After over half a year of waiting and speculation, Nintendo’s promised reveal for the 3DS’s release date has finally arrived. The magic date: February 26, 2011, for a price of ¥25,000 (just shy of $300).

This date and pricing is just for Japan, though; Western markets will have to wait until March, with no specific date set as of yet. While this doesn’t line up with the previous rumors – and instead falls squarely in line with Nintendo’s original promise of “before the end of the fiscal year” – it’s nice to finally know that we should be able to get our hands on the 3DS within the next six months.

We still don’t have solid word on the projected launch titles, but a release calendar is sure to follow soon. Here’s hoping Ocarina of Time 3D will be among them.

UPDATE: IGN brings us more information about Nintendo’s plans for the system. Here’s a rundown of what we know:

  • Launch colors will be Aqua Blue and Cosmic Black
  • Mii construction will utilize the 3DS’s 3D camera
  • Capable of multitasking via the Home button
  • Bundled with 2GB SD card
  • GameBoy and GameBoy Advance games will be available via download
  • More classic games will be available in 3D
  • The system’s “Tag Mode” can be used for leaderboard rankings

Source: Kotaku

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