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Nintendo announces new, 3D DS

Nintendo announces new, 3D DS

Nintendo's new DS handheld will offer goggle-less 3D and full backwards compatibility for old DS games.

Nintendo has bravely and suddenly announced the next iteration in it's hugely successful line of DS consoles, the 3DS. As the name suggests, it'll be a DS handheld that offers 3D gaming.

Nintendo has kept close-lipped on many of the details for now, promising to unveil more specifics at E3 2010, but we do know that the 3DS will not require 3D glasses and that the system will be completely compatible with older DS games.

The 3DS is also currently set for a 2011 launch, so those of you who just rushed out to buy a DSiXL, the latest model in the DS line, will be happy that it wasn't totally wasted money.

Nintendo's DS line has so far sold more than 125 million units across the four current models - the DS, DS Lite, DSi and DSiXL.

We'll admit, though rumours that Nintendo has had a new DS in the works have been circulating for a while, we did check the date when we first saw the announcement - had April 1st crept up on us? But no, the 3DS is a genuine announcement and, providing Nintendo can fully deliver on the promise of goggle-less 3D gaming and backwards compatibility, it's a potentially tempting one too.

The timing of the 3DS couldn't be better either, with major handheld publishers like Ubisoft recently announcing that they will scale back support for the platform as sales continue to fall - a new SKU based around 3D could be just the rejuvenation Nintendo is looking for.

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Omnituens 23rd March 2010, 11:56 Quote
I thought it was DSiXL, not LL
kylew 23rd March 2010, 11:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by Omnituens
I thought it was DSiXL, not LL


You would be quite correct in thinking that.
CardJoe 23rd March 2010, 12:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by kylew
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Originally Posted by Omnituens
I thought it was DSiXL, not LL


You would be quite correct in thinking that.

THERE IS NOTHING TO SEE HERE

fixed
cjoyce1980 23rd March 2010, 12:03 Quote
XL in UK and USA. LL in Japan
crazyceo 23rd March 2010, 12:19 Quote
I may just wait on upgrading my kids DSi as I was about to go for a DSiXL. If it's a 2011 launch then I may just upgrade now for the extra £60 and then see what the 3DS looks like at E3.

Got to hand it to Nintendo as they've kept this format going for decades and doing it so bloody well.
DarkLord7854 23rd March 2010, 12:20 Quote
Bah, and I just bought a DSi.. gah.
NuTech 23rd March 2010, 12:25 Quote
If anyone is curious, the general consensus is that this DSi game uses similar '3D' technology to the 3DS.

Basically, a camera using head-tracking technology changes the in-game perspective according to the angle you're viewing from. It's a pretty smart implementation as it requires no glasses, shouldn't cause eye-strain and is cheap.

I can't wait for the device as the DS has slowly turned into my most played game console but could do with serious usability improvements (and for god-sake make one with man-sized controls).

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Edit: Wrong video.
Krikkit 23rd March 2010, 12:27 Quote
That's pretty good, I'm expecting 3D tech to penetrate every level of the market soon.
UncertainGod 23rd March 2010, 12:30 Quote
3D without glasses is something that would interest me.
memeroot 23rd March 2010, 12:44 Quote
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Ah the head tracking would 3explain it
loftie 23rd March 2010, 12:59 Quote
If it looks anything like the 3D photo frames I've seen, it'll look awful. I don't think 3D is the way to go for a handheld imho.
theflatworm 23rd March 2010, 13:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by NuTech

Basically, a camera using head-tracking technology changes the in-game perspective according to the angle you're viewing from. It's a pretty smart implementation as it requires no glasses, shouldn't cause eye-strain and is cheap.

I hate to say it, but I'm sceptical. Face-tracking tech isn't 100%, and I can see there being some pretty odd perspective changes here and there and the camera thinks you're somewhere completely different to where you really are. I have had too many bad experiences with full range motion thing you get with Wii Sports Resort (is it just me or does that thing spaz out pretty much constantly?) to be totally convinced by the idea. Still, if it works it'll be awesome :).
crazyceo 23rd March 2010, 13:08 Quote
The thing about Nintendo recently is that they have pretty much been bang on the money for a couple of years. More importantly, they haven't dropped the ball on anything gameboy/DS related.

I'm sure it will be armoured and fully operational by the time the Emporer arrives! (You just get the chance to recycle Starwars lines anymore do you?)
Bauul 23rd March 2010, 13:11 Quote
An alternative would be the dual-layor LCD display technique: tiny mirrors direct the light from every other pixel about 2 inches to the left at a distance of about 18 inches. Essentially if you hold the DS at the right angle at the right distance, your eyes pick up two different images and true 3D ensues.
theflatworm 23rd March 2010, 13:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bauul
An alternative would be the dual-layor LCD display technique: tiny mirrors direct the light from every other pixel about 2 inches to the left at a distance of about 18 inches. Essentially if you hold the DS at the right angle at the right distance, your eyes pick up two different images and true 3D ensues.

Now THAT sounds like a good idea :).
Bauul 23rd March 2010, 14:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by theflatworm
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Originally Posted by Bauul
An alternative would be the dual-layor LCD display technique: tiny mirrors direct the light from every other pixel about 2 inches to the left at a distance of about 18 inches. Essentially if you hold the DS at the right angle at the right distance, your eyes pick up two different images and true 3D ensues.

Now THAT sounds like a good idea :).

The tech is real: I read an article in Mobile Magazine a few months ago about a new mobile handset demonstration that used the technology. Here's an article on the same thing: here

Alternatively, there's the 3D method the iPhone has been demonstrated to use. The Accelerometer is used to calculate what angle that device has been moved to, and the image onscreen is moved accordingly. Example Youtube here
Jamie 23rd March 2010, 17:55 Quote
I'd like to see this tech implemented on PC
mikeuk2004 23rd March 2010, 19:48 Quote
Cough Cough...Virtual Boy......Obviously didnt learn from past mistake.
roblikesbeer 23rd March 2010, 20:40 Quote
The first thing I did when I saw this announcement was to make sure it wasn't April 1st!
ledbythereaper 24th March 2010, 01:22 Quote
An upgrade to an existing platform every year, why this reminds me of something else...
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