Nintendo 3DS Finalized Design, Specs, and Price

During the Nintendo Conference in Tokyo, the home that Mario built has finally unveiled the finalized retail design … which doesn’t look that different from its earlier design.

The 3DS, which will come in “Aqua Blue” and “Cosmos Black,” will release in Japan on February 26, 2011 for a rather princely sum of ¥25,000 (~$300 USD.)  A month later, the handheld will be released in North America and Europe for an undisclosed amount.

The system will release with an AC adapter, a charging stand, a stylus, a 2GB SD card, and 6 cards for an alternate reality game that comes with the 3DS.

The full specification list follows:

Size

  • 134x74x21mm

Weight

  • 230g

Upper Screen

  • 3.53 inches, wide screen with naked eye 3D support, 800×240 pixel resolution

Lower Screen

  • 3.02 inches, 320×240 pixels

Camera

  • One camera on the inside, two cameras on the outside. Each camera is 0.3 megapixels (640×480)

Wireless Communication

  • 2.4GHz. Can exchange data with other 3DS units through Surechigai (Tag Mode). Can connect to the internet via wireless LAN access points (compatible with WPA/WPA2 IEEE802.11 security).

Inputs

  • A/B/X/Y, D-pad, L/R, Start/Select, Slide Pad (360 degree analogue input), Touch Screen, Internal Mic, Camera, Motion Sensor, Gyro Sensor

Other Inputs

  • 3D Volume (can smoothly adjust degree of 3D output), Home Button (for opening the Home menu), Wireless Switch (can turn off wireless even while in mid-game), Power Button

Connector

  • Game Card Slot, SD Memory Card Slot, AC Adapter Connection, Charge Connection, Headphone Connection

Sound

  • Stereo Speakers on the left and right of the top screen

Touch Pen

  • Can be contracted. Max length 10cm

Battery

  • Lithium Ion Battery

Game Card

  • Nintendo 3DS exclusive game cards. Size is the same as DS cards. Max memory capacity will be 2 gigabytes at system launch

Enjoy 3D images with the naked eye on the top screen.
You can adjust the 3D volume to change the 3D feel, and can also make it 2D.

A stereo camera that can take 3D pictures
Includes 2 external cameras. When you take 3D pictures, they can be viewed on the spot.

New input interfaces
Slide Pad, Motion Sensor, Gyro Sensor

Itsunoma ni Tsuushin
When the 3DS is in sleep mode, the system will automatically seek out Nintendo Zone and wireless LAN access points and will grab information, game data, free games, videos and other things from the internet. The name, incidentally, translates to something along the lines of “Wireless Communication When You Weren’t Expecting It.”

Surechigai Tsuushin/Tag Mode
When the 3DS is in sleep mode, it will automatically exchange data with other 3DS systems. The system can transfer data from multiple games simultaneously.

Functionality For Use Without Leaving Games
Home Menu, Internet Browser, Notice List

A Variety of Software Built In
Nintendo 3DS Camera, Nintendo 3DS Sound, Mii Studio, Surechigai/Tag Mode Mii Plaza, AR Games, Omoide Kirokuchou (Memory Recording Notebook) and more

Download Sales of Games
In addition to buying games, you can view introductory videos and rankings

Transfer Over Software and Data
You’ll be able to transfer your already purchased download software to 3DS. This includes DSi Ware games from DSi and DSi LL.

Backwards Compatible
In addition to playing games made for 3DS, the system can also play DSi and DS games.

Parental Controls
You can set play restrictions based off game ratings. You can also limit browser use and other areas. Parental Controls have been improved from the DSi versions.

Written by: Dwight Tejano

Dwight is the founder of Open the Fridge, which he started in 2008 and rebooted in 2010. Due to the nature of early adopting, his bank account is normally empty. He likes to sing in world-renown choruses to forget such things.

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