Nintendo’s latest promotional event for the upcoming 3DS reveals plenty of last minute detail, not all of which is being greeted favourably.

The latest round of announcements coincided with a hands-on event in Chiba which saw some 500 souls braving the chill…


Most notably, Nintendo is saying the device’s batteries will only last for 3-5 hours in normal gameplay (5-8 with DS titles), and take 3.5 hours to recharge. By way of comparison, the PSP is rated at some 4-6 hours.

This, coupled with the various dire warnings about the 3D screen causing blindness and eye cancer in little children, has served to take some of the lustre off the otherwise outstanding hardware on offer.

The 3DS itself is due on the 26th of February, for ¥25,000 – other regions get it slightly later, in March and at about $300.

The (Japanese) release line-up is also attracting opprobrium – only 8 titles are on offer, retailing around the ¥5,000-¥6,000 mark:


Most of the other top titles are dated 2011 “spring” and beyond – and MGS, Biohazard, DoA and Zelda are all undated save for “2011.”



Its likely success does not really seem to be in doubt, but without so much as a Mario title the launch does appear to be rather weak…

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    Avatar of Kyon
    Comment by Kyon
    15:00 08/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    AS a "fighting gamer" I'd buy it to play SF IV and BlazBlue, maybe some JRPGs.

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    15:37 08/01/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    For all "Love+ gamers", they buy it for one sole reason...

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    Comment by Wisteria Berlitz
    01:21 09/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm one of them...
    (I'd play other games too...)

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    Comment by Majineko
    17:32 08/01/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    hmm. for blazblue, i would need a stick. i might end up breaking the system without it.

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    Comment by makkun
    16:41 08/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Megaman Legends 3 when??

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    Comment by alidan
    17:53 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    another game that would be a system seller for me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:05 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Not to forget that it's just a freaking PSP (7 years old now) with 2 screens and VERY gimmicky 3d that amounts more to "magic eye pictures" then real/current 3d...

    Stop drinking the cool aid already..

    Comment by Anonymous

    Uhhhhhhh no. The 3D effect is exactly like that in the cinema. Stop being all assertive over bullshit that you grabbed out of your ass.

    Comment by Anonymous

    In all fairness. If there were an authority on who gets to be assertive about bullshit pulled from HIS ass, it's got to be him.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:17 09/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    BlazBlue Continuum Shift? On my 3DS?

    There go my hopes for a PSP port... O_o

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    Comment by Kitsunemimi6
    15:33 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd play Street Fighter IV, BlazBlue : Continuum Shift II & whatever that first game is, looks like Samurai Warriors : Chronicles...

    Hope to see some JRPGs on there soon though...

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:23 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    On another note, cancer? Just sounds bizarre.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:57 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    the cancer is already falling from the sky, so don't mind about the 3ds

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    Comment by カンチ
    21:28 08/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    nintendo even said this at their events. It might interfere with toddlers vision development. This is relative to ALL 3d tech.

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    Comment by Aliaus
    17:15 08/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    whoa blindness and cancer? show us the sauce Artefact

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:21 09/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I believe blindness and cancer is a bit overkill, but bad for the eyes for children, probably...

    But that goes for all things 3D. Such as movies, games, girls, etc. Just to mention a few...

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    Comment by alidan
    17:51 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    places like fox news are blowing it out of proportion.

    its that children 6 and under shouldn't use it in 3d due to there eyes still developing and the higher strain 3d puts on them. it could be the difference between 20/20 and 20/40, but its not causing blindness or cancer.

    Avatar of Xerxes von Orphansmith
    23:32 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    AAAND the Optometric Association found that it does NOT harm children's vision. Quite the contrary, it HELPS vision.

    Deal with it.

    Comment by Anonymous

    As far as i know if you keep watching a 3D tv you can probably get blind and shit like that... i read it in some gamer site but i dont have the current link now

    Comment by Anonymous

    so me going to watch toy story three in 3d put me at risk of getting cancer?

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:29 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The first game is Sengoku Musou Chronicles, yeah...

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:51 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hold! The phone!
    BlazBlue Continuum Shift II!? In 3D!?
    I don't care if the system's not as good as DSi! I'm SO getting this!!

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    Comment by Majineko
    01:05 09/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Anon 20:51
    love that attitude. im tired of hearing guilty gear purist say that bb sucks. i must say, its a dam good fighting. however the story is dry as hell and some chars are blatent anime rips.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Playing a fighting game on a D-Pad? Are you some kind of masochist?

