$250 3DS launching March 27

Nintendo's newest handheld arriving March 25 in Europe; UK retailers listing handheld for £229; Nintendogs and Cats, Steel Diver, Super Monkey Ball 3D among launch-window lineup; full event liveblog and video inside.

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NEW YORK and AMSTERDAM--In September, Nintendo dated and priced the 3DS…for Japan. The new handheld will come out in the island nation on February 26 for a price point of ¥25,000 ($299), making it one of the most expensive pieces of hardware the company has ever released.

The 3DS arrives on March 27 for $250.

At the time of the announcement--and ever since--it has been unclear if the steep price point was just a result of the strong yen or would be reflective of the price in the West. Those questions should be answered today, when Nintendo holds dual, near-simultaneous events in Amsterdam and New York City.

Expected at both events are not just the price and the exact release date of the 3DS, which will be released before the end of March, but also a rundown of the initial launch lineup for the portable. The Japanese starting block of games includes Winning Eleven 3DSoccer, Combat of Giant Dinosaur 3D, Super Street Fighter IV 3D, Samurai Warriors Chronicle, Puzzle Bobble 3D, Ridge Racer 3D, and Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask.

[5:52] [AMSTERDAM] We've taken our seats for the conference here just outside of Amsterdam. Five minutes to go. It's your typical white Nintendo event stage, with "Nintendo 3DS Discover" on either side of the display.

Here's the view from the GameSpot UK seats at the press conference.

[5:55] [NEW YORK] Here in New York, Nintendo's press conference seating is rapidly filling up with journalists eager to both see the 3DS and escape the chilling cold outside.

[5:56] [AMSTERDAM] We're being welcomed by "Dan." He wants to tell us about fire exits.

[5:57] [AMSTERDAM] He is also saying to keep mobiles in flight mode if possible to avoid interference. Suppose they don't want a repeat of the E3 Zelda demo.

[5:57] [NEW YORK] Nintendo has brought back its 3DS-chained-to-a-human-being security system first seen at last year's E3.

[5:57] [NEW YORK] A voice on the PA system declares, "The event will begin in five minutes."

[5:58] [AMSTERDAM] He also wants a round of applause for Jonathan Ross when he takes the stage.

[5:59] [AMSTERDAM] As if we needed further confirmation of Ross' presence.

[6:01] To see the New York conference live on video, head on over to http://www.gamespot.com/shows/today-on-the-spot/

[6:03] [NEW YORK] The lights begin to dim. This show is about to get started. That, or the waiting continues in a slightly darker atmosphere.

Jonathan Ross onstage!

[6:03] [NEW YORK] The show is starting with a highlight reel clip about the 3DS and its E3 unveiling.

[6:04] [AMSTERDAM] Ross onstage now in comedy 3D glasses (briefly). Welcomes everyone and gets Laurent Fischer onstage to intro the device.

[6:04] [NEW YORK] The video wraps up, and Reggie Fils-Aime takes the stage

[6:05] [AMSTERDAM] We have been pursuing 3D for a long time, says Fischer. The advantage of a handheld is that it comes with its own screen, unlike home consoles.

[6:05] [NEW YORK] Reggie accuses Michael Pachter of turning off the teleprompters.

[6:06] [NEW YORK] Reggie: The 3DS experience "doesn't exist anywhere else."

[6:06] [AMSTERDAM] Aqua blue and cosmic black 3DS units, slider for 3D effect, all the good stuff.

[6:07] [NEW YORK] Reggie waxes poetic about the history of 3D graphics, talking about the initial unveiling of Mario 64.

[6:07] [NEW YORK] If Mario was the first stage of modern gaming, the DS was the second stage.

Here's the aqua blue version.

[6:08] [AMSTERDAM] "We reinvented gaming" with the DS and then the Wii, says Fischer. And now they'll do it again. He's talking up the 10 percent larger upper screen.

[6:08] [AMSTERDAM] Ross wants to know about backward compatibility. It's there, Fischer tells him.

