The Nintendo 3DS will launch on March 25th 2011 in Europe giving games the chance to play Nintendo games in 3D on a handheld device without the need for special glasses.
In the USA, Nintendo 3DS owners will be able to connect automatically to the internet at more than 10,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots for free using SpotPass, while Netflix members will be able to instantly stream movies and other content through the device.
The Nintendo eShop launches in May 2011 and will give users access to a number of features:
- A short-form video service will let people view trailers for Hollywood movies in 3D and access video game trailers, screen shots, background information and links to publishers’ websites. Content will include short video clips, such as comedy shorts or music videos, selected by Nintendo and delivered to Nintendo 3DS users who choose to receive them.
- Downloadable classic games via the portable Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console™ service will include Game Boy and Game Boy Color games, as well as those from the Game Gear and TurboGrafx-16 systems.
- “3D Classics” will introduce select classic video games remastered in 3D.
- Games currently offered as Nintendo DSiWare™ and an Internet browser will be available.
A 3DS version of Super Mario is currently being developed along with 17 other 3D games. Available in blue or black, the new Nintendo 3DS is priced at $249.99 USD.