Nintendo released the finalized launch-day lineup for the 3DS today. In their statement, Nintendo confirmed that most 3DS will cost 40 dollars (US). There will be 16 launch-day games (18 if you include AR Games and Face Raiders, which come installed on the console.) when the 3DS hits shelves on March 27th. There are 3 first-party games; Nintendogs + Cats, Pilotwings Resort, and my personal favorite, Steel Diver. Highlights of t third-party offering include Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition, Ridge Racer 3D and Madden Football 3D.
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Dead or Alive Dimensions 3D developer Team Ninja is apparently unhappy with how their game looks in 3D. Lead designer Yosuke Hayashi says that players who want a “hardcore” DoA experience should play the game without the console’s namesake visuals. It’s not what you think, though. Hayashi says that the game’s framerate drops too much when the game is played, so he suggests players turn the 3D off in order to make sure the game runs smoothly. In 2D, Dimensions runs at a very smooth 60 fps, but when the 3D is on, regardless of the mode or the position on the console’s 3D slider, the framerate regularly drops well below 30 fps.
NIS America announced this week that they will be porting retro indie favorite Cave Story to the 3DS, complete with 3D graphics. Unlike the Wii and DSi ports, Cave Story 3D will get a complete visual overhaul. NIS and Nintendo hope that will be enough to convince indie fans to shell out for the new version. That’s a tall order: Though it was not specifically mentioned, expect Cave Story 3D to be a full-fledged cartridge release, complete with a full-fledged cart’s price tag.
NIS has yet to announce a release date. Keep checking back and we’ll post more info as it comes.
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Nintendo officially announced today that their next handheld console, called the “3DS”, is on the way. The new console, as Nintendo showed off today, will build on the tech trend growing in TV and film, playing games in 3D. At first glance, the physical console looks like a another iteration of the DS; it has dual screens and the same button layout as Nintendo’s current console. The similarity is boon, though, as the 3DS will be backwards compatible, playing the entire DS and DSi library. As for the release date, Nintendo only said that the console would launch in Japan sometime before March, 2011. Ultimately, Nintendo didn’t actually say much about the console, but a more comprehensive unveiling will definitely be coming at E3 in June.
If you have been following the rumblings of industry pundits and rumor-mills, then the fact that Nintendo has announced that they’re making a new portable console comes as little surprise: Rumors of the so-called “DS Successor” have been floating around for months. Some have even speculated that Sony may also present the PSP2 at E3, kick-starting the next-gen handheld console war.
UPDATE: Rumors have already begun circulating, filling in some of the blanks left by Nintendo’s bare-bones announcement. According to two separate Japanese business magazines, Nikkei and Asahi, the 3DS achieves its three-dimensional using a technology called a “Paralax Barrier”, developed by Sharp. The illusion is achieved by using a second overlapping screen with a series of slits; the result is that the player sees a different set of pixels with each eye, which is perceived as depth. The trades also mention a special D-Pad for moving in 3D, built-in rumble support, and a tilt sensor, similar to the iPhone.
We will keep you updated on the rumors and announcements as they come.