Video game company Nintendo announced launch plans and pricing for its forthcoming 3D handheld gaming unit, the 3DS. "The 3DS will hit retail in Japan on February 26, 2011, just before the end of Japan's fiscal year. It will cost ¥25,000 (approximately $300 USD) and will be launched in North America, Europe, and Australia in March.
At a press conference in Chiba, Japan today, Nintendo president and CEO Satoru Iwata said further details will be announced by Nintendo's regional subsidiaries as the date approaches."
However, because the console includes 3D cameras, gyroscopes, support for 3D movie content, support for Mii avatars, and the ability for handhelds to interact with each other when asleep, it has a great deal of potential for new and interesting applications outside of traditional gaming. These capabilities may be what Nintendo needs to retain its grip on the handheld video game business as mobile phones become more sophisticated gaming devices.