Nintendo reveals the 3DS for 3D gamingNintendo launches handheld console for 3D games

16 June 2010

Nintendo 3DS

The latest version of the popular DS handheld, the 3DS, has been unveiled by Nintendo. The 3DS displays games with a 3D effect without the need for 3D glasses.

Nintendo announced news of its new portable console, the 3DS, at the E3 gaming conference in Los Angeles last night.

Portable 3D gaming from Nintendo

The top screen of the 3DS console provides the 3D effect, with the bottom screen acting as a touch screen. There is a motion sensor and gyro sensor built into the unit, to make games more immersive. The 3DS also features three cameras, one inner and two outer. Nintendo states that users can create their own 3D photographs using the console. 

Stylistically, the 3DS looks very similar to it's predecessor, the DSi. The new version sees a slightly smaller bottom touch screen, at 3.02 inches compared to the DSi's 3.25 inches, but with a bigger top screen at 3.53 inches. Another addition is the 'Slide Pad', which is an analogue thumb-stick. This is the first Nintendo handheld to include this feature, and it should make moving your character in a 3D environment more accurate than the traditional d-pad, according to Nintendo.

New 3D game releases

To support it's new console, Nintendo will be releasing 3D versions of some of it's most popular and famous franchises. These include some which haven't seen light of day for a few years such as Pilotwings, StarFox, Nintendogs and Mario Kart.

Nintendo have also confirmed that the 3DS will be backwards compatible, meaning that existing DS games will still be playable on the console.

Although there have been no official announcements on price or launch dates from Nintendo at this point, it would be surprising if the 3DS wasn't available in time for Christmas.

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