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Nintendo 3DS delayed until 2011

Nintendo 3DS delayed until 2011

The 3DS has been delayed until 2011, according to Nintendo.

While it had previously been hinted that the 3DS would get an October 2010 release, Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America, announced this weekend that the 3DS won't be ready until next year.

Reported first on GamesBeat, it's speculated that the delay is largely due to Nintendo wanting to make sure it can have adequate supplies of the console ready for launch.

Nintendo hasn't adjusted the only firm date it has given for the 3DS - that it will be released before March 2011.

We don't think Nintendo will be worrying too much about the delay as sales of the current DS console are reported to still be growing.

At E3 recently Nintendo revealed a list of launch titles for the 3DS, including new Mario Kart, Starfox, Paper Mario and Kid Icarus titles. Third party games include Metal Gear Solid, The Sims 3 and Resident Evil.

Are you disappointed by this delay or do you think 3D gaming is just a fad? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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Sonofalich 28th June 2010, 11:31 Quote
Nintendo sold out and this just a sign of more to come.
Krikkit 28th June 2010, 11:41 Quote
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Originally Posted by Sonofalich
Nintendo sold out and this just a sign of more to come.

Pardon?
BlackMage23 28th June 2010, 11:41 Quote
This will sell bucket loads whatever the release date is, and yes I would like to get one if I can afford it.
Spuzzell 28th June 2010, 11:44 Quote
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Originally Posted by Sonofalich
Nintendo sold out and this just a sign of more to come.

What?

A video game console selling company are preparing to sell video game consoles. I'm not sure that's selling out.

I want a 3DS the moment they appear, it sounds brilliant.

I bet they'd have enough made to launch in October if they'd gone with Tegra2 for the hardware, but you can't really blame Nintendo for wanting to keep business in their own country.
Threefiguremini 28th June 2010, 11:48 Quote
How can a giant multi-national corporation 'sell out'?
general22 28th June 2010, 12:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by Sonofalich
Nintendo sold out and this just a sign of more to come.

Bit late there, they sold out when they released the Wii. I am not sold on the 3D effects but the games sound great!
NuTech 28th June 2010, 13:45 Quote
Lots of mixed reports regarding the 3DS release date. Reggie Fils-Aime appeared on the US talk show 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon' and said it would be released this year.

Nintendo Japan sources are now saying he was 'mistaken' and they might make a 2010 release date.

I think you nailed it in the article, Nintendo wants to have a lot of these things ready at launch and they're probably still trying to estimate achievable numbers once mass production starts.

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Originally Posted by Threefiguremini
How can a giant multi-national corporation 'sell out'?
This^^

Get a grip children.
Sonofalich 28th June 2010, 13:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by general22
Bit late there, they sold out when they released the Wii. I am not sold on the 3D effects but the games sound great!

General, sold is past tense.

I would be calling them sell outs If I thought it just occurred.
Fod 28th June 2010, 13:50 Quote
I'm pretty sure 'this year' meant 'this financial year', which ends March 2011. So, yeah. Everybody's right.
Gizmo1990 28th June 2010, 14:59 Quote
Erm perhaps you should change this article.. Nintendo have already long come out and said the report was a mistake.
Kilmoor 28th June 2010, 15:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by general22
Bit late there, they sold out when they released the Wii.

on the contrary, they siezed a niche when they released the Wii.
crazyceo 28th June 2010, 15:22 Quote
I'm not sure where I read it originally but I never saw it as a release for Christmas this year. It was always 2011.

As to the Nintendo Sold Out comment. I think you will have to explain that comment and especially the Wii follow up because Nintendo have always put the playing experience ahead of any gaming power.

Even with the SNES they stayed with quality rather than the over blown gimmicks of the Megadrive. (MegaCD anyone!)

Then the N64 with the joypad added which again was for playing experience, you only have to listen to this site about the pleasurable experiences playing Golden Eye for instance.

