Nintendo 3DS Debuts In Japan February 26th
Console to cost 25,000 yen, lets users download 3-D enabled retro games.
After months of speculation, Nintendo finally blew the proverbial door off its highly anticipated 3DS system. The bad news? It won't debut in the U.S. until March of next year. Japanese consumers will get their hands on the system first, as the publisher plans to launch the unit February 26th for 25,000 yen, the equivalent of nearly $300.00 American. In addition, the machine will launch in two colors: cosmo black and aqua blue.
In the land of the rising sun, gamers will be able to view 3-D programming courtesy of Fiji, though no programs were specified. They'll also be able to create Miis using a simple interface that also involves the 3DS camera; now you can actually become a Mii by snapping a photo of yourself. Mii Plaza, also available on Wii, will come with the system, and you can save all of your Miis on a 2GB SD card that comes bundled with the Japanese unit.
A tag mode enables you to exchange data with other 3DS users, and developers have already mentioned using this feature to allow players to share data, such as race times in Ridge Racer 3DS.
The most intriguing news, however, is the ability to download original Game Boy, Game Boy Advance and other titles through the Nintendo Shop Channel, some of which will be remade in glorious 3-D. Thus far, we know of two games to appear: Super Mario Land and Link's Awakening DX.
So there it is. The 3DS is on its way. We have to admit that we've grown a little tired of playing regular old DS and have turned to the iPhone, but this news rekindled our interest in portable Nintendo gaming. We'll have more info on the 3DS in the near future.