This Day in History: March 27, 2011 - Nintendo 3DS Video Game System Launches

On this day in history in 2011, Nintendo launched its latest handheld video game system called the Nintendo 3DS.

Following in the footsteps of the extremely successful Nintendo DS, Nintendo launched its 3DS system on March 27, 2011 in the United States and the rest of North America.

Like its predecessor, the handheld sported two screens. This system, however, had improved graphics. It's most unique feature was stereoscopic 3D without the need of glasses.

However, despite the innovation, the $250 system got off to a slow start. Months later, Nintendo slashed the price to $170. Over time, a combination of enduring Nintendo franchises, new intellectual properties and third-party games caused the system to grow and become a success.

There have been other models of the 3DS. Those include the 3DS XL, which has larger screens and the 2DS, which is a budget-priced handheld that lacks 3D but has all of the features of the original.

Many new games are still planned for the handheld, including a new installment of the popular Super Smash Brothers franchise.


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