Nintendo 3DS (& Virtual Console) Details!

Nintendo (Japan) detailed the 3DS in their press conference Wednesday and, as expected, some exciting news followed:

The 3DS is scheduled for a February 2011 release in Japan, a March 2011 release in Europe. There’s no official word yet on when the United States will see the 3DS, but estimates are around March 2011 as well. In Japan, the hand held system with cost 25,000 Yen, roughly $300 in U.S. dollars (though perhaps we’ll a little cheaper in the U.S. and Europe?) and includes a 2GB SD card, retractable stylus, and charging hub in the price. Further, in addition to the 3-D technology it employs the system includes communication abilities that allow it to transfer information from user to user with multiple in-game and real world applications, internet usage, 3DS camera, 6 paper cards (utilized for augmented reality games), a pedometer, Mii hub, and plenty of other features likely to receive more press in the days and months to come. So, yes, expect the 3DS to land Nintendo more than a few sales and contribute to a very successful future — I know I’ll be picking it up.

The Nintendo 3DS software line-up for Japan includes:

  • Animal Crossing
  • Chocobo Racing 3D
  • Dead or Alive Dimensions
  • Dynasty Warriors Chronicle
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time 3D
  • Mario Kart
  • Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater
  • Nintendogs + Cats
  • Paper Mario
  • Pilotwings Resort
  • Pro Baseball Spirits
  • Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle
  • Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D
  • Resident Evil: Revelations
  • Ridge Racer 3D
  • Star Fox 64 3D
  • Steel Diver
  • Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition
  • Super Monkey Ball

And please reference the following video for the Nintendo 3DS Japanese Launch trailer with a look at the games themselves:

[Update: Also worth noting is that the 3DS has a Virtual Console service of its own, allowing players to purchase and download Game Boy and Game Boy Color games. Possibly Game Boy Advance games?! Hopefully we’ll hear more on that soon.]

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