Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Nintendo 3DS U.S. Preview event is LIVE!
Right now in New York City, Nintendo is kicking off it's 3DS bonanza by officially revealing price, launch titles, price, and colors of the Nintendo 3DS. I will be giving you minute by minute coverage of it...NOW!(well, all the good bits you want to know)
7:01: Teleprompter went down delaying the start for about 3 minutes.
7:05: Nintendo of America's President and COO Reggie fils-aime begins with a speech of how nintendo has constantly pushed innovation from Super Mario 64 to the Wii remote.
7:09: "This system offers more than enough for people who haven't played games before.
7:09: The 3DS can deliver 3D video playback, photo, and display capabilities.
7:10: The top screen of the 3DS is approx. 10% larger than DSi
7:11: The officially announced colors are Aqua Blue and Cosmo black! (still disappointed there is no "Pimp Purple")
7:13: Reggie is announcing all the different features of the 3DS. From the Analog circle pad, backwards capabilities of the original DS games AND DSi downloadable games.
7:15: Lights at the top right corner lets players know whether data is incoming, available, etc
7:16: 3 cameras come standard with the 3DS, one facing the player, while the other two on the outside of the system focus on 3D pictures.
7:16: Reggie steps back on stage as he begins to talk about games. According to Reggie, launch support will be "robust". Well thats good to know.
7:25: Pilotwings: Resort, Nintendogs + Cats, Steel Diver, Ocarina of Time, Kid Icarus, DOA: Dimensions, and Super Street Fighter IV 3D are mentioned however details on if these are launch games are absent at the moment.
7:28: Games listed as on demo for today's even are SFIV3D, Asphalt 3D, Combat of Giants Dinosaurs 3D, Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars, Ridge Racer 3D, and Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D.
7:30: In the weeks following the launch date of the 3DS until E3 2011 Nintendo hopes to have around 30 games.
730: There WILL be software included with the 3DS. Imcluding, An activity log which will track physical movement and virtual action, A pedometer application which encourages you to get up and walk around, Mii maker similar to what the wii has, difference being is that the camera will make your Mii for you. Enhanced Internet Browser, and pre-installed software.
7:33: The dreaded Friend Code system is back however less of a headache than it once was. Only one code is needed this time around and codes are NOT software dependent. If your friend is registered over local wireless then registration is instant. No need for a second code.
7:35: Digital game download access will be easier for your system, and Nintendo e-shop will offer an apparent "steady progression" of Game Boy and Game Boy Color hits.
7:35: A cool feature here, you can browse games that are available at retail and check out the videos and screenshots for them.
7:37: Ok guys here is the big news...The Nintendo 3DS will be $249.99 and the launch date is MARCH 27th!!
Finally, after waiting for months on end we finally know the release date and price of the Nintendo 3DS. A very fair price considering the features that come with the system. That's all for the live coverage of today's Nintendo press conference. Stay tuned for more news on possible launch games and more.