Today on January 19th, at 9am EST / 2pm GMT / 3pm CET, Nintendo is hosting two conferences: one in New York, one in Amsterdam, at which the company will announce the release plans for its Nintendo 3DS console.
Nintendo Life's Jonathan Wahlgren (@jonwahlgren) is our man in New York and James Newton (@DaddyNewts) will be attending the Amsterdam conference, and they'll be bringing you updates throughout the day letting you know all the 3DS details you need, including:
- When the console will launch in North America and Europe;
- How much you can expect to pay;
- The games available at launch;
- The exact contents of the box;
- and much much more.
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EU: Welcome to all my new followers who joined me after my triumphant live blog. Why not send me a message and introduce yourself?
Right, it's time for our battle-scarred reporters to get some shut-eye. We hope you enjoyed our live text and stick around for impressions in the coming few days!
EU: Goodie bag get! http://twitpic.com/3rivvb
EU: It's called Virtual Handheld, no mention of what's available or when, third party support etc. Very quiet on that front!
EU: Image on top screen isn't stretched but fills the screen vertically. Has a slightly fuzzy filter so it's not pin-sharp.
EU: Played Link's Awakening and Mario Land on Virtual Handheld: bottom screen is control description, top is game play
EU: Rumours of Jedward proved way off the mark - it's Basement Jaxx!
US: Think I've played just about everything here today. My eyes could use a break!
NL STAFF: You guys are kicking ass!
EU: DoA's multiplayer is multi card only, unlike SSFIV3D
EU: Samus then appears and drops a Power Bomb. Samus on 3DS - it's real!
EU: DoA also using StreetPass for local matches. Here comes footage of the Metroid stage, complete with Ridley!
EU: New 'Chronicle' mode is a story mode that spans the whole DoA saga, complete with evil bosses, cruise ships and ninjas
EU: Dead or Alive more over the top than ever. Tried the rumoured gyroscope boob-jiggling earlier and it didn't work. Drat!
EU: Amazon doing the machine at £220 apparently - seems our instincts were spot on, gang!
EU: In the Tecmo Koei event now. Dead or Alive trailer has it all - helicopter machineguns, fireballs, exploding bridges and ninjas!
EU: Looks like Mercenaries will feature Claire for the first time with a machinegun, which the translator couldn't understand
US: Super tiny cupcakes http://yfrog.com/h5zuyhtuj
EU: I haven't had chance to try the Resident Evil game yet, but will give it a go later on the special bus they've created!
EU: Talking about Resident Evil Mercenaries now with Mr Kawata. He's asking if we're hungry - bless. What a nice chap!
US: 3D slider is really just a focal adjuster and not "more" or "less" 3D. Sorta like fitting binoculars to your eyes.
EU: Want Nintendo vs Capcom? Ask Mr Sakurai, apparently!
EU: In download play you can only choose as Ryu in one of four stages.
EU: Lots of pronoun confusion as we discuss the Download Play mode.
EU: The figurine battle mode sounds interesting - trading and battling statues is possible, like trading cards but automatic
EU: Last week they did a global test and it works very well, apparently. We tried local muktiplayer earlier and it worked fine too
EU: Online play is easy with matchmaking included across the world
EU: The DLC costumes are included for free! Mock applause
EU: Mr Ono is talking about SSFIV - this is not a conversion of the Japanese arcade version so don't ask him!
US: Dead or Alive Dimensions will have a special Metroid: Other M stage. Sounds awesome!
EU: Paper Mario even more amazing than ever. So crisp and clear with really smart design. Definitely one to watch!
EU: Animal Crossing looks amazing in motion, the new shrubs look great and it's very refreshing to see a slow 3DS game
US: Just froze a unit when switching to game notes through home button while watching a movie. Whoops!
CORBS: Great to hear Kid Icarus was solid.
US: Halfway through the games on offer and so far impressed. Icarus in particular was lots of fun, like S&P with ground movement.
