Nintendo 3DS dated, priced

Stereoscopic handheld to launch February 2011 in Japan, March 2011 for US/Europe; price pegged at ¥25,000 ($299) in home nation; to include Game Boy Virtual Console.

After months of rumour and speculation, Nintendo finally announced the release date and pricing for its 3DS during a press conference in Tokyo today. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata confirmed that the 3DS will go on sale on February 26, 2011, in Japan for ¥25,000 ($299). The portable's US and European launch will follow a month later in March, but no price details were given by Nintendo for those regions, with the publisher saying these announcements would be made later by the company's overseas branches. The system will be available in Aqua Blue and Cosmo Black hues on launch.

One of the 3DS' new features will be a retractable stylus.

During the conference--live-blogged by Japanese gaming publication Famitsu and translated by GameSpot--Iwata went into more detail about the 3DS' other features, including the tag mode functionality and what appeared to be a Mii creation studio. A short video explaining the functions was shown and featured Namco Bandai's Yozo Sakagami, who talked about using tag mode for rankings and exchanging ghost data in Ridge Racer 3D. Capcom's Yoshinori Ono was also featured, with the Street Fighter IV producer talking about making a game where players could battle anywhere. Ono then confirmed that Street Fighter IV for the 3DS will support Wi-Fi play and tag mode.

The video also showed a functionality that will allow users to stop midgame to browse the Web, send data wirelessly, and interact with other users who are walking nearby with a 3DS. The handheld can also connect to Wi-Fi when in sleep mode and automatically download data, including rankings, ghost rankings, and free software.

The 3DS will also be bundled with a 2GB SD card that will be able to store downloadable content. The handheld will also feature a Virtual Console service for Game Boy and Game Boy Color titles, while several classic N64 titles will be re-released with 3D support.

The 3DS can play Game Boy and GBA titles, courtesy of its own Virtual Console.

Iwata wrapped up the press conference by admitting that third-party games often don't sell well on Nintendo hardware, with Wii third-party game sales low in Japan and the first year of Nintendo DS software sales all coming from the publisher's own titles. This is something the publisher is hoping to rectify with the 3DS.

The conference ended with a video of publishers and developers singing the praises of the new handheld, including Capcom, Level-5, and Konami. According to Capcom, a new Resident Evil title, called Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D, is also in development for the 3DS.

Nintendo first announced the 3DS during its E3 2010 press conference, laying out a sizable number of first-party titles, including Kid Icarus: Uprising, Star Fox 64 3D, Paper Mario, Animal Crossing, Mario Kart, and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Later, the publisher also confirmed a strong lineup of third-party support for the 3DS, with titles like Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D - The Naked Sample, Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy, Pro Evolution Soccer, Dead or Alive 3D, Resident Evil Revelations, Ninja Gaiden, Pac-Man & Galaga, and Dragon Ball all getting the 3D treatment, as well as a spate of unnamed titles from developers such as Harmonix, Take-Two, Atlus, AQ Interactive, Disney Interactive Studios, Hudson Soft, Majesco, Marvelous Entertainment, and Sega.

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1055 comments
Peazo
Peazo

"This is a dumb question. What would a mario bros game look like on the 3ds?" .....3D

dkckid23
dkckid23

This is a dumb question. What would a mario bros game look like on the 3ds?

LINO-X
LINO-X

i hope this will work ds games as will as there cards iam not in for buying a new set of cards and all thous stuff

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

I want this right now! The Game Boy VC makes this thing a must for me, as I love retro games.

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

@al_win I stand ready to rock along side the gaming company of my childhood.

al_win
al_win

@Wormkid_64 i agree fully without a doubt that nintendo has rocked the Video Game industries again!

GameBeaten
GameBeaten

I smiled when I saw "Game Boy Virtual Console." I knew Nintendo would do that, just as I predicted.

nicragon
nicragon

bodyguardkun yes they will still make ds games. the games are going to be backwards compatible with the 3ds. pretty cool

nicragon
nicragon

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BlackDevil99
BlackDevil99

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Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

It's funny to see how different the market is in Japan compared to U.S. Look at the clothes they wear and the bags they carry.Just a thought.

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

O my Lord above,Nintendo does it again! Everyone jabbed and jabbed the Wii motion controls,and now look,the competitors are finally realizing what The Big N did 5 years ago and capitalizing on motion.Now Nintendo is done with that and doesn't even seem to care what the others do,they're ready to set another trend.But they aren't forcing anyone to get 3d-note the slider that can turn 3d off completely. And that SpotPass and StreetPass look way better than the Sleep mode the current ds lineup has.Also the Instant Mii maker.I like that one.BRING IT ON!!!

