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Nintendo just revealed the full list of 3DS launch titles. No lame "launch window" announcement; these are the 16 retail games early adopting 3DS gamers will actually be able to purchase with their Nintendo 3DS system when it drops on March 27.

The launch games include classic franchises (Pilotwings! Ridge Racer! etc) as well as a couple of new titles. The entire list is below the cut.

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Nintendo has never been big on the movies. While the company has occasionally allowed big screen adaptations of their properties (Super Mario Brothers), it has never really hyped its consoles as entertainment centers in the same way Microsoft and Sony have. You pretty much use a Wii for playing games, not as the center of a multimedia digital entertainment center. But it looks like all that's about to change with the Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo's CEO Satoru Iwata recently detailed the uses the Entertainment Industry might have for the 3DS.

"When we show 3DS to people from Hollywood, they express tremendous interest," said Iwata. "We believe many people will be happy if we make it so that you can use the 3DS to watch things like, for instance, 3D movie trailers."

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Jonathan Post has created a new way of viewing 3D without glasses.

There are no words for how awesome this video is. Please, just watch it.

(Thanks to reader Jonny who sent in the tip.)

Virtua Tennis 4

We already knew a PlayStation 3 version of Virtua Tennis 4 was in the works, but today, Sega announced that the franchise will also be appearing on the Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360. It comes out in Spring 2011.

According to Sega, the game has been developed to take full advantage of Kinect for Xbox 360, the PlayStation Move, and Wii's MotionPlus, essentially doubling-down on the motion control. Tennis, as a sport, is uniquely suited to motion control-- there's a reason everyone played Wii Sports Tennis when the Wii launched -- so I'll bet this will be an amazing experience for you net-heads out there.

DETAILS: Virtua Tennis 4 hands-on preview.

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Now that the price and release date of the Nintendo 3DS have been announced, and we've had a little time to consider how the 3D handheld would fit into our lives, the G4 staff wanted to share our various opinions on the product with you. Opinions, they say, are like necks -- everyone has one, and they have to power to turn your head. I'm not sure what that means, but watch the video below anyway:

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Today is the official coming-out party for Nintendo's new handheld, the Nintendo 3DS. The glasses-less 3D is destined to change the whole handheld game, if it lives up to its advance hype and promise. But what coming out party would be complete without a detailed look at the system's hardware? That's why you'll want to click "play" on the video below; it shows off the 3DS's sexy, sexy hardware, giving you a detailed look at the 3D's new gyroscopes, analog circle pad, Street Pass and much more.

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Science has proved it: You haven't lived until you've played a fighting game in 3D*. So you're going to need to check out Capcom's Super Street Fighter 4 3D, which will provide you hours of fun with your favorite Super Street Fighter 4 characters and battles, now with depth! Check out the gameplay trailer below and prepare to have your ass kicked:

 

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(*Science hasn't proved this.)

 

Nintendo 3DS

The Nintendo 3DS has the "Wow Factor," and it’s had it since last year’s E3. Now, thanks to a Nintendo press conference in downtown New York City, it’s got a release date of March 27th and a price of $250. And, man, did the event have bells and whistles.

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime took the stage to say the 3DS “is not just the introduction of new technology…but an opening of a vast new world.” Gesturing with his hands, he said the 3DS is “a truly unique experience that isn’t available anywhere else.” He said that 30 games would be available for the 3DS during the time between launch and E3. But he didn’t say precisely which games would be launch date games. That, presumably, is the stuff for another press conference or press release.

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The Sims 3 Nintendo 3DS

The Sims 3 will be included in the launch lineup for the Nintendo 3DS. EA's Life and friend simulation game will come with the features and gameplay you've come to expect from the award-winning Sims series, including personality traits and buildable lots, but will also offer some 3DS only features, the most important of which is, of course, the 3D part. But The Sims 3 will also use the console's onboard camera to allow you to create a Sim that looks just like you or your friends, so you can torture or aid homunculi versions of yourself and the people you love.

Another new addition: "Karma Powers," which will, "With the shake of a wrist, set forth an earthquake to rock your Sims world or set free a bouquet of butterflies by blowing into the handheld." You'll also have the ability to share Sims characters with anyone in range using the 3DS's StreetPass feature.

So, what do you think? Is The Sims 3D something you look forward to?

Nintendo Reveals 3DS First Look Titles

The Nintendo 3DS handheld release date is March 27 in the U.S., and will cost $249.99. The glasses-free 3D device will come in two shades at launch: "Cosmo Black" or "Aqua Blue." In the launch “window”, between March and June, there will be 25 different games available, including these first-party games: Pilot Wings Resort, Nintendogs + Cats, Steel Diver, Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Paper Mario and Star Fox 64 3D. (Correction: Earlier, we erroneously reported these games as "launch titles." They're actually due out sometime between March 27 and E3 in June.)

The 3DS will come with a game called Face Raiders installed, in which you take images of your face and add them to a shooting gallery.

The $249.99 price is a bit cheaper than I had thought, and the launch window line-up of games is pretty impressive -- who doesn't want to play 3D Pilot Wings? -- so I'm pretty impressed. What about you? Are you going to be lining up to purchase a 3DS?

Why Nintendogs Now Has CatsThe next iteration of Nintendogs, the one for the 3DS, will feature cats. Nintendogs and Cats will most likely be released some time this year for Nintendo's handheld, 3D system. You might be wondering why the company decided to add feline animals to their already successful series. The answer is simple. According to Nintendo's Hideki Konno at a Japanese press event:

"During development of 3DS Nintendogs, Shigeru Miyamoto got a cat."

I love the way Nintendo's master game-designers life plays into his game making. If Miyamoto gets a cat, it's integrated into Nintendogs. If he learns an instrument, we get Wii Music a few months later. I wish Miyamoto would take up paintball so we would have a decent Wii shooter!

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Last night, CES kicked off with Sony's CES 2011 keynote speech. You can read about it here. But if you want to truly experience the wonder, we have the entire thing embedded in video form below. Click it to check out what's new at Sony, the stars of The Green Hornet, and even a closing dance number! Oh, my!

Click the cut for the whole video.

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A Chinese factory worker has apparently stolen a Nintendo 3DS from the place where they are manufactured. The video below shows the device in action, although no operating system is installed on the device, so we can't see it playing any games.

If this is genuine (and it really seems real to me), it's the first footage of the device "in the wild." I've embedded the video under the "Read More" tag, so you can check it out yourself. What do you think?

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On its Japanese website, Nintendo has issued a warning for children about the upcoming 3DS handheld.

"Vision of children under the age of six has been said [to be in the] developmental stage," Nintendo posted on its site. According to the company, the 3DS "delivers 3D images with different left and right images, [which] has a potential impact on the growth of children's eyes."

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Computer nerds are doing some amazing things with the Microsoft Kinect hacks. The video below shows off a 3D video chat where one party is placed in a virtual office. According to its creator, Oliver Kreylos of UC Davis, the virtual chat allows participants to establish more realistic eyelines, as well as just being freakin' cool as hell. It uses two Kinect cameras and a Wiimote for head tracking. 

Check it out:

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