EU: Played some Kid Icarus - best game so far. Shooting far better than the om-foot sections though
EU: Played an AR game. Tough to move and stay in the 3d sweet spot
EU: SSFIV3D has touchscreen shortcuts but if you play online you can filter players who use these so you don't play against them
EU: Dudley vs Dictator in local play. Game on!
EU: Playing Street Fighter now. Not as smooth as DOA but stills looks great
EU: And a System Transfer option seen too, presumably to let you move data from one system to another. All locked out until update tho
EU: Separate options to configure Nintendo DS games too, possible WEP and WPA support issue sorted?
EU: Ocarina looks great. Had a sneaky look at system menus. Looks like DSiWare transfer is done through the system itself
US: 3D effect on pilotwings significantly pronounced
US: Mii creator mistook my look downward for a double chin http://yfrog.com/h41lrvtj
US: Capcoms Seth Killian dipping into a little SSFIV http://yfrog.com/gz941xzj
US: Capcoms Seth Killian dipping into a little SSFIV
EU: Played Pro Evo. The player tracking view can be distracting as it jets about, and the crowd is super flat
EU: HMV selling them for 250 apparently
EU: Played Dead or Alive. 3D on - 30fps, 3D off 60fps. Nice touch with the move list on the bottom showing possible combos
US: RE Mercs is cool, but I dunno about as an independent package.
EU: So that's it - March 25th, no price details, but we're off to play 3DS now. See you guys later!
EU: Promising a sampling tour across Europe in February
EU: 25 games between March 25th and early June
EU: Retail price decided by retailer which means they are not announcing a price today
EU: 3DS launches on March 25th
EU: 3DS will reach Europe on...
EU: No new titles there though
EU: The Sims 3, Ridge Racer, Metal Gear Solid 3, Animal Crossing, Pilotwings Resort, Mario Kart, Kid Icarus: Uprising
EU: Driver Renegade, Lego Star Wars III which is top-down), Paper Mario, StarFox 64,Ocarina, RE: Mercenaries, Splinter Cell, Asphalt
EU: Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs, Dead or Alive: dimensions, Rabbids 3D, Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars, Samurai Warriors: Chronicles
EU: Software line-up - Nintendogs, PES 2011, Steel Diver. SsFIV3D, Super Monkey Ball, Resident Evil; Reveltations
EU: Internet Browser and eShop NOT at launch - will be available later via an upgrade
EU: Face Raiders is a pre-installed 3DS game where you shoot people in the face. AR cards on display later too
EU: The Augmented Reality stuff could be very cool and is a great, cheap way to bundle games with the system. Smart move, Nintendo
EU: They're stalling for time! pre-installed software: activity log first. I want to live in Nintendo's plastic world.
EU: Ocarina of Time! Oh, that was short. Kid Icarus: Uprising on display later today by the sounds of it
EU: Steel Diver on screen now. New gameplay level today, looking through a periscope using the gyroscope.
EU: Nintendogs + Cats in three varieties - Toy Poodle, French Bulldog, Golden Retriever. Cutest things EVER.
EU: PilotWings Resort up first - we played this in July and it was great fun.
EU: Laurent Fischer back on stage to talk about Nintendo first-party titles at last!
EU: poor shot of Mr Hayashi's shoes! http://twitpic.com/3rgfq7
EU: Internet play, Local wireless, StreetPass and Co-op play too
EU: A full move list on the touchsreen so you can combo, throw, hold or guard with just the stylus
EU: Explosions and fireballs and a bizarre clip of Zack dancing!
EU: New Dead or Alive trailer. Looks really impressive and totally in keeping with the series' history
EU: Japanese developers have great fashion sense. This guy's shoes are ace!
EU: Team Ninja up next to talk about Dead or Alive
EU: Apart from the 3D it doesn't seem to be doing much differently to past PES games.
EU: player view is behind the player you're controlling. No mention of the first person view yet
EU: New camera system for PES, behind the player to maximise the 3Dness. My words, not theirs. Not the most interesting presentation!
