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  • Apr 16, 2010
The Nintendo 3DS is about to make its debut in the USA market this March 25th, 2011.  You can already pre-order yours at Amazon.com for $249 US dollars. Since Nintendo's press release last year, more details of this portable 3D game system has been released.  I want to give a quick over-view of what you can expect of the new 3DS system.

I think that the most exciting thing about this portable 3D gaming system is the fact that it will display 3D graphics, photo, and videos in 3D without the need of any special equipment (like for example 3D glasses). You will be able to see the 3D effects with your naked eyes.  If this system can do this well, it could revolutionize the 3D market and open doors for many future 3D products and technologies. For example, Nintendo is talking about releasing 3D hollywood movies on the device ....which will naturally be viewable in 3D. 

But displaying things in 3D is only half the trick.... the Nintendo 3DS will also allow you to take 3D photos using it's integrated 2-Camera system. I would think that it should also let you take 3D videos, but I'm not sure if they will include this feature right off the bat.  The system actually has 3 cameras.  2 of which are used to capture 3D images while the 3rd faces the user and is located above the top LCD screen. The cameras resolutions are all .3MP or 640X480 pixels.

The design of the 3DS is very similar to the Nintendo DS and DSi systems that precede it.  Also, it will be (backwards) compatible with the older Nintendo DS/DSi games.   It has two screens.... one is the 3D screen while the other is 2D touchscreen.  The 3D screen has a resolution of 800x240 pixels but will effectively display 400x240 resolution 3D images. 

The 3DS will also support (2.4Ghz 802.11) Wi-fi connectivity, have an internal accelerometer/gyroscope (which detects tilt) and a slider that lets you control the 'intensity' of the 3D effect to your liking.  There's also an option to turn the 3D effects off.   The brains of the system is a custom designed graphics processor called the PICA200.  No details of the design or speed of this chip has been release yet.

The Nintendo 3DS is currently available (for pre-order)  in 'cosmo black' and 'aqua blue'. 

It is difficult to say whether the 3DS will be a big success or a big flop (I'm not even going to mention Nintendo's first 3D gaming system attempt :) at this point.  But as a 3D fan, I'm really hoping that it will be a huge success.  Playing true 3D stereoscopic games has always been a hope and dream of mine.  I'm hoping that Nintendo did it's homework this time around and designed an amazing portable 3D gaming system.   Only time will tell, but I'm betting on Nintendo to deliver... and I really respect them for taking the huge risk/challenge head-on.  Here's to more devices which feature 3D screens without the need of 3D glasses! 

Cheers! :)

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The Nintendo 3DS is a portable game console by Nintendo, which can produce "3D effects without the need for any special glasses."  Scheduled for release in the fiscal year ending March 2011, the portable will succeed the Nintendo DS series of handhelds,  which primarily shares the handheld console market with Sony's PSP (PlayStation Portable).  The Nintendo 3DS will feature backward compatibility with Nintendo DS series software, including Nintendo DSi software.

Announcing the device on March 23, 2010, Nintendo plans to announce additional details at the 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), scheduled for June 15–17, when the company will invite people to play with the console. According to industry analysts, the timing of Nintendo's announcement, which has drawn attention away from the launch of the company's still-new Nintendo DSi XL handheld, was likely intended to preempt impending news leaks about the product by the Japanese press.

The Nintendo 3DS was officially unveiled on June 15th, 2010 at the E3 gaming expo.
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Brand: Nintendo
Category: Video Games
Developer: Nintendo
Release Date: March 27, 2011

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