Nintendo 3DS launch details for U.S. revealed

We already knew that the Nintendo 3DS was launching in the United States in March, but now we know plenty more.

We already knew that the Nintendo 3DS was launching in the United States in March, but now we know plenty more.

Officially unveiled for the first time at E3 2010 in Los Angeles last June, the Nintendo 3DS has been a source of controversy when it comes to pricing, the shorter battery life as well as potential source of vision disorders for younger players.

American consumers will get their chance at a 3DS on March 27 for $249.99 a pop. Certainly better than the $300-equivalent price tag in Japan when it drops in February over on that side of the Pacific. But still, what a price tag for a handheld gaming console.

Approximately 30 titles (including Lego Star Wars III: The Clone WarsSuper Street Fighter IV 3D Edition and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D) for the 3DS will be released between March 27 and E3 2011 in June.

Additional announced features include the new Mii Maker to create Mii Avatars (what gaming system doesn't have an avatar program these days?), a new Friend Code system, an enhanced browser, and an activity log with a pedometer. Over 5,000 3DS test units will be available at retail locations and with street teams nationwide soon.

Excited yet?

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