.

My guess is that you're one of those kids who thinks that a FPS with high detail is somehow more sophisticated than the original Doom.... when it's nothing but new overlays. Dark Force had more 3D use than many of the current FPSs.

RE: $250 is too expensive...
By Lazarus Dark on 1/20/2011 8:26:22 AM , Rating: 2
Personally, I haven't had a portable system since the original Gameboy, but I am very interested to see a 3DS Demo unit in person so I can see the 3d for myself.

Until I get some decent demo time, I won't just run and purchase this, but if the 3d is all it should be, I may pick one up. I just hope they can get some 3d movies on there two (I'm not buying a new tv just to watch a couple movies in 3d, but I can justify the $250 3ds price if the 3d looks good enough.

RE: $250 is too expensive...
By Da W on 1/20/2011 9:51:46 AM , Rating: 3
Cheapest 3D device your gonna get. I'm all in. Can'T wait to replay ocarina of time 15 years later in full 3D or just get those FF remake i missed for the original DS.

By inperfectdarkness on 1/21/2011 4:05:48 AM , Rating: 1
i have seen it demo'd on vid. even on THIS side of a 2-dimensional computer screen, i could see the 3-d effects clearly.

to all you nay-sayers out there, this is going to be HUGE.

RE: $250 is too expensive...
By Flunk on 1/19/2011 9:06:51 PM , Rating: 1
2-tiered marketing strategy, just like when the origional DS came out. They'll still sell the DSi to cheapskates like you.

Also the iPhone 4 is much more expensive than a 3DS. It's about $600, if you buy it with an attached plan you're paying the subsidised rate where you pay off the phone over the course of your contract payments.

RE: $250 is too expensive...
By TheBaker on 1/20/2011 10:04:45 AM , Rating: 2
A) Being unwilling to pay $250 for a handheld gaming device does NOT make one a "cheapskate." It makes you a realist.

b) You're not buying the iPhone to be a gaming machine. You're buying it to be a phone first, then a PDA, miniature netbook, THEN a gaming machine. When the 3DS can make phone calls, I'll pay for a phone service plan to go with it.

RE: $250 is too expensive...
By CZroe on 1/19/2011 9:23:24 PM , Rating: 2
I paid $250 when the PSP came out and that was in early 2005 (Japan paid closer to $200 in late 2004). PSP Go wasn't any cheaper when it launched. The DS launched for $150 in 2004 and the current model is actually *more* expensive. I kinda expected this.

If it doesn't fly off the store shelves at this price, they probably have a lot of room to adjust the price. Even the original DS dropped to $130 for a while.

RE: $250 is too expensive...
By headbox on 1/20/2011 3:03:33 AM , Rating: 1
not everyone is a broke crybaby

I bet Macs, Alienware, and SSDs are too expensive too right?

Guess what- you're not the target market!

RE: $250 is too expensive...
By piroroadkill on 1/20/2011 3:51:57 AM , Rating: 2
It's supposed to be for kids, not people who buy Macs or SSDs.

RE: $250 is too expensive...
By acer905 on 1/20/2011 1:02:08 PM , Rating: 2
Not necessarily true anymore. There is a large market that continues to get Nintendo products for themselves, after having literally grown up with them.

Nintendo has figured out a way to make products enjoyable to the adults who used to play the originals. I happen to have a DS Lite, and have been considering what i'll replace it with if it ever dies... (not that it ever will being made by Nintendo after all.) Certainly not going to buy the odd-looking PSP Go.

RE: $250 is too expensive...
By gibb3h on 1/20/2011 7:43:04 AM , Rating: 4
both macs and alienware are overpriced though...

RE: $250 is too expensive...
By Harinezumi on 1/20/2011 2:05:00 PM , Rating: 2
They certainly are, as is the 3DS. But seeing as people still buy the former in droves in spite of said overpricing, they provide a solid counterargument to the supposition that it will hamper the 3DS's success.

RE: $250 is too expensive...
By Hiawa23 on 1/20/2011 9:20:57 AM , Rating: 2
$250 seems alot but now that I think back, I I paid $250 for my PSP back at launch. I really did not like the orig DS at all as mostly all the games looked aweful that wasn't 2d sprite based, & I did not care for the the touchscreen. Just by looking at the visuals & graphics fidelity of some the 3DS games, this handheld is much much more powerful that the previous DS, & the SF IV games looks almost console quality. I won't buy one for myself but I am sure my daughter might want one, although, I am going to have to do more research about the machine damaging kids eyes. $250 is alot of money epsecially in these tough economic times for most families.

By SixSpeedSamurai on 1/20/2011 11:11:48 AM , Rating: 2
It is a lot unless Nintendo is not targeting kids with this. Which is opposite of just about everything they ever do.

3D is a gimmick for sure. I'd be more excited if it had a GBA slot.

My oldest kid is coming up on the age when I'm considering getting her a DS. Won't be one of these.

RE: $250 is too expensive...
By Aloonatic on 1/21/2011 4:11:42 AM , Rating: 2
What's the bill of materials for a copy of Windows 7? Funny how no one here drones on about that? A copy should cost, what, $2?

There's more to a product than bill of materials, before getting into the simple economic fact that something is worth whatever people are willing to pay for it. I really don't know what don't get about that. When you whine about it, all you do is sound like you want one really, but can't afford it.

This is the first 3D mobile device, that is supposed to work very well, and it's the next device in a successfully line-up.

Nintendo could probably charge even more for it and still sell plenty. You might think people are stupid for paying that much for one, but I bet that you would like to own one really, if you are honest. I know that I do (would be my first mobile Nintendo purchase, btw) but I'm going to have to wait for the price to drop, as I can't (on a personal level) justify spending that much. Sadly for me, a lot of other people will however. That's the way it goes sometimes. I'm not holding my breath for a price drop tho, it's probably going to be a while.

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