If you are a bored gamer in the San Francisco area that really need something to do on a Friday you can thank me later. Nintendo has announce that it is having a special sneak peek of the 3DS for gamers in the San Francisco area that starts today and runs through April 3.
With the Nintendo 3DS set to launch on March 27th, comes new accessories for the gaming device. Nyko announced today that they will be debuting two new accessories called the Power Pak+ and the Charge Base. The Power Pak+ will be released on the same day as the Nintendo 3DS while the Charge Base will release one week after.
Nintendo has been talking about the physical design decisions made around the upcoming 3DS, including how the Japanese company made the 3D gaming console easier to open than the DS Lite but still avoided hinge cracking. According to Yui Ehara, from Nintendo's research and engineering department, the ice-cream sandwich style three layer stack is purposefully tapered so as to give a gamer's fingers somewhere to grip, unlike the slickly-abutted edges of the DS Lite. Meanwhile, there's also been work on new materials and coatings to boost durability.
Welcome to another edition of the SlashGear Week in Review. Moneaul Labs pulled a cool new chassis out of the shadows for people that are building up an HTPC for the living room. The chassis has LCD on the front so you can see widgets and other content from the PC called the Dual Screen PC case. We had a lot of news about the iPad two this week with the tidbit surfacing that the new tablet will have a multicore SGX543 GPU. That GPU claims to deliver twice the graphics power that the original iPad GPU has.
At the end of September, Nintendo's boss Satoru Iwata said that he was confident in the Nintendo 3DS, the portable gaming unit that's able to play 3D games and movies without the need of 3D glasses. And after the initial announcement about the device, the praise that Nintendo was seeing regarding the upcoming handheld was so promising, that he said the "high price point" of the 3DS in Japan, priced at $300, was due to those glowing initial reviews. Now that the 3DS has an official release date and price in the United States (with an apparent mark-up in the United Kingdom), people are wondering if the $250 price point is too high for Nintendo. One analyst believes it's way too low, and Nintendo should be getting ready to suffer because of it.
The Nintendo 3DS is official, now in Japan, the United States, and Europe -- with pricing finally uncovered. Nintendo also announced that they will have upwards of 30 games available after the 3D gaming unit's launch, leading up to E3. However, the company is being quite on which titles are actually going to be considered "launch titles." Furthermore, Nintendo isn't opening up on pricing for those titles, either. But, a quick search over videogame retailers may provide a pretty clear answer.
Nintendo took some time out of their busy day-to-day schedule to announce the company's latest and greatest idea: the Nintendo 3DS. The portable gaming system allows for gamers to play 3D games without having to wear any kind of special glasses, and allows them to connect to other 3DS gamers thanks to the online connectivity. It's set to launch in Europe on March 25th, and in the United States on March 27th. 30 games are set to hit store shelves between the title's launch and the huge gaming expo, E3. If that's good news to you, then maybe you should head over to Amazon, where you can pre-order the unit right now.
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.