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September 29, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Nintendo 3DS arrives in March, huge sales expected

Nintendo finally offered details about the 3-D version of the DS that it unveiled at the E3 conference in June.

The company today said it will start selling the 3DS in Japan on Feb. 26 for $299. It will go on sale in the U.S. in March; the U.S. price hasn’t been disclosed but it’s expected to be $299 or less.

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No glasses are required to see the 3-D effect of games and videos played on the device, which has a slider control to adjust the amount of “3D-ness” on the 3.5-inch upper screen, all the way down to 2-D.

A dual-lens camera on the device can be used to take 3-D photos. Inside, the device includes a new gyroscopic sensor for controlling games by moving the device.

Nintendo’s also giving its new flagship DS a wireless feature that lets it exchange data wirelessly with other 3DS units when in sleep mode.

Amazingly, the company expects to sell 4 million systems and 15 million games for the device by the end of March. For comparison, Apple’s iPad sold 2 million units in its first two months.

Games coming to the device include 3-D versions of “Super Mario” and “Mario Kart.”

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