EU: Looks like touchscreen controls are in judging from the arrows at players' feet. Streets ahead of DS football games!
EU: Looks decent on the big screen, hard to tell in 2D and so blown up though. Animation is solid
EU: Pro Evo trailer now. Looks Messi! Ho ho
EU: Let's hope the European launch date and price are in line with America's!
EU: Two staff from konami talking about their titles now. Only one translator between them though.
US: And Reggie is done! I'll be hitting the floor to play some games, stay tuned for quick impressions and such!
EU: Oh good, the Imagine and Petz ranges coming to 3DS too. YAY!
EU: Splinter Cell, Combat of Giants: Dinosaur, Asphalt 3D, Ghost Recon, Hollywood Crimes and Driver Renegade
EU: 8 games in the machine's launch period from Ubisoft- Rayman and Rabbids 3D among them
US: That's March 27 for $249.99
EU: Yves' English is probably better than Jonathan Ross's
EU: Big build up for CEO of Ubisoft, Yves Guillemot
US: Store front http://t.co/6x0Y1Jm
US: 400K mobile units will show off the handheld through launch and the summer
US: Store front looks much slicker than DSiWare store, sort by categories, mascots, virtual console
EU: Mr Shibata would choose Ryu or Ken in SSFIV3D> boring choice!
US: Nintendo eShop will make Game Boy/Color, new downloadable games available
US: SpotPass =/= StreetPass. Spot accesses Internet even during sleep mode, sounds like Wii Connect 24
US: One Friend code/system, register once, not software-dependent. Instant registration via local wireless, no swapping together
US: Some apps only work properly after "simple system online" connection
US: Enhanced Internet browser, 3D video player, same Sound software included in DSi all preloaded
EU: Channel Live is a spectator mode for local play - watch others' matches!
US: AR Games, put cards anywhere, use outer cameras to play, includes whatever else camera sees
EU: I'm actually sat behind Jonathan Ross's agent. Bet she's smiling!
US: Face Raiders pre-installed game, take your picture and insert into shooting gallery of sorts, playable later
US: Miis swapped automatically via StreetPass
US: Mii Maker lets you take own photo and automatically get preliminary Mii character
US: Pedometer earns play coins spendable in certain games to acquire bonus content
US: Activity log application built-in tracks games played, how long, and pedometer-type feature
EU: Uh oh, getting a low battery warning. If we go dark, we'll try to resume via text. Keep reading!
US: More than 30 3DS games in that time frame
EU: The more you fight, the more figurines you'll get to battle in streetpass mode
US: Talking about launch window, from launch to E3 in june
US: Also playable Combat of Giants, Ridge Racer 3D, Lego Star Wars 3: Clone Wars
EU: Even though a translator, Ono is an entertaining speaker. Can't wait to get time with him at the roundtable later!
EU: That's @yoshinori_onochin of course
EU: A nice bit of Virtual Boy banter. Our rumour was nearly true!
US: PES 2011 3D now, play from midfielder's viewpoint on ground level. Interesting. Same with Madden apparently. Running in 3D.
EU: He's speaking through a translator - this might take a while. We've all just done a massive hadouken!
EU: It's @yoshinoro_onochin!
EU: Capcom next up on stage to talk about Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition!
US: Dead or Alive will today explain why it's a great choice for 3D. As if it wasn't obvious already?
EU: Meet someone locally, they're added to your WiFi list - you can join players more easily than before
EU: Only one Friend Code per system - not one per game!
EU: StreetPass is totally optional - nothing happens unless you want to
EU: Automatically sends Mii character across with a profile just by passing another 3DS owner in the street.
US: Now on to third party stuff
US: Gyroscope used for targeting in Steel Diver, spin your body around
EU: Moving onto Here's another video about the local connections possible with StreetPass
US: @daddynewts It's just Reggie rattling off some stuff about games, hasn't actually shown anything yet besides logos.