[6:08] [NEW YORK] 3D was being considered since the days of the NES and was planned for the GameCube.

[6:08] [NEW YORK] Naturally, the Wii represents the third stage, and the 3DS the latest.

[6:09] [NEW YORK] He touts the 3DS's ability to customize your chosen level of 3D, giving it mass-market appeal.

[6:10] [AMSTERDAM] "Developers are going to love" using the analog circle pad, he says, for precise control.

[6:10] [AMSTERDAM] On to motion-sensitive 3DS games and the automatic connectivity. "More of that later."

[6:10] [AMSTERDAM] Ross wants to hear about the 3D camera. You can take photos and share them, he's told.

[6:11] [NEW YORK] Reggie is now talking up the 3D multimedia capabilities, including video and photos.

[6:11] [NEW YORK] The 3DS "will drive connected social experiences like no Nintendo device before."

[6:11] [NEW YORK] Reggie says they'll be announcing the launch date and price today.

[6:11] [NEW YORK] In the US, the 3DS will be available at launch in aqua blue and cosmic black.

[AMSTERDAM] This light is to play an important role in gaming, lighting up when receiving notifications using the "Spot Pass" service.

[6:12] [AMSTERDAM] Compatible Wi-Fi hotspots will let the 3DS auto-connect you.

[6:12] [AMSTERDAM] To receive "a wide variety of content". One content provider is Eurosport.

[6:13] [AMSTERDAM] In the UK, they are working with BSkyB to make short-form content.

[6:13] [AMSTERDAM] Ross is now introducing David Sproxton of Aardman Animation, of Wallace & Gromit fame.

[6:13] [AMSTERDAM] A new Spot Pass service will allow 3DS owners to receive notifications and downloads.

[6:14] [NEW YORK] A tech video is touting all the 3DS features, including its motion-sensing capabilities.

[6:15] [NEW YORK] There's a new home button on the system that takes you back to the home menu, a la the PSP's PlayStation logo button. Only with this, you can switch back to the game without losing progress.

[AMSTERDAM] David Sproxton onstage.

[6:15] [NEW YORK] There's also a redone Wi-Fi status light that lets you know when you're sharing data with other systems in its various social modes.

[6:15] [AMSTERDAM] Aardman has been working with Nintendo, Sproxton says.

[6:16] [AMSTERDAM] Partnership is about innovation and "creating new markets."

[6:16] [NEW YORK] The voice on the video sarcastically mocks "fashionable 3D glasses."

[6:16] [NEW YORK] Reggie is back on the stage, ready to talk specific games and launch details.

[6:17] [AMSTERDAM] Sproxton announces specially created content featuring Shaun the Sheep--one-minute shorts--in 3D for the 3DS.

[6:17] [AMSTERDAM] New Shaun the Sheep short films will be in 3D and on the move using Spot Pass, Sproxton says.

[AMSTERDAM] It's Shaun the Sheep!

[6:21] [AMSTERDAM]Street Pass announced. Automatically exchanges game information with other 3DS systems in the street--even in sleep mode.

[6:21] [AMSTERDAM] This is more of that exclusive-over-Wi-Fi that Fischer was talking about. "We can't wait to start working on some hilarious storylines."

[6:21] [AMSTERDAM] And now we are watching some of Shaun's greatest hits. Who knew he had a theme tune?

[6:22] [AMSTERDAM] Street Pass now, introduced by a video. Lets 3DS units exchange information automatically from sleep mode.

[6:22] [AMSTERDAM] Your Mii character, for instance, will be passed to 3DS-owning strangers (as long as you have said you want such a thing).

[6:23] [AMSTERDAM] "Community can happen automatically," says Fischer

[6:23] [AMSTERDAM] Nintendo changing friends codes. You need to register only once, and there's no need to manually exchange codes. Never have to input the code to play with the same friends online, and you'll be able to see what they're playing.

