Nintendo Announces 3DS Handheld

Ryan Whitwam

If you think 3D is a fad you can do without, don't look now because Nintendo just got into 3D in a big way. The console maker has officially announced their new 3DS handheld game platform . The unit itself looks like a regular DSi, but uses a 3D screen that does not require glasses. It may be using a type of parallax barrier technology to produce the effect. The top screen is a 3.5-inch 3D panel, and the lower 3-inch screen is touch sensitive. There is also a motion sensor and a gyroscope that we believe will be used to adjust perspective in the 3D environment.

There will be a slider to adjust the 3D effect to their liking; it can even be turned off completely. Users will be able to download 3D movies to the device, and take 3D pictures. As for the games, Nintendo made it clear that they weren't going to be developing the only 3D enhanced games. The likes of Activisio, Take Two, Sega, Capcom, and Namco Bandai will be on board as well.

No pricing or street date information was provided, but at least it's now a real product. Are you in the market for this device? Admittedly, the prospect of a new Kid Icarus game has us a little excited.

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