Nintendo has finally lifted the veil of secrecy surrounding the launch plans of the 3DS for North America and Europe. I know the first two questions that come to mind are the how much is it going to cost, and when can I get my hands on it? Let’s answer those questions right now.
Launch Date: March 25th in Europe, March 27th in North America.
That makes the 3DS the single most expensive portable they have ever put out onto the market. You want to know something, that doesn’t mean anything. People are going to eat it up like no tomorrow. Speaking of which, you can already pre-order the 3DS on Amazon or any of the other countless online stores.
Now let’s jump into a few other lingering questions.
DSiWare purchases ARE transferable to the 3DS
“System Transfer is a feature that enables you to transfer downloadable software already purchased on a Nintendo 3DS system to another Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo DSiWare games & applications purchased on a Nintendo DSi or a Nintendo DSi XL system also can be transferred to your Nintendo 3DS.* This function will be available after hardware launch. ”
I think that says everything for you. Interestingly the function won’t be available until after the hardware lunch. What exactly does Nintendo mean by that? Will it be available the next week, the next month, the next decade?
Games available between March 27 and June 7 (launch window)
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Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked
Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition
Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D
Madden NFL Football
The Sims 3
Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D
LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
Ridge Racer 3D
Dual Pen Sports
Super Monkey Ball 3D
Thor: God of Thunder
Samurai Warriors Chronicles
Dead or Alive Dimensions
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Shadow Wars
Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell 3D
Rabbids Travel in Time
How much will these games cost?
Nintendo won’t say, but retailers are leaking the info for us. Thus far the prices seem to range between $40 to $50.
Friend Codes or no?
Friend codes are back, but much more organized. There will be one code per 3DS system. There are no secondary codes, meaning you won’t need to constantly have your system code and game codes handy. Once you give a buddy the system code, that’s it, that’s all. You can find out the status of your friends at any time too, which is in tune with what is offered on the other platforms. While we don’t have too many specifics to go on right now, we can confirm that if you play with another play over local wireless you won’t have to worry about anything. The two systems will see each other and you can simply send an invite and the system will remember the other player’s codes. That’s something else to remember, all these codes only need to be added once. While the system isn’t as clear cut as what Sony and Microsoft offer, it’s getting much better.
What else do I need to know?
Samus from Metroid fame will be have a cameo in Dead or Alive Dimensions. Check out the following video showing the Ridley stage.
So there you have it. The 3DS is gearing up to be the most successful Nintendo product in history and this launch looks like it’s going to be a winner. I suppose the final question I have for all of you is, will you be there on day one?