A new 3D game from Nintendo’s Super Mario series is in the works for the Nintendo 3DS portable system.
Nintendo also announced two upcoming collaborations: Nintendo 3DS owners will be able to connect automatically to the Internet at more than 10,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots.
And Netflix members will instantly stream movies and other content on their Nintendo 3DS systems.[ Also Read: Dream Build Play Challenge from Microsoft ]
These features were announced Wednesday at the Game Developers Conference during Nintendo President Satoru Iwata’s keynote address, titled “Video Games Turn 25: A Historical Perspective and Vision for the Future.”
During his speech, Iwata said Nintendo 3DS gives developers new tools to create games while enabling them to reach the public in new ways.
“There is great potential to increase the number of people who enjoy video games by opening up new game-play opportunities that are only available through the use of 3D,” Iwata said.
“Nintendo 3DS will be the most connected Nintendo device ever, with its ability to link people via local wireless connections, while at the same time connecting them to people and content worldwide via hotspot connectivity.”[ Also Read: Kinect for Xbox 360: Over 2.5 Million in 25 Days ]
Meanwhile, Sony Ericsson and Major League Gaming (MLG), the world’s leading professional video game league and provider of cross platform online videogame competition, have announced a partnership making Xperia PLAY the official mobile handset of Major League Gaming. (Read: Sony Ericsson Offers Xperia PLAY to Gamers)
And Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) has announced its next generation portable entertainment system (codename: NGP), which aims to deliver the portable entertainment experience. NGP will make its debut at the end of this year, 2011. (Read: Sony to Target Portable Gaming Market with NGP)
Nintendo 3DS launches March 27 in the United States at a suggested retail price of $249.99. It lets users view 3D content without the need for special glasses.[ Also Read: How to Play 3D Games without Glasses ]
The announced 3D Super Mario game will feature traditional Mario game play and will fulfill the dream of Nintendo video game designer (and Mario creator) Shigeru Miyamoto to bring true depth and distance into the game’s mechanics, says the company.
The game is being developed by the same Nintendo team that created the Wii console games Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2.