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#1 Posted on
March 27th for 249.99 (US) so probably 279.99 Canadian.

Click Here (joystiq.com) for the details.

I want mine yesterday.



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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.00
EB/GameStop is taking preorders already. I've got mine in.

Other details for people who don't want to click links (and because I was already starting a post):
- Launch colours: blue or black
- Game Boy and Game Boy Advance games will be available via Virtual Console
- A built-in pedometer tracks how many steps you take and rewards you with coins that can be used to unlock bonuses in games
- 30+ games between launch in March and E3 in June
- Take your picture with the camera and the game will make your Mii automatically (you can refine it)
- Enhanced web browser
- StreetPass: carry your 3DS around with you and trade data and interact with other 3DSs that you pass on the street
- SpotPass: I think this is the deal where it will stay connected online and will download updates while you're off doing other stuff (if you tell it to do so)
- Refined friend code system
- Takes 3D pictures, plays 3D video

Games mentioned:
- Pilotwings Resort
- Kid Icarus Uprising
- Nintendogs & Cats
- Steeldiver (new: a submarine game)
- Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
- Dead or Alive: Dimensions
- Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D
- Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition
- Madden NFL 3D
- Ridge Racer 3D
- Asphalt 3D
- Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D
- Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D
- Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
- FaceRaiders (new: put your face in a shooting gallery)
- AR Games (new: a suite of augmented reality games)
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.77
This thing is gonna be a monster. Pricey for a handheld though.
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#4 Posted on
Better than 300 bills, but yeah ... still a bit pricey.

    Originally posted by KJames199

    - A built-in pedometer tracks how many steps you take and rewards you with coins that can be used to unlock bonuses in games



This is actually a pretty awesome idea ... Kudos to Nintendo.

    Originally posted by KJames199

    - Take your picture with the camera and the game will make your Mii automatically (you can refine it)



Interesting ... so, this is talking about your Mii on the Wii (heh), or will the 3DS have a different Mii configuration?

    Originally posted by KJames199

    - Enhanced web browser



Eh, maybe this will finally be the Nintendo browser that actually, you know, works.

    Originally posted by KJames199

    - FaceRaiders (new: put your face in a shooting gallery)



Wow, I have a feeling this is going to result in a lot of negative publicity ...





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#5 Posted on
    Originally posted by Scottyflamingo
    This thing is gonna be a monster. Pricey for a handheld though.


Adjusted for inflation (via Joystiq again);


(1989) Game Boy (Nintendo) $90 | $153
(1989) Atari Lynx $190 | $324
(1990) TurboExpress (NEC) $250 | $405
(1991) Game Gear (Sega) $150 | $233
(1995) Virtual Boy (Nintendo) $180 | $250
(1998) Game Boy Color $80 | $105
(2001) Game Boy Advance $90 | $109
(2003) N-Gage (Nokia) $300 | $350
(2004) Nintendo DS $130 | $146
(2005) PSP (Sony) $250 | $272
(2009) Nintendo DSi $170 | N/A
(2009) PSP Go (Sony) $250 | N/A
(2011) Nintendo 3DS $250 | N/A

Seems reasonable to me, especially considering a vanilla PSP would go for the same amount six years ago without even factoring in inflation.

And really, it still puts pressure on Sony for the (not announced officially yet) PSP2 to make it 250 or less.

(edited by El Nastio on 19.1.11 1141)


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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.00
    Originally posted by Alessandro

      Originally posted by KJames199

      - FaceRaiders (new: put your face in a shooting gallery)


    Wow, I have a feeling this is going to result in a lot of negative publicity ...
I didn't see a screenshot, but I assume it will be cartoony. You'll throw pies or water balloons at the fair or something instead of using guns on a shooting range.
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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.00
    Originally posted by KJames199
    Game Boy and Game Boy Advance games will be available via Virtual Console
Whoops - it's Game Boy and Game Boy Color, not GBA.
    Originally posted by KJames199
    FaceRaiders (new: put your face in a shooting gallery)
Update: it's free and built into the system. Here's the preview.
    Originally posted by KJames199
    AR Games (new: a suite of augmented reality games)
Update: it's free and built into the system. Here's the preview.

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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.00
    Originally posted by El Nastio
    March 27th for 249.99 (US) so probably 279.99 Canadian.
Future Shop is offering pre-orders for $249.99 Canadian, with games at $39.99 each.
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Wow...the ABXY buttons look as small as the ones on the DS. The only reason I don't use my DS more often is because my hands are wayyy to big for the system.



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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.77
    Originally posted by El Nastio

    Adjusted for inflation (via Joystiq again);


    (1989) Game Boy (Nintendo) $90 | $153
    (1989) Atari Lynx $190 | $324
    (1990) TurboExpress (NEC) $250 | $405
    (1991) Game Gear (Sega) $150 | $233
    (1995) Virtual Boy (Nintendo) $180 | $250
    (1998) Game Boy Color $80 | $105
    (2001) Game Boy Advance $90 | $109
    (2003) N-Gage (Nokia) $300 | $350
    (2004) Nintendo DS $130 | $146
    (2005) PSP (Sony) $250 | $272
    (2009) Nintendo DSi $170 | N/A
    (2009) PSP Go (Sony) $250 | N/A
    (2011) Nintendo 3DS $250 | N/A
    (edited by El Nastio on 19.1.11 1141)


Look at the prices though. The three cheapest after inflation, (GBC, GBA, and GB) werer all blockbusters. Now look at the three most expensive (Tubo Express, Lynx, and N Gage) all huge bombs. And Game Gear and PSP weren't bombs, but they have had no where near the sales the Gameboy brand has. So price does matter for portables.

Not saying it will bomb, but it will have to be a significant evolutionary jump to justify the price, especially in the current economy.

And on a side note, the face capture thing is a public relations nightmare in the making. Imagine when kids log on and are racing against Karts with some college kid's dick for a head.
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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.00
    Originally posted by Scottyflamingo
    Not saying it will bomb, but it will have to be a significant evolutionary jump to justify the price, especially in the current economy.
People love 3D, people loved the DS, and people love the Wii. If this thing isn't an enormous success, at least initially, I'd be amazed.

Now, most of the most biggest games (and most of the games I personally want) won't be out at launch. Not Layton, not Mario Kart, not Icarus, not Zelda, not Animal Crossing, not Star Fox. There's no Mario or Metroid even announced. And the whatever-we're-calling-the-download-store won't be ready at launch either. I can see myself starting another thread like this one after having my 3DS for a while and not being satisfied with Monkey Ball and Bust-a-Move. But hopefully I will remember the lesson from that thread, which is a little something I like to call It Gets Better. I can totally empathize with you gay dudes. You can't get married in the US and I had to wait YEARS for Picross 3D.

    Originally posted by Scottyflamingo
    And on a side note, the face capture thing is a public relations nightmare in the making. Imagine when kids log on and are racing against Karts with some college kid's dick for a head.
If my understanding of the game is correct, you get faces into your game by taking pictures of them with your 3DS. So if my kid is shooting at dicks, it's because he took pictures of dicks, and the 3DS face-recognition software looked at the dick and said "yep, that's a face." I can see the whole "shooting your friends" idea being more controversial, but if it is cartoony enough, I doubt it would matter. Nobody raised any fuss about Photo Dojo, that DSi fighting game that let you make characters using pictures of yourself (and/or your penis).
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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 10.00

    People love 3D


I'm not convinced of this. 3D TVs really didn't sell in 2010 and I think 3D movies backslid by the end of the year (though I didn't actually research this.) I think it's a bigger deal proportionally to the DS audience, but there's some price point past where people don't see 3D as worth paying for.

I'm less convinced of the value of 3D in gaming than I am of in movie or TV too. Maybe they'll figure out how to make it more than a novelty but they're not there.

Having 3D to set the DS apart was important for the device, since maybe the majority of us already carry around something(s?) that has access to a ton of games. It's a much better idea than what the PSP2 has sounded like (DOA), but it's a extremely tough market.



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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.80
I was fortunate enough to go hands on with the 3DS at last year's E3. There weren't any actual playable demos, but the various game trailers that I was able to see definitely sold me on the system.

-The 3D is as advertised. It works every bit as good as they say it does. It requires some focus, like when you look through a Magic Eye book. One of my big concerns going in was that the 3D element would be a forced element, just because it could cause some headaches after extended gameplay. I was happy to see that there's a slider along the top screen that allows you to shut off the 3D effect, should you need to.

-One of the big reasons for a new handheld? The revamped online interface. The new and improved handheld Virtual Console not only allows for Game Boy and Game Boy Color games, but one of the demos I saw at E3 also placed several classic games in a 3D setting. Games like the original Super Mario Bros., Punch-Out!, and Yoshi's Island appeared before me in perfect 3D. If done right, the porting of old school titles into 3D will sell like hotcakes.

-It's no bigger than the original DS. Those worrying about something bulky can rest easy.

-That's one robust launch library! Ocarina of Time 3D, Kid Icarus (confirmed for late 2011), Pilotwings, Resident Evil, Metal Gear Solid, Star Fox 64, Mario Kart, Paper Mario, Super Street Fighter IV, etc. etc. etc. I'm very excited for this.

Is $249 worth it? In a lot of ways, I consider this to be a handheld successor to the Wii, so...yes. It very much will be worth it.




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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.08
    Originally posted by thecubsfan

      People love 3D


    I'm not convinced of this. 3D TVs really didn't sell in 2010 and I think 3D movies backslid by the end of the year (though I didn't actually research this.) I think it's a bigger deal proportionally to the DS audience, but there's some price point past where people don't see 3D as worth paying for.

    I'm less convinced of the value of 3D in gaming than I am of in movie or TV too. Maybe they'll figure out how to make it more than a novelty but they're not there.

    Having 3D to set the DS apart was important for the device, since maybe the majority of us already carry around something(s?) that has access to a ton of games. It's a much better idea than what the PSP2 has sounded like (DOA), but it's a extremely tough market.


I would agree I'm not sold on 3d, in terms of a TV. I avoid seeing 3d movies because after the first ten minutes I tend to forget it's in 3d anyway. And I have no desire to wear glasses while watching TV at home. But not having to wear glasses and being able to turn it off on the 3DS is a big selling point in my view.

The price is higher than I'd like it to be. I've been thinking of upgrading my kid from an original DS to a DSi or DSiXL and with the price on those it's just more of a "when he's earned it" than when I feel like paying for it. $250 kinda pushes beyond that to a birthday type gift. I don't know why, just how my mind works.

One of the main negatives I had with the PSP when it launched was that families with multiple kids weren't going to buy it because when one kid has it the others HAVE to have one too or you get fights, and they were too expensive for families to do that. This is similar, but it's such a proven brand and if the kids already have a DS or DSi it won't be a big deal to slowly upgrade to 3DS over time.

I've got a feeling it'll be sold out for a while so I'm thinking of putting in a preorder now just in case.
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