We're on the cusp of exciting times. Not only do we know the North American release date for the Nintendo 3DS, but we know its price, too! What else should you know? Here's a quick summation that'll help you gather your head in time for the Nintendo 3DS launch.
Release Date: March 27, 2011
Price: $249.99 USD
Colors at Launch: "Aqua Blue" and "Cosmo Black"
Backwards Compatibility: The Nintendo 3DS can play 3DS cards and Nintendo DS cards through the same slot on the back of the system.
Battery Life: Nintendo has dished out an estimate of three to five hours of battery life for a Nintendo 3DS game, and five to seven hours for a Nintendo DS game. However, the company has yet to talk about whether these estimates pertain to the 3DS running all its features at full blast, or conservatively.
Charging Cradle: The 3DS is packed with a "charging cradle" that functions as a dock for your 3DS when it's at rest.
Stylus: - It's telescopic! It's stored in a slot in the back of the 3DS.
Pack-In "Augmented Reality" Software: The Nintendo 3DS is pre-equipped with several "Augmented Reality" (AR) games that are designed to really show off the 3DS's unique abilities. Face Raiders lets you take pictures of yourself, your friends, or your pets, paste them on orbs, and then shoot them down. Archery makes special use of the 3DS's cameras to turn an ordinary surface into a fantastic, interactive background. Both games make heavy use of the 3DS's gyroscope and accelerometer.
The Cameras: The Nintendo 3DS can take 3D pictures, as well as 2D pictures.
Launch Titles: Nintendo's "launch window" for the 3DS includes games that will be released at launch, and in the few months following the event. Some of the titles in the launch window include Nintendogs + Cats, Ocarina of Time 3D, Kid Icarus: Uprising, Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition, and Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars