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Nintendo 3DS Out in the UK in March 2011


Nintendo 3DS Out in the UK in March 2011

Nintendo has officially announced the launch date of its 3DS portable gaming console, and it won’t be out this year. It will ship in Japan on 26 February 2011, and will cost 25,000 Yen. This is currently around £189, but we’d expect it to cost closer to £250 when it arrives in Europe, in March 2011.

The announcement was made at a press conference in Japan earlier today, and also included further system details. There will be a Game Boy Virtual Console, with support for many of the original Game boy titles such as Super Mario Land, and you’ll also be able to auto generate a Mii when you take a picture of someone.

The big selling point of the 3DS is its glasses free 3D capability from the 800 x 240 pixel main display, which did a fair old job of impressing us when we took a first look at E3 back in June. The 0.3 megapixel camera will also be able to take 3D still images.

If you're handy with Japanese, you’ll want to check out the Nintendo 3DS microsite that’s now gone live.

The Nintendo 3DS missing the Christmas rush is good news for Sony and Microsoft, who will be glad not to have the 3DS distracting consumers from the new Playstation Move and Xbox 360 Kinect motion control systems going on sale in the next few weeks.


September 29, 2010, 4:21 pm

£250!!! Sounds like way too much for a portable. Especially one which will be using fairly dated tech (3D aside) and going by Nintendo's track record probably won't offer much/anything in the multimedia/internet stakes.

Was looking forward to this but was imagining a £150 price tag.

Is the ultra wide resolution to do with the 3D?


September 29, 2010, 4:53 pm

Huge missed opportunity with the Christmas over shoot. Was expected but Nintendo could really have given Kinect and Move a hammering over the festive period had the been able to release the device a few months earlier. It'll still sell like crazy though.


September 29, 2010, 10:06 pm

@Ravi: Stop thinking of it as a portable, just consider it their next console. The lines are too blurred now. The analysts who were proclaiming it in the past have totally missed the point that this /is/ the "WiiHD".

As for price... yeah, I'd have preferred £200 at the most.

The resolution is actually 400x240. The games will be outputting 800 vertical lines, but these'll be split so each of your eyes see one set (hence the magical 3D jiggery-pokery).

@Jones: Precisely; it'll still sell like crazy, so they're just doing their own thing, as usual.


September 29, 2010, 11:46 pm

I agree with Ravmania, was thinking the same thing. In fact when the PSP Go launched and I near choked at the £200 price tag I said "I wouldn't pay £200 for a PSP2 let alone this rehash!"

That's me though, I drive to work and have a PC and PS3 at home so mobile gaming to me limited. I could crack out an hour a day in work if the notion takes me (like advance wars, love that game) but its not worth a large outlay on hardware. My perfect device (echo?) is a phone with slide out gamepad. Worth it alone for emulators let alone new games.

2 birds

one stone



September 29, 2010, 11:51 pm

Bugger forgot to say, have you seen the graphics? Bloody good considering all the GPU wasted on 3D. Definitely looks the part, at least the proper game do, Resident Evil and Metal Gear. Ridge racer ( I assume it's ridge racer) and zelda both look like ass. Thought they would have properly remade zelda but no, looks like a N64 game.

I want to see one in person and check out the 3D for myself.


September 30, 2010, 7:54 pm

Zelda looks fine. It's an update of Ocarina of Time. They've re-textured it. Same with Starfox, which also has full voices now apparently. Ridge Racer also looks very "port-ish", but I expect future driving games to look much better.

The GPU's rather powerful and has more graphical bells and whistles than the Wii in some areas.

£200 is quite high, but the reason I joined in with the disdain for the PSPGo's price is that absolutely none of the hardware was new, it was simply re-arranged. In fact, components were removed, so that should've saved them money.

Also don't forget the 3DS will come boxed with a 2GB SD card and a charging dock looking something like the Palm Pre one (not sure though, not many details available) which costs around £39.99 on its own.


September 30, 2010, 10:26 pm

@Drdark I just seen some stills of Zelda today and yes I was indeed mistaken. Couldn't tell they cleaned it up and made everything sharper from the video. Metal Gear and Resident Evil seem to be on another level from to everything else from what I have seen. They are very impressive.

I'm laughing at how you say "don't forget it comes with a 2GB SD card" So what? They are a couple of quid lol.

I heard today that the reason for the high price is due to the "reaction" at E3. Hear that everyone!? When they do announce the PSP2 or PSPhone roll your eyes and say "Meh" ;)


October 1, 2010, 2:42 am

@Runadumb: My comment was more regarding the charge dock :P. I was just listing everything to be complete.

Hopefully, Zelda and the other remakes will be priced lower anyway. Or... it'd be nice if they were downloadable even. Capcom's engine is impressive, and I saw the 7 minute MGS video but it still looked a bit like a tech demo. Kojima hinted back at E3 that it might not become a full game, but since they're pushing it so much, I think they might release it after all. Just be nice to see some actual gameplay.

I'm not sure where the PSP can go to be honest. On the one hand, yeah, some kind of PSPhone could be interesting, but they risk alienating everyone who's already got a phone.

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