Nintendo 3DS Hardware & Software FAQ [v2.0]

#1sknmakPosted 1/20/2011 7:56:16 PMmessage detail
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2nd Post
- Nintendo 3DS Price and release date.
- Nintendo 3DS software/games pricing.
- What will be included with the 3DS packaging?
- What software comes with the 3DS out of the box?
- What are the specifications [specs] for the Nintendo 3DS?
- Will the Nintendo 3DS be backwards compatible with the original DS/DSi software?


3rd Post
-What is "StreetPass" and "SpotPass"?
-What features will be included with the 3DS hardware?
-Are there any other things the 3DS features outside of gaming?


4th Post
- What colors have been announced or shown?
- What titles will be available at launch?
- What games have been announced so far?
- How long many hours will the Battery operate?
- Are there any in-depth specs on the 3DS GPU (PICA200)?
- Can I see what the Nintendo 3DS GPU is capable of?


5th Post
-What other software can the 3DS support?
-Sources and More Info
#2sknmak(Topic Creator)Posted 1/20/2011 7:58:28 PMmessage detail
Nintendo 3DS Price and release date?

Nintendo has stated that the Nintendo 3DS will be released on March 27th, 2011 in US and will release on February 26, 2011 in Japan. The retail price for the US is $249.99. ¥25,000 in Japan as far as I know.

Nintendo 3DS software/games pricing.

I haven't read anything about the software prices yet for NA. I'm sure the price will vary depending on the title. As for Japan I've read that Nintendo has priced the Nintendo 3DS titles/software ranging from 4,800 yen ($57) to 6,090 yen ($73).

What will be included with the 3DS packaging?

-Quick Start Guide
-Nintendo 3DS Operations Manual
-Parental Controls Leaflet
-Nintendo 3DS stylus
-Nintendo 3DS charging cradle
-Nintendo 3DS AC adapter
-SD Memory Card (2 GB)
-Six AR [Augmented Reality ] Cards

What software comes with the 3DS out of the box?

Nintendo has included pre-installed software that will be in every Nintendo 3DS. The software that releases with the 3DS are:

-Activity Log
-Nintendo 3DS Camera
-StreetPass Mii Plaza
-Nintendo 3DS Sound
-AR [Augmented Reality] Games
-Mii Maker
-Face Raiders

What are the specifications [specs] for the Nintendo 3DS?

- Size: 5.27 in. length, 2.91 in width, 0.82in depth
- Weight: 8.11 oz.
- Top screen is 3.53 in, widescreen and displays stereoscopic images without the need for glasses. 800×240 (400 pixels per eye) resolution.
- Bottom screen/Touch Screen is 3.02 320×240 pixels resolution.
- Camera - One above the top screen facing toward the player for 2D photo and video capture, two on the outside for 3D photo and video capture. 640×480 (0.3 megapixel) resolution each
- Wireless LAN supports WPA/WPA2 security keys and connection to wireless access points. A 2.4Ghz transmitter is included. This allows the 3DS to receive data from the internet while sleeping or automatically exchange data with other Nintendo 3DS handheld.

- Input: D-pad, A/B/X/Y/L/R/start/select buttons, analog slide pad (360 degrees of rotation), touch screen, internal microphone, camera, motion sensor, gyro sensor.
- Other inputs: 3D Volume (a slider that adjusts the 3D effect), home button, wireless switch, power button. The telescoping stylus is approximately 4 inches when fully extended.
- Connection: Game card slot, SD memory card slot, ac adapter, charging station, headphone jack.

- Sound: stereo speakers on the top screen.
- Stylus: maximum length is 10 centimeters.
- Battery – Lithium ion battery.
- Game card: Nintendo 3DS game cards, which are the same size as DS game cards. These can hold a maximum amount of 2GB of data at launch.

- GPU - DMP Pica200 IP core

Will the Nintendo 3DS be backwards compatible with the original DS/DSi software?

Yes. Thet Nintendo 3DS will be backwards compatible with the NIntendo DS and Nintendo DSi software.
#3sknmak(Topic Creator)Posted 1/20/2011 7:59:08 PMmessage detail
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#4sknmak(Topic Creator)Posted 1/20/2011 8:00:29 PMmessage detail
What is "StreetPass" and "SpotPass"?

-SpotPass allows the 3DS to detect wireless access points or hotspots. Basically this allows the 3DS to a automatically update when you are in Nintendo hotspots or a wireless LAN is detected.

-StreePass also uses wireless technology to exchange information with gamers you pass [walk pass or are near?].

These modes are always on, but doesn't drain your battery while in sleep mode. Well it uses a "little energy". These modes are only used when the system power is "ON" and the 3DS is in sleep mode [when the 3DS is closed].

What features will be included with the 3DS?

- You can see 3D images without glasses on the top screen. The 3D effect can be adjusted by a slider on the side.

- A stereographic camera that takes 3D pictures. The two external cameras automatically turn photos into 3D.

- New input interfaces: slide pad, motion sensors, and a gyro sensor.

- Communication while in sleep mode: The 3DS automatically connects to Wi-Fi spots and Nintendo Zones to download game data, demos, and videos.

- StreetPass Mode – Similar to Dragon Quest IX the Nintendo 3DS exchanges data with other 3DS users. This feature works for multiple titles.

- DS functions work within games. You can visit the home menu, notification lists, and internet browser while playing a game.

