Nintendo World 2011 Day 1 conference report: Japanese 3DS launch line-up confirmed, battery life at 3-8 hours, more

Saturday, 8th January 2011 06:03 GMT By Johnny Cullen


The 3DS-centric Nintendo World 2011′s wrapped up its first day in Tokyo, where some news heavy stuff has dropped.

Launch line-up for Japan announced

Famitsu (via Kotaku) is carrying the launch line-up for the Japanese launch of 3DS. There’s going to be eight titles at release.

The pricing for the games vary from ¥4,800 as the cheapest to ¥6,090 as the most expensive. The price for 3DS titles was expected to be around ¥5,800. Pricier games were expected to be at ¥6,800.

The list is also two games short then what was previously rumoured, which means the final two will be announced at the event tomorrow or this is it.

Full list is below, as well as prices.

  • Nintendogs + Cats (¥4,800)
  • Winning Eleven Soccer 3D (¥5,800)
  • Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition (¥4,800)
  • Samurai Warriors Chronicle (¥6,090)
  • Puzzle Bobble 3D (¥4,980)
  • Ridge Racer 3D (¥6,090)
  • Battle of the Giants: Dinosaurs 3D (¥5,040)
  • Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracles (¥5,980)

Battery life confirmed at 3-8 hours, charging takes 3.5 hours

Nintendo’s released a full spec list of 3DS on its official website, confirming in the process the length of time for its battery. For its battery to be fully charged, it’ll takes three-and-a-half hours.

For battery life, it’ll last somewhere between three and five hours if you play a 3DS game and if backlighting’s been turned down, although that gets extended to between five and eight hours if playing old DS software.

Battery life will, obviously, take a hit when the backlighting is turned up.

Back in September, when 3DS’s Japanese date of February 26 was announced, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said it was expected the battery would be charged a lot more frequently then current DS SKUs on the market.

Thanks, Kotaku.

Nintendo confirms first-party release line-up

Nintendo’s gone on to announce its first-party release line-up along with release timelines, alongside confirmation of Nintendogs + Cats as a launch title.

Steel Diver, Pilotwings Resort and the 3DS version of Zelda: Ocarina of Time are down for spring. Star Fox 64 3D and Kid Icarus: Uprising are all down for summer.

Mario Kart 3DS, Animal Crossing 3DS and Paper Mario 3DS are yet TBA.

Via GAF. Thanks, GoNintendo.

3DS packaging shown off

Nintendo’s decided to show off the packaging people will be seeing when they pick up a 3DS next month in Japan and in March in Europe and America.

For reference, here it is (via GAF). There’s also different shots over on Andriasang, and even more shots on Famitsu.

3ds pack

The contents of what will be inside said packaging have also been revealed. They are, via GAF:

  • 3DS console
  • Charger Stand
  • AC Adapter
  • Dedicated Stylus
  • 2Gb SD Memory Card
  • Six AR cards
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Instruction Manual
  • Guarantee

Promo Picpocalypse

GoNintendo’s gotten its Wii-calloused mitts on roughly [NUMBER INCALCULABLE] promo pics of various 3DS games.

Among them are screenshots of pretty much every 3DS game imaginable, including the newly announced BlazBlue Continuum Shift II, a Raving Rabbids offshoot, Kingdom Hearts, and of course old standbys like Dead or Alive, Ocarina of Time, Resident Evil, Metal Gear Solid 3, and Kid Icarus – among others.

See all the pics here, here, here, and here.

3DS overview trailer details console

Below is a video of 3DS being detailed in Japanese. This was being shown on a loop alongside people playing 3DS before any panels took place.

It shows the home screen, how Miis and the AR stuff work on 3DS and more.

First TV ads appear online

Nintendo’s put live five 15 second TV ads for the Japanese launch of 3DS.

All of them are on the Nintendo website, but there’s one from YouTube below.

Dead or Alive: Dimensions gets five-minute mega trailer

Tecmo’s released a new, five-minute long trailer of Dead or Alive: Dimensions from Nintendo World.

It features fighting. Lots and lots of fighting. And not a beach, bikini or volleyball in sight. It’s below, via GoNintendo. The game was given a release in Japan of March 24. There’s an impressions piece for the game posted over on Andriasang.

Off-screen Kid Icarus, Resident Evil: Mercenaries, Mask of Miracles gameplay get out

Three new off-screen videos have appeared online showing gameplay of Kid Icarus: Uprising, Resident Evil: Mercenaries, and Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracles on show at the event.

Get all three below. There are off-screen stills of the Kid Icarus demo on GoNintendo, as well as an impressions piece on Mercenaries over at Andriasang.

Ocarina of Time missing 3DS launch

Nintendo may not be releasing its 3D handheld version of Ocarina of Time, but the game was still on-hand today at the firm’s event in Japan. Some extra details were dropped on the game as well, like a tap icon at the bottom of the game screen which can be used to switch views.

When this button is tapped, players can “physically move” their 3DS to look around, allowing them to see what’s behind them.

