Nintendo announces pricing, release date for 3DS

3D-mania is sweeping the world and now Nintendo is getting into the action with information on their latest gadget, the Nintendo 3DS. While we’ve known about the product for awhile, the company has now announced specific details about the gaming platform.

The big launch date is going to be March 27 and the pre-order price is a whopping $249.99. It will be available in two colors, Aqua Blue and Cosmo Black, and have a lineup of 20 games available at launch. This makes the 3DS the most expensive console that Nintendo offers, since the retail price of the Wii has dropped to $199.99. Compared to other handheld gaming devices, the 3DS seems a bit expensive – you can purchase a PSP for $150 or a DSi XL for $160 – but those systems obviously lack the 3D hook. For sake of comparison, the Sony PSP released with the same street price back in 2005.

According to Nintendo’s site, the 3DS features a glasses-free 3D screen, a 3D “depth slider” to allow the player to adjust just how three dimensional they want their games to be, and a motion/gyro sensor to detect movement. The system is backwards compatible with the DS (with the exception of Game Boy Advance accessories). There’s also several built-in pieces of software with the 3DS, including a tool to create your Mii, an activity log, a web browser, and more.

One interesting hardware feature that is built into the device is a 3D camera. According to the site, it can be used to take pictures that can be displayed in 3D on the device.

Is $250 too expensive for a handheld gaming device, especially when compared to devices like the iPod Touch? Or will Nintendo continue to rake in the profits with their newest gaming device?

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What's not ridiculous is the price ($250). What is ridiculous is that they think they can make it even more expensive in Britain (£220)!

Meph said,
What's not ridiculous is the price ($250). What is ridiculous is that they think they can make it even more expensive in Britain (£220)!

$250 + 20% VAT = $300
Current exchange rate is 1.57 (optimistic) ... 1.57 * 220 = $345
$45 difference isn't all that much, given the smaller market and import costs. (I am from the UK, fwiw).

Wasn't Nintendo on track for a second generation Wii to release at some point?? I had heard they would accept older systems for a trade in value against a new one but that was months ago along with the HDMI output for full HD viewing of the games. Anyone heard anything of this?

It may be interesting for me being a FinePix REAL 3D W1 user if it can display MPO files but I'm sad they did not go with a little more big screen as I see all the free space around the current one.

In fact I think it would have been smarter to go with a complete new unit with a high resolution screen for crisp 3D pictures. As of now, 400×240 per eye is is no interest with all that's coming in the next few months. But I know they wanted to keep compatibility for old games and they probably didn't know how to get around the battery duration problem I guess.

tomcoleman said,
this news was out days ago....... OLD!

Then why do you come to Neowin, if you can read news faster somewhere else. I for once did not know about this and Neowin imo is the best site so am I not supposed to be aware of this news?

I've never liked nintendo products! Always seem ways to make a quick buck for my liking and no real thought put into titles and gameplay

mcloum said,
I've never liked nintendo products! Always seem ways to make a quick buck for my liking and no real thought put into titles and gameplay

Wow... that's a great comment. Considering that Nintendo essentially defined platforming and brought a lot of friendly gaming into the house back in the day, I'd say they think out what they're doing.

Plus, succeeding in making a device with glassesless 3D has already spurred other companies to try the same. It's innovation that's generally thought out.

Slow! This news was released last week and not posted till now And I'll I can say is, let's see what fail of a PSP2 sony trys to compete with.

TechDudeGeorge said,
Slow! This news was released last week and not posted till now And I'll I can say is, let's see what fail of a PSP2 sony trys to compete with.

Yeah, they had the press release the 19'th, where they told when it would ship, price, etc.

There is actually only 6 games at launch unless something has changed in two days, Gamestop printed me out a list of all the current 3DS only 6 have launch release dates, the rest have random dates.

murkurie said,
There is actually only 6 games at launch unless something has changed in two days, Gamestop printed me out a list of all the current 3DS only 6 have launch release dates, the rest have random dates.


ahh no there is a launch lineup of 20 games @ launch

murkurie said,
There is actually only 6 games at launch unless something has changed in two days, Gamestop printed me out a list of all the current 3DS only 6 have launch release dates, the rest have random dates.

http://www.nintendo.com/3ds/games/

Hence why gamestop and such stores are retarded. Bad information as always.

The Laughing Man said,
Woah whats with the small screen size? All that black border around the top screen makes it look tiny. That bothers me alot.

If you're gonna OCD on it, you might as well point out the screens are different sizes.

Recon415 said,
For a last-gen system, that's pretty pricey.

what makes it a last generation system , it has graphics more powerful then both the PSP and DS combined and i think some of the early previews by the media even claimed graphics depending on the game on par with the PS3 in some level.

notuptome2004 said,

what makes it a last generation system , it has graphics more powerful then both the PSP and DS combined and i think some of the early previews by the media even claimed graphics depending on the game on par with the PS3 in some level.

Haha... what? Looking at the pictures, it looks like N64 / PS1 style graphics with higher res... so maybe halfway between N64 and gamecube

Brandon said,

Haha... what? Looking at the pictures, it looks like N64 / PS1 style graphics with higher res... so maybe halfway between N64 and gamecube

Are you blind? Go look at pictures of Resident Evil running on it and Metal Gear Solid it's more between a Wii and a 360 in terms of power. Wii level polygons pushing with 360 style shaders for normal mapping etc.

Jimmy2000 said,

Are you blind? Go look at pictures of Resident Evil running on it and Metal Gear Solid it's more between a Wii and a 360 in terms of power. Wii level polygons pushing with 360 style shaders for normal mapping etc.

Let's take a look...

Hmm, yes and no. It's definitely somewhere between the Wii and the PS2 or the Xbox, but only on the 3DS' screen itself. If you look at the 2D trailers and the screenshots on a normal PC monitor, then they look terrible, with lots of jagged edges.

It definitely looks better than the old DS, but it's still not much to brag about.

MightyJordan said,

Let's take a look...

Hmm, yes and no. It's definitely somewhere between the Wii and the PS2 or the Xbox, but only on the 3DS' screen itself. If you look at the 2D trailers and the screenshots on a normal PC monitor, then they look terrible, with lots of jagged edges.

It definitely looks better than the old DS, but it's still not much to brag about.


well the reason i would not define this as Last generation is the GPu in this sucker has programmable pixel and vertex shaders and the Wii nor DS or any previouse game generation or system besides the Xbox had that capability . that is why i curious what made ya think it was last generation and or well of what part you would consider it being that

Since when have handheld consoles been compared to full size units anyway? Of course they're lower spec. Compare it to other handhelds.

Recon415 said,
For a last-gen system, that's pretty pricey.

It it really last-gen as a handheld? I mean the fact that Nintendo have finally stopped bringing out variations of the same old DS platform must count for something.

smooth_criminal1990 said,

It it really last-gen as a handheld? I mean the fact that Nintendo have finally stopped bringing out variations of the same old DS platform must count for something.

Yeah, they've run out of ways to milk the DS.