Nintendo Plans New 3D Super Mario Game, Announces AT&T, Netflix Collaborations

SAN FRANCISCO– A new 3D game from Nintendo’s iconic Super Mario series is in the works for the Nintendo 3DSâ„¢ 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, while Netflix members will instantly stream movies and other content on their Nintendo 3DS systems. These features were announced today 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 and experiences never before possible 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.” 

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. 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. The game is being developed by the same Nintendo team that created the Wii™ console hits Super Mario Galaxy™ and Super Mario Galaxy 2.

At the end of May, Nintendo will provide Nintendo 3DS owners with a wireless system update that will activate the Nintendo eShop and give users access to a number of features:

  • A short-form video service will let people view trailers for Hollywood movies in 3D and access video game trailers, screen shots, background information and links to publishers’ websites. Content will include short video clips, such as comedy shorts or music videos, selected by Nintendo and delivered to Nintendo 3DS users who choose to receive them.
  • Downloadable classic games via the portable Nintendo 3DS Virtual Consoleâ„¢ service will include Game Boyâ„¢ and Game Boy Color games, as well as those from the Game Gear and TurboGrafx-16 systems.
  • “3D Classics” will introduce select classic video games remastered in 3D.
  • Games currently offered as Nintendo DSiWareâ„¢ and an Internet browser will be available.

The system update will also provide a solution for Nintendo DSiâ„¢ and Nintendo DSi XLâ„¢ owners to transfer their Nintendo DSiWare games to their new Nintendo 3DS systems.

To help make the wireless features of Nintendo 3DS as smooth as possible, Nintendo has collaborated with AT&T to provide Nintendo 3DS owners with automatic and free access to more than 10,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots nationwide with the May system update. Nintendo’s aim is to make getting connected easy for everyone, so people who opt in to the system’s SpotPass™ service will tell their Nintendo 3DS systems to automatically connect to AT&T Hot Spots at restaurants, book stores, coffee shops and airports across the country.

This summer, Nintendo 3DS will incorporate Netflix functionality. Netflix members who have an unlimited plan starting at $7.99 a month can access a broadband wireless Internet connection and instantly stream movies and TV shows directly to their Nintendo 3DS systems, similar to how the service is used on the Wii console. This means people can start watching a movie via Netflix on their Wii systems at home and then pick up the same movie later from a different location using their Nintendo 3DS systems.

For more information about Nintendo 3DS, visit http://www.nintendo3ds.com.

13 Responses to Nintendo Plans New 3D Super Mario Game, Announces AT&T, Netflix Collaborations

  1. z-nut says:

    The Skyward Sword trailer was good.
    As suspected, the graphics style has been toned down and and looks great in motion…
    The Super Mario screens looked like a cross between 64 and the classic Mario games in terms of graphical style.
    Also, I really hope that Myamoto’s Zelda 25th anversary surprise isn’t a special edition 3ds bundle…

  2. deepthought says:

    forest temple… my favorite zelda temple ever.

    great memories. 🙂

  3. Mohan says:

    Netflix is a huge surprise as well as the AT&T hotspots. Pretty cool stuff.

  4. Cory says:

    While we’re talking about wi-fi, all I want to know is this:

    Is the 3DS compatible with all network security types? I hate that I have to shut off my wireless security to get on wi-fi with my DS.

  5. Richard says:

    Very, very happy about the Netflix support!

  6. Caleb says:

    So essentially the 3DS will be incomplete, if not broken, the first two months of it’s existence. Nice job, Nintendo…

  7. Kytim89 says:

    @ Caleb

    But th two month waiting period will be worth it for what you will get in return.

  8. btj says:

    @caleb i’d rather wait 2 months for something amazing than automatically have something that was rushed and shitty. We’re all waiting i just hope nothing goes wrong.

  9. Caleb says:

    @Kyrim89 @Btj: I agree that it will be worth it, but I think Nintendo’s unwise to release the system without these components in place. I would rather they wait until May to launch the 3DS than release it before things are ready. The launch seems very rushed to me. Key components are missing and they don’t have a killer app to demonstrate the system’s potential. The 3DS is being set up to be “good” when it could be “great”.

  10. KEITH says:

    Does anyone know if the battery life for watching a movie on the 3DS will be comparable to watching one on an iPod or iPhone or Ipad?

  11. Richard says:

    Well the thing about time is that it tends to continue after a given moment – so the launch may feel rushed to some but these features will be coming. The end result is always going to be that features introduced later this year will be present whether you bought a 3DS now or then!

    We MAY be in a situation (like the Wii) where the system sells out for weeks/months after launch – by which time it will appear that the wise ones are those who had the foresight to buy early! Besides as a lowly DS lite (not DSi or XL) owner, Pilotwings resort and Steel Diver look great, and I’ve never had anything to do on my DS other than play games or pictochat, so the features of the 3DS including augmented reality, photography and more are appealing enough, at least for myself, to justify purchasing on day one.

  12. @KEITH

    The battery life for the 3DS is much, much lower than the battery life for the iPad from what I’ve read. The iPad gets like 10 hours and the 3DS might be more like half that or less for games? I don’t think anyone knows how the 3DS battery will perform with video, but I doubt it will be very good.

  13. EdEN says:

    I’ll wait until 2012 to get a 3DS due to a huge backlog and no time/money for a new system since I JUST bought a PSP on december 2011. Might even consider waiting for the first re-design so I can actually finish all my DS games and that way I can buy 10-20 3DS games at a discount in 3 years. I’ve bought Nintendo portables/consoles at launch since the GBC/N64 so this will be weird for me but it’s the only way I can continue with this very expensive hobbie AND have the time needed for quality time with my soon to be extended family…

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