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Nintendo 3DS set for March release in US

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(Read caption) Nintendo 3DS, the latest handheld gaming system from Nintendo, utilizes glasses-free 3D technology. Here, a Nintendo employee displays a 3DS device at an event near Tokyo.

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Nintendo 3DS, the next-gen handheld gaming console from the creators of the popular DS line, will hit US stores by March. That's the news today from Nintendo, which says the 3DS will arrive in Japan on Feb. 26, and in the US a few weeks after that (precise American launch date is TBD). The Nintendo 3DS will reportedly get a price tag of about $300 – relatively pricy for a handheld gaming device.

But according to Ars Technica, 3DS is set to ship with all manner of accoutrements, including "a charging stand, a stylus, a 2GB SD card for storage, and cards that, when viewed through the front-facing camera, become augmented reality images." A new promo video for the Nintendo 3DS – see below – positions the 3DS as a kind of one-size-fits-all device, good for gaming but also for chatting with friends, reading the news, and checking.... stock prices.

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