Nintendo’s naked eye 3D capable device, the 3DS, is set to join the fray of the hand-held gaming market. At a soiree in Sydney, the Japanese video game giant announced tonight that the 3DS is set to be available in Australia 31st March 2011, for a RRP $349.
The 3DS will come with all the bits and bobs you need: charger cradle, an AC adaptor, a 10cm stylus, a 2GB SD card and six augmented reality cards (AR cards). Aqua Blue and Cosmo Black will be the two colours available at launch. No bundles were announced.
The 3DS runs on a 2 x 266MHz ARM11 CPU, 133MHz GPU Processor, with 1.5GB of memory storage and the ability to support up to 32GB of additional memory via an addi-in module. The tablet has 64MB of RAM and 4GB of video RAM.
The 3DS includes a 3D slider functionality that increases and decreases the 3D output, wireless switch and a home menu button. Non traditional inputs include gyro-sensor, motion sensor, internal mic and the 360 degree analogue pad, the "Circle Pad". The 3DS sports three 0.3 megapixel cameras (640x 480), two back-facing cameras and one front-facing camera.
The top screen is a 3.53″ liquid crystal display (800 x 240), and the bottom panel is a liquid crystal 3.02" touch screen display (320 x 240). It's no surprise that the 3DS has a larger design than the DS Lite with 134 x 74 x 21 mm dimensions, with a weight of 230g.
Connectivity details are Wi-Fi 802.11n and devices can connect to LAN access points for multiplayer action. The 3DS can swap data with other devices in the vicinity as well as receive data and updates from the internet even when in sleep mode.
The 3DS is backwards compatible with older DS game cartridges and will have parental controls.
First party titles expected to be available at or way after launch:
Nintendogs and Katz
Third-party games expected to be launched either on launch day or in the following weeks:
Dead or Alive Dimensions
Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D
Madden NFL Football
Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition
Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D
Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D
Ridge Racer 3D
LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
Tom Clancy Splinter Cell
Thor God Of War
Super Monkey Ball
The Legend Of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D
The Sims 3
PES 2011 3D