Nintendo held their big 3DS press event in New York City this morning, with Nintendo of America president and noted giant Reggie Fils-Aime finally revealing the details behind the console’s North American launch.
For the impatient among you, here’s the nutshell: March 27 for $249.99. It’ll be available in two differently colored models, Black and Aqua Blue.
In addition to these basics, Nintendo took time during the event to reveal a few more details about the system. As we already reported, the 3DS will feature a built in pedometer that lets you rack up in-game currency by exercising. This feature comes as part of a larger system called the Activity Log that charts your gameplay and real world activities. The 3DS also supports Mii creation and web browsing, as well as the ability to take 3D photos and watch 3D video (for now). Online play will still require the use friend codes, but unlike the Wii’s ad hoc approach, each 3DS system will have a unified code that can be used across all games.
While dates on any releases have yet to be solidly confirmed, Nintendo claims there are over 30 “launch window” titles in the works, presumably meaning in the first few months following the handheld’s release. A partial list of these launch window games follows.
- Nintendogs + cats
- Pilotwings Resort
- Steel Diver
- Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked
- Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D
- Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition
- Madden NFL Football
- The Sims 3
- Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D
- Lego Star Wars 3: The Clone Wars
- Dual Pen Sport
- Ridge Racer 3D
- Crush 3D
- Super Monkey Ball 3D
- Thor: God of Thunder
- Bust-a-Move Universe
- Dead or Alive Dimensions (Tecmo Koei)
- Samurai Warriors Chronicles
- Asphalt 3D
- Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D
- Rabbids Travel in Time
- Rayman 3D
- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Shadow Wars
- Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell 3D