Nintendo announced at its press conference in Tokyo that the portable game console, 3DS, will be available in Japan on February 26th next year.
Nintendo 3DS in Japan is priced at 25,000 Yen or approximately $300. The device will reach in the US and Europe regions by March of the same year.
First unveiled during the 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo last June, Nintendo 3DS will come to compete in the handheld console market with Sony’s popular PlayStation Portable (PSP). One of the main features of 3DS is its ability to produce 3D effects even without the need of any special glasses.
With approximately 5.3 inches wide when closed, 2.9 inches long, and 0.8 inches tall – the 3DS comes with 3.53-inch widescreen LCD display, with 800×240 pixel resolution, touch screen capable. It’s available in 2 colors (Aqua Blue and Cosmos Black), and is bundled with 2GB SD card. Pre-installed software is still yet to be announced.
See Nintendo 3DS in action below.
Size (when closed): 5.3 inches wide, 2.9 inches long, 0.8 inches tall
Weight: 8 ounces
Top Screen: 3.53-inch widescreen LCD display (3D view w/o special glasses); with 800×240 pixel resolution
Touch Screen: 3.02-inch LCD with 320×240 pixel resolution with a touch screen
Cameras: 1 inner camera and 2 outer cameras with 640×480 (0.3 Mega) pixel resolution
Nintendo 3DS Game Card: 2 GB Max. at launch
Wireless Communication: Can communicate in the 2.4 GHz band. Multiple Nintendo 3DS systems can connect via a local wireless connection to let users communicate or enjoy competitive game play. Systems also can connect to LAN access points to access the Internet and allow people to enjoy games with others. Will support IEEE 802.11 with enhanced security (WPA/WPA2).
Game Controls: Touch screen, embedded microphone, A/B/X/Y face buttons, + Control Pad, L/R buttons, Start and Select buttons, “Slide Pad” that allows 360-degree analog input, one inner camera, two outer cameras, motion sensor and a gyro sensor.
Other Input Controls: 3D Depth Slider to adjust level of 3D effect, Home button to call system function, Wireless switch to turn off wireless communications, Power button. The telescoping stylus is approximately 4 inches when fully extended.
Input/Output: A port that accepts both Nintendo 3DS game cards and game cards for the Nintendo DS™ family of systems, an SD memory card slot, an AC adapter connector, a charging cradle terminal and a stereo headphone output jack.
Sound: Stereo speakers positioned to the left and right of the top screen.
Battery: Lithium ion battery details TBA.
Parental Controls: Parental controls similar to the Nintendo DSi system will be included.