Posted by drew10 on Jan 20, 2011
3DS Gets US Launch Date and Line Up

3DS Gets US Launch Date and Line Up

The launch of the console Nintendo are describing as “a category of one” and an “experience that simply doesn’t exist anywhere else.” is finally upon us. Yes the big N’s little hand-held marvel the 3DS has been given an official launch date of March 27th in the US. The 3D console looks set to revolutionise gaming as we know it. With its full 3D games and no need for stupid glasses we have big hopes for this machine albeit with a pretty hefty price tag of $249.99.

We hope to have some more information on the official UK date very soon and also, hopefully a hands-on preview.

Here is a list of the 3DS features:

  • 2 screens
  • 3D depth slider, to adjust the amount of 3D effect.
  • A full 360 degree thumb controller.
  • Motion sensor and gyro sensor so the machine can respond t movement.
  • Ability to play DSi games.
  • 2GB SD card that can be upgraded to any size.

It will also feature a thing called  the StreetPass. If you choose to have this feature switched on your 3DS will share information with other systems as you pass in the street. Small packets of information can be exchanged using this data-transfer method, such as Mii character data, maps for games or high scores and custom character data for different games. The SpotPass feature can connect to compatible public hotspots and through a wireless broadband Internet connection at home, even if the system is in Sleep Mode. Once connected, the Nintendo 3DS system will receive new content and updates on a regular basis.

Plus the system will come pre-loaded with a few games, applications and features, such as its 3DSCamera. The 3DS features three cameras, one points at the user, while the other two additional cameras point outward. These two outer cameras can take actual 3D photographs. Built-in game Face Raiders allows players to shoot at funny versions of their own faces. When put into Sleep Mode, the 3DS can act as a pedometer, while letting users earn Play Coins for the steps they take that can then be traded in for additional content in compatible games and applications. By accessing the Activity Log, users can check their steps as well as their play time. With Nintendo 3DS Sound, users can enjoy sound-manipulation tools or rock out while listening to their MP3 or AAC music files. An upgraded Internet browser will also be available via a system update.

The 3DS has a whole host of first and third party games being released in what Nintendo are referring to as the ‘launch window’ which runs from March 27th to E3 in early June. It is a pretty big window! Over the next few days we will be looking at these games in more detail but for now here is a list of some of the delights you can be expecting to play.


  • Pilotwings Resort
  • Nintendogs + cats
  • Steel Diver
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
  • Star Fox 64 3D
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising
  • Mario Kart
  • Animal Crossing
  • Paper Mario

Third Party Releases

  • Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclock
  • Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition
  • Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D
  • Madden NFL
  • The Sims 3
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D
  • LEGO® Star Wars® III: The Clone Wars
  • Ridge Racer 3D
  • Dual Pen Sports
  • Super Monkey Ball 3D
  • Thor: God of Thunder
  • Crush 3D
  • Bust-A-Move Universe
  • Samurai Warriors Chronicles
  • Dead or Alive Dimensions
  • Asphalt 3D
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Shadow Wars
  • Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell 3D
  • Rayman 3D
  • Rabbids® Travel in Timea

In all a brilliant looking line-up although how many of these actually make the window remains to be seen.

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