Nintendo's 3DS, the first portable 3D glasses-free gaming device, will go on sale in Europe in March.

See: Nintendo 3DS Available March 27 for £229

The 3DS will hit Japan first on February 2 and will cost ¥25,000 (£188.97), Satoru Iwata, Nintendo's president, told a packed news conference in Chiba, near Tokyo.  UK price details will be announced in due course.

The device has a screen that doesn't require the user to wear 3D glasses. Instead, a filter over the display splits the on-screen image and sends a slightly different image towards the user's right and left eyes, providing the illusion of depth.

The DS was first launched in 2004 and has been revised several times. Nintendo had sold 132 million of the portable devices from the launch through June this year, but recently sales have been slipping. Between April and June this year, quarterly sales of the device dropped by almost half.

Nintendo is hoping the 3DS will revive interest in its the DS.

See also: Nintendo 3DS hardware specs leaked online