Xentus
Xentus

@cubanref AntonSaidWhat was reading a caption for one of the pictures. It mistakenly said that GBA games were available on the DS's Virtual Console.

ddgafd
ddgafd

That looks totally awesome, good thing I've been saving up for it already. I wish I could read Japanese, so I could understand half these features XD

cubanref
cubanref

@AntonSaidWhat "I can play my old game boy/advance titles? How good can it get?" No, no you can't. You can BUY your old game boy and game boy COLOR titles (again). Definitely not your game boy advance titles... where did you read this? Please try to read the article before succumbing to your innate fanboyism.

AntonSaidWhat
AntonSaidWhat

I can play my old game boy/advance titles? How good can it get? Im definatly getting this.

Junior_AIN
Junior_AIN

Damn, launch it already, I hate waiting for stuff.

PHPHPH2000
PHPHPH2000

AHH zelda AHH metal gear AHHH kirby Ahh paper mario ahhh kingdom hearts AHH mario kart

bodyguardkun
bodyguardkun

will ds game coming out when 3ds come out ?

galapago10
galapago10

0:50 look where the guy had his 3DS *snicker*

tyranitaronweed
tyranitaronweed

Okay, to all the people that are hating on the 3DS. Go to Wikipedia, type in 3DS, read the whole article, then come back and tell me EXACTLY what part about it you don't like, without saying "3D is a fad" because that's your personal opinion, not a fact, or "it costs too much" because it's a 3D video game system, it's gonna cost a lot.

magusat999
magusat999

@maxwell97 I'm giving my opinion, just as you are giving yours. Sorry if I don't agree with you but this world is made of all kinds of people. Just because Nintendo sets a price (or anybody) doesn't mean it a fair or acceptable price. That's why there is a law agaisnt price gouging, because at a certain point a price point becomes a burden, and somebody is taking advantage of the consumer. If nobody spoke out then things would get way out of and, and so there are people like me who will say something, and there are people like you who could care less about being ripped off. In the end it's our individual choice as to whether we choose to react one way or another and nobody can control what someone else has to say about it.

maxwell97
maxwell97

@magusat999: So what exactly are you saying? That Nintendo should be forced to charge less, or that consumers should not buy it because it's too expensive? If the latter, that's fine, convince as many people as you can, but it's silly to say that it's an "outrageous markup". Nintendo makes a product, sets a price, and sells it; people are free to buy it or not as they see fit. The only determining factor of its value is what people are willing to pay for it. If people are happy paying $300, then that's what it's worth, regardless of what you might think about it. Besides, the product you're paying for is more than a box of parts, it's also design, programming, software development, marketing, testing, support, artistic licensing, taxes, warehouse space, shipping, exchange rate, customs, retail space, network usage, lawyer's fees, and every other thing that costs money that you haven't thought of, but are necessary to make the product a reality. Nintendo's accountants add that up, they figure out a profit margin that works (taking into account a host of other factors, like market share), and come up with a price. If you don't like it, don't buy it; it's not like you have a right to a 3DS at the price YOU say is fair. Until you fork over the cash, it belongs to Nintendo (or the retailer), and they can charge what they want.

sdcazares1980
sdcazares1980

I wonder if you'll be able to save the games in the internal drive, because that was the reason why I held back on buying the DS or the DSi: you can't save the games in the SD disk.

Shadow_vade
Shadow_vade

hmm... i wonder if pkmn black/white will be playable 3D-ish...

the_punkface
the_punkface

Wil i still be able to play standard DS games on the 3DS?

magusat999
magusat999

@ecss - @maxwell; Those responses might be for maxwell, its a bit confusing in my inbox as to who is saying what - so whomever it applies!

magusat999
magusat999

@ecs33 Nobody said you have knowledge of economics. Your comments show you are economically challenged. If you think that good economics means a company should be able to charge whatever they want, and consumers have no right to complain about it - our only choice being "don't buy it" - then no, you do not have "economic knowledge". If you make comments towards people who cannot afford unreasonable markups as if they do not deserve it anyway because they are "too poor", then you are socially AND economically inept. If you are thinking that the rest of the market has no effect on you, and screw them if they cannot afford something, then you show that you have no economic sense whatsoever. And because you feel you are better than someone who cannot afford something, or are unwilling to pay an outrageous markup, to the point where you are telling them they have no right to protest it, then THAT is an elitist attitude, and foolish - because you cannot tell people what they can and cannot accept, no matter what you decide to waste your money on. Nobody makes decisions based on what you say - you can preface it with "I can afford it" all you want - people live and do things for themselves and could care less how tired you get of it.