[6:23] [NEW YORK] Now for third-party games. Reggie says the 3DS will launch with more third-party support than any game in Nintendo history. "At E3, some of you told me that Dead or Alive seemed like an odd choice for a Nintendo handheld," he says. Reggie is, of course, referring to Dead or Alive: Dimensions from Tecmo Koei.

[6:24] [AMSTERDAM] Now time for some developers, says Ross. He's talking up Capcom--here comes Yoshinori Ono!

[6:24] [AMSTERDAM] He wants us to Hadouken at him.

[6:25] [AMSTERDAM] Hah--"I want to talk about Virtual Boy 2, I mean, Nintendo 3DS."

[AMSTERDAM] Ono making us raise our hands and do a Hadouken!

[6:26] [NEW YORK] Now for Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D and Madden Football. In a prerecorded video, EA's Peter Moore is talking up the 3DS's capabilities. Moore: "We're bringing it into a more simplistic manner to allow people to get into the game more quickly."

[6:26] [NEW YORK] Capcom's Yoshinori Ono now shows up on the screen to talk Street Fighter on the 3DS.

[6:27] [NEW YORK] Ono talks about the wireless play features, including a wireless spectator mode that lets you watch matches being played nearby.

[6:27] [AMSTERDAM] More communication features, in fact. Street Fighter battles on the 3DS, seemingly.

[6:28] [NEW YORK] Now, Reggie wants to "fill in the blanks."

[6:29] [NEW YORK] The North American launch window will be the weeks between hardware release and E3 in June. More than 30 3DS games will be released in that window.

[6:29] [AMSTERDAM] Street Fighter will feature "a new kind of versus battle" that lets you fight anyone, anytime, anywhere, immediately. "Fighter figurines compete in simulated battles" after exchange via the 3DS connection.

[6:30] [NEW YORK] The system will have an activity log that tracks games played, and physical movement within those games, including recommended walk breaks. Physical movements will earn play coins that can be used in-game to acquire bonus content.

[6:30] [AMSTERDAM] "Did you understand a little bit better what Street Pass is about?" he asks.

[6:31] [NEW YORK] The Mii Maker will let you create a Mii with the camera. They'll appear in-game and in the content swapped in Street Pass functionality. Your Mii could conceivably jump to a total stranger's system on the bus while in sleep mode.

[6:32] [NEW YORK] Face Raiders is a preinstalled game that lets you take your own picture and insert it into a "shooting gallery of sorts."

[6:32] [NEW YORK] AR Games will let you place cards down and play augmented reality games anywhere you want. "An enhanced Internet browser will also be available," says Reggie.

[6:33] [NEW YORK] Some software will be fully operational only with system updates performed after purchase. Not all of these come out of the box.

[6:33] [NEW YORK] The 3DS will use only one friend code. You need to register it only once. They're not software-dependent.

[6:33] [NEW YORK] You'll never need to input a code to play with friends online.

Street Fighter IV 3D will feature 35 fighters.

[6:34] [AMSTERDAM] More on SF versus modes, including a "channel live" mode that lets other people watch your live battles. "A robust lineup of 35 fighters!" say the screens.

[6:34] [AMSTERDAM] All of these new features and modes were made possible by the 3DS, says Ono. And now he's off.

[6:35] [AMSTERDAM] Ross wants to see Street Fighter vs. Animal Crossing.

[6:36] [AMSTERDAM] Mr. Shibata, president of Nintendo Europe, takes the stage. "We are committed to working with third-party developers," he says.

[6:37] [AMSTERDAM] He's talking up their "serious commitment" to a "wide range" of third-party devs.

[6:38] [NEW YORK] Now Reggie is talking about the 3DS software and media store. You can download virtual console games, watch gameplay clips, and view screens. Nintendo will be supplying retailers with 5,000 demo units as a massive marketing push. There will also be 400,000 units taken out to the streets in various marketing demos.

[6:38] [NEW YORK] 3DS will launch at a $249.99 MSRP in the US.

President of Ubisoft, Yves Guillemot, onstage.

[6:40] [NEW YORK] The 3DS will be released in the US on March 27.

