European Nintendo 3DS Conference Finished
Nintendo is holding a press conference in Amsterdam this afternoon at 2pm GMT / 3pm CET to (hopefully) reveal European launch details for its new 3DS handheld.
Nintendo bosses will take to the stage to reveal when the 3DS will arrive, how much it will cost and what games will launch with it. UK MD David Yarnton is in attendance along with a host of developers.
Eurogamer will be there, reporting live, and this gives us the perfect opportunity to use our new live updates system, which is what you're staring at now.
We already have an inkling of what Nintendo will say today, naturally. Speculation points to a high £220-230 asking price, and the date is likely to be either 18th or 25th March.
As to a line-up? That's hazier. The Japanese launch offers eight games, the most eye-catching being Nintendogs + Cats and Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle. Street Fighter IV 3D and PES 3D are also part of the picture.
And remember: you won't be able to import games - Japanese and American software won't work on a European 3DS.
Our live coverage has now ended. Here's what you missed: Updating...
No, it's new. And look how flash it is!
Nintendo's already tried to explain-away the region locking. The book's not closed on this one yet, though.
Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracles is a Japanese 3DS launch title.
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HMV has listed 3DS games and console colours - Blue and Black - on its website. Lots of placeholder boxart and few specific dates or prices.
Super Monkey Ball 3DS does have a price, however, of £37.99. SEGA's Thor game on 3DS costs £35.
I'm reliably informed that the 3DS colours are known as Cosmo Black and Aqua Blue.
That's Jonathan Ross, for those wondering.
Hello London, Amsterdam calling! The Netherlands vote is in. Sweden: douze points.
We are sat front and centre, ready and waiting for the Nintendo 3DS conference to start. Exciting times.
ROSSWATCH: No sign of JR just yet. In fact no sign of any famous people. Not even anyone out of Hollyoaks or Sophie Ellis-Bextor.
The setup is pretty typical for a Nintendo conference. Big warehouse type room, lots of red uplighting, white lifestyle furniture on the stage.
The setup is pretty typical for a Nintendo conference. Big warehouse type room, lots of red uplighting, white lifestyle furniture on the stage.
The tagline, judging by the huge advertising hoarding on the outside of the building, is "Nintendo 3DS - Discover 3D Without Glasses."
Translated from the original Dutch, that's "F**K You Sony", as Wes put it.
They're playing Basement Jaxx. Party like it's 2005.
Two Eurogamer readers are here somewhere, following their competition win - HairyArse and the_dudefather. We haven't had a chance to catch up yet but hoping to do so after the conference.
Time for some industry analysis. Let's ask GamesIndustry.biz editor Matt Martin what he is expecting today.
"I'm expecting a price of over £200 in the UK. Although I wouldn't be surprised if they just give a European price and don't give one in pounds, cos they usually say they leave the it to retailers."
"But I do hope it is below 200 quid." Don't we all, Matt. Don't we all.
Except for those of us who are planning to nick the ones in the perspex case outside this room and sell them on eBay.
The room is already pretty full. Will this be the world's first press conference to start on time? We can but dream.
ROSSWATCH: Not a sossage. But relax, @afgavinstan, no JLS either.
So what's your betting on the price, Eurogamer.net news editor Wesley Yin-Poole? (Bet he says £5000, just to be sensational!)
There are three glasses of water in front of the lifestyle white armchairs. This is the kind of detail you just cannot get from that blurry live video feed, people.
Let me know if you'd like any further detail regards the weft of the carpet, etc.
@Golgo - This is a Jedward free zone, over, we appear to be in a Jedward free zone. So if you're waiting outside in the rain you can come in now.
So the cheapest price suggestion we've had so far is £179, most expensive is £249 with a game. Any advances?
@Joppers - The carpet looks to be a fairly shallow weave with medium ribbing. You ask, we deliver.
This is the first time I've used this spanky new live text, by the way, and so far it's a dream. Big thanks to the masterful EG tech wizards who made it. Now can you come round and fix my broadband?
A man called Dan in a headset has asked that we "keep interference down to a minimum" - no phones, in other words. No PSP phones especially, presumably.
ROSSWATCH: Jonathan Ross is hosting! Dan just confirmed it. Thanks, Dan.
Still no sign of him though. He's probably back stage, tweeting about the weft of the carpet.
OK it's officially go time. Except no one's going. Who will be joining Ross on stage, we wonder? How about a Ross and Reggie face-off?
Let's take a moment now to remember Cammie Dunaway, shall we. Ahh, that white trouser suit, where is it now?
