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3DS out in Europe and US in March

26th February in Japan.

The 3DS will be released in Europe and North America in March 2011, Nintendo has announced.

The glasses-free 3D-enabled handheld will be released in Japan on 26th February.

During a Japan press conference, Nintendo revealed that the console will cost 25,000 Yen, or almost exactly $299. US and European pricing was not revealed.

The 3DS will include a Game Boy Virtual Console, which features Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance titles. Screenshots from classics Super Mario Land and The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX were shown.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata showed a video which featured a number of 3DS games, including Pilotwings Resort, Chocobo Racing, Paper Mario, Ridge Racer, Professor Layton, Starfox 64, Animal Crossing and The Legend of Zelda.

The 3DS can connect on Wi-Fi when in sleep mode and automatically download data, including rankings, ghost rankings, free software and more. A new 3DS tag mode can store data for multiple games at once - you dont have to be playing the game at the time to exchange data. A light on upper-right of the unit shows when your console has passed another 3DS and received data.

The 3DS will also come with a 2GB SD card packed in (you can save your Miis to it), and a feature that can auto-merge two photos into one.

Other tidbits revealed: The Last Story will be released in Japan on 27th January. Nintendo will release a DSi LL Super Mario 25th anniversary version on 28th October in Japan. Iwata confirmed the already leaked Wii Remote Plus, with details to come at a later date. Resident Evil: Revelations and Metal Gear Solid 3DS were shown. You can stop gameplay to connect to the web via a browser. There is a Mii creation studio. All 3DS games can communicate while in sleep mode.

And more: Namco Bandai would like to use Tag Mode for rankings and exchanging ghost data in Ridge Racer 3DS. Street Fighter IV 3DS will use Wi-Fi to receive fight requests wherever you are.

Meanwhile, Capcom just announced the Mega Man Legends 3 Project for the 3DS.

Tag mode! Mii support! 3D picture cards!

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