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Nintendo 3DS announced in Japan
Nintendo 3DS announced in Japan

Nintendo 3DS is the Nintendo DSi with a 3D display

Nintendo 3DS announced in Japan

It seems that the next generation of Nintendo handhelds are entering a whole new dimension and it could be much more innovative than that bigger-screened Nintendo DSi XL. That’s because the Nintendo 3DS will feature a 3D display and you won’t even need some goofy goggles to make use of it.

This not just a rumor. Nintendo Japan has officially announced the Nintendo 3DS. If you’re expecting Avatar-style 3D where the objects leap off the screen, you’re going to be sorely disappointed. That’s not the 3D you’ll be getting here, from what I can tell.  Instead, from a best guess point of view, the Nintendo 3DS will an accelerometer.  In doing so, it can alter the perspective of the game to give the appearance of depth depending on the tilted angle it is held at. It’s like you are looking deep into the screen for 3D rather than having things come out of the screen. There may be more to it, but that sounds like the main 3D tech being used.

The rumors surrounding other features are plentiful. It will be backwards compatible with DS and DSi games, but it’s unclear whether it’ll have vibration feedback, or a higher resolution (720p) screen. There might be a Tegra chip and there might be a 3G SIM slot for over-the-air downloads.

A more formal unveiling will likely take place at E3 Expo this June.

Update: This is not a Nintendo 3DS demo but a DSiware title called Rittai Kakushi e Attakoreda.  It uses the DSi camera to detect how you tilt the system and uses “Head Tracking” technology.

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  • jarret

    how do the dsi 3ds cost

  • Izzy

    OMG this looks AWESOME!!! i want one!! how much is it??

  • cg1982

    omg i so want one

  • http://Enteryourwebsite... brandon

    how much is the 3D DS

  • james braselton

    hi there you are right you can not see 3DS and regular video you need 3D video with a 3D screen or 3d tv or at game stores thats why nintendo at E3 saying there will be confirmed 3DS demo units at game store and retailers its like 3D avatar movie you wont get full picture on computers

  • christine

    when is it coming out in ireland

  • Michael

    That is unbelievable. I hope this is what the 3ds really looks like. I’ve been looking for a cool demo, but its unfortunate that regular video can’t capture the 3dness. I hope Nintendo 3ds Accessories are compatible with my old addons. I dropped quite a bit on my DS customizing it to my liking and I would hope that some of that stuff is still useful when I get the 3ds.