Oho! Some twee jingly music is playing. That must mean a Nintendo conference is starting!
Now the lights around the stage entrance are going all flashy. Please welcome star of TV and radio, fans of games and gaming - Jonathan Ross!
He's wearing a huge pair of comedy paper red and green 3D glasses. And an odd goatee.
"As they say here in Amsterdam, Konichiwa." He looks like the Sheriff of Nottingham.
"By the end of the day all of you will have the chance to experience 3DS for yourself first-hand." YES BUT DO WE GET A FREE ONE
Nintendo marketing director Laurent Fischer is on the stage. He still looks like George Clooney. "Ladies choice," says Matt. "Welcome in Amsterdam," says George. So French, bless.
Laurent/George is talking about how Nintendo have developed a portable entertainment device which allows you to view 3D. No one is gasping.
I once had a drunken argument with this man in an LA hotel. Great times.
A video now - the blue 3DS, some twinkly music. A woman playing it, obviously.
"2 colours" - Aqua Blue and Cosmos Black. Wider Upper Screen. 3D Depth Slider. Touch Screen. Yes We Know.
Inner Camera. Play With Your Image. 2 Outer Cameras. Etc.
ROSSWATCH: He is drinking some water.
George/Laurent is going on about how they reinvented gaming with the DS, now the 3DS is set to change gaming again. "Is it bigger than the screen on my DSi?" says Ross. "Yes that's right," says George. You smoothie.
George is explaining to Ross how you can adjust the 3D to suit you. "Will it be backward compatible?" says Jonathan. What, can't he afford an old DS as well?
"And the controls look more or less the same we're used to?" Yep - letter buttons, control buttons and shoulder buttons all present and correct, but also there's that analogue circle pad.
George: "What we can't see are the two elements inside the console" - the gyroscope which allows for motion control play is one, innit.
Now George wants to point out "something small, but means a lot". The little light on the top right corner. "This will send a new level of connectivity. But more of that later."
"Your wife must love it when you keep saying more of that later," says Ross.
George is banging on about the cameras now. You can take your own 3D photos and share them with friends.
Spotpass "will revolutionise the way you receive content on the move", says George. The light will go blue to show you you have received content, or "datta" as he puts it.
Nintendo has signed up with a load of European wi-fi hotspot partners, including BTfon in the UK.
I love how George says "devloppers". Tres gauloise.
George has partnered with Eurosport to bring 3D vids to 3DS via Spotpass.
Expect "compelling 3D content". They're also talking to BSB in the UK to provide "short-from content from Sky 3D to 3DS. We look forward to revealing more in the coming months".
(Our image server is being hammered. The pictures are there but loading slowly. We're ironing this out.)
"Sport in 3D always looks great," says Ross. Even badminton? Now he's introducing Aardman Animations bossman David Spotsman.
David is talking about Aardman's dedication to great ideas and all that. Digital platforms, social networks, biddly biddly bong.
Aha first sign of the Twitter and Facebook logos. You can tick those off your conference bingo sheets.
David is still talking about Aardman's previous efforts. Ross looks entranced. George looks a bit bored. Probably thinking about having sex with a beautiful lady later.
"Aardman's ability to create compelling content across many platforms" etc etc go on then, 3D Wallace and Gromit game or what?
"Aardman and Nintendo are working together to bring some exciting developments to the public... Specially created content featuring Sean the Sheep, exclusively for 3DS in fullblown 3D". Series of one-minute shorts accessed via Spotpass at the end of the year.
He's going on about Sean's fame and popularity now. He has 900,000 Facebook friends. That is a lot of friends for a plasticine farm animal.
I knew ewed pun that.
George is looking at something right at the back fo the room. Probably a beautiful lady. "Bonjour."
Some clips from the latest Sean the Sheep TV show now. Not really sure what to say about this.
Is it Sean or is it Shaun? Will I get fired for getting it wrong?
Ross and David have stood up to watch Shaun. George hasn't bothered, but he is looking at the screen. Perhaps in case a beautiful lady turns up on it.
Goodbye, David! Thanks for all the sheep! Now onto Streetpass. It's the name for the LAN connection of 3DS. A video now - lady and man cross paths, swirly things pass between them. Is this a metaphor for bodily fluids?
Well done the composer who managed to create a piece of music which sounded just like Madonna's Ray of Light when they couldn't get copyright at the last minute.
Now George Laurent Clooney Fischer is talking about how your Miis will gather in the plaza when you pass other people with Streetpass enabled, and you will get to find out what people have been playing.
