Midnight launches - we’ve seen them for games in the past, we’ve saw it for Windows 95, and while I don’t think we’ve ever seen it with an Apple product, Nintendo knows how to get people to Ninten-go and stand in a queue with thousands of other people.
The legendary gaming company said that thousands turned out for midnight launches across Australia and NZ, not just for the two new Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire titles but also those two new Nintendo 3DS models.
The New Nintendo 3DS will sell for $219.95, with a screen 1.2x bigger than the original, and with customisable cover plates that hark back to Nokia’s interchangeable covers for its 2G phones all those years ago - as well as various Nokia Lumia models today.
The bigger New Nintendo 3DS XL sells for $249.95, with a ‘luxury look’ and a 4.88-inch screen.
Sneakily, Nintendo says that you can either use the AC adapter from any of the previous 2DS and 3DS systems, or you can buy one for $14.95.
Part of the improvements in both new models is a ‘super-stable 3D’ capability designed to deliver a ‘more comfortable 3D gaming experience’.
An inner camera recognises your face and automatically adjusts the angle of the 3D display if you move your head or console whilst poking Pokémons or zapping aliens or playing whatever games it is that you like playing on Nintendo.
NFC is built-in for upcoming ‘amiibo’ titles, while future compatible titles will be able to make use of the new C stick, ZL and ZR buttons.
Huge crowds of people at the EB Games store in Melbourne for last night's midnight launch!
The CPUs within have also been boosted, enabling faster use of Miiverse, faster download speeds, and smoother transitions when switching between apps.
There’s also going to be new titles designed specifically for the New Nintendo 3DS models which take advantage of the extra performance - while giving existing 3DS and 2DS owners a reason and/or excuse to buy one or both of the new models.
An example of one such title due in 2015 is the Xenoblade Chronicles, an RPG title which first came to the Wii in 2011.
As you can imagine, both new handheld consoles are fully compatible with all existing 3DS titles.
MASSIVE amounts of information is available at the New Nintendo 3DS/3DS XL website.