EU: @jonwahlgren Jealous of you - we haven't even seen any games yet!
US: Animals will remember your face, apparently, and will respond accordingly. May get scared and bark at strangers.
US: More differences in body size, shape, length etc for nintendogs vs DS game
EU: Clips of Shaun the Sheep. Sorry guys, I just can't get excited about this - where's Wallace and Gromit? Music is ace, though.
EU: Seems more like an Aardman advert than anything about Nintendo, to be honest. Shaun the Sheep shorts for 3DS - yay.
US: Launch support "absolutely robust"
EU: Series of one minute shorts coming via SpotPass by the end of 2011
US: Game talk now
EU: Aardman helping Nintendo with new content in 3D. Announcing new Shaun the Sheep content exclusive to 3DS
EU: David Sproxton on stage! http://twitpic.com/3rg3a7
US: Dig at "fashionable" 3D glasses, heh
US: StreetPass: Orange = friend online, green = new data
US: Home button pauses action to allow switching between tasks w/o losing anything
EU: Imagine watching Wallace and Gromit in 3D!
EU: David Sproxton of Aardman Animation. Remember they've done stuff with Flipnote so this isn't unprecedented
US: Has both accelerometer and gyroscope
EU: Lots of talks of discussions and ongoing negotiations - just Eurosport to name.
US: Coming with 2GB SD card
US: DSiWare that is
EU: SpotPass, even! Also in discussion with BSkyB to provide "shortform Sky 3D content". More in the coming months.
US: DSi game compatibility.
EU: Eurosport bringing 3D sport to Nintendo 3DS via Spo[ass
US: Aqua Blue and Cosmo Black launch colors in NA
EU: Potential WiFi partners with BT Fon, T Mobile, Meteor and more. Still in talks - sounds like nothing concrete to announce yet
US: Quick tour of the system. Video explaining what's new and neat.
EU: Talking about SpotPass - "will revolutionise the way you receive content on the move". The green light indicates new content
US: Social aspects, "will drive connected experiences like no other nintendo device before."
US: 3D photography and display of pictures. Personally I'm very excited about this aspect of it all.
US: The system offers "more than enough" for people who've never played anything. 3D video playback
EU: "No other system contains so many tools for developers to create fun experiences for gamers"
US: Talking adjustable 3D making it mass-market ready
US: Different kind of 3D, no glasses, nothing between you and "gaming passion"
EU: Will play "almost" all your favourite DS and DSi games - reference to Guitar Hero etc. presumably
US: Reggie: "The opening of a vast new world in 3D entertainment" http://t.co/wBoI5yp
EU: INTERACTION! Top screen is 10% larger than DSi screen but is widescreen
US: Stage 2: Arrival of original DS system, incorporated touch and voice
US: Talking about history of 3D graphics, beginning with Mario 64...?
EU: The slide pad is now the Circle Pad apparently, looks the same, just... greyer.
EU: There's those two colours - Cosmos Black and Aqua Blue
EU: "More to 3DS than just 3D gaming" - video of new features
US: Had a few reaction shots from E3 attendees, but no @CorbieD yet.
US: Reggie's out
EU: He's talking about past 3D experiments and how the improved technology has made it possible
EU: Here comes Laurent Fischer. He looks like George Clooney!
US: Showing clip reel of news shows during E3 announcement.
US: IT BEGINS
US: Lights dimming. Room full of nerds. NINTENDO.
EU: Ross comes outin massive 3d glasses
EU: Lights are off - here we go!
US: Sitting right behind the Pach Attack.
US: Buttons felt nice and clicky, analog slider quite responsive.
US: Beginning in a few moments!
US: Start, Select and Home buttons looked depressed under the bottom screen, almost like a touch pad.
EU: We may lose Internet connection if they turn off the WiFi, but I have a back-up plan!
US: And by frotlines, I mean frontlines. Shut up.