Three save files of the game where shown as well: one running around a village at the start of the game, another in the first dungeon, and one that according to NWR “has not yet been confirmed”.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is due out this spring in Japan, with dates outside the country to be announced. Andriasang has an impressions piece of the game up on its site, and Famitsu has tons of screens here.

Tetris Axis, other game announcements

Nintendo also announced a few other games hitting 3DS later in the year, which include:

  • A Strategy RPG Project from Imageepoch in 2012
  • Haku Ouki 3D from Idea Factory – 2011
  • Karasu 3D from Milestone – Summer 2011
  • Tetris Axis from Hudson -Summer 2011
  • Daisenryaku from SystemSoft Alpha – Summer 2011

Tomorrow will see panels of Super Street Fighter IV and Resident Evil. We’ll update this throughout the afternoon with more details when we get it. You can check out pictures of the stage through here. Andriasang also has a gallery up of the main event, here.

Stream’s here for anyone who knows Japanese





    A whole 3 hours??


    #1 4 years ago
  2. Anders

    Fuck, that’s pretty terrible.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Psychotext

    Yeah, those are PSP1000 battery levels. Painful.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. earlyrock


    #4 4 years ago
  5. Anders

    Well then, I’ll just wait until they release the version with extended battery life. Christmas 2010, that is.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Crysis

    Well you have to work out the whole space & time conundrum :P

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Johnny Cullen

    Metal Gear 3DS panel’s just kicked off.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Johnny Cullen

    Just so everyone knows, the Metal Gear event had *nothing* of importance.

    There was some gameplay, although that’s been seen before. That’s it. No date, nothing.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. TraceableX

    That’s why I hate handheld consoles.

    Anyways, I’ll wait for “3DSlite” or whatever better version.
    And games price aren’t good.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Dannybuoy

    3 to 8 hours. That’s quite a wide rage. Do they mean initially it might last 4 hours hours and after the battery has taken a battering it’ll last 2 hours? We all know these battery life times are a little optimistic

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Gekidami

    Apart from Super Street Fighter IV theres not much of interest in that line-up. I thought Kid Icarus was meant to be a launch title?

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Doomsayer

    Indeed that launch lineup is probably one of the worst ever. Not even a single game that i want to get. Fail

    #12 4 years ago
  13. JPdot

    Ouch, I don’t really care about battery life, even if I think this new model is a step back from the old DS in term of power consumption. However, the thing that just bugs me is the, imo, weak launch line…cmon, I expected at least Kid Icarus…but, then again, probably Nintendo just wanted to haste this console release despite the completion of actual triple-a games.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Suikoden Fan

    remember this is a japanese line up aimed at the japanese

    samurai warriors will sell alot (i want that too)

    pro layton will sell big, as will ssf4

    winning eleven will sell well too most likely

    #14 4 years ago
  15. JPdot

    The fact is that, aside from japanese people, if the 3DS is really launching on March in the rest of the world we can’t expect a much more different line-up (or can we?) :(. Well, at least I really like the new cool shiny boxes.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Anders

    I’d bet that Winning Eleven and Battle of the Giants won’t make it here, at least. We can always hope for one or two games from Ubisoft and EA.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Erthazus

    I’m so NOT interested in this anymore, because:

    1) PSP spec system in most cases

    2) High price for shitty spec machine

    3) Nintendo audience games in most cases (SF4, MGS only interested for now)

    4) Battery life

    5) Not the best 3D technology

    I will buy this when inevitable 3DSi will come out, until then it’s not offering something much.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Callum

    Was going to be a day 1 customer, but what is the point if there is no mario game or Zelda at launch? WTF Nintendo ?!

    Also, the battery life is a major put off…the DS lite battery is pretty good, so I think I will end up waiting for the lite version of this piece of crap.

    What a shame, I was genuinly excited.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. r0cks0l1ddd

    Are people forgetting that this is a Japanese line-up. If Zelda, Steel Driver (wth is this anyway) and Pilotwings are out in Spring and we get the 3DS in March-April, there’s a good chance that we will get at least two of those three for the EU launch.

    Also, annoyed Mario Kart and Paper Mario is TBA. Hope we get a less vague release date than that on the 19th.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. xino

    they would obviously release a better version sometime in 2011:/ like they usually do

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Psychotext

    “We all know these battery life times are a little optimistic”

    In fairness to Nintendo, they’re usually pretty careful when it comes to their battery life figures. In the real world my usage figures have always been longer than the numbers they’ve given.

    Unlike my laptop. :(

    #21 4 years ago
  22. kathleen

    very nice looking..hope i can get it soon..

    #22 4 years ago
  23. LOLshock94

    if i remember sony said that the psp would take 3 hour to but we all know it doesnt take that so im guessing the ds doesnt take long either so stfu i suck a japanese dick

    #23 4 years ago
  24. LOLshock94

    if i remember sony said that the psp would take 3 hour to but we all know it doesnt take that so im guessing the ds doesnt take long either so stfu i suck a japanese dick

    #24 4 years ago
  25. Gekidami

    ^ You suck a what now? We really didnt need to know that.

    #25 4 years ago

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