Rabbids 3D, Ghost Recon 3D, Splinter Cell 3D, Asphalt 3D coming from Ubisoft.

[6:41] [NEW YORK] Reggie is now wrapping up the New York press conference, giving press the chance to go hands-on with hardware and software. Be sure to check out all of GameSpot's previews coming today.

[6:41] [AMSTERDAM] Our next guest (already!) is "legend" Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot.

[6:42] [AMSTERDAM] "Lots of people could Just Dance this Christmas on the Wii," Guillemot reminds us. "The possibilities are endless" on the 3DS. Rayman is coming back, he says. Also Splinter Cell, Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D, and Asphalt 3D.

[6:42] [AMSTERDAM] Gosh, another "legend." It's time for Enomoto and Hatsumi of PES Production/Konami via an interpreter.

[6:43] [AMSTERDAM] "Only a limited number of people own 3D TVs." But the 3DS will bring 3D to many more.

[6:43] [AMSTERDAM] "We chose PES for our title for Nintendo 3DS."

[6:44] [AMSTERDAM] "We wanted many people to experience the 3DS through PES 2011 3D." Cue a trailer!

[6:46] [AMSTERDAM] "Immerse yourself in PES," it says.

[6:47] [AMSTERDAM] "The camera position has changed," they say.

[6:47] [AMSTERDAM] "3D enabled us to express depth…improve realism."

[AMSTERDAM] The word of the day.

[6:48] [AMSTERDAM] The view is called "player view." It's right behind he player, to make you feel like "you're on the pitch."

[6:51] [AMSTERDAM] "I really hope a lot of football fans in Europe will be able to play it hands-on." Ross thanks Enomoto and Hatsumi and moves swiftly on to welcome Tecmo Koei's Team Ninja. It's Yosuke Hayashi, specifically.

[6:52] [AMSTERDAM] Through an interpreter, he says he is here to talk about the graphics capabilities of the 3DS.

[AMSTERDAM] History of the Dead or Alive series.

[6:53] [AMSTERDAM] "Dead or Alive dates back to 1996…but for the past five years we've been silent."

[6:54] [AMSTERDAM] "We've been carefully planning [a handheld game] for some time." Dead or Alive Dimensions now onscreen--it's trailer time once more.

[AMSTERDAM] Trailer for Dead or Alive Dimensions.

[6:56] [AMSTERDAM] Some flashy cutscenes, some impressive-looking in-game fighting. "Dead or Alive Dimensions is a kind of 'best of' version of Dead or Alive. Because of 3D, Dead or Alive is back…with attitude."

[AMSTERDAM] More from the Dimensions trailer.

[6:58] [AMSTERDAM] First-party Nintendo titles coming up…

[6:58] [AMSTERDAM] OK, some more on communication features: Internet and local play, plus Street Pass. "I hope you will witness with your own eyes the new game experience we have on offer."

[6:59] [AMSTERDAM] Fischer returns to the stage. He starts up with Pilotwings Resort and then moves on to Nintendogs and Cats.

[7:00] "You will have to work harder to earn love from your kitty," he jokes.

[7:02] [AMSTERDAM] The fur, body size, and leg length varies more now than ever before.

[7:02] [AMSTERDAM] Third title: Steel Diver, with gyroscopic control.

[7:02] [AMSTERDAM] And on to Ocarina of Time and Kid Icarus. "Make sure you try this," he says. Ross concurs.

[AMSTERDAM] A little tease of Steel Diver.

[7:03] [AMSTERDAM] He really does look a bit like George Clooney, doesn't he? Everyone onstage has made a Clooney joke so far.

[7:05] [AMSTERDAM] Mr. Shibata again now, here to talk about the Mii maker on the 3DS, which begins with a photo of you taken by the 3DS camera. We take a look at Ross' and Shibata's.

[AMSTERDAM] Ross' Mii made using Mii Maker.

[7:06] [AMSTERDAM] Face Raiders, they say, is a preinstalled game that uses these 3DS Miis.

