The 3DS— it’s finally here. A device where watching 3D doesn’t require you to wear those annoying glasses, a game system which allows you to take that glasses-free 3D anywhere you want in your pocket. We’ve had a chance to test out Nintendo’s latest and greatest portable game system and while we haven’t spent enough time with it yet to give it a full on review, here are our first thoughts.
So by now you’ve heard the news. Sony’s finally back in the portable gaming space in a HUGE way with their announcement of their new Next Generation Portable/NGP/PSP2. You’ve also probably heard that Nintendo is planning to release their next big portable game system, the 3DS, in exactly two months from today. Both are major products and really usher in the next generation of gaming on the go. But what’s the big difference between the two you ask? A lot actually.
Read on for a everything you need to know about the NGP/PSP2 vs the 3DS.
After over a year of wishing, waiting and watching from afar Nintendo’s highly anticipated glasses free 3DS is finally almost here, taking a crucial step to finally being in your hands with an official announcement of a price and release date. The best part? That rumored $300-$400 expected price is actually HIGHER than what the real price is, a solid $249.99 when it comes out as was rumored, this March 27th in either blue or black.
But price wasn’t all Nintendo let out of the bag, read on for all the details on what’s new in the 3DS.
Ever since Nintendo’s E3 video game press conference, whenever I heard the term “3D,” I immediately began to think about the Nintendo 3DS— 3D video gaming in your pocket without the need for those annoying glasses. There was though one problem the 3DS’s unveiling– we were all left without any price or release date for when would be able to pick up one of these bad boys. Today however, we have finally gotten those answers from a Nintendo event in Japan.
According to the video game site IGN, Nintendo will be releasing the 3DS next year in Japan on February 26th in blue or black colors for about $300 (the official Japan price is 25,000 yen, which converts back to about US $300), with Europe and the US said to be getting it in March (though what the prices are here may be different from the Japan price. Nintendo US also hasn’t yet announced US pricing and availability).
Nintendo also showed off some cool new features of the 3DS like using the front camera to create yourself a Mii, as well as some of the strong graphic capabilities (and I’m not gonna lie, Mario Kart looks pretty sweet!) which you can see in the YouTube video below:
Here’s the thing, with the holiday season almost upon us, are you willing to wait a few months for this or would you rather just go for a new iPod Touch, which while not 3D, does a solid job for on-the-go gaming as well as a whole lot more with all the iOS apps and Facetime (and not to mention comes in cheaper than the Japan price of $300– the iTouch starts at $229 for the 8 GB).
If you’re looking for a new portable game system this holiday season, what’s it gonna be– you gonna go for that iPod Touch or can you wait it out until the 3DS arrives?