Daily Gaming: January 19, 2011

The big news of the day is the release date announcement for the Nintendo 3DS, the hardware will be launched in March across America and Europe. We also have news and screenshots from Ubisoft and Capcom, showing off their latest 3DS based games. In other news the 2nd free update for Assassin's Creed Brotherhood has been released for the Xbox and PlayStation 3, while the company has also announced IL-2 STURMOVIK: Cliffs of Dover for Windows

Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo 3DS gets its release date

As expected, today saw the release date for the Nintendo 3DS announced in America and Europe. The 3DS will launch on March 25 in Europe and a couple of days later on March 27 in America. Todays announcement also saw the company detail a deal with Sky and Eurosport to supply some 3D content on the 3DS hardware. Great news for those who would like to see some sport in 3D once the device is released. The pricing is set at $250 in America, while UK has the rather expensive markup of £230. For more details on the Nintendo 3DS, including Wi-Fi based SpotPass and StreetPass, check out the official Nintendo 3DS site.

Ubisoft announce their 3DS lineup

Ubisoft announced their upcoming 3DS lineup, including titles such as Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon and Rayman 3D. All of the titles will make use of Stereoscopic 3D, while some will also work with other new features of the Nintendo 3DS like StreetPass. The full list of games due out in the first half of the year are below:

Asphalt™ 3D: Developed by Gameloft and published by Ubisoft, Asphalt 3D brings all the excitement and speed of the Asphalt franchise to stereoscopic 3D, featuring more than 40 licensed vehicles, 17 exotic track locations and complete StreetPass™ functionality.

Combat of GiantsTM Dinosaurs 3D: This 3D take on the popular kids’ franchise mixes exploration and customization with real-time combats. Players ages 7 to 10-years old will be immersed into a cataclysmic universe and live the ultimate 3D fighting experience.

Driver® Renegade:  The first and exclusive action driving game on the Nintendo 3DS that lets the player experience the intensity and brutality of urban car chases in 3D. Players will embody the Driver series hero John Tanner and use the accelerometer to unleash their urban driving skills.

James Noir’s Hollywood CrimesTM: A brand new intellectual property developed exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS, James Noir’s Hollywood Crimes makes the player the main character in a mind-twisting puzzle adventure taking place in an interactive 3D world, with 150 puzzles and mind games to solve.

Rabbids® Travel in Time: Rabbids are bwaaaaaack and this time they have an infallible plan to invade the human world: conquer history in their first platform adventure developed exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS.

Rayman® 3D: One of the most popular franchises of all time lands on Nintendo 3DS with an outstanding platform experience that will take advantage of the Nintendo 3DS specifications with impressive graphics, stunning 3D effects and full use of the Circle Pad. An adaptation of the acclaimed Rayman 2 original game on Dreamcast, Rayman 3D will feature major updates on key game play elements such as accessibility, progression and learning curve.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon® Shadow Wars: The first tactical, turn-based Ghost Recon game, featuring eye-popping 3D cut scenes and in-game effects, deep team management options and a 1vs1 multiplayer mode on the same console.

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell® 3D: Sam Fisher is back in this masterpiece of the stealth/action genre, mixing the tension and realism that makes the essence of the franchise with unprecedented immersion and accessibility thanks to the stereoscopic 3D and innovative controls of the Nintendo 3DS

New Capcom 3DS screenshots

We have been sent in some new screenshots of Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D and Super StreetFighter IV 3D Edition. You can check all of the screenshots in our gallery at the bottom of the page.

General News

Assassin's Creed Brotherhood: Animus Project Update 2.0 released

Ubisoft announced today that the Animus Project Update 2.0 downloadable content for Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood has been released for free on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. As with the first update, 2.0 brings in a new game mode called Chest Capture and a new Pienza map. This is likely to be the final free update for the game, even though no new DLC has been announced so far. More details on the new Chest Capture multiplayer mode are below:

In the new Chest Capture Multiplayer Mode, two teams, comprised of three players each, partner with fellow Templars to either defend or capture Chests. The “Capturers” must use their HUDs to locate and capture the chests, while “Defenders” must use their skills and quick reflexes to track down their foes and protect the chests.

Windows News

IL-2 STURMOVIK: Cliffs of Dover Announced

Ubisoft has announced the next in series of IL-2 STURMOVIK games, IL-2 STURMOVIK: Cliffs of Dover. The game takes place during the 1940s as you battle for the skies over Britain in missions between the British, the German and the Italian air forces. You can check out the full feature list over on the Ubisoft forums.

Remember that you can discuss all of these games and more on our Gaming forums here at Neowin. If you have any gaming news you would like to see here, make sure you get in contact with us

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No joke but judging from the screenshots, Asphalt 3d looks better on an Android device. Actually, most of these games look better using a PS1 emulator on a phone. Maybe it looks better on the 3ds but yea, them screens are fugly.

Billus said,
No joke but judging from the screenshots, Asphalt 3d looks better on an Android device. Actually, most of these games look better using a PS1 emulator on a phone. Maybe it looks better on the 3ds but yea, them screens are fugly.

Was just about to say the same! Why would anyone buy a 3DS when their phone does a better job? Sort it out Nintendo!!

One good point the article missed is the parental control system. Not only can you protect internet access, but you can turn of 3D completely (PIN protected obviously).

Definitely provides a direct answer to the concerns about using the 3D for an extended period of time.

If you want to see everything in one place: http://press.nintendo.com/articles.jsp?id=27356

Plus, it has whole device friend codes so you don't have to give out individual ones for individual games. Still not quite a username base, but it's definitely a good feature.

i realize these screens are from release titles, but i was expecting the graphics to be a bit better. seems like the 3DS just caught up to the PSP.