"We have designed Nintendo 3DS to enhance the sense of community." With 3DS you only need one Friend code and only register once. That's a relief and no mistake.
"You also find out who is playing right now, what they are playing." No more hiding for those Women's Murder Club fans.
"I can't wait to see what all the game devloppers come up with." Ross just made a joke about Laurent looking like Clooney. He must be reading this.
Capcom now. They have been using Streetpass tech in developping Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition. Ono-san is taking to the stage.
"Hello everyone," he says via a translator. Excellent hair.
He wants us to all raise our hands and sai Haiduken. I can't do that and live blog, Ono-san. THINK THESE THINGS THROUGH FIRST
"Today I'm here to present Virtual Boy 2 - er - 3DS!" Ross says he has one "and the headaches to prove it".
Ono points out there's another event happening in New York for 3DS today, but he's here. "To explain why, it's actually that Reggie and the president of Ninteno Europe flipped a coin" - and the Euro guy won.
Guess when you've got as many coins as NIntendo that's a perfectly sensible way to make business decisions.
Aha, another George Clooney reference! It's almost as if it's a dull and obvious joke.
Ono is talking about Shaun the Sheep, oh good. "But there's another powerful set of features I'd like to focus on - the communication features."
"In the past, we've been fighting against the person right next to you, face to face." But there will be a new versus battle which allows you to fight anyone, any time, immediately.
Fighter figurines will compete in simulated battles and the more you battle, the more figurine pionhts you earn. You then set them in the Streetpass settings and close your system. Then you put it in your bag and go out into the streets.
There's a mode that will let you have versus battles - gosh that's an old font on that slide - without you even noticing it.
Aha, another George Clooney thingy! Yeah we're definitely not doing that any more.
There are four communication modes that let you fight other people - online vs battles, local wireless vs battle, channel LIVE, StreetPass.
There's a new mode too. Ono is talking about playing it with Ross.
You'll be able to link in and watch them play the fight. "This is also a feature we could only implement because of the enhanced" etc etc etc.
There's "a robust line-up of 35 fighters". You're probably wondering which one you'll pick? No, Chun-Li. Always.
Some of the characters are "really original SF characters", so you should be able to find the one who suits you.
That's it from Ono. "I want to see SF vs. Animal Crossing," says Ross. He's clearly never heard of Tokyo Jungle.
NintendoAmerica tweets: #3DS can act as a pedometer. Earn Play Coins & trade them in for new content in compatible games and applications.
Mr Shibata, president of NoE, is on stage now. He's even tinier than Ono and Ross. The German translator is towering over them like a Teutonic skyscraper.
Ono hopes to play Street Fighter as "David Hasselhoff". Have I fallen asleep?
Shibata is committed to working with third party developers and that. Still. Again.
Reggie Fils-Aime promises 30 3DS titles for the US before E3 in June.
Mr Shibata wants to make sure 3DS appears to long time gamers and newcomers. Fresh.
Ross is introducing the CEO of good old Ubisoft, Yves Guillemot! BONJOUR!
Yves is slightly taller than Mr Shibata. But not enough to be intimidating or anything.
Yves is chatting about Just Dance, the world's second-best game after Tokyo Jungle.
But now he's moved on to 3DS. Tick off "immersed" on your bingo sheet.
US DATE AND PRICE: 27th March, $249.99.
Yves reckons there will be 8 games from Ubi for 3DS "in the launch period", including Rayman and Combat of Giants. Dragons will virtually fight via StreetPass.
Also: Ghost Recon Tactics, James Noire's Hllywood Crimes, Rabbids 3D, Driver Renegade. WHERE IS WOMEN'S MURDER CLUB
Guillemot and Shibata are off now. Here comes someone from Konami... Could it be... No it couldn't. But it is the exec producer of PES and the producer.
The Konami chaps are very excited about 3DS, you will be amazed to hear. If only someone could come out and say, "It looks all right but I dunno about 200 quid."
Konami are going to bring new franchises to 3DS. And old ones. That must have been a long strategy meeting.
"PES uses the familiar theme of football" blapperty blapperty blap.
A trailer now. Some football men. In 3D and that.
Roaring crowds, football men in a tunnel, lions and tigers mauling each other to death in a Tokyo shopping centre. Maybe not the last one.
Footage of the game now. Small man run around a green field. White objects fly towards nets. An operatic choir sings in the background. It's what Verdi would have wanted.
PES 2011 3D - IT EXISTS.
The camera in PES 3D has a new position. Get your pre-orders in now, fans.
"in the past, gamers may have felt they were watching a football match on TV. 3D allowed us to express depth and improve realism."
