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Nintendo 3DS announced- yep 3d without glasses


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Details from Joystiq

press release on Nintendo's Japanese website appears to confirm the company's next handheld console, temporarily named the "Nintendo 3DS," and said to include hardware and software that will enable "3D effects" without the need for special glasses. The console is stated to be backwards compatible with DS and DSi games and is expected to go on sale (in Japan, presumably) "during the fiscal year ending March 2011" -- so within the next year. The press release has no pictures or other information, and save for the fact that it appears as a file on Nintendo's website, there's no other official word about the new hardware.


Will be shown at E3
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If it were closer to April 1st I'd think this was a joke :) Surprised at the design pictured on Joystiq - very old-school GBA.
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I don't think Nintendo's actually released any pictures/designs, and I don't see a mock-up on Joystiq any more; must have been pulled?

VirtualBoy 2?
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I did not see this one coming:

http://kotaku.com/54...he-nintendo-3ds

EDIT: Duh, DS != console. Sorry for posting this in the console thread.

Edited by secretvampire, 23 March 2010 - 02:35 PM.

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It is time for a new line.
I guess they learned from their last attempt at a 3D platform.
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The picture was a joke; too many people thought it was the real thing so we pulled it to keep the commenters focused on things that weren't stupid.
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If it were closer to April 1st I'd think this was a joke :) Surprised at the design pictured on Joystiq - very old-school GBA.


With the GBA picture on engadget, I thought exactly the same thing for a few seconds. First thing I did was look to the bottom right of the screen to see what day it was.
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With the GBA picture on engadget, I thought exactly the same thing for a few seconds. First thing I did was look to the bottom right of the screen to see what day it was.


The picture was a joke;


Just a reminder.
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Josh have you seen one of these 3D screens in person? I would imagine the viewing angles are really tight on them.
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It's not 3D. It's stereoscopy, which gives you parallax information.

kelley, yes the angles are really tight, google "autostereoscopic displays"
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O.k. thanks for clarification on the joke image :) Having seen the vids of the real thing now I'm happy that it looks like a DSi XL and I was fairly impressed with the stereoscopic effect. It seemed to simulate depth pretty well but, the limited viewing angle kinda kills it right? I just don't think this is a portable I would buy but I guess I might change my mind if I see some games that really use it well...
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Having seen the vids of the real thing now I'm happy that it looks like a DSi XL


Wait, what?? Nintendo still hasn't released any media of it... Link??
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You know what, I'm going to give Nintendo the benefit of the doubt. Yes, Virtual Boy was garbage, but the DS sounded just as crazy and it worked, so we'll see what happens with this. If nothing else, 3d might be only part of the equation, and there might be enough other features to create better 2d games on the handheld.

I really hope that someone's handheld takes a page from the Kindle playbook and incorporates always on wireless-it'd be a great way to get games onto the thing.
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Magness must be in the future. ;)
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He might have been referring to this, linked within the Kotaku article.


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That's by head tracking (nothing new), since the DS has a camera, they can do a rough estimation on head positioning (many companies are producing algorithms for this) and change the perspective of the camera in the 3D scene.

That would be motion parallax.

IF you want to see in action, Johnny Lee did it with a wiimote, here:
http://johnnylee.net/projects/wii/

Edited by AlbertA, 24 March 2010 - 05:08 PM.

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Thanks for posting that.
That certainly is an inexpensive way to bring 3D to the new console. It has to be considered a leading contender for what they have in mind for the 3DS
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The johnny lee demo was pretty cool. Makes me want to try it at home tonight. If the DS is using motion parallax I'll pick one up. apparently the rumour is that Sharp is supplying the screens.
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Oh hell, yes that's exactly what I saw. "I'm out" :/ Everytime I check on this stupid thing I find the wrong footage or wrong images or wrong info... <Sigh> I give up heheh. I hope it's cool and there are good games for it - end of line

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Oh hell, yes that's exactly what I saw. "I'm out" :/ Everytime I check on this stupid thing I find the wrong footage or wrong images or wrong info... <Sigh> I give up heheh. I hope it's cool and there are good games for it - end of line

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Heh, Ninty even said E3 ;)
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