3DS Launches In Japan With Strong Queues, Plus a First Look at AR Titles

By Calum Peak 26.02.2011 18

3DS Launches In Japan With Strong Queues, Plus a First Look at AR Titles on Nintendo gaming news, videos and discussion

Today, the Japanese market was treated to the much anticipated 3DS launch. Original pre-orders of the console sold out back on January 20th, with limited pre-orders since that date. Last night, Japanese gamers queued up by the hundreds to snag the 3D marvel, with around 750 people waiting in line overnight in Tokyo’s Akihabara district to grab one of the 3DS', which are apparently in very limited supply. Nintendo are going to have to keep the stock flowing at a rapid level if they wish to meet their predictions of selling four million units in the five weeks leading up to the 31st March.

On a side note, an Australian gamer who is currently residing in Japan and runs the unofficial blog, Nintendo3DS on YouTube, has managed to snag himself a Cosmo Black console. So far he has posted unboxing and start up videos, but to say the least, the AR figure cards are by far the most impressive, be sure to check it out below:


 

Whilst the characters don't actually move themselves, its a good hint at what we can expect in the future in terms of Augmented Reality titles. Even so, the technology to make this happen is very impressive.

3DS Fishing....On the Walls


 

The 3DS will be coming to Europe on the 25th March with a retail price of £195-250, whilst North America can expect it on the slightly later date of the 27th March for around $249.99.

Will you be picking up a 3DS at launch in your native territory? What do you think about the 3DS' built in features? What titles would you like to see in the future

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Even though the characters cannot move themselves, I'm pretty sure that people will be able to make some really funny pictures with characters doing stuff to each other and whatnot. Smilie

David Turnbull (guest) 26.02.2011#2

Thanks for the shout-out guys. Much appreciated. Smilie

And while it's a shame that the characters aren't animated, it's still a surprisingly fun app to play around with. I'm sure there'll be plenty of amusing photos people capture with classic Nintendo characters in them.

David Turnbull (guest) said:
Thanks for the shout-out guys. Much appreciated. Smilie

And while it's a shame that the characters aren't animated, it's still a surprisingly fun app to play around with. I'm sure there'll be plenty of amusing photos people capture with classic Nintendo characters in them.

Not a problem Dave Smilie Quality videos, with quality updates, straight from the source! Kind of hard to ignore! Smilie

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( Edited 26.02.2011 14:11 by Echoes221 )

Wow, these look like great ways to waste a little time. They look fun, especially fishing on a wall. That's everyone's childhood dream, right? Smilie

Definitely gonna have a lot of fun with these.

Looks like fun tbh. Since I'm not getting any games on launch these will keep me entertained for a while. I hope 3rd parties start adding cards with their games also.

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Great videos! Smilie It's a shame Nintendo got really lazy with the character cards but I guess they're not known for going all out. Smilie

I'll get a 3DS when I see a 2 game bundle for £180. Smilie

They could always update the AR stuff.

I'm almost certain that new cards/AR games will come out over time. Seems to be 3DS' secret weapon. Smilie

AR Pokémon here we come! Smilie

That looks freaking amazing! I think I'll be able to get some cool pictures of tiny Nintendo characters messing around in my room.

Also: wall fishing.

I'm sure there will be quite a few AR games. Remember, there is two for the DSi either out or coming out, I think the 3DS will have much much more.

Great videos, AR frecking rules Smilie

Hope someone is smart enough to make a Dennou Coil Augmented Reality game.

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Fishing thing looks sort of like Animal Crossing!

I could see the AR used in conjunction with pokemon cards in the future.

edit: Mason already said it!

AR Pokémon here we come!


( Edited 26.02.2011 18:55 by Jacob4000 )

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"Whilst the characters don't actually move themselves,"

I'm confused. Wasn't the guy in the video controlling Samus and making her walk around, shoot, and use the morph-ball?

( Edited 26.02.2011 19:17 by Sonic_13 )

Sonic_13 said:
"Whilst the characters don't actually move themselves,"

I'm confused. Wasn't the guy in the video controlling Samus and making her walk around, shoot, and use the morph-ball?


That simply means that they are static statues, so they are not actually animated. You can move them around as seen in the video though.

I'm not sure how it works, but what I was wondering about these character AR cards is: Can you move the 3DS around to get a different view of the character, meaning can you move in for a low shot even if the card is at a really acute angle to the camera? It seems pretty limited if all you can get is a birds eye view of the characters. I want to be able to zoom in on little Link from the side, and snap him standing in front of my dog, or sitting in my hand.

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Lynk said:
I'm not sure how it works, but what I was wondering about these character AR cards is: Can you move the 3DS around to get a different view of the character, meaning can you move in for a low shot even if the card is at a really acute angle to the camera? It seems pretty limited if all you can get is a birds eye view of the characters. I want to be able to zoom in on little Link from the side, and snap him standing in front of my dog, or sitting in my hand.

I think you should be able to, there will be a limit though to how acute you can go, I think it has to be able to see the black rim of the card.

Looks great, shame they don't animate though - defo want to try this out! Used the 3DS' cameras before, awesome stuff!

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