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Nintendo 3DS: Battery Life Going Down, Game Prices Going Up (Mostly)

blue3ds.jpg Nintendo's been showing off the upcoming 3DS at the Nintendo World 2011 event in Japan, and a few previously only speculated upon details are coming to light. First up - battery life. As a much more powerful machine, the 3DS needs a lot more power; let's just say if you like to play 80 hour epics, you'll probably need to stay pretty close to an outlet at all times. Estimates are that you'll only get between 3-5 hours playing a 3D game, even on a lower brightness setting. Regular DS games will stretch that out to about 8 hours. You can charge the system back up to full power in about 3 1/2 hours if you use the dock.

Next, the games - Nintendo has revealed the Japanese launch titles, and they are:

  • Winning Eleven 3D Soccer
  • Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition
  • Samurai Warriors Chronicle
  • Tobidasu! Puzzle Bobble 3D
  • Nintendogs + Cats (Toy Poodle, French Bulldog, and Shiba editions)
  • Ridge Racer 3D
  • Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D
  • Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle
A few of those - SSFIV, Ridge Racer, Nintendogs - are no-brainers to launch with the system in the US. I'd love to see Professor Layton, but considering we're still one game behind in the US, we'll probably have to wait a little while. Also worth noting are the Japanese prices; while SSFIV and Nintendogs are hovering around the current price of DS games (4800 yen), others like Layton and Ridge Racer have bumped up about 25% (6000 yen). We'll have to see how that pans out in North America and other territories, but it sounds like it will probably push more games to PSP-level prices.

After the break check out a couple videos: the first is in Japanese but shows off a few of the system's features, such as Mii Creation, augmented reality minigames, and the ability to share information wirelessly with guys in sassy pants, even when your 3DS is folded away in your purse. After that, there's a tiny, blurry clip of Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D running on the system. We'll have to see it up close (and in actual 3D) to confirm, but it seems shockingly similar to the Resident Evil 5 game mode that served as its inspiration.

We'll probably get more North America-specific info about the system at Nintendo's planned New York event January 19, which I believe our own Wootini will be attending.


6 Comments

CPFace said:

Booooo... Guess I'll be waiting for the revision with the better battery life. c_c

Well I for one will be an early adopter regardless of people whinging about a short battery life (christ the original gameboy had a short battery life).

Bring on the 3D loveliness

Shin Gallon said:

I wonder if not having the 3-D effect on will increase the battery life?

CPFace said:

I just feel like kind of a sucker for buying the original DS fully four times over its lifespan. I'd like to skip some of the less functional models if I can. :)

Dexter said:

I swear this is the beginning of the end for Nintendo.

I was hoping they would take some design notes from Apple (read: metal enclosure, capacitive multitouch interface, App Store) but they have decided to make this everything the iPhone is not and hope for the best.

I'll spell it out:

PRO
Exclusive nintendo content
Games with deeper gameplay
Juicy physical controls
3D content

CON
fugly clamshell design
Multiple, awkwardly positioned, low resolution displays only one of which is touch enabled
Half baked app store with too many barriers to finding and purchasing content to make it worth a developer's time and effort
Multiple, shitty, low resolution camera's
Battery life worse than a mobile telephone from the 1980s
Low quality, resistive touchscreen that feels like you're prodding a stale marshmallow
Trying to use a stylus that's thinner than a toothpick
You already own an iPod touch

ok.... if you want a handheld console to cost in the region of £400/$600.

And girls who like girls who like rumble packs!

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