The 3DS will cost US$298, Nintendo’s president, told a news conference in Chiba, near Tokyo. It will launch in Europe, Australia and the U.S. in March. Precise details will be announced later by Nintendo.
The device has a screen that doesn’t require the user to wear 3D glasses. Instead, a filter over the display splits the on-screen image and sends slightly different images towards the user’s right and left eyes, providing the illusion of depth.The 3.5-inch 3D screen is in the upper half of the 3DS, while the lower display is a 3-inch touchscreen with no 3D capability. The upper screen can be turned from 3D to 2D mode with a small slider switch located to the right of the display. Sounds pretty cool.
Software titles for the 3DS will include”Resident Evil: Revelations,” “Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater,” and Nintendo’s “Nintendogs + cats.” Other titles under development include “Street Fighter IV 3D edition,” “Resident Evil: Mercenaries,” “Ridge Racer 3D,” “Dead or Alive Dimensions,” and “Project Love Plus.”
The DS was first launched in 2004 and has been revised several times. Nintendo had sold 132 million of the portable devices from the launch through June this year, but recently sales have been slipping. Between April and June this year, quarterly sales of the device dropped by almost half.