Nintendo 3DS to release in March in North America


The Nintendo 3DS will be hitting shelves here in North America in March, Nintendo announced overnight in Japan.

Japanese Nintendo buffs will get theirs February 26 for 25000 yen (roughly $299). No price or exact date was given for America.

Nintendo also announced all of the specifications for its brand new handheld. Here they are, in fantastic bullet point form:

– 134mm by 74mm in dimension, 21mm thick and weighs 230 grams.Top screen is 3.53 inches with an liquid crystal display of 800 x 240 pixels, while lower screen is 3.02 inches with a liquid crystal display of 320 x 240 pixels. Sports two 0.3 megapixel cameras outside and one inside the portable’s clamshell.

– Will be bundled with a lithium ion battery, charging stand, a standard AC adapter, a 10cm Nintendo 3DS touch pen, a 2GB SD card, six "augmented reality" cards, and instruction booklets.

– New functions include a slide pad, a motion sensor and a gyro-sensor.

– Full parental controls will be in place, a la the DSi before it

– Fully compatible with DS games, as well as DSiWare and the brand new 3DS Virtual Console, home to Game Boy,Game Boy Color, and possibly GBA games.

– Game cartridge slot, SD card slot, slot for the AC adapter, microphone and headphones jack all found on the system

– All 3DS cartridges are the same size as its predecessors.

I don’t know about you, but I am more than excited for this. March can’t come soon enough.


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Author: Jason Fanelli View all posts by
Jason lives and breathes gaming. Legend tells that he taught himself to read using Wheel of Fortune Family Edition on the NES. He's been covering this industry for three years, all with the Node, and you can see his ugly mug once a week on Hot Off The Grill.

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