Nintendo’s 3D handheld goes on sale in Japan

Nintendo’s latest game machine, offering glasses-free 3-D images, has gone on sale in Japan, ahead of a global rollout, and analysts say it promises to be the world’s first 3-D mass-market product.

The 25,000 yen ($300) handheld went on sale in Japan on Saturday. It goes on sale in Europe on March 25 for 250 euros, and arrives in the U.S. on March 27 for $250.

Kyoto-based Nintendo Co. is banking on the 3-D technology as sales momentum gradually fades for earlier hits such as the Wii home console and predecessor DS models.

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