Nintendo World Unveils 3DS Launch Lineup, Battery Life

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Nintendo World Unveils 3DS Launch Lineup, Battery Life

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The public 3DS event in Japan has revealed more specs for the handheld along with its Japanese launch lineup.

Nintendo World 2011, the event designed to give the Japanese public a first look at the Nintendo 3DS, is underway and has brought with it new information about the 3D handheld. We now know exactly what'll be included in the box, along with the games set for launch alongside the 3DS in Japan on February 26.

For 25,000 ($300), 3DS buyers will get the system, its charging cradle, an AC adapter, a touch pen, and 6 augmented reality game cards. Loaded on the 3DS will be its camera software, music player, Mii Studio, Street/SpotPass software, AR games, an activity log, and a new game called Face Shooting. Face Shooting is an augmented reality game that turns your friend's faces into enemies. Players throw balls at the faces, which change expressions as they move.

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The following video from the event explains the 3DS in Japanese, and shows off some of the previously mentioned features. They start at around 1:40 with the reveal of the 3DS home screen that is very similar to the DSi's. It goes on to display how Mii's are created on the 3DS, which is very similar to how it works on the Wii, but the 3DS also includes the ability to take a picture of the user's face to automatically change it into a Mii. Pretty neat. The video later gives us a look at how the 3DS can read AR/QR code cards, which are shaped like a Mario "?" block, and another of the handheld's augmented reality games.

The 3DS will launch with 8 games ranging from 4,800 ($58) to 6,090 ($73). These include Nintendogs + Cats, Winning Eleven 3D Soccer, Combat of Giants Dinosaur 3D, Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition, Samurai Warriors Chronicle, Puzzle Bobble 3D, Ridge Racer 3D, and Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask. The lack of a key Nintendo franchise, such as Mario or Zelda, is notable. Perhaps Nintendo will get some of these out soon after.

Nintendo also revealed that the 3DS's battery will last 3-5 hours when playing 3DS games, and 5-8 hours when playing regular DS games. Charging the 3DS from a fully drained state to maximum power will take 3.5 hours. For comparison's sake, the DS Lite can last 15-19 hours on its lowest brightness setting and 5-8 hours on high, while the DSi XL lasts 13-17 hours on low brightness and 4-5 hours on high. The 3DS's battery life is on the low end, but that may be the cost for the work it takes to render 3D with no glasses. It's not too bad, but longer trips without a power outlet around may require hanging onto that DS Lite or DSi for now.

If you don't mind a little Japanese, Nintendo's 3DS page has more information about upcoming titles here.

Source: Andriasang

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The battery life sucks, but considering the thing's almost as powerful as a Wii I think it's acceptable.

I hope the price goes down when it's sold outside Japan (both the cost of the unit and the cost of games)...

Yeah, the costs are really high for handheld stuff.
It'll be worth it, though.

Awww, I want Ocarina of Time...

battery life isnt great but being able to stop using the 3d for longer life is nice, still lasts longer then a psp, at least one of the 2001 ones that I have

Battery life, not great. Price, not great. But I suppose technology's improving all the time and both will decrease eventually.

Plus it'll sell like hot cakes no matter what.

And isn't Professor Layton a major franchise now?

I'm not sure 3-5 hours is going to cut it for me...and that's their estimated time based on very controlled test so battery life is probably closer to 3-4 hours.

Terrible battery life on a handheld? Instant dealbreaker.

Noooooot too keen on the pricing... But, I rarely play my DS for longer than three hours at a time without having it plugged in as it is, so the battery life isn't at all a dealbreaker for me.

I just... $300 for the system and then another $58 - $72 (Probably rounded to $60 - $75, knowing this country) thats a bit steep for me. This thing is going to be like buying another console. Hell, I paid less for my Xbox 360 than I will be for this thing.

I still want it. God knows I still want it. I just hope the price goes down.

The huge price of it + the short battery life on it make it a deal breaker for me. Not to mention their line-up isn't looking that great apart from Layton.

I'll wait patiently for the inevitable better remakes of it, hopefully with longer battery life.

AWWWW!! I wanted to get this at release, but there's nothing there even halfway worth buying. What a waste of an opening line-up. How annoying.

$60 handheld games doesn't sound to inviting, 3D or not.

Gah, it just occurred to me, a major possible issue... What happens when (as it inevitably will) the touch screen gets all rubbed up and you can see marks on it? How will that affect the 3D? Did they deal with that at all? Am I the first to think of this? Because, correct me if I'm wrong, but how many of you DS owners look at your screen and can see slide marks from rubbing the screen? I use mine regularly and with great vigor, and I suspect I'd do the same with the new model, but will it be OK?

Who the hell is going to dish out enough cash to buy an actual console for a handheld with a tiny screen which battery only lasts 3-4 hours?

I mean I typically don't really like handhelds that much in general because I hate it how the tiny screens make everything so extremely limited from a gameplay perspective but spending as much money on one as you would on a actual console except with only a fraction of the processing/graphical power and a far fewer number of good games to choose from makes no sense.

Sure, I would love playing an improved version of Star Fox 64, but how many people are willing to invest over 300$+70$ into what is basically just a mini-console with small screen and pathetic battery life so they can do that?

coldfrog:
Gah, it just occurred to me, a major possible issue... What happens when (as it inevitably will) the touch screen gets all rubbed up and you can see marks on it? How will that affect the 3D? Did they deal with that at all? Am I the first to think of this? Because, correct me if I'm wrong, but how many of you DS owners look at your screen and can see slide marks from rubbing the screen? I use mine regularly and with great vigor, and I suspect I'd do the same with the new model, but will it be OK?

I think the 3D effect is only applied to the top screen, the one without touchscreen capabilities.