The camera view is called Player's View, it's right behind the character (behind their head, by the looks of things).
The man on the right appears to be carrying some kind of pocket watch. Perhaps he is Professor Layton in disguise?
"I really hope, since this is the first 3D football game, a lot of football fans all over Europe will be able to play it." The dream.
These plastic chairs are not that comfortable after 72 minutes as it goes.
Ross is introducing Team Ninja now. Mr Hayashi, producer of DOA Dimensions, is here.
"My purpose is to talk a little bit about the graphics capabilites of this new console." Come on, skip to the good bit - DOA tits in 3D!
They have been planning this DOA game for some time. But they couldn't realise the plans before because there was no suitable console.
Anyone got any jokes?
"We firmly believe Nintendo 3DS is the right console for a first DOA handheld version as well as the resurgence of the DOA series."
Trailer now - some people are doing fighting.
A woman just burst into flames! What next, someone putting a cat in a bin?
Not much jiggling going on.
DOA Dimensions is sort of like a best-of, apparently. Because of 3D it has come back with attitude.
This man goes to the doctor and says, "Doctor, I keep having visions of Goofy and Pluto and Donald Duck."
"Hmm," says the doctor. "How long have you been having these Disney spells?"
You can see the move list on the touch screen and that. You can also play wirelessly. There are StreetPass and co-op modes.
Why does StreetPass sound like something you get free when you turn 65?
Hayashi wants us all to play it later on. Will do.
Ross is thanking all the devloppers who have come along today. Is it price time?
No, it's time to find out more about first-party titles. Bonjour again, Monsieur Cloonoire.
Pilotwings Resort - You will visit the same island as Wii Fit and Wii Sports, but now you're floating around in full 3D or competing to hit targets using a hangglider or hairplane. Sic.
Nintendogs + cats - Where do they get their ideas from - you will have to work harder to earn love from your kitty.
Now, with 3DS, the dogs are much more variable in terms of size and leg length. And things. Dogs will lick you if you get close or run away and bark.
Steeldiver - you will be looking through a periscope at a sea of enemy ships. You will rotate your body to turn the periscope and target using the gyroscope. Sounds mental.
Kid Icarus Uprising - "Completely different" from the old games. Targeting and shooting in a true 3D environment.
When is it out, says Ross? "First let me show you what makes 3DS even more special." NO CLOONOIRE GIVE US A DATE AND A PRICE
Trailer - the software which comes preinstalled on the system. You can take pics of old people apparently.
Then their Miis are generated based on the pics. Also, hot women will be impressed and laugh at your crazy new wizardgadget.
Shibata is back on stage now. He's talking about the Miimaker, the thing we saw in the vid with the Mii and the old buffer.
Ross had a go earlier - he has made a Mii which looks like the sheriff of Nottingham crossed with a lion. Shibata's has come out black.
FaceRaiders - new game pre-installed on 3DS. You take your own picture and "shoot yourself in the face", as Ross puts it, in a shooting gallery.
Shibata is banging on about the eshop now. It will be easier than ever to buy digital content, and game boy and game boy colour hits will become available on Virtual Console.
"Just before we confirm our launch plans for Europe" we're going to make you watch another video.
More lovely slow slots of the machine itself. Ross is watching with his back to the audience. Presumably he's gone from six to midnight.
EUROPEAN LAUNCH DATE: 25th March.
Montage time - Street Fighter, some kind of Super Monkey Ball game, Resi Evil Revelations, Ubi's mad fighting dragons thingy, DOA, Rabbids, Ghost Recon, Samurai Warriors, Driver Renegade. WHERE IS WOMEN'S MURDER CLUB
LEGO Star Wars, Paper Mario, Starfox 64, Zelda, Resi Mercenaries, Ridge Racer, Snake Eater, Mario Kart, And So On.
When can we get it then? "It's the only reason I'm here," says Ross.
3DS will launch in Europe on 25th March.
"As always price is determined by the retailers."
Quick, run down your local GAME and ask them how much, then.
Oh dear, Ross just read Mr Shibata's bit of the autocue.
"Further details will be published soon on Nintendo's website."
"this isn't just the launch of another game device, but the start of a new entertainment era." Never heard that one before.
So there you have it. No price, but a release date.
And it's over. Well, thanks for joining us. Any questions before we go?
@Takagi - No news on region lock, no. But we'll be quizzing whoever we can as the day goes on.
@Shinetop: I'm afraid you'll have to ask the retailers about that one.
@Ashcroft: As always, that number is determined by the retailers.