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Nintendo 3DS conference: Every new game, date, price, feature and fact in one place

Matt, Justin and Brett are currently playing their way through a whole bunch of 3DS games on both sides of the Atlantic, so while they're busy I thought I'd take the time to fill you in on all the sexy details I have from the press conferences they've just seen.

Games, release dates, prices, multimedia content, all the extra tricks, bells and whistles of the hardware itself... There's a whole lot you don't know, but now if you'll allow me, I'll happily splurge it in your direction.

The 3DS itself

  • There will be but a single, solitary, universal Friend Code for all games. Praise the mighty lord Zeus!
  • It appears to have an iPhone-style Home button to allow multi-tasking while you take a break from a game.
  • It has a built-in gyroscope for motion control. Justin is currently having a whale of a time using it to aim his slingshot in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and it's also been confirmed for use as a periscope control in submarine shooter Steel Diver.
  • It comes with a 2Gb SD memory card for removable storage.


  • The new Nintendo e-store will sell Game Boy and Game Boy Color games for download.
  • The 3DS is backward compatible with "most " DS games.
  • The built in cameras (one for standard photos, one set of two for 3D pics) will allow you to automatically build a base Mii from a mugshot. Though it didn't seem to work very well even in the trailer.
  • It uses a built-in pedometer to record your activity, Wii Fit-style.
  • It has built-in augmented reality games, which look to put monsters in environments as you observe them through the camera. It uses AR cards, like in PS3 game Eye of Judgement.
  • It has a built-in shooter called Face Raiders, which lets you put your face (and presumably those of your friends) in the game as targets.
  • It will come in blue and black. No sign of that nice red one we've seen at previous events.
  • It will be released in Europe on March the 25th and in the US two days later on March the 27th. The US RRP is $249.99. There is no European RRP. Nintendo is allowing retail to decide, but the current average as of the time of writing is £229.99. Game prices in the UK are currently quoted at £32.99 (GamesStation) and £39.99 (GAME). Seriously, GAME.

Multimedia content

  • Eurosport is signed up to deliver 3D sports content via the 3DS' background download service.

     
  • Sky 3D is onboard too.
  • Aardman Animation, creator of Wallace and Gromit, will provide a series of 3D shorts based on Shaun the Sheep before the end of the year.

The games

An absolute shedload of hardcore and casual titles have already been announced (with the balance swinging more towards the former, wonderfully). Matt, Brett and Justin will be bringing you fuller reports when they get back from their respective events, but the new tidbits that took our interest at the conferences today were:

  • As well as allowing you to have passive, automatic battles with passers-by using the 3DS' background connectivity features in order to win unlockable figurine trophies, Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition will have an online spectator mode similar to that seen in the home console versions.
  • Ubisoft has a side-scrolling Rabbids platformer, Splinter Cell, Combat of Giants (a dinosaur fighting game, which probably has Meiks trembling with excitement), Asphalt 3D, Ghost Recon, James Noir's Hollywood Crimes (no, us neither) and Driver: Renegade on the way.


  • Team Ninja's Dead or Alive Dimensions has been made of a 'best of' edition of the whole series. Optional touch screen controls make specials and combo strings easier, but you don't need to use them. Justin reports a "nasty" frame-rate drop when you play in 3D. He states around 20 - 30 FPS, guaged with his world-renowned robo-eyes.
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 uses a new roving over-the-shoulder camera to put you right behind each player you control. Could be amazing, could be confusing. Justin says it's "gorgeous".
  • Pilotwings Resort has you flying over the same Island seen in Wii Sports Resort. SNES staple line-up of hang-glider, rocket-belt and plane confirmed.


  • Nintendogs + Cats features more variation within a species than in the previous game, meaning that not everyone's raging pitbull will look, bite and slobber the same. And the animals will react to your proximity (presumably using the 3D cameras). If they like you, they'll lick the screen. If you're a stranger they might go for your nose. Which will be exciting in 3D.
  • The following were shown in brief trailers: Super Monkey Ball 3D, Resident Evil: Revelations, Samurai Warriors, Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars, Paper Mario, Starfox 64 3D, Resident Evil Mercenaries, The Sims 3, Ridge Racer 3D, Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater, Animal Crossing and Mario Kart.

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68 comments

  • Clonix - April 26, 2011 8:01 a.m.

    Does 3DS have a built in browser? And if it has, can I play Java & Flash games with it?
  • oryandymackie - January 23, 2011 4:52 p.m.

