Thursday, January 20, 2011

3DS Price and other details

Written by pikaby

January 19 came and gone...without any of that secret big reveal of a Metroid game, not that I've heard of. Instead, we have an actual price for the console revealed now...$249. That's the price of a launch date Wii. I won't be complaining as the exchange rate to Malaysia is always against my favor matter how steep the price I'll eventually plunk down the cash to get one. It could be worse. It could be $300, or more.

Face it, technology's advancing, and it costs more to make high-tech stuff. It might not mean much when there's only one console, but when the X360/PS3/Wii/PSP successors come out the comparison might be a little more fair. Nintendo beats everyone with its low price point. What you might see hee is a little steep, but when the competition comes into play, well, you know.

And from Nintendo's press release about online features, haters of Friend Codes better listen up, because the system is returning. Well, not really.

"Fans of online play will be happy to learn that the friend codes for Nintendo 3DS are specific to each Nintendo 3DS system, not each game. Once friends trade hardware codes, at any time they can check their friends list to see which of their friends are online and what they are playing."

This means you get one, and only ONE, Friend Code with the system itself, and you don't have to memorize or write down a billion codes anymore. Is that sweet or what? The number becomes your gamertag of sorts. Sure, it would be nice to not see even a single string of numbers, but it's a good start.

Not bad, although I wouldn't expect the US launch lineup to be anything stellar outside of Street Fighter, probably. Oh well, Nintendo did mention something about pacing and releasing their games on a regular basis instead of pushing everything out in one go. And we might get new features along the way too.
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