Awesome Nintendo 3DS bundle deals, accessories kits, and console bundles are available! The new 3D console has gained huge popularity since it was first unveiled at the E3 in June of 2010. Nintendo shared new information on the upcoming 3D console on September 29 pertaining to the release date, prices, and new features. Visuals: As learned at E3, the new console allows users to play games (including updates to “Legend of Zelda” and “Mario Kart”) in 3-D–and without special glasses. See these additional details on the 3DS system are available. Nintendo 3DS consoles became available in the US as of March 27, 2011. Here are current deals you can get when you purchase the 3DS console:
3DS Starter Bundle Walmart
Console + Game + Case
Price: $174 + Free Shipping
Nintendo 3DS here at Gamestop
($169.99 + Free Shipping)
3DS + Paper Mario Sticker Star at Target
3DS with 20-in-1 Accessories Kit at Target
3DS + 20-in-1 Essentials (accessories, charger, etc.)
Price at Target: $39.99
Release Date: The 3D platform debuted in Japan in February 2011. It was released in Europe and the US in March. It began shipping as of March 27, 2011.
Price: The 3D system was predicted at a debut price of roughly $300. It has been reduced a few times since its release!
Updates: The model shown during the September 29 Tokyo news conference differed slightly from the earlier version that debuted in June at E3. New features include:
Connection: The 3DS includes a Wi-Fi connection gamers can use to download updates and new software. This is possible even while the console is “asleep.”
Camera and Avatars: Players can take pictures of themselves with the console and easily convert the images into personalized in-game avatars (called Miis) similar to those in Wii games.
Sharing: A “tag” mode can be enabled through Wi-Fi that gamers can use to share information from one console to another–without physically linking them.
Screen: The 3D console has a 3.53-inch top 3D screen and a 3.02-inch bottom touch screen.
Cameras: The Nintendo 3DS has three cameras (one inner and two outer). They deliver the 3D effect and take 3D pictures.
Sensors: The Nintendo 3D system includes a motion sensor, a gyro sensor and Slide Pad that accept 360-degree analog input.
Many bloggers were hoping that the September 12 price drop in Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL was a sign that the new 3DS would be available for the 2010 holiday season. But alas, this was not the case. However, the drop in prices of these consoles does seem to signal that the company is keeping prices reasonable for gamers–hopefully this will be the case with the 3DS! Check back to find new Nintendo 3DS bundles with consoles, games, and accessories here in the coming months.