For the first time ever, North America will be getting a piece of Nintendo hardware before Japan. Nintendo has announced release dates for the DS in Japan (Dec. 2, 2004 and North America (Nov. 21, 2004). The unit will hit Europe and Australia in the first quarter of 2005.
One of the other surpises with this press release is the fact that the unit will retail for $149.99 which is higher than the handhelds go for now, but still a lot lower than anyone expected. I know it will give Nintendo an edge over Sony’s PSP that is expected to have a very bloated price.
The DS will come with embedded PictoChat software to allow up to 16 people to chat at once. Also included will be a demo of the new Metroid game called Metroid Prime Hunters: First Hunt which has a stellar first person mode as well as wireless mutliplayer.
The list of launch titles is ever growing and should be finalized as we near the release date.
Pictures of the final product using PictoChat and playing MP Hunters are below: