For those of you hoping to score Nintendo's upcoming 3DS handheld console in time for the holidays, you better have a backup gift to add to your wish list. Addressing rumors suggesting an October launch, Nintendo said not to expect the 3DS until 2011.
"Nintendo 3DS will not be arriving in 2010. 3DS won't be appearing until next year," said Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime.
Reggie's comments came during a taping of the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon talk show and clarify what Nintendo has said all along, which is that the 3DS would ship before March 31, 2011. How much earlier remains to be seen, and given the early hype, it's possible Nintendo could push the release date back to buy some time to line up more supply.
Nintendo's 3DS console has been making headlines because of its ability to produce 3D images without requiring the viewer to don a pair of stereoscopic glasses.
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.
Nintendo’s line of dual-screened consoles is a lot of things – ultra, “it prints money!” successful being chief among those – but a graphical powerhouse isn’t one of them. Or at least, it wasn’t. According to a rumor from IGN, however, the 3DS will even render circles around Nintendo’s current, also stupidly popular home console, the Wii.
"Several developers that have experienced 3DS in its current form have reported, off the record, that it has processing capabilities that far exceed the Nintendo Wii and bring the device with abilities that are close to HD consoles such as PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360," reads IGN's report.
Little is known about what’s actually under the hood of Nintendo’s latest little engine that could, but apparently it won’t be Nvidia’s Tegra mobile chipset, which many speculated might be the source of its incredible, 3D-without-glasses powers.
Fortunately, next week’s E3 gaming convention might as well be known as E3DS, since Nintendo will likely spend the majority of its two hour press conference telling us everything we’ve ever wanted to know about its latest handheld.
You’re starved for knowledge right now, but you’ll be absolutely stuffed after next week. And if you’re not, well, you probably shouldn’t mumble “I’d like some more, sir” in a quaint British accent. See, for as much graphical muscle as the 3DS might have, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime has more actual muscle, and if he hears you, well, you may actually end up eating a 3DS. With your mouth.
Nintendo's super sized DSi XL hasn't even been released yet, and already the company is talking up the next iteration of its popular handheld. It will be called the Nintendo 3DS and it will allow gamers to get their three-dimensional groove on without the need to don any dorky glasses.
"This will certainly stimulate demand for the DS, Rakuten Securities analyst Yasuo Imanaka said. "But, we need to keep in mind that this is a portable machine. If you expect the kind of full-blown 3D visuals shown on TVs or in movie theaters, you could be disappointed."
It's unknown exactly how the new system, which is slated for release in Japan by next March at the latest, will reproduce 3D effects without the aid of glasses, but one one approach would be to use some sort of head tracking mechanism. Arstechnica posted a video of a game that does exactly that, and the effect seems to work well.