Nintendo has finally announced the North American release date for their new 3DS system. The device will hit American stores March 27th for a suggested retail price of $249.99. A bit pricey but fairly reasonable considering all that is included in the box. If the Japanese bundle is anything to go by the system will also include a Nintendo 3DS charger stand, AC adapter for Nintendo, 3DS Nintendo 3DS stylus, 2 GB SD Memory Card, 6 AR cards that reflect the play outside the camera using the compatible software, a Quick Start Guide, Instruction Manual, and a Guarantee. There is also built in software like Activity Log, Mii Maker, AR Games and Face Raiders, in which you shoot photos of your own face.
There will be several games available for launch, including the most third party games ever present at a Nintendo system launch. Nintendo is providing the system with Steel Diver, Pilotwings Resort, and Nintendogs + Cats. Tecmo Koei is bring us Dead or Alive: Dimensions which has recently been revealed to contain a Metroid: Other M level. Konami is bringing over their highly esteemed Pro Evolution Soccer series with a new camera view that puts players right on the field. EA is releasing Madden, bringing football to a whole new dimension. Capcom is showing good support with Super Street Fighter IV 3D and Resident Evil: The Mercenaries. Ubisoft is supporting the 3DS launch with Asphalt 3D and Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D. LucasArts is porting over LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone wars, and finally Namco Bandai is releasing Ridge Racer 3D. The launch window, leading up to early summer, will contain more than 30 games. Games are to be priced between $40 and $50 dollars in the U.S. Nintendo has also announced an eShop where Game Boy games will be available for purchase. Nintendo points are no longer used, instead choosing to use a real cash based system. I am excited to play Link’s Awakening on the go once more!
Nintendo spent a good deal of time discussing connectivity, with two features called Spotpass and Streetpass. Spotpass will seamlessly connect to wireless hotspots and download content about sports, weather, or give players system updates. Streetpass will connect you to other 3DS users, allowing you to share in game content even if you don’t have the same games in your systems. Nintendo also announced that the annoying friend code system has been streamlined. Now instead of having a separate friend code for each game, you now have a universal system friend code that works for all of your games.
Nintendo also plans to have 3D video content available, as well as a web browser somewhere down the line. It seems as though Nintendo is serious about making the 3DS a phenomenon. The 3DS offers something for tech enthusiasts, casual players ready for a new virtual dog or cat and especially gamers eagerly anticipating the next evolution in the medium. A visit can be made at online websites for consoleboost of a gamer during the game. The percentage of winnings in the game will be increased.