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Nintendo 3DS to be released March 31 for $349.95

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The Nintendo 3DS will be released in Australia on March 31 and will be priced at $349.95.

The device, which allows 3D game play without the need for glasses, was officially launched at a packed party in Sydney last night.

The portable gaming system will be available in two colours – Cosmos Black and Aqua Blue.

  



Tech Guide had a chance to play with the 3DS and was impressed by the quality of the 3D screen.

The effect is immersive and draws players inside the game rather poking things out at you.

There’s a depth slider on the right of the screen which noticeably changes the 3D effect and even allows it to be switched off completely for just 2D.

The Nintendo 3DS launch date and pricing is announced last night

Only the screen at the top half of the device is 3D while the display at the bottom is a touch screen.

In addition to the traditional controls and direction controls on the 3DS there is now also a Circle Pad that provides 360 directional navigation for added precision and responsiveness.

The Aqua Blue 3DS and the two external cameras for 3D photographyWhat’s also onboard the 3DS is a motion sensor and a gyro sensor so it can react when the device is moved and tilted.

There are three cameras on the 3DS – one on the inside and two on the outside that can be used to take 3D photographs which can be viewed on the internal 3D screen.

The Nintendo 3DS also comes with six AR (augmented reality) cards which, when the two front cameras are aimed at them, superimpose images and animations in to the scene.

These AR cards can also be used by developers to create new experiences for players.

As well as the latest games developed especially for the 3DS it is also possible to play other DS games in 2D as well.

At launch there will be a host of compatible games developed by Nintendo including Nintendogs + Cats, Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time 3D, Mario Kart, Animal Crossing and Paper Mario.

There will also be a long list of third party titles including Lego Star Wars III The Clone Wars. Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition, Resident Evil Mercenaries 3D Edition, Ridge Racer 3D, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell 3D