    Re-release Resident Evil 2 and I'm soooooooooold.
  • lovinmyps3 - January 21, 2011 2:36 a.m.

    Awesome! Need to start saving now!
  • VercettisShirt - January 20, 2011 4:13 p.m.

    It's great to see it launching in blue. It's my favourite colour^-^. Though, I'm a little concerned about the potentialy large number of ports. Don't get me wrong, Ocarind Of Time and Pilot Wings will be great in 3D, but I'm more interested in seeing original titles.
  • Roboshi - January 20, 2011 4:01 p.m.

    When they say "most" DS games I'll bet they mean DS games that don't use the GBA slot, cause that was a problem back when they made a ton of periferals to stick in there. Any word on how touchy the Internet connectivity is? Cause If I remember rightly the DS and Wii would only connect to certain brands of routers.
  • Scammeleon - January 20, 2011 2:03 p.m.

    "Game prices in the UK are currently quoted at £32.99 (GamesStation) and £39.99 (GAME). Seriously, GAME." But... GAME owns Gamestation. So the 3DS continues to llok fantastic, but $249/£229 is a LOT for a handheld (especially one that isn't red)
  • GR_DavidHoughton - January 20, 2011 12:20 p.m.

    Yeah, the price conversion (or lack thereof) has always been a nightmare for European games hardware. The magic exchange rate of $1 = $1 has been around since the days of the SNES, and it doesn't look like it's going to change any time soon. As for the report on the 3D effect/eyestrain etc., we have a report coming direct from the conference a little later today. It's coming from robo-eyes Towell, so you know it'll be 170% accurate down to the very last quarter pixel.
  • Mooshon - January 20, 2011 12:08 p.m.

    As mentioned previously. That price point makes it $360+ in the UK, $110+ more - which is slightly higher than the normal postage. Then again what's new pff...
  • jmcgrotty - January 20, 2011 8:23 a.m.

    Got a serious question for anyone who wants this system. You really do realize that it is 3D, right? And you still want it? Really??
  • ACGUY - January 20, 2011 5:55 a.m.

    I am getting this I took up a coaching job with such evily annoying kids just for this and I'm glad it's 250 because I was expecting it to be 300 so I'd only be able to get one game. Now I can get 2 maybe 3 woot!
  • Robusken - January 20, 2011 3:50 a.m.

    Pretty much the price I was expecting so no problem. I've had my ds lite for about 5 years and its about on its last leg so even if this wasn't coming out any time soon I would have had to go and get another Dsi or something anyway.
  • AngryPumpkin - January 20, 2011 2:57 a.m.

    I want one, but I dont want one..... It's a li'l expensive..... I'll probably save up a bit and buy one.
  • grayguwapo - January 20, 2011 2:50 a.m.

    Hey David! So how's the 3D depth? And were you guys able to confirm the issue of strained eyes and headaches when using the 3DS? Will probably wait for the price to drop a bit before getting this... There are too many awesome PS3 titles coming out this year...
  • shawksta - January 20, 2011 1:33 a.m.

    there's allot of trailers showing awesome things, come on gamesradar post them! atleast show the Metroid/Ridley special stage on Dead or alive dimension!
  • Spybreak8 - January 20, 2011 1:15 a.m.

    Awesome sauce. Looks like I'll get this for my Birthday (May) or Christmas this year. Here's hoping lol.
  • HomieT23 - January 20, 2011 1:11 a.m.

    Despite being so anti-Nintendo, this looks very promising. $250 is a bit much though. Better off buying a psp and kingdom hearts birth by sleep.
  • kriscotw9 - January 20, 2011 12:07 a.m.

    £230 for it? where as the US is $250? The exchange rate is currently around $1.60- £1 so shouldnt it really be £160-£180. Definitely not a day 1 purchase for me, i will probably wait a year or two as i do not see it as a must have at all
  • essiy - January 19, 2011 11:43 p.m.

    Ouch, that price is gonna hurt, I just hope it doesn't kill me, or maybe it has TOOOOooooo.
  • shawksta - January 19, 2011 11:13 p.m.

    @burntToShreds Paper Mario,animal crossing, and a few others are 3DS originals not remakes, starfox 64 and ocarina of time are remakes.
  • shawksta - January 19, 2011 11:09 p.m.

    I mean gameboy not bakehouse and dsi not daily Slowdrum read my comment to baron, the "HD"consoles got a price cut almost half and this is launch price, you should've expected this.

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