Nintendo revealed its 3DS handheld console will start shipping in Q1 2011. In Japan the device will be released on February 26 for 25,000 yen (approx. $298) and the US and Europe will follow sometime in March, but exact pricing is still unknown. At a press conference, Nintendo revealed the 3DS will be able to auto-generate a Mii based on pictures taken by the devices' front camera:
At a press event in Japan, Nintendo demonstrated the ability to take your picture using the 3DS' front-facing camera and then automatically convert the image into a Mii -- you can edit it too using Mii Studio on the 3DS. You can even merge two photos into a single image if you choose. Images can then be exported as QR codes in wireless "tag mode" or as a file to a bundled 2GB SD card.
Ninty also announced a special edition Super Mario DSi LL (no hardware changes) set to launch for ¥18,000 in Japan on October 28th.
Nintendo also talked about its financial state, and warned investors that its net profit for the fiscal year through March will be less than half it originally anticipated due to the strong yen, sluggish sales and some other factors. Full details at WSJ.
Nintendo said separately Wednesday that it now expects its net profit for the fiscal year through March to come in at Y90 billion, less than half the Y200 billion it previously forecast, citing a series of factors, such as the release schedule for the Nintendo 3DS and the stubbornly strong yen, that have blown it off course.
"The earnings forecast has been modified to reflect the trend of stronger-than-expected yen appreciation, current sales performance, the sales outlook for the holiday season, and the decided release conditions for the Nintendo 3DS," the company said.
Nintendo also now expects to post a Y2 billion net loss for the six months ending September, compared with the Y70 billion net profit it previously forecast.