The Nintendo 3DS is launching in Japan on February 26th, 2011, ahead of any other market. Getting the device imported to another region would probably not be that hard, and some highly-devoted gamers out there not wanting to wait for the device to launch in their region were probably already trying to figure out the best way of getting the device shipped to their home, outside of Japan. Unfortunately, a recent rumor last week put a damper on that possibility, with Nintendo supposedly admitting that the upcoming 3DS handheld gaming unit would be region-locked. Nintendo has finally come forward and provided an official statement regarding the rumor, and sure enough, the 3DS will indeed be locked to a specific region.
Nintendo's set to release the floodgates on information regarding their upcoming 3DS, the 3D-enabled portable gaming unit, this Wednesday. It's expected that Nintendo will announce how much the device will cost in Europe and North America, along with an official release date. UK TV host Jonathan Ross, who's managed to spill the beans on another huge title (Fable III) in the past, may have offered up a tasty morsel of what to expect in two days at Nintendo's event in Amsterdam. And it involves one of Nintendo's most popular franchises to date.
Nintendo's stance on online gaming is barely a stance at all. Even on their home console, the Wii, the company hasn't made a huge push into the online gaming market. And it doesn't look like that position is going to change with the upcoming launch of the Nintendo 3DS. The portable gaming unit, while featuring highly-detailed, 3D titles of which many could very well feature online play, is forced to suffer with a small online architecture. Fortunately, Capcom is ready to bring the latest edition of their Street Figher series to the 3D realm, and they're bringing online multiplayer along for the ride.
While we're still waiting for the current version of the Nintendo 3DS to land in store shelves, the higher-ups at the company are already talking about what the future of the 3D portable gaming unit could look like. Namely, how the camera on the device, which is capable of taking 3D photos, could be used to record 3D video as well.
At the beginning of January, a leaked image showed that the Nintendo 3DS would be launching in the UK on March 1st, 2011, and allowed interested customers to register their interest in the device before the launch. While it was believed the leaked promotional material was from game retailer Gamestation, nothing has been confirmed. We know the device is set to launch in Japan on February 26th, 2011, but with new listings from UK retailers, it may be a bit longer before the 3D-enabled portable gaming unit lands in the UK.
For as long as content has been displayed on a screen, parents have been telling kids not too sit to close. To blink. Or maybe not stare so hard. All of this in hopes that maybe, just maybe, their child's vision wouldn't get messed up before life eventually degraded them naturally. It looks like Nintendo is going to go ahead and step forward and say that, for kids that are six years or younger at least, using the Nintendo 3DS for extended periods of time with the 3D turned all the way on is dangerous for your kid's eyes.
While we all wait for an official price tag for the 3DS, which just went up for pre-order at GameStop, we'll have to tide ourselves over with the fact that, if you're going to be in Tokyo for Nintendo World 2011, you'll be able to get your hands on quite a few upcoming titles for Nintendo's 3DS portable gaming console. The company has just unveiled the 32 titles, so far, that will be making an appearance at next year's event, almost half of which will be playable for all of those in attendance.
GameStop has begun taking pre-orders for the Nintendo 3DS, despite the 3D-capable gaming handheld not being expected to show up in US stores until March 2011. The reservations - which can currently only be made in-store; the GameStop 3DS information page only allows you to opt in to email alerts - require a roughly $25 deposit.
The mobile gaming market may not be as intense as the home console market, but there's obviously still a lot of money to be made within its reach. So there's no surprise that analysts would want to get their opinion out there about what's coming, and how they think it will affect the market as a whole. When it comes to Sony's PlayStation Portable 2, there's a lot of discussion about whether or not it will be a waste of time for Sony, or be a smash-hit. Obviously, Sony believes that they've got a hit on their hand, and even some developers out there who have managed to get some hands-on time with the portable gaming console think it's nice. But, for analyst Michael Pachter, none of that matters, because the PSP2 is already DOA.
Nintendo is planning to use the 3DS' sleep-WiFi functionality, SpotPass, to deliver and install automatic firmware updates, which will in part be used to combat game piracy. Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata told investors in a Q&A earlier this week that the automatic updates were one of the approaches the company was exploring, Andriasang reports, taking advantage of the 3DS' larger ROM than previous models.
When Nintendo showed off the 3DS, the handheld gaming console that would let you play 3D games without the need of glasses (and letting you turn it off whenever you want, too), there general consensus was a good one. It seemed, even if Nintendo didn't have an exact time frame for a launch date (at the time, which they've recently fixed), that the company had a winner on their hands. But, immediately following the announcement, and with Nintendo cleverly not including a price tag, the questions began circulating: how much would it cost. Well, it seems Nintendo didn't have a clear idea either, at the time, but thanks to the positive reports from this year's E3, and the subsequent "gushing" from the media regarding the device, Nintendo made up their mind. And it was a pricey decision.