Nintendo's stereoscopic handheld, the 3DS, is to launch on February 2011 in Japan and March 2011 for US/Europe, with Australian dates to be announced.
The Nintendo 3DS will launch with titles such as Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D - The Naked Sample. Yes, that's what it's called. (Credit: Nintendo)
After months of rumour and speculation, Nintendo has finally announced the release date and pricing for its 3DS console during a press conference in Tokyo today. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata confirmed that the 3DS will go on sale on 26 February 2011 in Japan for ¥25,000 (AU$308.11). The console's US and European launch will follow a month later in March, but no price details were given by Nintendo, with the publisher saying these announcements would be made later by the company's overseas branches. The system will be available in Aqua Blue and Cosmo Black colours on launch.
During the conference, Iwata went into more detail about the 3DS's other features, including the Tag Mode functionality and what appeared to be a Mii creation studio. A short video explaining the functions was shown, and featured Namco Bandai's Yozo Sakagami explaining how to use Tag Mode for rankings and exchanging ghost data in Ridge Racer 3D. Capcom's Yoshinori Ono was also featured, with the Street Fighter IV producer talking about making a game where players could battle anywhere. Ono then confirmed Street Fighter IV for 3DS will support Wi-Fi play and Tag Mode.
The video also showed functionality that will allow users to stop mid-game to browse the web, send data wirelessly, as well as interact with other users who are walking nearby with a 3DS. The console can also connect to Wi-Fi when in sleep mode and automatically download data, including rankings, ghost rankings and free software.
The 3DS will be bundled with a 2GB SD card that will be able to store downloadable content. The handheld will also feature a Virtual Console service for Game Boy and Game Boy Advance titles, while classic Nintendo titles will also have 3D support.
Iwata wrapped up the press conference by admitting that third-party games often don't sell well on Nintendo hardware, with Wii third-party game sales low in Japan and the first year of Nintendo DS software sales all coming from the publisher's own titles. This is something the publisher is hoping to rectify with the 3DS.
The conference ended with a video of publishers and developers singing the praises of the new handheld, including Capcom, Level-5 and Konami. According to Capcom, a new Resident Evil title, called Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D, is in development for the 3DS.
Nintendo has announced a number of titles including Kid Icarus: Uprising, Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D - The Naked Sample, Paper Mario, Final Fantasy, Mario Kart and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
Via GameSpot AU