Nintendo 3DS release date announced
Nintendo says the 3DS handheld console will launch in Europe on March 25th
Nintendo has revealed that its 3DS console will launch across Europe on March 25th.
The developer made the announcement at a showcase event in Amsterdam it's using to promote the forthcoming handheld device, which allows players to view 3D images without the need for special glasses.
Nintendo didn't announce a price for the console, but did say that retail outlets have been given a trade price and it is up to them to decide how much to sell it for. HMV has already started pricing the device for pre-order on their website at £229.99 (around €272).
“Nintendo 3DS is not just about being able to watch and play in 3D without glasses – it also offers unique social experiences” said Laurent Fischer, Nintendo of Europe's Managing Director of Marketing & PR. “In the way Wii brought families together, Nintendo 3DS will appeal to a broad range of people."
The Nintendo 3DS system will be available in either Cosmos Black or Aqua Blue. Each console will come with a 2GB memory card installed (although owners can provide whatever size they like) and will be backwards compatible with 2D DS games.
The 3DS comes equipped with two screens – one 3D screen and one touch-screen – a motion sensor, a gyro sensor, and analogue pad and a 3D depth slider so players can toggle between 3D and 2D screen settings. The device also has two cameras which allow its user to take 3D pictures.
The console's stereoscopic capability is viewed as a weapon for Nintendo in its battle against gaming on smartphones, which have become more sophisticated since the launch of the highly successful original DS in 2005.
Sony, Nintendo's main rival for dominance in the dedicated handheld console market, is set to announce its next device, the PSP2, later this month.