Nintendo 3DS coming 25 March


19 Jan 2011

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The Nintendo 3DS will be release on 25 March in Europe, with more than 30 games available from the launch date to June.

Nintendo showed off the device at a press event in Amsterdam, revealing more details of its upcoming 3D-capable portable gaming console.

It has two screens – the bottom touchscreen utilises a telescoping stylus stored in the unit and the top screen shows off the 3D visuals without requiring glasses. 3D can be increased, scaled back or deactivated completely.

It will have the control pad and buttons as in the Nintendo DS. IT will also have a circle pad for full 360-degree directional control.

Software

Along with the ability to play games, the Nintendo 3DS can play 3D video and photos, and can take 3D photos with its two cameras. The system also has six augmented reality cards, giving users the ability to superimpose images and animations onto the scene.

It will have a Mii Maker tool to allow users to make a custom avatar similar to that of the Wii, and an Activity log, which acts as a pedometer.

The console will also have a few games pre-installed, such as Face Raiders, which lets the user take 3D photos of themselves.

The 3DS also has an internet browser, one friend code system per console to help you find people to play online and a downloadable games store.

Gaming

Mario Kart

More than 30 games will be available within the first three months from the console’s launch, which include both first-party and third-party games. Nintendo’s offerings include The Legend of Zelda, Ocarina of Time 3D, Star Fox 3D and new instalments of Mario Kart and Animal Crossing.

Street Fighter 4 3D

Third-party games include Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell, Super Street Fighter 4 3D, The Sims 3, Rayman 3D and Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D.

In the US, the device will cost $249.99. Nintendo said the price elsewhere would be established by local markets, but would be similar to the US cost.