That is, if you live in Japan. Nintendo is rolling out its Nintendo World 2011 next year in Chiba, Japan. The Kyoto-based company has a list of titles that will be playable for thoseover six. You're over six, right?

Those games are:

Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D "The Naked Sample" (Auto Mode)
Winning Eleven 3DSoccer
Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition
Resident Evil: Revelations
Sengoku Musou Chronicle
Dead or Alive: Dimensions
Ridge Racer 3D
Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask
nintendogs + cats
Kid Icarus
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Steel Driver
Pilot Wings Resort
AR Games
Nintendo 3DS Camera

The above titles will also be shown in video form as well as Resident Evil: Mercenaries, Super Monkey Ball 3D, Kingdom Hearts 3D, Gundam The 3D Battle, Tales of the Abyss, One Piece: Unlimited Cruise SP, Cubic Ninja, Tobidasu! Puzzle Bobble 3D, Pro Baseball Famisuta 2011, Animal Resort, Xevious, 3D Beauty Clock, Star Fox 64 3D, Paper Mario, Animal Crossing, Mario Kart, Mii Plaza.

The only newly revealed game is Gundam The 3D Battle.

Nintendo World 2011 runs from January 8 to January 10 at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan. Admission is free.

NINTENDO WORLD 2011 ニンテンドー3DS体験会 [Nintendo] [Kotaku]

If you know for sure you're going to want a Nintendo 3DS whenever the system is released (sometime around March) and at whatever price, you can now pre-order the handheld from GameStop. You'll have to pre-order it in 3D, though -- by which we mean go to an actual store, rather than shopping online. According to Engadget, different stores are asking for either $25 or $50 deposits. At the moment, searching for "3DS" on GameStop.com redirects to a page where you can sign up for updates about the system.

We suspect we'll find out the final price, along with other details like launch colors and software lineup, at Nintendo's January 19 event in New York City. This is also likely when we'll see pre-orders begin at other retailers.


{posted by Will}

Wedbush Morgan Securities analyst Michael Pachter always has something to say, and this time he’s weighing in on the future of the handheld market.

In the most recent episode of his web show – Pach-Attack – Pachter addresses a user question asking if handheld devices will move to the forefront of development because of this generation’s longer console life cycle.

“We’re not even close to saturated on the video game consoles,” says Patcher, “and we are way approaching saturation on the handheld market. We’re seeing DS hardware sales crack. I think the ubiquity of the iPod is cutting into the handheld market. I think the PSP2 is going to be dead on arrival.”

 “It looks to me like young kids are just as happy playing with an iPod Touch,” Patcher continues. “It is cool, it plays games, it plays music, and they are going to put a camera in it. The 3DS will prolong the handheld market for the game manufacture, but ultimately I think handhelds are in trouble. After the 3DS has had its little rush, handhelds are going to continue to decline.”

The hype for the 3DS is almost tangible, and there is a fair amount of curiosity about the new PSP iteration. Still, do you think Patcher is on point? Will phones negate the need for portable gaming devices?


My Thoughts: I would like to disagree, my friend.