Nintendo announced just a few short months ago at the latest Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, their newest hardware and portable system, the 3DS. While it seems like just some small upgrade from their current portable system, the DS and DSi at first glance, the 3DS will instead be the most complex handheld to be released.
The hardware’s most prominent feature that should seem obvious given its name, is that its top screen will include a fully 3-dimensional picture without the need for any glasses. With a slider bar, anyone can adjust the picture’s depth to their liking, or just shut the 3-D effect off and keep the picture 2-D. Aside from that, the lower screen will still be a touch screen like the DS and DSi, there will still be a built-in microphone like its preceding handhelds, and just as the DSi first included a built-in camera, the 3DS will not only have just one camera, but three cameras to take true 3-D pictures. One camera on the inside, above the top screen, and two depth-measuring cameras positioned on the outside of the top screen. It will still be able to play the original DS games and its own 3DS games.
Other features that were also explained were that the 3DS has its own Home button and Home menu, similar to the Nintendo Wii’s Home menu. The Home menu is the main startup menu where all its features can easily be accessed, such as its Internet Browser, Friends List, Notifications, and more. Just as the Wii introduced their Mii’s (your own custom-made avatar for certain games), the 3DS will now use these Miis as well. Another Wii-exclusive feature is also being brought to the 3DS — the portable games Virtual Console. Just as the Wii allowed players to download any past console games from the NES to the N64 (and other non-Nintendo systems) for reduced prices, the 3DS’s Virtual Console will now allow players to download games from the original Gameboy and Gameboy Color, with more information later on. There is also a Motion Sensor and Gyro Sensor inside as well, so the hardware and games will pick up on and react to movements of any sort to the system, also like the Wii’s Wii Remote.
The video games that will be released either on the same day as the 3DS — or by spring — were also revealed soon after their announcement of the system. Announced games include:
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
- Star Fox 64 3D
- Kid Icarus: Uprising
- nintendogs + cats
- Pilotwings Resort
From 3rd-Party companies:
- Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition
- Steel Driver
- Asphalt 3D
- Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
- Dead or Alive Dimensions
- Ridge Racer 3D
- Combat of Giants: Dinosaur 3D
- Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D
- Bust-A-Move Universe
- Super monkey Ball 3D
- Samurai Warriors Chronicles
- Tom Clancey’s Ghost Recon Shadow Wars
- The Sims 3
- Madden NFL Football
- Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D
…and many more.
Now, just no more than about three days ago, information on the 3DS price and release date have been confirmed for the United States.
The 3DS system will be released in the United States on March 27th, 2011, in two different colors: Aqua Blue and Cosmo Black. Both colors’ prices in the United States will be priced at $249.99* (*Manufacturer’s suggested retail price. price and retailers may vary).
For more information on the 3DS system, visit Nintendo’s official 3DS site at http://www.nintendo.com/3ds/