Introduction To The Nintendo 3DS
With the focus of the entertainment and technology worlds on 3D TV and 3D games likely to continue unabated throughout 2011, Nintendo are clearly not going to be left behind and have announced the long awaited, but now impending release of the Nintendo 3DS portable 3D games console.
The Japanese technology giant has already sold over a reported 80 million Wii and portable consoles in the United States alone, and the 3DS is expected to increase these sales figures dramatically....along with a similar increase in games themselves as new Nintendo 3DS games get released.
How Does The 3DS Work
Using lenticular lens no glasses 3D technology, which in the 3DS uses hundreds of tiny slits in the screen to filter different perspectives to each viewing eye, the Nintendo 3DS promises to be a game changer in 3D gaming. One of the key benefits of the 3DS from a 3D gaming perspective is it's ability to display 3D images without the need for glasses, a solution which was frst developed for use in 3D TVs. You can read more on how no glasses 3D technology works at website 3DTVGuide.org.
The need to wear 3D glasses is one of the main reasons cited by users for not jumping straight into the 3D TV fan club. In order to get a 3D effect on a no glasses 3D display, the viewer needs to keep within a small viewing range or angle to avoid any distortion. This fits well with small portable units such as the Nintendo 3DS. The small screen coupled with a direct head on viewing angle of a single gamer is going to deliver impressive 3D effects.
There is a small slide knob on the side of the console which will adjust the depth of the 3D effects, giving the option to reduce from full-depth to a standard 2D display with a resolution of 800 x 240 pixels. The parallax barrier itself reduces the risk of headaches, but this adjustment capability is an added bonus that almost completely eliminates the threat of discomfort. Any player experiencing discomfort will be able to continue a game by adjusting the display, and without shutting down the console.
The Nintendo 3DS will also be equipped with a non-3D touchscreen on the lower half that will work in conjunction with the three and a half inch 3D display on the upper half of the machine. The console will also include WiFi connectivity and two outward facing digital cameras, allowing users to easily take 3D photos.
Gaming features include the ability to swap game data and items between players - known as StreetPass - and a built in wireless feature called StopPass, which lets you automatically download game updates from within WiFi hotspots while in sleep mode.
What Content Will Be Available For The 3DS?
Nintendo has reportedly formed partnerships with Warner Bros, DreamWorks, and Disney that will deliver 3D movies to the device.
But the real driver behind the new console is it's ability to play 3D games - over 30 game titles have already been announced. If the Nintendo 3DS is as successful as many anticipate, then the library of 3D games is sure to explode in size.
Here's a quick list of the 3DS games which are on the way. You can get more details on our Nintendo 3DS games page.
Zelda: Ocarina Of Time
Nintendogs and Cats
Paper Mario 3DS
Super Monkey Ball 3D
Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D - The Naked Sample
Resident Evil: The Mercenaries
Resident Evil: Revelations
Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle
Puzzle Bobble 3D
Pro Evolution Soccer 3D
Street Fighter IV 3D Edition
Dynasty Warriors Chronicle
Super Monkey Ball 3D
One Piece Unlimited Cruise SP
Dead or Alive Dimensions
Ridge Racer 3D
Kid Icarus: Uprising
Tales of the Abyss
Kingdom Hearts 3D
Gundam The 3D Battle
Pro Baseball Family Stadium 2011
3D Bijin Tokei
Starfox 64 3D
Dead Or Alive - Dimensions
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Nintendo 3DS - Latest News & Developments
Jan 2011 - 3DS Download Store
Nintendo have confirmed that their 3DS download store, or eShop, will be ready for use by UK gamers on March 25th. There is still a question over whether US players will have the same opportunity to download 3DS games and apps on the launch date of the 3DS console.
Jan 2011 - Nintendo 3DS goes on public display in Japan
Thousands of Japanese gamers got their first taste of the 3DS at a Tokyo exhibition hall when Nintendo recently displayed it's new console to the public. Reports from the showing indicate excellent image quality from the device.
The next generation portable 3D games console is scheduled for release in Japan first on Feb 26 this year, priced at roughly the equivalent of $300.
Jan 2011 - DS3 Release dates
The Japanese release will be followed a European release on the 25th March reportedly priced between £219 and £229, with the US and Australia around the same time.
Jan 2011 - Nintendo warnings for younger children Nintendo put out official warning aimed at deterring young children from playing, citing that possible eye damage for younger children may be a result of excessive play.
Jan 2011 - Nintendo shipping millions of consoles
Nintendo plan to ship 1.5 million Ds3s in the early release days to avoid potential shortages.
Jan 2011 - 3 new 3DS titles from Hudson Entertainment
Hudson Entertainment have announced 3 new DS3 games to be released later this year - Bomberman, Nikoli's Pencil Puzzle, and
Deca Sports Extreme.
For more information on the Nintendo 3DS you can visit the following websites:
Official Nintendo website
1up.com's game videos contain a whole batch of Nintendo 3DS related videos, including official trailers and actual game demos.
Wikipedia carries an in depth article on the Nintendo 3DS console.
Here's a link to a valuable Japanese lifestyle blog post on the 3DS which shouldn't be missed.
This article from Wired.com covers the technical details behind the 3DS in a straightforward, easy to read format.
Check out the official Nintendo UK Facebook page for the latest news and updates on the 3DS and 3D games, or get more of the same at the official UK Nintendo website.
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