Nintendo’s 3DS, the first portable game device with a 3D screen, will go on sale in Japan on February 26, and in Europe, Australia and the U.S. in March.
The iconic gaming company’s much-buzzed-about hand-held 3-D device will go on sale in Japan in February, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata said at a Tokyo news conference. It will sell for the equivalent of about $300.
Iwata said the portable gaming console, which gaming writers honored among the best at this June’s Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, California, will be released in the United States and Europe in March.
The 3DS, which was unveiled at E3, lets the user play games, including updates to the “Legend of Zelda” and “Mario Kart” series, in 3-D without using special glasses. The model Iwata displayed Wednesday looked slightly different from the one demoed at E3 in June.
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata stated that he hopes to improve upon the DS’s third-party game sales numbers when the device launches, according to GameSpot. That should come as no surprise to anyone who saw Nintendo’s massive list of supporting developers at E3, which included Activision, EA, Harmonix, Konami and Capcom.
The 3DS will run ¥25,000 (about $300) in Japan, though Nintendo didn’t articulate pricing info for other regions. It will also come packaged with an AC adapter, 10cm Nintendo 3DS touch pen and 2GB SD card to store DLC. As far as measurements go, the final design comes out to 134mm by 74mm, 21mm of thickness and a weight of 230 grams.
Nintendo had not announced a release date for the 3DS at the E3 expo. But many observers expected the company to follow the path of most major gaming releases and hit the market in time for the holiday shopping season.