Japan: Nintendo 3DS Release Date and Price Announced (Also Specs and Hardware Manual)

3DS Japan release date: Feb. 26, 2011 (25000Y)

3DS America and Europe release date: March, 2011 (Price currently unknown)

FEB. 26 – 25000Y – JAPAN RELEASE
MARCH – ($300? Price not confirmed.) – Europe and America

A few features of the 3DS:

- A Virtual Console has been announced to include GameBoy and GameBoy Advance titles.

- DS functions work within games. You can visit the home menu, notification lists, and internet browser while playing a game.

- Game card: Nintendo 3DS game cards, which are the same size as DS game cards. These can hold a maximum amount of 2GB of data at launch.

- Launch colors: Aqua Blue and Cosmo Black

- You can see 3D images without glasses on the top screen. The 3D effect can be adjusted by a slider on the side.

- A sterographic camera that takes 3D pictures. The two external 0.3 megapixel cameras automatically turn photos into 3D.

- New input interfaces: slide pad, motion sensors, and a gyro sensor.

- Spotpass mode: The 3DS automatically connects to Wi-Fi spots and Nintendo Zones to download game data, demos, and videos.

- StreetPass Mode – Similar to Dragon Quest IX the Nintendo 3DS exchanges data with other 3DS users. This feature works for multiple titles.

- Built-in software: Like the Nintendo DSi, the Nintendo 3DS comes preloaded with apps. You can use the Nintendo 3DS Camera, 3DS Sound, Mii Studio, Streetpass mode Mii Plaza, AR Games, and a Memory Notebook.

- Introductory videos and rankings can be downloaded from the internet.

- Software purchased on a Nintendo DSi and/or Nintendo DSi XL can be transferred to and from a Nintendo 3DS. There is a limit of how many times you can transfer software, but Nintendo has not announced a number.

- Backwards compatible with Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi games.

- Parental controls can be set for the web browser and what software can be run.

- Stylus: maximum length is 10 centimeters.

- Battery – Lithium ion battery. (note: battery life was not announced.)

3DS Software Lineup Trailer:

3DS Specs

Two 266MHz ARM11 CPUs, along with a 133MHz GPU, 4MBs of dedicated VRAM, 64MBs of RAM, and 1.5GBs of flash storage.

The 3DS will also have a larger storage capacity than preceding models, jumping from only 256MBs on the DSi to 1.5GBs of flash memory on the 3DS. The total drive space can, be expanded using the 3DS' SD card slot.

Specs List:

- Size: 5.27 in. length, 2.91 in width, 0.82in depth

- Weight: 8.11 oz.

- Top screen is 3.53 in, widescreen and displays stereoscopic images without the need for glasses. 800×240 (400 pixels per eye) resolution.

- Bottom screen is 3.02 in and has a touch panel. 320×240 pixels resolution.

- Wireless LAN supports WPA/WPA2 security keys. A 2.4Ghz transmitter is included for crosspass mode.

- Input: D-pad, A/B/X/Y/L/R/start/select buttons, analog slide pad (360 degrees of rotation), touch screen, internal microphone, camera, motion sensor, gyro sensor.

- Other inputs: 3D Volume (a slider that adjusts the 3D effect), home button, wireless switch, power button.

- Connection: Game card slot, SD memory card slot, ac adapter, charging station, headphone jack.

- Sound: stereo speakers on the top screen.

3DS Hardware Manual

Included for 300$:

- Nintendo 3DS hardware

- Nintendo 3DS charging stand

- AC adaptor for use with Nintendo 3DS

- Nintendo 3DS stylus

- 2GB SD memory card

- Six AR (augmented reality) cards for use with the 3DS’ camera

- Quick start guide

- Instruction book

- Warranty