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Nintendo Reveals 3DS's Japanese Launch Details, Battery Life
Nintendo Reveals 3DS's Japanese Launch Details, Battery Life
January 8, 2011 | By Eric Caoili

January 8, 2011 | By Eric Caoili

Nintendo has revealed new information about the Nintendo 3DS's upcoming Japanese debut, including a launch line-up of ten games, its first-party release schedule, and the system's estimated battery life.

As it began a three-day Nintendo World 2011 public event in Tokyo this weekend, the platform holder disclosed that the portable will have an approximate battery life of 3.5 to 5 hours when playing 3DS games, depending on operating conditions such as screen brightness levels and use of wireless features.

When playing DS or DSi games, the handheld will have a battery life of 5 to 8 hours. Fully charging the system's battery will take around 3.5 hours.

Though many gamers are complaining in online comments that the battery life is shorter than expected, the estimates are in line with that of a standard DSi played with the highest brightness setting.

The 3DS will ship in Japan on†February 26 for •25,000, or $301, in "Aqua Blue" and "Cosmo Black" editions.

Each of the portables will come with a charging dock, an AC adapter, an extendable stylus, a 2GB SD memory card, AR cards (for playing built-in augmented reality games), instruction manuals, and pre-installed software.

Ten games will release alongside the 3DS's Japanese launch: Nintendogs + Cats†(three versions), Konami's Winning Eleven 3DSoccer, Capcom's Super Street Fighter IV, Tecmo Koei's†Samurai Warriors: Chronicle, Square Enix's†Tobidasu! Puzzle Bobble, Namco Bandai's†Ridge Racer 3D, Ubisoft's†Combat of Giants, and Level-5's†Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle.†

Nintendo also outlined its schedule for first-party 3DS titles in Japan:†Steel Diver, Pilotwings Resort, and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D will ship in Spring 2011;††then Star Fox 64 3D and Kid Icarus: Uprising will release in Summer 2011; and Mario Kart 3DS, Animal Crossing 3DS, and Paper Mario 3DS will hit stores at a later date.

The company has not yet divulged a firm release date or pricing for the 3DS in North America yet, though it's previously said it will launch in March. Nintendo of America will hold a press event on January 19, when it will presumably announce this information, as well as planned launch titles for the region.

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Ujn Hunter
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Dear Nintendo,

By having only 1 analog nub you are discriminating against Left Handed people! How the heck are Lefties supposed to play games that require the analog nub and the touch screen? :(

Douglas Gregory
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Unfortunately, making alternate control schemes to cover for this hardware asymmetry will have to fall to developers.

I (and hopefully many other developers) consider playability for both types of handedness to be a minimum quality standard in my work, whether or not the target platform makes it easy.

That being said, I would hope to see Nintendo formalize that principle in their approvals process for games throughout the DS line.

Aaron Truehitt
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You can always train your right hand.

Dave Sodee
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Yawn-not excited

Jonathan Escobedo
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Kind of disappointing, but I'm still getting it. Just need to be careful how much I play it and where.

Rick Kolesar
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Since I passed on the DSi, I'm getting this. Resident Evil, Star Fox, and Kid Icarus have me sold. I wish the battery life was longer, but I'm never to far from a plug (and neither is anyone else, most cars have USB ports in them now or the parents have chargers for their phones).

Still want to experience the 3D in person.

Fiore Iantosca
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I would like one too since I passed on the DSi and need to replace my lite, but as it stands right now my revenue streams are a bit short so it looks like a cautious conservative year this year for me.

Aaron Truehitt
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Theres only two reasons I want this 3DS. Zelda OOT remake, and Mega Man Legends 3. Mainly MML3.

Scott Galloway
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I keep my DS around for only one thing, waiting at buss stops, that said and having to wait on a far better feature rich system than the DSi I can only pray that we get it for closer to $200 than the $300 Japan is getting it for.