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Nintendo 3DS Arrives March 27 In North America

Nintendo 3DSWho's ready for portable 3D fun?  Nintendo has announced its plans for the North American release of its new 3DS handheld game system that we've all been watching carefully since E3 last year.  Set aside $249.99 for a March 27, 2011 release date plus enough money to spend on up to thirty games aimed to release during the launch window that runs up to E3 2011 in mid-June.  Kotaku has all of the details.

Games coming to the 3DS includes Pilotwings Resort, Nintendogs + Cats, submariner Steel Diver, Ocarina of Time 3D, Kid Icarus: Uprising, Dead or Alive Dimensions, Madden, Super Street Fighter IV 3D, Asphalt 3D, Combat of Giants Dinosaurs 3D, Lego Star Wars III The Clone Wars, Ridge Racer 3D, Resident Evil The Mercenaries 3D.

The 3DS will also have some built-in software including a pedometer that will track your physical movement and log it. Mii Maker will allow gamers to create personal avatars that look a bit like the ones found in the Wii. Face Raiders, another built-in game, is a shooting gallery sort of title that puts your face into the game. The 3DS will also come with software for manipulating sound and browsing the Internet.

The system will also allow gamers to log into Nintendo's e-shop, which will include a "steady progression of Game Boy and Game Boy Color" hits along with new games. The store will also include demos and trailers for new games.

While $250 is a little more than I'm comfortable paying, I know I'll end up getting a 3DS just for Kid Icarus, Ocarina of Time, and the inevitable Star Fox.  Oh, and one would hope for a real Super Mario title before too long.  Nintendo has had me right where it wants me for years (even after the casual boom of the last five years).  How does the price work for you?  What do you all out there think of this news?