3DS gets price and launch date

  • TECH
  • Friday, 30 Jul 2010

For all those awaiting crucial price and release date details for Nintendo’s next handheld games console, the company has announced that confirmation will come on Sept 29, according to Bloomberg Japan.

The 3DS will succeed the Nintendo DS, currently the world’s best-selling handheld console with 129 million units shifted over the course of six years.

Like the DS, the 3DS will have dual screens with the lower one sporting touchscreen sensitivity, though the upper display will be in widescreen format and able to display 3D images without the user needing to wear special 3D glasses.

Back in June, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said that the new handheld will have launched worldwide by March 2011, the end of the current financial year.

The Nintendo DS was first released in the United States in Nov 2004, and Japan in Dec 2004.

Sony, meanwhile, has refused to talk about a beefed-up successor to the PSP, instead concentrating on the September launch of the PlayStation Move motion-control system for the PlayStation3.

Microsoft has the Kinect hands-free camera system for Xbox 360 timetabled for November; both manufacturers see the addition of motion controls as a way to widen the appeal of console gaming just as Nintendo has done with the Wii since 2006. —Relaxnews

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