Prime among the new details is that the 3DS system will be released in the US on March 27 and March 25 in the UK, and will go on sale for $249.99. Start setting up your lemonade stands, the race to save has begun.
Along with glasses-free 3D games and other apps like the 3D camera, the 3DS will sport multitasking. Taking a bit of functionality from today’s smartphones, the 3DS is making playing games on the go even more convenient. Games and other applications can be suspended so that players will be able to check messages and other notifications by simply pressing the new home button just below the touch screen.
Gone are the Nintendo Friend Codes — well not really, but they have gotten better. Instead of having to input codes for every game you want to play with friends, you now only have to put each friends’ system code into your 3DS once. From then on the 3DS will add friends to your friends list and you will be able to interact with them online. Notifications will pop up when friends sign on to the network and status updates will also appear.
Some new digital content is being added to the 3DS such as a pedometer, which can track the distance you travel while carrying the 3DS and display your stats via the built-in Activity Log, Mii maker for creating Nintendo’s avatars, a game where you can shoot your own face and other augmented reality games, internet browsing software, and a sound player/editor used to play music stored on your SD card. Also, if you have previously downloaded games and content to your DSi you will be able to transfer the games and data over to the 3DS, so expect to see a lot of DSis in the used section in game stores.
The games listed to be available this spring by Nintendo are:
Pilot Wings: Resort
Super Street Fighter 4 3D Edition
Nintendogs + Cats
Lego Star Wars 3: The Clone Wars
Kid Icarus: Uprising
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
Madden NFL Football
Dead or Alive Dimensions
Pro Evolution Soccer
Star Fox 64 3D
Ridge Racer 3D
Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D
Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D
Super Monkey Ball 3D
Samurai Warriors Chronicles
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Shadow Wars
The Sims 3
That’s about it for now. There are more neat little videos on Nintendo’s official web site.