[7:06] [AMSTERDAM] Internet browser not preinstalled, but coming at a later date as a download.

[7:08] [AMSTERDAM] Time at last for the launch lineup.

[7:10] [AMSTERDAM] Software lineup available on or soon after launch day: Nintendogs and Cats, Steel Diver, Pro Evo, Street Fighter IV, Super Monkey Ball 3D, Resident Evil Revelations, Combat of Giants, Dead or Alive, Rabbids 3D, Ghost Recon: Shadow Wards, Samurai Warriors, Driver, Lego Star Wars III, Paper Mario, Starfox 64, Ocarina of Time, Resident Evil: The Mercenaries, Splinter Cell 3D, Asphalt 3D, The Sims 3D, Ridge Racer 3D, Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater, Animal Crossing, Pilot Wings, Kid Icarus.

[7:10] [AMSTERDAM] 3DS launching in Europe on March 25, 2011.

[7:11] [AMSTERDAM] More than 25 games available at launch.

[7:11] [AMSTERDAM] As for the price…"please defer to retailer prices."

3DS landing March 25.

[7:13] [AMSTERDAM] We are being thanked for being here and are promised more via the Nintendo website.

[7:15] [AMSTERDAM] And we're out! Disappointed by the lack of a price, and it looks like the Metroid rumors weren't true. We'll get a definite launch lineup as soon as possible. Keep your eyes on the site! Thanks for tuning in, folks.

[7:22] [LONDON] British retailers are now listing the 3DS for a £229 ($366) price point.

Discussion

398 comments
Treboura25
Treboura25

I'm not getting mine until May, knowing Nintendo they'll probably make a remake of it by then anyway :P

nonfanboygamer1
nonfanboygamer1

I would imagine that the price point on this will not attract the people who own wii's and some people who own ds. It's a handheld, and no Im not one of those stupid people who spend $300 ON A PHONE and then $100 a month plan to use it.

dbourque7
dbourque7

Break out your wallet and buy about 30 games.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

psp line up is still trash in comparision to 3ds and ds lol thanks for not noticing that theres also bc with this thing even a virtual console - meaning if they release many of my games on there from gb gbc i dont need to carry the old gba around

Scr00I
Scr00I

Super Monkey Ball was so cool.

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

@XxParasite I was mostly overstating the potential danger to prove a point but thanks for missing that entirely. If you're comfortable doing that then fine, take your $250+ worth of 3DS, iPhone, iPad, laptop, PDA etc etc out on the bus, in a public place and have a great time. Just don't complain when in a moments notice it's whisked away by someone with jealous eyes and quick feet and be so naive to think that you are untouchable.

XxParasite
XxParasite

@Phil-teh-Pirate Whoah, Robotnik, where do you live? I've seen plenty of people use their even more expensive iPhones in public places, all without being stabbed. Oh, and seriously? Why would someone stab someone ON A BUS, in front of a bunch of people who could and would later identify them just to take a device that sells for less than bail?

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

@Alex_Thomson I was alluding to the point that a console worth that much draws unwanted attention. When the original DS came out they advertised a girl on the bus playing with her Nintendog, "Wow, I can play this anywhere". What they didn't show was the hooded youth listening to tinny rap music on the back seat of the bus ready to knife her and sell her DS on ebay. Call me paranoid if you want, but the fact of the matter is the times aren't as safe as they used to be and waving around $250 worth of tech in public is drawing unwanted attention in any part of the world. If you wouldn't handle $100 in notes whilst on the bus, why would you openly play a $250 console on one?

Alex_Thomson
Alex_Thomson

@Phil-teh-Pirate: Yes, because the 3DS costing $250 somehow makes it unusable for anywhere outside the home? Obviously it's not cheap and you don't want to ruin it but that argument makes no sense. People bring their $300 (or even $400) iPods/iPhones all sorts of places. And the PSP was originally $250 when it came out, did that defeat its use anywhere outside the home as well? I'm sure there will be plenty of cases on the market to protect your system if you're paranoid about that sort of thing anyways, there certainly are for the others I mentioned.

