3DS Release Date Announced!

On January 19th the 3DS’s Release Date and price were both announced!

The 3DS is Nintendo’s next leap in portable gaming, with 3D!  As you can see above, the 3DS will have a joy stick, direction pad, and the normal A, B, X, Y button lay out. 

This piece of technology is a huge revolution in 3D gaming as the gamer won’t need glasses to see the 3D effect! 

There are some aspects of this system that worry me, though:

Battery Life:  The original DS had a battery life of 13-17 hours, and this has a battery life of 3-5 hours depending on 3D usage, WiFi, and screen brightness.  Hopefully there could be a way to purchase an extended battery like laptops feature, but this is a major deterrent for me. 

Price Point:  The 3DS will launch with a price point of $249.99, which is fairly high as the Wii is $50.00 less.  If Nintendo actually expects us to pay $50.00 more dollars for their portable console than their primary console, it should really revolutionize portable gaming. 

Lastly, 3D affect:  Many people that have played the 3DS have complained that the 3D affect has given them headaches after just 20 minutes of play time.  Hopefully these are just special cases, but if this type of 3D turnes out to cause medical problems I would be very hesitant to purchase one. 

However, there are tons of cool games that have been announced!   Some of which are Assassin’s Creed: Lost Legacy, Ace Combat 3D, Kid Icarus: Uprising, Kingdom Hears 3D: Dream Drop Distance, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Madden NFL 3DS, Mario Kart 3DS, and Super Monkey Ball 3D! 

Whatever the outcome, I’m still really excited to see what this new 3D gaming console can do!