Nintendo 3DS price, color and release date revealed

Rizwan Anwer

The Nintendo 3DS is no stranger to popularity, Nintendo boasts that it will be the first and only hand held console to do 3-D graphics on videos and games WITHOUT the aid of 3-D glasses. This is quiet an outstanding feat for a company to achieve, while 3-D is still experimental on the PS3 and the PC with Nvidia 3D Vision Nintendo has already announced a great line up of titles including an exclusive Resident Evil game!!!

More details on the handheld.


Size (when closed):
Approximately 5.3 inches wide, 2.9 inches long, 0.8 inches tall.

Approximately 8 ounces.

Top Screen:
3.53-inch widescreen LCD display, enabling 3D view without the need for special glasses; with 800x240 pixel resolution (400 pixels are allocated for each eye to enable 3D viewing).
Touch Screen:
3.02-inch LCD with 320x240 pixel resolution with a touch screen.

One inner camera and two outer cameras with 640x480 (0.3 Mega) pixel resolution.

Pre-Installed Software:

Nintendo 3DS Game Card:
2 GB Max. at launch.

Wireless Communication:
Can communicate in the 2.4 GHz band. Multiple Nintendo 3DS systems can connect via a local wireless connection to let users communicate or enjoy competitive game play. Systems also can connect to LAN access points to access the Internet and allow people to enjoy games with others. Will support IEEE 802.11 with enhanced security (WPA/WPA2). Nintendo 3DS hardware is designed so that even when not in use, it can automatically exchange data with other Nintendo 3DS systems or receive data via the Internet while in sleep mode.

Game Controls:
Touch screen, embedded microphone, A/B/X/Y face buttons, + Control Pad, L/R buttons, Start and Select buttons, "Slide Pad" that allows 360-degree analog input, one inner camera, two outer cameras, motion sensor and a gyro sensor.

Other Input Controls:
3D Depth Slider to adjust level of 3D effect (can be scaled back or turned off completely depending on the preference of the user), Home button to call system function, Wireless switch to turn off wireless communications (even during game play), Power button. The telescoping stylus is approximately 4 inches when fully extended.

A port that accepts both Nintendo 3DS game cards and game cards for the Nintendo DS™ family of systems, an SD memory card slot, an AC adapter connector, a charging cradle terminal and a stereo headphone output jack.

Stereo speakers positioned to the left and right of the top screen.

Lithium ion battery details TBA.


Parental Controls:
Parental controls similar to the Nintendo DSi system will be included.

At a SHOCKINGLY low price of 199 Pound Sterling (~$300 USD) which is about the same price as a PSP this is definitely a MUST HAVE for all the Nintendo fanboy's considering all the fantastic features this thing comes packing with, although Nintendo has highly recommended that the 3DS may not be safe for use by children as it may cause permanent damage to their eye sight.

The release date is not far, 18 - March - 2011 which is not very far right now, I am just happy that they didn't decide to do a christmas release date, the 3DS will only be available in Red, Black and Blue for the time being Nintendo might make room for brighter colors such as Yellow and Pink for girls.

Source: GameGearsUK

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