Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Nintendo 3DS 3D-gaming system debuts to long lines in Japan

Typical of Nintendo, the latest Nintendo video game system, the Nintendo 3DS has launched in Japan before elsewhere. The glasses-free 3D gaming system, Nintendo's follow-up to its DS and DSi, went live in Japan on Saturday, Feb. 26.

The Nintendo 3DS costs 25,000 yen (about $300) in Japan. On March 25 it goes on sale in Europe for 250 euros, and then arrives in the U.S two days later, on March 27, for $250. Games are expected to sell for about $40 apiece.It's expected to be a wild success.

The company estimated it would sell 4 million Nintendo 3DS units in the first quarter, with 1.5 million coming in Japan. Hiroshi Kamide, an analyst with J.P. Morgan in Tokyo, said:
"It is the most comprehensive handheld gaming device from Nintendo to date, with high-quality graphics and online features. I believe the 3DS will be the first mass-market 3-D device."
A Japanese website is posting Tweets from those who managed to get their hands on the Nintendo 3DS. Quite a few of the messages indicate users getting tired eyes after using the game in 3D mode, some of them after relatively short game play times.

The Nintendo 3DS uses a 3.53-inch widescreen display with parallax barrier tech to create the 3D illusion. That said, the company has placed warning labels on the device, saying that children under six should not play 3D games on it.

Reports of eye issues did not deter Toyohisa Ishihara, a 43-year-old engineer. He stood in line for two hours to get his 3DS.
"The images seem to pop out. There is a sense of a world spreading beyond. I can't wait to play it."
Via: PC World, Bloomberg, NPR

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