Nintendo 3DS Brings 3D Gaming to U.S.

Nintendo of America will bring the latest version of its bestselling portable gaming system, the Nintendo 3DS, to U.S. gamers on March 27. It will cost $250 and will be available in two colors: Aqua Blue and Midnight Black.  The Japanese game maker held a press conference event today in New York City to showcase its lineup of glasses-free games.

Nintendo expects to sell four million Nintendo 3DS systems by March 31,2011 (only four days after the system’s release) – which is the end of its fiscal year.  The company is also expecting that 15 million games for the 3DS will sell in that timeframe. While it is debuting in March in the U.S., the system will be available in Japan on February 26.

Nintendo will continue to support its other portable hardware, which includes the $130 Nintendo DS Lite, the $150 Nintendo DSi, and the $170 Nintendo DSi XL.  Nintendo sold 2.5 million units of those portable gaming systems in the U.S. in December, bringing the total sold figure to 47 million units since its release in November 2004. Those figures make it the best-selling video game system in U.S. history.

Nintendo 3DS comes with a 3.53-inch top screen and a 3.02-inch bottom touch screen, and it has three cameras – one inner and two outer – to deliver the 3D effect and take 3D pictures. It includes a motion sensor, a gyro sensor, and even a slide pad that allows 360-degree analog input. The system will play but 2D and 3D games.

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