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After 16 Years, Nintendo Returns to CES

Posted by Jon Wahlgren

Might it bring 3DS release info?

The annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is the place to be if you're looking to see the bleeding edge of gadgets and gizmos. From what would become Kinect to a plethora of hyper-thin televisions, if you've got it you flaunt it.

With the upcoming 3DS handheld, Nintendo's got it, and for the first time in 16 years, Nintendo will be in attendance as an exhibitor. To flaunt it, presumably.

CES 2011 will be held Jan. 6-9 in Las Vegas. If you ask us, that would seem like a really good time and place to announce North American, if not worldwide, release information for the 3DS. That's pure speculation on our part, of course, but considering the handheld is supposed to hit in March and no firm date or price already set, Nintendo is running out of months to wheel those details out.

The last time the company attended was in 1994 when showing off Silicon Graphics hardware to be used in their upcoming "Project Reality," better known now as the Nintendo 64. Check out a (very) brief tech demo from that show, and right below you'll find the full press release. Right below that is our comments section where we'd like to hear what you think they're bringing to Vegas.

2011 CES Gaming Showcase Features Latest in Gaming Technologies
Nintendo Returns to CES; Other Gaming Exhibitors Include AMD, HP, Intel, Lenovo, LevelUp, Logitech, Microsoft, Nokia, Sony and More

ARLINGTON, Va., Nov 22, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The 2011 International CES(R), the world's largest consumer technology tradeshow, will feature the hottest innovations in gaming hardware and software. More than 35 exhibitors will display the latest gaming technology advancements in the 2011 CES Gaming Showcase. The International CES will return to Las Vegas from January 6-9, 2011.

Exhibitors will present their products across 9,800 square feet within the Gaming Showcase. Located in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Gaming Showcase will feature advancements in online gaming and gaming-related product debuts in both hardware and software -- from online PC and HD gaming, plasma HDTV to surround sound and power conditioning hardware. Nintendo returns as an exhibitor to CES for the first time in 16 years.

"With the gaming market expected to generate $20.3 million in 2010, the International CES is the must-stop hub for innovative gaming products, and will allow CES attendees to experience the future of gaming from an amazing range of innovative companies," said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, events and conferences, CEA. "The Gaming Showcase at CES will feature the hottest gaming trends for the coming year.

Major gaming exhibitors include: AMD, HP, Intel, Lenovo, LevelUp, Logitech, Microsoft, Nintendo, Nokia, Sony and more. Publishers and developers will also be in attendance, including: Alcazar Entertainment, Cosmi, DC Comics/Warner and DreamWorks Animation. Furthermore, key retailers like Amazon.com, Best Buy and GameStop will also attend the 2011 CES.

[via marketwatch.com]

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User Comments (27)

TKOWL

#3

TKOWL said:

Hopefully they announced proper American pricing for the 3DS.

UltraRobPrime

#6

UltraRobPrime said:

Cool for thr people that can go!
I won't be getting a 3DS at launch, as I NEVER get a game at launch. I always wait a year.

hylianhalcyon

#10

hylianhalcyon said:

What would be interesting is if they announced release information on 3DS, and then also revealed their next console.

King_Boo

#11

King_Boo said:

also like to see release day titles and pricing of said titles.
or would CES be a better place to show the vitality sensor?

Wolvesgod

#12

Wolvesgod said:

Do you know if InPhase will be attending too?

Because remember that holographics chip Rumor, that Nintendo and InPhase are working on?
http://blog.tmcnet.com/blog/tom-keating/video-hardware-software/nintendo-goes-holographic-wow-wii.asp

there's a video and everything about it, too

http://technorati.com/videos/youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DGMoxb79FxQk

Nevermind, Inphase was shut down, in February. :( so don't know, what will happen with Nintendo's joint patent, with them.

Peznaze

#15

Peznaze said:

Makes sense... Timing's right and Nintendo knows they need to put 3DS units in peoples' hands in order to really generate buzz. At the least I suspect they'll have 3DS units there, at most I'd hope they announce the pricing and launch date.

Guess we've got another six weeks to wait...

LuWiiGi

#17

LuWiiGi said:

We need fresh new info, fresh new (and playable) demos, and lots of advertising, because I think people are starting to forget about the 3DS.

LittleIrves

#19

LittleIrves said:

@Cowlauncher, you took the words out of my fingers.
And it's pretty cool that this isn't a Nintendo press release or anything, and yet the CES people deem it big enough news to mention Nintendo specifically. I agree, the 16-year gap is fairly substantial and the news is warranted, given their presence in the market, but still.
Thanks for including that small video. I remember seeing stills from that demo reel way back when, but I don't think I'd ever seen it in motion before. Ah, the promise of Project Reality. If only they'd kept the name Ultra 64...

MrDziekuje

#22

MrDziekuje said:

If they're attending CES then the 3DS is most certainly going to be the focus of what they show. Good news! I'm hoping we get to see some games as well though, not just Reggie spewing a bunch of sales charts and bar graphs.

Peznaze

#26

Peznaze said:

Interesting mistake... So either it's a straight-up "Here's the 3DS, here's when it'll lauch, here's what it'll cost!" show off the main floor, which is highly unlikely; they could do that with a press release... More likely they're wooing developers or online content providers or some other back-room dealings... since all they're doing is renting a back-room. heh

MeloMan

#27

MeloMan said:

@14. Zaphod Beeblebrox

Lol, glad I didn't have the sound on, I think I may have hurled, lol. :)

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