Nintendo's newest handheld, the 3DS, has finally gotten a launch date. The system will be launching in Japan on February 26, 2011 while the US will get it sometime in March. The price will be ¥25,000 which comes out to about $300 so the 3DS will be one of the most expensive handhelds at launch. What is interesting to note is that it seems you can move downloaded DSiWare titles from a DSi or DSi XL to a new 3DS. That should surely make the purchase of the new handheld a little easier to swallow for current DSi or DSi XL owners. The Nintendo 3DS will ship with a charging stand, a stylus, a 2GB SD card for storage, and some cards that become augmented reality images when viewed through the front facing camera. The 3DS will also have backlit buttons as well as the new Home button which will enable you to bring up an in-game menu to browse the web, enable or disable Wi-Fi, and modify other settings. This should be a welcome change since on previous DS systems you had to exit any game to change a setting on the system.
No word on an official date for US soil, just sometime in March, but the $300 price should be about what to expect when it does launch.