Nintendo 3DS launching on March 27 for $250

Nintendo has announced that it will begin selling the new Nintendo 3DS handheld gaming device on March on 27th and that it will carry a price tag of $249.99.

The gadget will not only play video games in 3-D without requiring users to wear special glasses, it will also be able to take 3-D photographs and display them on its screen.

At a press conference in New York on Wednesday, Nintendo also announced that more than 30 games will be available to Nintendo 3DS owners between the launch date and early June.

This latest handheld game device from Nintendo – a follow-up to their extremely successful Nintendo DS and DSi game machines – will have two screens like the previous DS. The bottom screen will be a touch screen and the top screen will be able to display 3-D images…as well as 2-D images. A "depth-slider" will allow players to adjust the level of 3-D they see.

As for the 3-D still pictures, the 3DS will come with three cameras built-in: one camera points at the player, while two additional cameras point outward. The two outward cameras allow users to take their own 3-D photos.

Marc Franklin, director of public relations for Nintendo America, said the 3DS will also be able to play 3-D videos as well but he said the company is not currently discussing what that would mean and how those videos would be delivered to the 3DS.

In addition to the 3-D capabilities, the 3DS will also have a built-in motion sensor and gyro sensor to sense the movement and tilt of the device. The 3DS will also include a Circle Pad — in addition to the Control Pad and button controls found on current Nintendo handhelds — which provides 360 degrees of directional control in a game.

When it launches, the Nintendo 3DS will be available in Aqua Blue or Cosmo Black and will come pre-loaded with several games and applications.