Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo Co., Ltd. has released an official statement announcing plans to release a new handheld system, tentatively given the name Nintendo 3DS. It is said to produce 3D effects without the need for glasses. The handheld is also backwards compatible with the library of Nintendo DS and DSi titles. Further details are set to be revealed at this year’s E3, which will be held from June 15th to the 17th.

Official announcement

Nintendo Co., Ltd. (Minami-ward of Kyoto-city, President Satoru Iwata) will launch “Nintendo 3DS” (temp) during the fiscal year ending March 2011, on which games can be enjoyed with 3D effects without the need for any special glasses.

“Nintendo 3DS” (temp) is going to be the new portable game machine to succeed “Nintendo DS series”, whose cumulative consolidated sales from Nintendo amounted to 125 million units as of the end of December 2009, and will include backward compatibility so that the software for Nintendo DS series, including the ones for Nintendo DSi, can also be enjoyed.

We are planning to announce additional details at E3 show, which is scheduled to be held from June 15, 2010 at Los Angeles in the U.S.

– Nintendo Co., Ltd.

The Nintendo DS is the successor of the Game Boy Advance set of gaming systems, first released in 2004. Its notable feature is its pair of screens, one of which is a touch-sensitive. Two years after its launch, the Nintendo DS Lite, a slightly smaller version of the original DS, started to be sold. The Nintendo DSi soon followed in 2008. While this system is no longer capable of playing the Game Boy Advance games, it does allow players to download games via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, among other new features. In late 2009, a bigger DSi, the Nintendo DSi XL (known as the “Nintendo DSi XL” in Japan) was released.

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4 thoughts on “Nintendo 3DS

  1. Fabrice March 24, 2010 / 11:42

    we can never keep up with new technology, well sounds interesting, would like to see some examples in the near future =)

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    • Nyarth March 25, 2010 / 18:37

      I get what you’re saying, but still. I feel that Nintendo are taking things too fast and releasing new revamped and minor-tweaked versions of DSs virtually every 12 months (are they on a spending spree with their budget for this production?) they are already on their fifth revision and it’s no different than the previous fourth edition, just a bigger screen with no upgrades on the resolution.

      Surely I believe that Ninendo should just plan out a single iconic design for the DS and stick with it, and if they decide to upgrade it, they should very well just think of all the upgrades they could think of and release them in one and a half yearly intervals (like how Sony and Apple are doing with their products). I don’t even know when I should buy a new DS since the new Pokemon games are out. :<

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  2. Jave March 25, 2010 / 18:29

    Watching 3D without using any special glasses. O.o

    Not too suprised though,considering about ‘advanced techonolgies’ nowadays.But this one is exceptional…

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    • Nyarth March 25, 2010 / 18:42

      I bet all my money that it’ll turn out to be a failure. Take Project Natal for the 360 for example, everyone was all in awe when the first preview clips of people playing 360 games with just their body in front of a supposedly next-gen camera, only until Microsoft stated that you have to be in a room where you can stand four meters away from the camera (obviously not all people own houses with rooms that exceed 4 meters). Having hunches that this “3DS” would still retain its shitty resolution…

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