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The 3DS: 3D Gaming, 3D Camera and 3D Movies

After several game announcements and discussions about already annouced titles and Wii stats, the company finally unveiled the 3DS. Nintendo announced the 3DS a while back but gave very little information other than teasing that we wouldn't need glasses to get the full 3D effect. Today the company debuted the product and we finally got to lay eyes on the handheld we'd been speculating about.

It's blue and like all DSes, it packs two screens. However, unlike previous DSes, the screens are two different sizes. The slightly bigger (3.5-inch) widescreen on top is reserved for the 3D technology and is not touch sensitive. The arrow keys have been shifted down to make room for an analog stick, the "slide pad," which is actually quite flat, and there's three cameras, one on front and two on the back, one of which takes 3D pictures. One of the biggest surprises about the 3DS is that the device will play 3D Hollywood movies like How to Train Your Dragon.

Nintendo talked briefly about games and we're just a little bit excited about these titles: DJ Hero 3D, Madden, Saints Row, Professor Layton, Resident Evil, Assassin's Creen, Ridge Racer and METAL GEAR SOLID.

No word on pricing or release dates but we can only assume it'll be "in time for the holidays" at the very latest as it doesn't make sense to miss out on all the "I want" vibes that hit around Christmas time.

  • ern88
    Everything is going 3D. Hope its a fad!!!
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  • dman3k
    Yeah for glassesless 3D!
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  • the last resort
    is it too hard to get one picture? or did they not put out pictures?
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  • ikefu
    I'm actually most excited about the higher resolution and the much improved graphics/processor. I put down my DS for my PSP because of the graphics. Looks like I'll be going back to Nintendo again.
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  • descendency
    SmochinaSo, does it need glasses for 3d or not?It does not need glasses to be seen but the effect must be viewed through the DS's screen.

    The 3D screen is basically a screen with tiny slits that your eyes will view at different angles causing different images to be shown to each eye. Since the images are rendered twice, you see added depth.
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  • dragonsqrrl
    the last resortis it too hard to get one picture? or did they not put out pictures?Just look around online a little, there have been many videos and pictures posted as well as first impressions.

    http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/15/nintendo-3ds-in-the-flesh/http://e3.nintendo.com/3ds/http://ds.ign.com/articles/109/1098014p1.html
    Nintendo has stressed that the 3DS units on display are demo/engineering samples only, adding that the final production version could look quite a bit different.
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  • AMDnoob
    OMG... it's uglier than I thought it would be... it's so chunky and mis-matched.. not a fan. I think the designers must be color blind cause that puky(?) torquise w/ black just looks terrible. And the Dpad looks awkward to use. It doesn't look very idk, elegant, or well though out.
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  • AMDnoob
    puky as in "eww" thats not a nice colour. like that salmon they've got out for the DS XL.
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  • Kelavarus
    AMDnoobOMG... it's uglier than I thought it would be... it's so chunky and mis-matched.. not a fan. I think the designers must be color blind cause that puky(?) torquise w/ black just looks terrible. And the Dpad looks awkward to use. It doesn't look very idk, elegant, or well though out.
    ... You puke turquoise? You'd better see a doctor, dude.
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  • dragonsqrrl
    I'm excited to find out the hardware specs for this thing, like what CPU/GPU is used as well as their capabilities, but I haven't seen any information released on internal hardware specs yet.

    All I've heard so far are rumors suggesting graphics capabilities that could be similar to the GameCube/Xbox.

    The known hardware specs so far relate to the screens, game cards, and wireless communication:
    Top Screen:3.53-inch widescreen LCD display, enabling 3D view without the need for special glasses; with 800x240 pixel resolution (400 pixels are allocated for each eye to enable 3D viewing).
    Touch Screen:3.02-inch LCD with 320x240 pixel resolution with a touch screen.
    Nintendo 3DS Game Card:2 GB Max. at launch.
    Wireless Communication:Can communicate in the 2.4 GHz band. Multiple Nintendo 3DS systems can connect via a local wireless connection to let users communicate or enjoy competitive game play. Systems also can connect to LAN access points to access the Internet and allow people to enjoy games with others. Will support IEEE 802.11 with enhanced security (WPA/WPA2). Nintendo 3DS hardware is designed so that even when not in use, it can automatically exchange data with other Nintendo 3DS systems or receive data via the Internet while in sleep mode.
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