Nintendo’s 3DS (Everything You Need To Know “Right Now”)

Last night, or should I say very..very early this morning Nintendo announced many specific details about there new Nintendo 3DS in Tokyo Japan in Makuhari. The same area where Tokyo Game Show 2010 was held. It was held about 2pm September 29th in Japan, while still very early here, yet many of us stayed up late to see what Nintendo would soon announce. First off “The Release Date” Nintendo has officailly announced that the Nintendo 3DS would hit retail shelves in Japan on Feburary 26th 2011 in color Aqua Blue, and Cosmo Black, going for the price of 25,000 yen converted to be about 300$. Do not worry fellow Americans and Europeans, it is more than likely Japan to NA/EU convertion of price will not be the deal, instead Nintendo will more than likely set a price tag based off of our market, or a more nessacary price for us, this could well mean we could see the 3DS for about 240$-260$ Which is what I beleive. This was a shocking announcement..for me at least, after all the rumors, and speculations of Japans release being this November, Nintendo came to halt these rumors crushing our hopes with a 2011 release. Though not much info was revealed for U.S and EU release dates, Satoru Iwata did mention that the 3DS would release in North America, and Europe sometime in March after Japans release in late Febuary. No officail price nor date was given. Despite our saddness, the web did seem to cheer us a up a little bit while grabbing hold of some trailers and gameplay that was presented at the Press Conference, which showed off some of the great visuals the 3DS had to offer, as well as some of the core features of the system.

Now it’s time to talk about the announced features.

3DS Virtual Console This was probably the most exciting of the new features they have announced. Similar to the Wii’s Virtual Console service. The 3DS will be joining in on the classic fun, except this time expect to get your hands on some GameBoy, GameBoy Advanced, and GameBoy Advanced SP Games for download. Originally this feature was expected to come to Nintendos DSiWare shop, but instead I guess they decided to go with a fresh start and release it out on the 3DS instead. So far not many other details have been announced about the new 3DS Virtual Ware, but expect more details as we get closer to the Japanese 3DS release date.

SpotPass- This is a mode that is said to work in sleep mode, but I am guesing as well as when it’s awake. SpotPass is a mode where the 3DS seeks out a Nintendo Zone, a LAN Acesspoint, and connects to the internet to download videos,demos,game information, game data, and more.

StreetPass-Similar to SpotPass, when the 3DS is in sleep mode it will communicate with other nearby Nintendo 3Ds’s share data, and exchange data threw multiple games, with ease.

Multitasking- The 3DS also has some aort of a way with multitasking, the 3DS is able to exit a game, while it’s still running being able to return back to it later, though it has only been said so far the 3DS can only do this while going back to the following; Home menu, Internet Browser, and Activity Log (Which I am guessing is similar to the play time message that the Wii had on the message board showing your play time of games, and channels.

Built in Software- The 3Ds has a few built in software apps/channels that you can mess around with as well. Some include the Nintendo 3DS Camera, which takes 3D and 2D images that you can shrare with your friends. Another sofware includes the Nintendo 3DS Sound, which is probably similar to the DSi version, maybe sound qualirt possibly better as well as more features. Mii Studio which is similar to the Mii Channel, you can create a Mii and share it on various websites, upload them to your computer, and create one by just taking a picture of yourself, and the system will quite quickly, automatically create a Mii based off of your facail features.  StreetPass Mii Plaza, which will probably be a sofware feature where you are able to collect Mii’s from nearby Nintendo 3DS’s and have them transfered over to a Mii Plaza similar to the Wii version. Activity Log, which I stated before is probably a log that keeps track of your play time, on your 3DS.

                                                                          Other Additional 3DS Information (Some info old)

  1. Will be backwards compatible, able to play Nintendo DS, DSi, Games.
  2. Will be able to transfer a certain amount of Software and data from the DSi, and DSi XL/LL to the system. It has ben said that there is a limited amount of data, and software that can be transfered, and some software cannot be transfered.
  3. Parental Controls have made a protective return, and this time they have been improved.
  4. There will be a feature where you can view intro videos and rankings, for certain games you have bought.
  5. The 3Ds will come with; AC Chargning stand, contatchable touch pen, 2GB SD memory card,  AC Adapter, starter guide/manuels.
  6. New interface features include; slide pad, Motion Sensor, and a Gyro Sensor, internal mic.
  7. All 3D images are shown on the top screen.
  8. System details, and specs are contain in the following. Top screen is 3.53 inches with 800×24 pixel resolution, bottom screen is 3.02 inches, and 320×240 pixels, each camera is 0.3 megapixels, wireless switch can be turned off even while in mid game, cardriges are the same size as the Nintendo DS’s, 3D volume, which can be adjusted by a volume slider, bottom screen still touch screen, top screen is not.

Overall the 3DS is looking pretty sharp as the image shown at the Press Conference was the final build. Do you think it will be worth the 240-300$ price point that many of us are estimating at? I will keep you up to date with more 3Ds info as it continues to roll out. Until next time, Peace!

Here is a link to the 3DS feature video trailer, http://ds.ign.com/articles/112/1124158p1.html

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