- Built-in software: Like the Nintendo DSi, the Nintendo 3DS comes preloaded with apps. You can use the Nintendo 3DS Camera, 3DS Sound, Mii Studio, Spotpass - StreetPass mode Mii Plaza, AR Games.

- Introductory videos and rankings can be downloaded from the internet.

- Software purchased on a Nintendo DSi and/or Nintendo DSi XL can be transferred to and from a Nintendo 3DS. There is a limit of how many times you can transfer software, but Nintendo has not announced a number.

- Backwards compatible with Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi software.

- Parental controls can be set for the web browser and what software can be run.

- A Mii editor/creation studio will be available for the 3DS and will avaialble to share with other 3DS users and possible "in-game" functions.

- 3DS can store data for multiple games at once, and you don’t even have to be playing the game in order for that to happen. That data can be transferred to other 3DS systems wirelessly.

- Selecting notifications from a list.

- There will be 6 augmented reality games included right out of the box.

- A light will be on the upper-right corner of the device, near the R button, and it will show you when another 3DS has passed by you, and that new data has been received.

Are there any other things the 3DS features outside of gaming?

Yes. The 3DS also supports 3D movie playback. Nintendo is working with and has reportedly have contracts with Dreamworks, Warner Bros, and Disney. Some of the companies had there 3D movies playing on the Nintendo 3DS at E3 2010. Iwata wants the 3DS to be used as a 3D movie player as well.
#5sknmak(Topic Creator)Posted 1/20/2011 8:01:36 PMmessage detail
What colors have been announced or shown?

There will be only 2 colors to choose from at launch.

Aqua Blue
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Cosmo Black
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The Nintendo 3DS has been shown in other colors as well. Those colors were blue, red, purple, and bronze . Most of those colors were sighted at E3 2010. [pictured below]

http://www.1up.com/media/03/8/2/3/lg/237.jpg
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-What titles will be available at launch?

I was reading this link and thought I'd post here:
http://www.vgrevolution.com/2011/01/nintendo-3ds-us-launch-titles-announced/

As for Japan...here is the release schedule:

Combat of Giants Dinosaur 3D - Ubisoft
Nintendogs + Cats - Nintendo
Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask- Level 5
Ridge Racer 3D - Namco
Puzzle Bobble 3D - Square Enix
Samurai Warriors Chronicle - Koei Tecmo
Street Fighter IV 3D Edition - Capcom
Winning Eleven 3DSoccer - Konami

What games have been announced so far?

Check this link for Japan titles:
http://www.gamespot.com/news/6286117.html

How long many hours will the Battery operate?

3.5 hours to 5 hours or longer depending on the functions you have running. If you are using less functions such as the Wi-Fi, 3DS and other functions then the 3DS battery should last longer than 3.5 hours. 3D drains the battery a lot [of course] so use the slider to decrease the 3D for longer gameplay hours.

Are there any in-depth specs on the 3DS GPU (PICA200)?

Yes you can view more specs about PICA200 here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PICA200

Can I see what the Nintendo 3DS GPU is capable of?

Yes. You can view footage of the Pica200 demo here:

DMP Pica200 Mikage demo (Nintendo 3DS GPU)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-NQBKVlUBc
#6sknmak(Topic Creator)Posted 1/20/2011 8:02:14 PMmessage detail
What other software can the 3DS support?

You can also play Game Boy and Game Boy Color titles on your Nintendo 3DS by using the Virtual Console. These titles can also be saved to the SD card once downloaded. It's a possibility that other content will be available, downloaded and saved to the SD card [possibly DLC?].

Sources and More Info

Nintendo CEO Wants 3DS Used as 3D Movie Device
http://www.andriasang.com/e/blog/2011/01/20/3ds_movies_and_touch_generations/

Friend codes will finally be fixed with the 3DS.
http://gonintendo.com/viewstory.php?id=147781

Nintendo 3DS Preview Event Trailer Round-Up [19 VIDEOS]
http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/video/24808

Nintendo: Turn off 3D for better 3DS battery life
http://www.connectedconsoles.com/ds/nintendo-turn-off-3d-for-better-3ds-battery-life/2900/

3DS Launch Window Games List
http://ds.ign.com/articles/114/1144845p1.html

3DS March Lineup Revealed
http://www.andriasang.com/e/blog/2011/01/13/3ds_march_lineup/

First Rabbids 3DS trailer
http://www.officialnintendomagazine.co.uk/article.php?id=22968

Kid Icarus: Uprising Gameplay FootageNintendo 3DS
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6UprXodvTI

Impressions: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/impressions/24795

Ocarina of Time 3D preview
http://www.gamepro.com/article/previews/217924/ocarina-of-time-3d-preview/

Impressions: Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D
http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/impressions/24798

Nintendo 3DS - first-party lineup schedule in Japan
http://gonintendo.com/viewstory.php?id=146806

DEAD OR ALIVE DIMENSIONS (3DS) - METROID: OTHER M COLLABORATION
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpQRuIoL4Hs
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#7mx2aPosted 1/20/2011 8:02:27 PMmessage detail
Fantastic FAQ, Sticky Requested. First :P
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#8sknmak(Topic Creator)Posted 1/20/2011 8:03:55 PMmessage detail
^ Thanks a a lot man.
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#9mx2aPosted 1/20/2011 8:08:51 PMmessage detail
Also, Gamestop has games listed at $39.99 (USA).
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#10VipsoccermasterPosted 1/20/2011 8:09:19 PMmessage detail
Very good. Well done. I have already Sticky-Requested. I await more information in the future.
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