X-7
X-7

I think i will wait for the 3DS lite. :P Battery life and price are major problems with me.

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

As for the 3Ds line up, its solid but i play my games at home typically so it isnt worth the investment.That and i would never pay that much for a handheld.I would maybe purchase one down the line when it goes down in price or is fairly priced used. Other than that ill keep to the psp.Just simply because alot of the games offered on the 3DS that sound the best are rehashes.And the newer games im not interested in. PSP has very solid titles that are great to me and are connected to many of the gaming franchises i care about.But if any these franchises were to grace the 3DS then awesome. Btw to whoever said the original DS lineup was great,what were you smoking? Pokemon.And Mario stuff were its best lineup games in the beginning along with a bunch of gimmick games.Since i dont like mario and many of the other franchises that nintendo keeps close the lineup was trash to me.Though i do like pokemon.

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

Shame mariokart64fan that everyone else is doing the whole wiimote or motion control thing, better.It was the the gamecu-i mean wii's only gimic.I own one but only about 3 games for it.Which is all i need to enjoy the system.

guitarist1980
guitarist1980

I will freely admit I love buying stuff like this.. but I just cant justify when I will use it. If you take pub trans or you travel a lot then sure, but I sleep on my public transportation most of the time.

lithus
lithus

pbfft! $250 for a flippin handheld?! That's just going too far. At the risk of upsetting the Nintendo fanboys (I can see you attack anyone who has an opposing opinion) You can keep it. Honestly, how many versions of the DS are they going to produce? Next year it'll be the "Ultra Super Fun Time 3DS Lite with 6 screens!"

Superzone
Superzone

I haven't been this excited for a console, handheld or otherwise, in a long time. This thing looks freaking sick, I can't wait to get one on launch day!!!

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

naysayers of the 3d feature definatlly remind me of those who said oh wii was a fad it wont take off bla bla bla and now look at what happened lol -you can see for your self how wiimote changed it all , cause now they are praising the same thing nintendo did years before any one else lol ,

ssmoogle
ssmoogle

I'm still gamin' away on my '04 DSphat. Time for a much needed upgrade! Naysayers of the 3D "gimmick" remind me of the naysayers of the double screen "gimmick" back in the day. We all know how that one turned out.

mooooo99
mooooo99

im not sure if i should buy one of these, they look pretty cool, but at £220 seems a bit steep.. i might wait for the 3ds xl or 3ds lite which im sure will be released within 6 months of the original release. however, portable ocarina of time would be good.. im currently on the fence for this.

-Squirrel-
-Squirrel-

I said I was gunna wait till Christmas to buy one, but now I'm holding a brand new pre-order for a blue 3DS. So many people are focusing on the 3D element as being the only selling factor, but there is so much more to the 3DS (or else I wouldn't have pre-ordered it). This is the sequel to the number 1 selling game system of all time and it so far is living up to it's lineage even without the inclusion of 3D. We're getting the Game Boy VC, AR games, graphics better than the Wii, much better online, an analogue pad that doesn't suck, and console grade games. People seriously doubted the DS when it first came out and many of the same haters probably called it a failure, but it has went on to outsell the NES, Game Boys, and the PS2. With a system based on the same concepts as the DS but with so many new enhancement and positive impressions, how well do you think the 3DS can do?

lanmanna
lanmanna

@Th3_Gray_Ghost Have you looked at ANYTHING that's coming out for the 3DS? Its not just some gimmicky handheld. Look at the original DS. People said the same stuff, but it ended up having ONE of the best lineups of games of any system ever.

Spacerac
Spacerac

@Th3_Gray_Ghost: The same 50" 3D tv that costs upwards of 1,000-2,000 dollars right? Yeah.

Th3_Gray_Ghost
Th3_Gray_Ghost

I can't wait to throw away $250 to play gimmicky rehashes and mediocre new games, cause it's 3D in the palm of my hand!!!!! Why would I just wait till I get home and play my gaming rig on my 50" TV with surround sound, when I could just play this?