US: View from the frotlines http://t.co/eyfRA3j
EU: Live video stream is about to kick off. Get ready for Jonathan Ross attempting to say welcome in several languages!
Bring it on!
US: They're telling us to take our seats. Way ahead of you, Nintendo.
EU: Ooh, a fire drill - very exciting. We're being asked to turn our mobiles off or onto silent. Fat chance with 200 journos!
EU: Here we go!
EU: Dawn Paine and the other Nintendo UK staff are taking their places in front of me. Should be ready to start soon!
US: @DaddyNewts Welcome to the Z-list!
EU: @jonwahlgren I just had a video camera shoved in my face too. We're gonna be famous!
US: I've been filmed twice fiddling with the units. Shoulda brought a bandana.
US: @DaddyNewts Tell me about it. One said it was a PSP2.
NL Staff: @nintendolife reporters, keep the pictures coming!
EU: @jonwahlgen Demo people are so full of rubbish.
US: @DaddyNewts Yeah I expect them to be the same. Will find out in 12 minutes I guess.
US: @DaddyNewts Demo people are very tight-lipped before the show. Told me they don't know release date. I don't believe them.
EU: @jonwahlgren I'd be surprised if they were different. Surprised EU is getting the 2GB SD card though TBH.
US: @DaddyNewts Not sure, display boxes aren't out yet. I think they're behind the ominous curtain of joy.
EU: @jonwahlgren Be sure to test it under earthquake conditions. Are the NA box contents the same as in Europe?
US: Definitely something you need to stare directly at. I'll have to try shaking the unit later, I'm too boxed in at the moment.
EU: The room is really filling up now. We are T minus 15 minutes from kick off. Are you excited?
US: Viewing angle leaved a little to be desired. Vertical changes worked fine, but quickly lost it in minor horizontal changes.
US: 3D effect wasn't as painful on my eyes cranked up all the way as I thought, but it's definitely really really cool.
EU: @jonwahlgren Smart move! I didn't pack any gaming hardware with me, but hoping to leave with some! haha
US: @DaddyNewts I've got DQIX in my bag next to my polar bear pyjama pants. What? I had to pack light.
EU: Nice chap sat next to me enjoying some Ghost Trick. There is always time for gaming, it seems!
US: Demo lady promised information on 3DSWare, the handheld's OS and a slew of other stuff too later.
US: Units have little 3D spinny image things of Mario Galaxy, Pikmin, Twilight Princess Link, Samus and NSMB. I spun like mad.
US: @daddynewts Florence can do no wrong! Heard some here too, wonder if the soundtracks are in sync too.
EU: A nice bit of Florence and the Machine to kick things off. Still think the original Candi Staton version is better, though!
US: Tried to suss some launch info from the nice demo lady before Reggie comes out but was smoothly defected. Drat!
EU: The view from row 2! http://twitpic.com/3rfqvk
EU: I'm sat in the second row so keep your eyes peeled for me on the live stream!
EU: Picture of the machine in all its glory! http://twitpic.com/3rfnsp
EU: Make that Cosmos Black, sorry! No game card with the machine so all games sold separately
US: @Super_MarioJr They're cushioned, so it's all good.
EU: I am now live via Twitter in the 3DS event! Should have live updates as they happen, so stay tuned!
US: Oh hey, WiFi. Hooray!
NL Staff: RT @jonwahlgren: Demo units on the floor, Phoenix over the air, and a stage awaiting excitement. Off to a good start http ...
US: Demo units on the floor, Phoenix over the air, and a stage awaiting excitement. Off to a good start http://yfrog.com/gzfwiclj
US: On display: pilotwings, steel diver, SSFIV, nintencats, OoT, Icarus, RE Mercs, madden, asphalt, DoA
EU: Comes with 2GB SD card, 6 AR cards, charging cradle, AC adaptor and stylus.
EU: Launch colours Cosmo Black and Aqua Blue!
EU: Just arrived at the Expo. Nearly ready to bring you the info!