The official North American release date and price has been revealed. Plus more info.
The Nintendo DS will be released on 21/11/04 in North America at the price point of $149.99. Much lower then expected.
PictoChat will come built-in to the Nintendo DS. Your DS will spring to life out of sleep mode when you recieve a new message with this chat software.
Also Metroid Prime Hunters: First Hunt will come boxed with every Nintendo DS *UPDATE* This is only a multiplayer demo NOT the full game
Certainly some great news. The inclusion of a boxed game is quite amazing. But my sneaking suspisions are that Metroid Prime Hunters: First Hunt is a purely multiplayer DS game. However this is just my speculation, don't hold me to it.
The European and Australian release is still Q1 2005 and December 2nd for Japan. North America will get the DS before Japan
*UPDATE* No Nintendo DS game will have Password save. Every DS game will have battery backup.
Important Quotes directly from the Nintendo Press Site:
"Nintendo DS has a flip-top cover that protects both screens. Two speakers on the unit's face let users hear virtual surround sound, while its dual screens open games to a multitude of possibilities. Nintendo DS sits 148.7 millimeters (5.85 inches) wide, 84.7 millimeters (3.33 inches) long and 28.9 millimeters (1.13 inches) tall with the cover closed. The new media format for games means that Nintendo DS has no moving parts that could be misaligned if the unit is dropped or jarred.
"Embedded PictoChat software that allows up to 16 users to chat at once, embedded real-time clock, date, time and alarm, touch-screen calibration"
"Lithium ion battery delivering six to 10 hours of play on a four-hour charge, depending on use"
"The voice capabilities also could allow gamers to chat with one another over the Internet while playing."
Not confirmed news, signs point to being true:
-The Nintendo DS will only be released in one colour scheme (silver & black) at release
-The Nintendo DS will most likely be region-free as the PictoChat software built in is in a variety of different languages (English, Japanese, Spanish, French, German, Italian)
4 New Nintendo DS Images: