The long wait is over, Nintendo announced today that its highly anticipated 3DS handheld system will be hitting American retailers on March 27 (two full days after Europe gets it) and will retail for $249.99. The announcement came during a press event Nintendo held for the new system.

“Nintendo 3DS is a category of one – the experience simply doesn’t exist anywhere else,” said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. “You have to see Nintendo 3DS to believe it. And it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before.”

Also revealed was the fact that the company plans to kick off an aggressive marketing campaign for the new system, including a multi-city demo tour that will allow gamers to play the system before it’s release.

The system will come packed with a telescoping stylus and a fair amount of digital software packed in. Nintendo also announced a slew of games that are expected to hit with the system sometime this year including Pilotwings Resort, Nintendogs + Cats, submariner Steel Diver, Ocarina of Time 3D, Kid Icarus: Uprising, Dead or Alive Dimensions, Madden, Super Street Fighter IV 3D, Asphalt 3D, Combat of Giants Dinosaurs 3D, Lego Star Wars III The Clone Wars, Ridge Racer 3D, Resident Evil The Mercenaries 3D. Fils-Aime said that he expects near 30 games to be available for the system by June.

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