FinalDuo1886
FinalDuo1886

$250 sounds a bit fair + 3DS is more powerful than the Wii, so I think it's fair. Well, it's time to prepare for my psp 3000 retirement ceremony. :(

oUNKNOWNo
oUNKNOWNo

WHO'S EXCITED FOR THIS?? I AM!! Except the price. I don't have money. I'm not rich :p I'll buy it someday. Hopefully :)

MajorPain10
MajorPain10

...Continued If one pays attention, you'll notice that an ac adapter and cradle are included in the packaging. Therefore, I assume it is optional of which to use (the ac adapter might plug into the 3DS and the cradle). So basically, it all boils down to whether you up for the price. This just may very well give us a further look into how costly the next "home" console generation might be. Just make the decision.

MajorPain10
MajorPain10

I can't believe I have to post this...again. Those of you who like to bash with the constant "I'll just wait for the 3DS lite or the 3DSi" and "The battery charge time is the same as the battery life itself", look at the gap in the release of each iteration of the DS. Original DS- 2004 DS lite- 2006 DSi- 2009 DSi XL- 2010 The DSi and DSi XL exist simultaneously on the market, along with the DS lites that are out there. The DSi XL technically isn't a "new" DS, it's for those who want a different preference, size being the form factor here. If you really want to wait 2-3 years for the "renovated" 3DS then good luck waiting. I believe Nintendo has already stated that the current size is the smallest they could get the 3DS without increasing the cost too much. Besides, it is reasonable compared to the bricks we carried around when the first DS came out. At the pace technology is growing, if you want something, get it now, otherwise you will wait forever for something "better". The battery should not be too large of an issue. If it becomes to problematic then Nintendo could release an optional better battery (i.e. the larger batteries for the Psp-2000 and the Psp-3000). Also, mobile gaming has become more of a pick-up and play, inter-minute playstyle than the "hardcore" rigorous 5+ hours of gameplay we were used to. Most people won't need a long-lasting battery, especially with the social gaming trend going on now.

Fayt1986
Fayt1986

@Tony-Baxter most schools do alow them dureing breaks. mall is good aswell if your shoping with someone that takes ages. and grathics dont = better fun on a console..... give me castlevania on the ds over any console vertion.

Fayt1986
Fayt1986

currently on play.com preorder for £219

Tony-Baxter
Tony-Baxter

Where do people play handhelds at? If you're a kid then Not at school (where you spend most of the week) Not at the movies Not at the mall park? = dumb idea. home= why? Home consoles have better graphics. Firend's house = Why? Home consoles have better graphics.

Hillsy_
Hillsy_

@ComBaTsOuL 3DS Console229.99GBP = $365 Games are 39.99GBP each = $63.58 UK gamers will be paying in excess of $420 for the console and 1 game. I'll wait for version 3.0 to hit the streets before I go out and buy one. How long does the battery take to charge? 3-4 hours? then you get 3-5 hours gameplay? Not a good ratio to me.

toptom924
toptom924

yes bout time the 3DS came down in price what there is a NEW SLIM ONE sigh It does look great though just the price and then when it gets cheap the new 3DS lite/slim one comes out I might as well annouce it myself you know there is gona be one.

Myke5161
Myke5161

$250 isn't a suprise to me, and it seems to be a fair price. One major problem with the system though is the Battery life. 3-5 hours is abysmal for a handheld, when the DS averages about about 13 hours or so or more (slightly less or more depending on if its a DSphat/Lite/DSi/DSiXL). They really should have made the battery at least a 1800mAh, and yes they do make batteries of a similar size up to 2300mAh, and the cost isn't much more to manufacture, I researched. Perhaps the 3DS Version 2.0 will sport a better battery or be far more energy efficient.

amaan4ever
amaan4ever

better than what psp go has to offer and will be better than what psp2 will offer. ps3 fanboy speaking

