Nintendo's 3DS is treading on thin ice. It's lost a lot of momentum since it was launched in February in Japan and March in North America and Europe. As a result, a drastic price cut from $250 to $170 was necessary in order keep the 3DS from becoming the next Virtual Boy. Looks like the price cut is working, at least in Japan.
The house that Mario built's always been a step behind the curve, but no more. After a dramatic price cut to the four-month-old 3DS, Nintendo's revealed its plans to offer downloadable content (DLC) and micro transactions through its eShop for the glasses-free handheld and the upcoming Wii U console.
Netflix has been getting a lot of flak for raising its pricing, but today, together with Nintendo it has a new proposition: streaming video to the 3DS. This makes the 3DS the first dedicated handheld gaming device to get Netflix.
The gaming war in the handheld space is about to get really ugly. Nintendo might have successfully launched its new glasses-free 3DS handheld in the U.S. to the tune of "best U.S. launch day sales records," but what about Sony's encroaching NGP, Apple's delectable iOS devices or Android? Is old Nintendo concerned?
In under two weeks, the Nintendo 3DS will make its way to U.S. and U.K. shores and bring glasses-free 3D gaming to the masses. One feature that'll take a hit? Backward-compatibility loading times on old DS games.
Nintendo held two special press conferences focused on its upcoming 3DS handheld today, one in New York City for North America and one in Europe. Here's a round-up of everything Nintendo announced, including when the 3DS will hit store shelves to how much it'll cost. How many games will be available at launch and what's new about those pesky Friend Codes? Plus some old school handhelds return thanks to the Virtual Console. Find it all and more below.
It all makes sense now. No wonder we feel dizzy after consuming 3D content. Perhaps, we ruined our eyes decades ago with those red and blue anaglyph glasses found inside of cereal boxes.
One area where 3D seems ready to take off is in the handheld and portable space. Whereas current, mass-market 3D TVs require you don those wearisome glasses, portable units only need to worry about a single viewer and can skip the specs. Now, one company wants to deliver 3D to the iPad and make it as simple as possible.
No one wants to wear 3D glasses. The industry knows this, and Nintendo has only made the point more prominent with the universal excitement for its 3DS in the face of hesitation for 3D in general. Early adopters will scoop up the glasses-required sets, but when can you and I expect to enjoy some three-dee?
Before pretty much anything Nintendo makes it stateside, it comes out in Japan first. With that in mind, make sure you got a box of tissues handy because the company just solidified the release date for its 3DS.