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Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 01/19/2011

Nintendo 3DS will hit U.S. stores March 27 for $249.99

By Hayley Tsukayama

Nintendo previewed the 3DS in two press events in New York and Amsterdam on Wednesday, announcing that the handheld will be available in the United States on March 27.

The handheld, which displays games in three dimensions without the need for 3D glasses, will cost $249.99. Nintendo said the 3DS will have 30+ games between its launch and the E3 conference in June. It will be compatible with existing games for the Nintendo DS family of devices. The 3D effect is controlled with a sliding switch on the side of the device, which lets the user decide how much 3D to use while playing games.

Among the features announced Wednesday: The 3DS will have a docking station, a StreetPass feature that lets 3DS owners interact with other owners nearby, a pedometer, a 3D camera and hotspot connection points that can deliver content to the device.

The company has also announced the Nintendo eShop and Virtual Console service, which will let gamers download games through a system update and play classic Game Boy games on the 3DS.

There has been some concern about the 3DS after Nintendo posted a fairly standard warning about eye strain, fatigue and the effect the device could have on young children. Kotaku reports that there have been some scattered reports of gamers feeling seasick or tired after playing with the device.

The company said it will have over 5,000 of the handhelds in stores and in "mobile units," to allow potential buyers to try out the device.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 19, 2011; 11:09 AM ET
Categories:  Gadgets, Gaming  
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