OT: Meh, the battery life isn't that bad, especially considering the battery life and battery for my regular DS is pretty much borked. Besides, if it's really that much of an issue, muting the system and turning the 3D effect off should give players some extra time to play, albeit not much.

Shittiest launch lineup in human history

Well THAT sux...all of the games that I want to play for the 3DS are not showing up at launch. SO I'll have the 3DS...aaaand wont be able to do anything with it (gaming wise) until the games I care about are released. I have no idea when Zelda or Starfox are going to be released either..so that really pisses me off. This is the worst collection of game launches with a new console ive ever seen. *Sigh*

I think I'm going to be using my DS for a long time if this is the case. 300 dollars is a lot of money and I could buy a console with that amount of cash. And with 3 hours of battery life I might as well buy a console. Hardly efficient on long trips.

BlueHighwind:
AWWWW!! I wanted to get this at release, but there's nothing there even halfway worth buying. What a waste of an opening line-up. How annoying.

same I was really excited about getting this, added with unemployment, Im not sure its worth getting with out a better line up of games.

$300 for what comes in the box seems reasonable enough to me. The price for games will probably be cheaper when they come out here. Also;

RIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIDGE RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACER

I'm gonna wait for the imrpoved version of it(because we all know there's going to be one). Still, not that bad.

Nintendo also revealed that the 3DS's battery will last 3-5 hours when playing 3DS games,

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Well, I guess it's not so bad. If those are the launch titles, I see no reason to get one right away anyway. Might as well wait a year or two for the 3DSi Lite or whatever and hope they get better batteries and more efficient chipsets that use less power. The only games that interest me in that list are Puzzle Bobble 3D (where did that come from though? first I've heard of it) and Professor Layton, but I can live without playing those at launch.

coldfrog:
Gah, it just occurred to me, a major possible issue... What happens when (as it inevitably will) the touch screen gets all rubbed up and you can see marks on it? How will that affect the 3D? Did they deal with that at all? Am I the first to think of this? Because, correct me if I'm wrong, but how many of you DS owners look at your screen and can see slide marks from rubbing the screen? I use mine regularly and with great vigor, and I suspect I'd do the same with the new model, but will it be OK?

The touch screen isn't 3D, only the top screen is. Problem solved. ;)

Well now I can save myself $300

I'm getting an eary N64/Gamecube deja vu felling looking at the launch lineup.

danpascooch:
Shittiest launch lineup in human history

May not be the shittiest, but its still pretty damn weak. None of those games sound remotely worth the investment price, specially since a few of them are just re-releases (including Samurai Warriors, you've played one generic 1 vs 1000 button-masher, you've played them all).

And the only good game on that list is Professor Layton.

Region lock: Yes/no?

Also up to 70$ for a handheld game? Wtf.

"The 3DS will launch with 8 games ranging from 4,800 ($58) to 6,090 ($73)."

You're shitting me, right? That better not be the pricing for the games in the US. Don't get me wrong, I loved these games as a kid, but all they're really doing for many of them is re-releasing the same games with 3D capability. If it actually costs that much to add this one feature, they probably should have waited until the technology dropped in price.

And correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe that Super Mario 64 DS started around $40 new. That should be the maximum pricing for any re-release, 3D or not.

Sixty fucking dollars?! For a hand-held game?! And that's the low estimate! No way in hell.

I think I'll just wait until the inevitable upgraded version that's 200 dollars cheaper and just get the games off of Ebay. Right now the cost/value ratio is too batshit insane to bother with.

This doesn't sound very promising. Who can actually afford all of that?

I'm slightly on the fence about getting a 3DS due to some of the specs and the fact that my DS Lite is constantlt by my side of longer than 3 - 5 hours, but, if I charge it every day it might help, if I remember. Waiting for certain games is definitely annoying but the Street Fighter and the Layton are still keeping me extremely interested.

Interesting, the price still has me on the fence though. Plus, not very many release games I want.

Bad battery life, inexcusably bad launch titles, and a price point that's more expensive than 2 of the 3 current gen consoles. At least they aren't trying to coast by remaking old games and slapping a shitty gimmick on them to justify charging an arm and a leg . . . . oh wait that's EXACTLY what they are doing.

GiantRaven:
Terrible battery life on a handheld? Instant dealbreaker.

Agreed. That said, it currently isn't confirmed whether or not the 3-5 hour estimate is for the highest brightness setting. If that turns out to be the case, it would be in line with their promised DSi level battery life. If, however, it is for the lowest, then that is quite pathetic and goes against the principles Nintendo handhels have had for years. If it's the latter, I will get a PSP instead and wait for a proper redesign. But as I said, I can't really pass judgement until I know for certain...

As for those of you complaining about the prices of games, keep in mind that these are Japanese prices. In Japan, games are a very expensive commodity and prices tend to be much higher compared to other regions, particularly the US (although I think Australia has it worse). In other words, the prices are definitely going to be lower in other markets.

People, people... Japan typically has higher prices for games. Just because the dollar equivalent is high doesn't necessarily mean that's how much games and systems will sell for in other countries. At least hold out for the worldwide announcements before making judgments.

Tom Phoenix:

As for those of you complaining about the prices of games, keep in mind that these are Japanese prices. In Japan, games are a very expensive commodity and prices tend to be much higher compared to other regions, particularly the US (although I think Australia has it worse). In other words, the prices are definitely going to be lower in other markets.

Yeah Australia has it worse but most of Europe gets fucked over with the price as well. For europe they just remove the dollar sign and stick the euro in front of it(very funny since 1 euro = 1,20 to 1,30 dollar.

Your 150 dollar Kinect (to what everyone complains about the price) europe sells for 150 euro (about $180/190).

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