The new Nintendo 3DS looks like one cool gaming device. As it’s name suggests, this is the 3D version of the popular handheld Nintendo DS. The machine can handle and process 3D effects without the help of 3D glasses. It is equipped with three cameras, one of which can record 3D video.
As excitement for the release of the Nintendo 3DS builds, the holiday deadline looms. This leaves many wondering if the new Nintendo 3DS will be available in time for the Christmas 2010 shopping season.
The short answer is: no.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Nintendo will not release the new 3DS handheld system until at least February of 2011. While speaking at a Nintendo Conference held in Japan, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, confirmed that the 3DS would go on sale in Japan on February 26, 2011, for the suggested retail price of 25,000 Yen (Â£189). The Financial Times reports that Nintendo has delayed the launch because it decided it could not supply enough consoles this year. It is expected to reach shelves in the United States in March. The cost in U.S. dollars has not yet been stated.
Rival Microsoft, on the other hand, is all set to launch its new Kinect for Xbox 360, a motion-sensitive, hands-free device, in the run-up to Christmas of 2010. Earlier this year, Sony introduced a 3D upgrade for its PlayStation 3. The Nintendo 3DS will be the first portable 3D console.
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The Wall Street Journal