Flint247
Flint247

Alright, these comments are getting repetitive now... This system is about the same size of the DS lite, why would you want a smaller one than that? Also, you can't really say "3DSi" because it's already that. It has cameras on it. The only legitimate excuses to not get one now would be the color of the system and the launch library; I definitely know they will release more colors in the future soon. (I am getting the black one) If they did upgrade the 3DS in the future, then that means they are going to raise the price for that upgrade like they have on previous upgraded handheld models. Instead of comparing this with 360 and PS3, realize ALL the features on this system and not just one (*coughgraphicscough*). This isn't your average handheld. So $250 is reasonable; that price is better than the possible $300 price tag we heard about earlier. I found it funny how some people on here said they would pay for the PSP2 instead of this. Suppose that's the same price or more expensive than this? What now? So honestly, I know this comment won't change anything, but I think we should lighten on the price and pay attention to what this handheld can really do. If you are not interested, fine, but making weird or lame excuses is unnecessary.

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

Who in their right mind is going to take a handheld console worth $250 (229 quid in the UK) out in public with them? This price range makes me want to stay at home and play games, which defeats the point of having a handheld console in the first place.

DaddyDoomBar
DaddyDoomBar

If this is Gamespot UK, why is the headline in USD? Besides that, be prepared for this to sell out everywhere. Ebay are going to make a mint on this thing.

ComBaTsOuL
ComBaTsOuL

the uk price is a complete joke £229 ????????? thats got to be about $400!!!!! absolute p**s take.......

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

From what I'm reading analysts say that this is a friggin bargain! 3D glassless gaming?! Everyone expected it to be over $300. This will be a hard piece of hardware to find as was the Wii when it came out. I'm putting my preorder in now (and possibly putting on eBay to double my money when it comes out ;-)

Zelly123
Zelly123

@ greyfox_1984 This may be a bit off topic but i think the DSi XL was the best idea N had since the Lite because I play my DSi mostly at home anyway. 3DS won't be any different tbh because I can't imagine myself in the subway playing 3D games *barf* (Yes I know about the 3d slider). I personally hope that N announces a XL 3DS quite soon since a ~100% bigger screen at the same price or maybe a few $ more DOES change things for me at least.

R3NeGaDeAnGeL
R3NeGaDeAnGeL

No doubt it's a cool concept, but for that kind of money I'd much rather just buy an entire console...perhaps I'll wait for the slimmed down version in a year or a price drop, and in the meantime I'll enjoy the countless good games coming out for consoles and the PC in the next few months...

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

As great as it looks, and it will be great fun, all Ninty handhelds are, I'll be following the usual trend and waiting. The first handheld of a new type they release is generally much bigger and uglier than the subsequent re-hashes they release later on, a-la DS to DS lite, GBA to GBA SP etc etc. Once the 3DS lite (or whatever it is they'll call it) is available, I'm in. I'm sure the price will have dropped a bit by then also.

scorpion_great
scorpion_great

Meh I guess its useful if you travel a lot, Id just rather spend that $ on a new video card.

zMd113
zMd113

This just feels like more of the same to me. It looks exactly like the DS, only 1 touch screen, the graphics aren't that much of an improvement, I really don't think is 3D is too great, and it cost too much. It's like the Wii all over again, minor improvement in graphics, this time with a 3D gimmick to sell it. Sure I'll buy it someday once version 3.0 comes out maybe. If I'm going to spend a lot of money on a handheld it'll be the PSP2 where the graphics are almost as good as the PS3. Not to mention just like the PS3 the PSP2 "might" get update to enable 3D, that is "if" the screen is capable.

hahamanin
hahamanin

i need achs on nintendo games

KingBobCat
KingBobCat

I really don't see any launch games that would compel me to buy one of these units right now. When that key game comes out, I'll probably cave in and get one.

GodBladeMegaten
GodBladeMegaten

This thing looks pretty intense, but as appealing as it looks and sounds I think I'll wait for the PSP2