magusat999
magusat999

@ecs33 I'm not surprised by your reaction - there has been almost two decades of brainwashing, and so I don't expect you to know any better. The promise of lower prices came with the onset of plastic - but that never happened and now the children who never heard that promise have been wholly seduced into believing that any price is okay as long as the company generates enough hype. Talking to people like that is like talking to a brick wall - a 5 million dollar brick wall. You don't care what your choices are doing to other people, and are frequently smart-mouthed about it. Its a very selfish generation that is causing problems for itself, and will suffer the consequences as prices continue to jump up and you income cannot handle it. It doesn't matter that the product is "necessary" or not - did you ever consider that the less people can afford it, the less people will buy it - and the more chance that it will fail and you will end up with an unsupported product? There are consequences that WILL affect you if you do not be a more responsible consumer, and help control companies.

magusat999
magusat999

@ecs33 First of all, you need to look at what I was responding to. The comparison to paying for water WAS appropriate in response to the comment. And I reiterate that just as there is a law against price gouging there must be controls on costs. Nowhere in my post, as your response would insituate, did I say a company doesn't have a right to a profit. But that profit must be resonable and based on tangible premises. As a CONSUMER, I want to, and expect to pay a fair price, and adding 100 - 150% because "people like it" is unreasonable and intangible. "Because people like it" does not add value to a product, and it will not help me re-sell it. People like water - go try and sell a cup of water and see what you get. There could have been any number of lies the CEO could have came up with to justify such an outrageous price - but he uses "appeal". It's a stupid reason, and any consumer would be stupid to pay that extra money for that reason... but here they are already defending getting gouged - pathetic.

naru-uchiha1313
naru-uchiha1313

hm... i might be able to pull up 300 dollars by then if I try to save money... and it's true, 250 dollars is most likely the real price! I have Hope! and Dead or Alive Dimensions seems pretty good, it has a pinch of pervness, but that's why people have the abilitie to ignore small things easily.

Therizah
Therizah

It looks awesome, but I'm not going to get it until the price drops.

gamerpipe
gamerpipe

I expect the price to be $250 in the US. $299 I think is just a guess by currency converting 25,000 yen.

gamerpipe
gamerpipe

I ll tap that in February, the first Nintendo I ll own. if I stayed alive by then, and maybe I ll still buy it if I died.

im-a-roustabout
im-a-roustabout

Sony should capitalize by dropping the price of the PS3 by 50 bucks and introduce a PSP with a second analog stick and at a cheaper price than the 3DS. That would be the best way possible to alter sales from this expensive piece of hardware! I want one too guys, please don't get me wrong. But 300 dollars? Wow. With today's economy I just can't justify the purchase, when that could get me 5 games for my PS3 or a brand new Slim60.

Y0shiCookies
Y0shiCookies

If you bought the Wii for around $250 (which is what I think the 3DS will be when it hits the US) and the 3DS is basically comparable to what the Wii is today, but a little less in graphics (but graphics do not matter in any game, imo) why does it even matter, plus it's a handheld so you can use it on the go, so basically the way I see it is it's a Wii except you can play it anytime you want. Also, I'm not to sure on this but when you are playing a non 3DS game on the system, is the game going to look 3D? Example: You put Super Mario 64 DS in, will it look 3D?

cubachino
cubachino

Remember back in the mid 90's when Nintendo continued to use cartridges and lost the console wars to Sony's disc based console? Well, I don't see the DS losing ground to the PSP any time soon but at $300 Nintendo could be making another big mistake! I don't think I've ever seen any Nintendo console sell for more than $250. Hopefully it will not go the way it did for the PS3 when it first debuted at a high price. I take that last sentence back. Hopefully it will so then they will lower the price quicker.

Y0shiCookies
Y0shiCookies

You guys should quit complaining about the price, while you are complaining about how high the price is, you could be saving money, and if you want it bad enough you should have no problem paying the amount, or just don't get it, and I really doubt the price will be $299 dollars when it hits the US.

bill_rizer25
bill_rizer25

I cant wait until everyones comments about the price here prove to be useless. Ninteno has not said that this is the official North American price. And if it is, get over it. Ever since I was a kid, my parents didnt buy me consoles at launch as they found it too expensive. They did not believe in spending so much money on something that leaves you spending time doing something unproductive(Unless of course you are in the game industry). Ever since the ps2, I have never bought a console at launch(handhelds included). But now, I have a ps3,ps2,ds, and psp(apart from the consoles before that). I have played all their launch titles for a cheaper price, and have had a steady flow of great games to buy. People that bought the ps3 at launch have had times when the console didnt have the games, although they had the money. Not saying that you shouldnt buy this at launch. If I have the required money at the time, I probably will. But complaining wont change anything. Keep on gamin :)

Zangan_Zack
Zangan_Zack

Sounds like Sony may just have to create a portable PS3 to top this.

9thedevilmaycry
9thedevilmaycry

NOT BUYING UNTIL NINTENDO REALESE EARTHBOUND TRILOGY IN 3D

fmacraze
fmacraze

psp2 better destroyy thiis