Nintendo makes big splash with 3DS


It has been known for awhile that Nintendo was working on a portable 3D device and while we had a lot of specs, nothing was certain until the big N announced it during their keynote.  So exactly what can we expect from the 3DS?

For starters, it shares a similar shape to the DS utilizing two screens with the bottom being a touch screen and the top, a new and improved 3.5 inch widescreen display with 3D abilities.  Ah yes, 3D!  Of course the most notable thing about this is how the 3D works.  While I don’t know the technical details of it, we just need to know one very simple thing – It doesn’t require any type of glasses to see its 3D power.  How great is that? And hey, if you aren’t a fan of 3D (even without glasses?! Come on!) Nintendo was thoughtful to include a slider which allows you to adjust the 3D depth perception.  This is because everyone is different with differences in reference to comfortable 3D levels.  Some may love 100% depth perception (like myself), while others have a harder time with it.  Very cool of Nintendo to include this feature.  Also, if you slide it completely down it will turn 3D off and you’ll be playing in a normal 2D viewing pleasure.

Of course what would a next generation device be without improved hardware capabilities?  While we didn’t see a whole lot, Nintendo has promised us that it contains improved graphical abilities.  Earlier, it was stated that the processing power was similar to the 360 and PS3.  I kind of doubt it’s that powerful on a handheld, but I don’t doubt it has a lot of juice running through it.  After all, it takes quite a bit of power to display images in 3D considering it needs to render the images twice at the same time.  Exactly what kind of graphics will we see?  It should definitely be a big leap over the aging DS and with talks of Metal Gear Solid 3 and The Ocarina of Time being remade for it in 3D, it has some punch.

Other things to note is that the control scheme stays familiar to the DS style.  It will contain 4 face buttons, a directional pad and a lovely new “Slide Panel”.  This slide panel is basically a slick analog stick which is a great addition.  It looked very well integrated from the pictures and the on-stage demo.  Very flat, very responsive.  Start, select and home buttons can also be found on the device right under the bottom screen and seem to be touch sensitive.  Motion and Gyro abilities are also going to be included in the 3DS.

Something that I wasn’t expecting but found to be very, very cool was the fact that there will be a few cameras.  One appears to be in the inside of the device when you open it.  This is probably for taking silly videos of yourself  (maybe for video chat?) or for in game pictures and what not.  However, the real fun is on the outside of the device where it has another two cameras.  These cameras on the outside allow you the ability to take 3D pictures.  Now that is rather exciting news. Pictures, videos, oh what else could make this wonderful?  How about support for 3D Hollywood movies?  Check!  Nintendo plans to bring 3D movies to the DS and while they were a bit quiet on the subject, they did mention a few names like, How to Train Your Dragon.

Nintendo seemed to bring it all for the 3DS and I can’t wait to get my hands on it (something I’ve never really said about the DS).  It will already have a huge catalog of games considering it is backwards compatible with all DSi titles.  Oh, and there’s an SD card slot.  Could we port all of our saved games and such over?  Perhaps DSiware titles?  So along with the DSi games, a list of 3DS games made its rounds and the list looks fantastic.  So here is what we know is coming in full 3D glory on the 3DS (courtesy of Joystiq.com):

Activision

  • DJ Hero 3D

AQ Interactive

  • Cubic ninja

Atlus

  • Shin Megami Tensei
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Persona
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor

Capcom

  • Resident Evil Revelations
  • Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition (name not final)

EA

  • EA FIFA Soccer
  • Madden NFL
  • The Sims 3


Gameloft

  • Asphalt DS

Harmonix

  • Music Game

Hudson Soft

  • Bomberman franchise
  • Deca Sports franchise
  • Kororinpa franchise

Konami

  • Baseball franchise
  • Contra franchise
  • Frogger franchise
  • Hideo Kojima’s Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D “The Naked Sample”
  • Pro Evolution Soccer franchise / Winning Eleven franchise

Level-5

  • Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle (name not final)


Majesco Entertainment

  • BloodRayne: The Shroud
  • A Boy and His Blob
  • Face Racers: Photo Finish
  • Lion’s Pride: Adventures on the Serengeti
  • Martha Stewart
  • WonderWorld Amusement Park

Marvelous

  • Bokujyoumonogatari (Harvest Moon) 3D (name not final)

Namco

  • Dragon Ball franchise (name not final)
  • Gundam franchise (name not final)
  • PAC-MANTM & GALAGATM (name not final)
  • Ridge Racer (name not final)
  • Super Robot franchise (name not final)

Nintendo

  • Animal Crossing Kid Icarus: Uprising
  • Mario Kart
  • nintendogs + cats
  • Paper Mario
  • PilotWings Resort
  • Star Fox 64 3D
  • Steel Diver

Rocket

  • Crash-City GP
  • VS-robo

Sega

  • Sonic (name not final)
  • Super Monkey Ball (name not final)

Square Enix

  • CODENAME: Chocobo Racing
  • 3D Dragon Quest franchise
  • Final Fantasy franchise
  • Kingdom Hearts franchise

Take-Two Interactive

  • Carnival Games franchise

Tecmo Koei

  • Dead or Alive 3D (name not final)
  • Dynasty Warriors (name not final)
  • Ninja Gaiden (name not final)
  • Samurai Warriors 3D (name not final)

TOMY

  • Lovely Lisa 3D
  • Naruto Shippuden Action

THQ

  • de Blob 2
  • Kung Fu Panda
  • Kaboom of Doom
  • Marvel Super Hero Squad
  • Infinity Gauntlet
  • The Penguins of Madagascar
  • Puss N Boots
  • Saints Row: Drive-By

Ubisoft

  • Assassin’s Creed: Lost Legacy
  • Battle of Giants: Dinosaur Strike
  • Driver Renegade Hollywood 61 (name not final)
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Chaos Theory

Warner Bros

  • Batman franchise
  • LEGO franchise

No release date or prices were given just yet but we should expect to hear more about that perhaps heading to TGS?

(3DS Overview – Courtesy of Gametrailers.com)

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