Nintendo 3DS release set for early 2011

Nintendo 3DS

The Nintendo 3DS is set to be available in Japan from February 26th 2011, with an American and European launch reportedly following in March. The 3DS will cost ¥25000, the equivalent to £188, said Nintendo during a conference in Japan. The 3DS will be available in two colours, Aqua Blue and Cosmo Black.

The release date will surprise some; with sources previously suggesting the Nintendo 3DS would be available before Christmas. Despite the announcement of a launch date for Japan, there is not yet a solid release date for the 3DS in North America and Europe. However, it’s thought that Nintendo will shortly confirm that the 3DS will be available in these regions mere weeks after the handheld is released in Japan. The estimated price of a Nintendo 3DS in Europe is £199.

Nintendo also showed off a 3DS Software trailer, including games such as Super Street Fighter IV DS, Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater, Dead or Alive Dimensions, and of course Mario Kart 3DS. You can see the Nintendo 3DS software trailer below.

In addition to brand new 3DS games, the Nintendo 3DS will also be able to play Game Boy and Game Boy Advance titles thanks to a retro download service. Classic Nintendo games available to play on the 3DS will include Super Mario Land 1 & 2, Super Mario World, Zelda: Link’s Awakening, a large selection of Pokémon titles and many others.

So Train2Game, will you be getting yourself a Nintendo 3DS in March next year? Does £200 seem reasonable? What do you think of the 3DS games line up? And are there any retro titles you’d like to download?

You can leave your thoughts on the Nintendo 3DS here on the Train2Game blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

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