The GameCube I personally feel was were Nintendo stood back and let Sony, Sega (at that time) and an emerging Microsoft battle it out for power. Their only mistake then was not releasing the version that allowed DVD playback which was built but only sold in Japan.

Then the Wii just hit it right home they are building their foundation on Playability rather than power. Playing games like MarioKart and WiiSports is a great experience but throw in House of the Death, pull the shotgun out and it's better than any shooter available on the 360 or the PS3.

I can say that since I have all.
NuTech 28th June 2010, 15:28 Quote
But, I bought a MegaCD :'(

'Night Trap' and 'Kriss Kross - Make My Video' were quality products! :)
erratum1 28th June 2010, 16:03 Quote
Just tried the Nvidia discovery thing, its rubbish !!

I'm sure the proper glasses must be a million times better. I'm just not sold on this 3d thing, I think it could be a fad that will pass in time when the novelty wears off.
Nexxo 28th June 2010, 16:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by erratum1
I'm just not sold on this 3d thing, I think it could be a fad that will pass in time when the novelty wears off.

I'm sure that they said the same thing about colour TV once. :p

Nope, 3D is here to stay. The only stumbling block left is the need for glasses. If they can get around that, within 10 years 3D is a standard feature.
roblikesbeer 28th June 2010, 17:33 Quote
I do want to get one of these. Not because of the 3D (although that does sound rather nifty) but more for the awesome line-up of games - Mario Kart! Starfox! Pilotwings!

Dear Nintendo, if you made new Wii versions of Pilotwings and Starfox I might use the console for something other than just accessing iPlayer and the very occasional game of Guitar Hero.
Altron 28th June 2010, 21:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by Nexxo
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Originally Posted by erratum1
I'm just not sold on this 3d thing, I think it could be a fad that will pass in time when the novelty wears off.

I'm sure that they said the same thing about colour TV once. :p

Nope, 3D is here to stay. The only stumbling block left is the need for glasses. If they can get around that, within 10 years 3D is a standard feature.

That's a LOT easier said than done however. 3D works by presenting different images to each eye. The old rudimentary stuff was red and blue, where the video was two nearlyoverlaid videos, one in red and one in blue, and each eye only saw one of the two videos, thus 3D. AFAIK, the current stuff (I haven't used any recent consumer grade 3D technology, just this gigantic 3D screen at work, but I assume it's the same) seems to be working around polarization. You have two videos, polarized perpendicular to each other, and then polarizers in the glasses in the same orientation so you only see one image with each eye, and it is in color.

To do it without the glasses would be very difficult, due to the nature of our eyes. We have evolved to have the same vision capabilities in both eyes, and to have a significant overlap in the field of view. Our 3D view of real life comes from the fact that when we are looking at something, each eye is at a slightly different angle to the object, so they have slightly different images, and our brian processes it as 3D.

But, because our eyes have overlapping fields of view, anything in front of us can be seen with both eyes. Since the idea between 3D is to get something to appear different to each eye, you need to find a way to get the image to one eye but not to the other eye. It could be possible with advances in LCD technology to focus and calibrate the screen in such a way that rather than emitting across a wide viewing angle, one image was directed just to one eye, and the other image to the other eye, but that would only be effective for one person, and he wouldn't be able to move his head without losing the 3D. Unfourtunately, by far the easiest way is to project both images to both eyes, and then use a different filter on each eye to remove the 'wrong' image for that eye.
DBA 28th June 2010, 22:18 Quote
I don't really care about 3D, but damn do I want a 3DS anyway. Better graphics, an analog pad plus an f'ing epic game lineup!
macpac7 28th June 2010, 23:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by Kilmoor
on the contrary, they siezed a niche when they released the Wii.

this
ssj12 29th June 2010, 07:41 Quote
when was this delayed? At E3 they announced the release date as Q1 2011....
wafflesomd 29th June 2010, 09:09 Quote
I just want Starfox 64 portable. Would I buy a 3ds for that? You bet I would.

And Snake Eater as well? I'm sold.
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