The handheld console will feature one 3D screen and one touch-screen, as well as a motion sensor, a gyro sensor and the ability to take 3D photographs.
It will also allow users to download games from a platform similar to Apple’s App Store, cashing in on the trend for classic games, and play games wirelessly against friends.
Nintendo, which flew Jonathan Ross over for the console’s launch in Amsterdam, did not release pricing information but the unit has gone on pre-order at HMV for £229.99.
The Japanese firm behind consoles including the Wii and the N64 had planned to release the 3DS before Christmas but was forced to push the date back after development delays.
As a result Nintendo was forced to cut its earnings forecast for the year by a third. The company trimmed its projection for overall DS sales for the year to 23.5m units from 30m and lowered its estimate for Wii consoles to 17.5m machines from 18m.