    Stick or Keyb all the way!

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:28 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    "playing a 2D fighting game on a dpad or an analog "flat-stick" on a 3d mobile console", you could even say :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:06 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fighting games on a keyboard? LOL

    That's retarded. Keyboards are only good for work. Or things that are like work, such as WoW.

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    Comment by Ballatician
    06:50 09/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    keyboard>pad any day.
    still, gimmie d@ sanwa denshi and that roach and we got ourselves a nig

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:06 09/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol no.

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    Comment by Ballatician
    10:27 09/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    you obviously never seen a key-stick.

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    Comment by alidan

    what the fuck is keyb? keyboard? something i never heard of.

    and arcade sticks are a point of preference. while i prefer them, and am more proficient a them, they are unnecessary.

    i can play games with the analouge stick (for 360) and with the dpad for the ps3 just as good as with a stick, its just the matter of getting use to it.

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    Comment by Kyon
    15:51 08/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Yeah, It means I'm a player who prefers fighting games, I just created that word, ins't that awesome?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:40 09/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Should someone with a name like that be using sarcasm?

    Avatar of alidan
    Comment by alidan
    17:52 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    if both games retain all the characters and gameplay and in blazeblues case, speed, ill buy them day fucking 1 of owning a 3ds, granted im not getting one till zelda comes out.

    Avatar of Ballatician
    Comment by Ballatician

    you're original

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    Comment by Ben
    15:28 08/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Huge disappointment for a very hyped gaming experience...

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    Comment by sumisumi
    15:12 08/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Looking forward to the new paper mario.

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    Comment by King Tiger
    15:00 08/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    "coupled with the various dire warnings about the 3D screen causing blindness and eye cancer in little children, has served to take some of the lustre off the otherwise outstanding hardware on offer."

    trying to kill off the lolis and shotas I see... >_>

    15:03 08/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Children do have a habit of sitting or looking to close to the screen.

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    Comment by Yden
    15:09 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Actually this is a problem with all 3d tech nowadays. Even going to a bunch of those 3d movies can in theory cause blindness or vision problems. It's nothing new to the 3ds other than the 3ds is accessible at home.

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    Comment by Yden
    15:53 08/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    To my knowledge it doesn't. But then again everything can cause cancer these days.

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    Comment by Lloyl
    15:13 08/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Its been a problem forever. Watch tv too close and your eyes get fucked up. All this really isn't anything new.

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    Comment by Pyrolight
    15:45 08/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    How does it cause eye cancer though?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:15 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yden, are you retarded? Your eyes see a different image each!

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:06 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Supposedly there's a button to turn off the 3D so the little kids can play without atrophying their eyes' development (because we all know kids never do what they're not supposed to and think long term!)

    Seriously, kids should stick with their DSis; parents won't be able to control their hourly usage of the 3D feature and you know how retarded parents are. I can already see a line of lawsuits to Nintendo that will go around the globe.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:50 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    @Anonymous 17:58

    Do you know if there is an off-feature? I myself think 3D is overrated. The only game I'm interested in is Ace Attourney x Professor Layton.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:48 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It can cause cancer anytime as long as it is made in china

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:15 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    the only cancer i'm worried about is the cancer of society, like iShithara. He should have been dead but, like cancer, just doesn't want to die

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    Comment by Yden
    15:21 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yea but it's a bigger issue with 3d. You're basically tricking your mind into seeing 3d images by showing a different one to each eye when they want the same image. Because of that it can really hurt vision development in small kids.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:21 10/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    3DS without the 3D = the newest DS for Nintendo to fight piracy. 3DS was hyped because the 3D is suppose to be epic but the screen is small as hell and requires the user to have nerves of steel. so what's the big deal, 3D in the movies was cool but still kinda lame. the screen you're looking at is massive and the 3D trick doesnt cause such heavy eye strain.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:58 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I guess 3DS owners will have to be both the proper age and use it moderately. Not good news.

    The solution to allow more hours of gameplay would be turning off the 3D but that's the main feature of this handheld.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:04 08/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Yden If you has 2 eyes you has a binocular disparity, so you ALWAYS see 2 different images at the same time.

    "the same image".


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    Comment by Benatron
    23:31 08/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    3D is such a fuckin' gimmick. Since when do I want my movies and games to be like theme park rides?

    When are they going to add smells and taste to media?
    I want to know how my characters smell like.

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