Nintendo Makes the 3DS Official, No Goofy Glasses Required

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At Nintendo’s E3 press conference today, the company gave the 3D, no-glasses-required Nintendo DS the official “Nintendo 3DS” moniker. Originally announced in March, Nintendo’s next portable brought with it a fair amount of additional detail today. The official announcement can be found here, the specs page can be found here, and the highlights are as follows:

Nintendo 3DS comes with a 3.53-inch top screen and a 3.02-inch bottom touch screen. It has three cameras – one inner and two outer – to deliver the 3D effect and take 3D pictures. It includes a motion sensor, a gyro sensor and even a Slide Pad that allows 360-degree analog input.”

A launch date and pricing haven’t been given but previous rumors have hinted at a March timeframe for Japan. Needless to say, we won’t see it by the holidays. Some early 3D titles from Nintendo will include Kid Icarus: Uprising, Mario Kart, Nintendogs + Cats, PilotWings Resort, Animal Crossing, StarFox 64 3D, Steel Driver, and Paper Mario.

Third party titles include DJ Hero 3D, Resident Evil Revelations, The Sims 3, Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D, Ridge Racer, Kingdom Hearts, Dead or Alive, Samurai Warriors, and more.

The 3.53-inch top screen will not be a touchscreen but will supply the 3D imagery via an 800×240 resolution, with 400 pixels “allocated for each eye to enable 3D viewing.” No special 3D glasses are required for use with the device. The bottom screen is a 3-inch 320×240 touchscreen.

There are three—yes, three—built-in cameras. A standard front-firing camera and two outer cameras that can take 3D photos. Nintendo’s also included an analog controller called the “Slide Pad” above the standard D-Pad. The Nintendo 3DS will be backwards-compatible with DS games and there’s also a built-in SD card slot.

There’s Wi-Fi connectivity for internet access and the “Nintendo 3DS hardware is designed so that even when not in use, it can automatically exchange data with other Nintendo 3DS systems or receive data via the Internet while in sleep mode.” The system will be available in blue or red.

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