At the E3 Expo in LA, Nintendo its new portable gaming system, the 3DS, that lets people view games in 3D, without the need for special glasses. Nintendo also announced a list of games in development for the Nintendo 3DS.
At the unveiling, Nintendo video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto said that “the dimension of depth in 3D makes it easier for players to judge distances while giving developers a new tool to create games and experiences that play with both height and depth.”
The Nintendo 3DS has three cameras - one inner and two outer - to deliver the 3D effect and take 3D pictures. It also includes a motion sensor, a gyro sensor and a Slide Pad that allows 360-degree analog input. The games in the development pipeline for the Nintendo 3DS include:
- Mario Kart
- Paper Mario
- Nintendogs+ Cats
- Steel Diver
- Kid Icarus: Uprising
- PilotWings Resort
- Animal Crossing
- StarFox 64 3D
- DJ Hero 3D
- Resident Evil: Revelations
- The Sims 3
- Super Street Fighter IV 3D
3D may be just the ticket to boost lagging gaming sales, though it doesn’t look like it will help Nintendo this upcoming holiday season. The company did not say when sales of the Nintendo 3DS would begin, but it has been rumored that the device would go on sale by March 2011. Price TBD.
USAopoly, game maker noted for their spinoff versions of Monopoly, has released a Super Mario Chess Set just in time for the holiday season. Could be a nice alternative to a video game for the gamer in your life as well as a neat way to introduce them to chess! The pieces are the classic Nintendo Good Guys vs. Bad Guys, with Mario and Luigi as the King and Queen for the Good Guys and Bowser and Bowser Jr. for the Bad Guys. Gold coins and Koopa shells are the pawns.
Walmart has just announced that beginning this Saturday, December 5th at 8 AM, they will be giving customers a $50 gift card with every Nintendo Wii purchase, bringing the net price of the console down to just $149.99 — and that is by far the absolute best deal on for the Wii we’ve seen so far this holiday season.
The promotional offer lasts until December 12, or while supplies last. Our guess is that the “while supplies last” part will end the promotion well before the 12th. We’d recommend getting their bright and early Saturday if you wanted to take advantage of the offer. No word yet on whether they will make this offer available online as well.
Amazon now has the Metallic Blue Nintendo DSi Mario Bundle available for pre-order for $154.91 and is eligible for free Super Saver shipping. You can also pre-order the White Brain Age bundle for the same price (same link, just change color selection) . The ship date is November 27th and this purchase qualifies for Amazon’s pre-order price guarantee, so if there is a price decrease prior to the release date, you’ll automatically get the lower price.
The Mario DSi Bundle comes with 5 pre-installed titles, they are:
- Mario Calculator
- Mario Clock
- WarioWare: Snapped!
- Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again!
- Dr. Mario Express
The Brian Age Bundle also comes with pre-installed titles:
- Brain Age Express: Arts & Letters
- Brain Age Express: Sudoku
- Brain Age Express: Math
- Clubhouse Games Express: Card Classics
- Photo Clock
This is one of the best DSi deals out there this holiday season and you don’t even have to leave the house!
Our friends at Black Friday Ads just announced that Dell has the Nintendo Wii for $179.99 with free shipping, $20 below retail for the Wii. Retailers are not allowed to advertise the Wii for under MSRP, so you need to add the Wii to your shopping cart to see the discounted price. This deal probably won’t be around long, so act quickly if a Wii is on your holiday shopping list.
ANY discount off the already reduced Wii will be a good deal this holiday season and the Dell deal is particularly attractive if you only want the console. The prediction is that you may find some deals on Wii bundles, but the gaming console alone won’t be discounted at major retailers.