Nintendo 3DS: First UK Show Appearance Announced

For years the idea of a 3D gaming console has being doing the rounds at Nintendo, whether it was the failed Virtual Boy of the mid-90s, or the Dreamcast’s sterioscopic 3D ability which only ever had one title to utilise the feature. Finally though it looks as though Nintendo might have hit the mark with it’s Nintendo 3DS. With an affordable price tag (there are pre-order prices as low as £199), an already exciting line-up of games to be released with it, and multi-demographic appeal it looks as though 3D gaming will become a big hit in 2011.

As excitement builds for the release date, we at Geek Syndicate have been given exciting news regarding it’s first UK pre-release show appearance.

The Nintendo 3DS will be shown first in the UK at Midlands MCM Expo on 19 Feb (www.midlandsmcmexpo.com)

The Nintendo 3DS isn’t available until March 25, so visitors to the MCM Expo will get this preview a month earlier then it is due for general release. Exciting stuff!

The full press release is here:

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The Nintendo 3DS is to make its UK show debut at this month’s Midlands MCM Expo, which takes place at Telford’s International Centre on 19 February. Visitors to the event will have an amazing opportunity to preview Nintendo’s revolutionary glasses-free 3D gaming system more than a month before its official 25 March launch.

“Nintendo 3DS is not just about being able to watch and play in 3D without glasses – it also offers unique social experiences,” said Laurent Fischer, Nintendo of Europe’s Managing Director of Marketing & PR. “In the way Wii brought families together, Nintendo 3DS will appeal to a broad range of people.”

The Nintendo 3DS includes two screens; the bottom touch screen makes use of a telescoping stylus that is stored in the unit itself while the top screen displays 3D visuals to the naked eye. Looking at the screen is like peering through a window into a world where characters and objects have true depth. The system also has a 3D Depth Slider that lets players select the level of 3D they enjoy the most. The 3D effect can be increased up to the highest level, scaled back to a more moderate setting or even turned off completely, depending on the preference of the user.

In addition to the familiar + Control Pad and button controls found on previous Nintendo handhelds, the Nintendo 3DS now also includes a Circle Pad, which provides a full 360 degrees of direction, giving it the freedom and precision needed to play games in 3D worlds. It brings the same degree of responsiveness that gamers enjoyed when Nintendo introduced an analog control stick to navigate Mariothrough Super Mario 64 on the Nintendo 64 system.

Meanwhile, a built-in motion sensor and gyro sensor can react to the motion and tilt of the system, so whether players are twisting their systems side to side or moving them up and down, their motion-compatible Nintendo 3DS games respond instantly. According to Nintendo, no other system includes so many tools for game developers to create new and fun experiences for players.

To buy tickets to the Midlands MCM Expo at Telford International Centre on 19 February, please visit: www.midlandsmcmexpo.com/tickets/

For more information on the exhibitors, special guests and attractions that will be at the Midlands MCM Expo, please visit www.midlandsmcmexpo.com

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I’ve got to say the features on the 3DS all sound very exciting, and hopefully (as long as the battery life is better then I’ve heard it might be) this will be one COOL piece of kit! I won’t be at the Expo (unfortunately) but would love to hear from people who go and get to the 3DS preview, please!

GS Reporter: George

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