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.