Nintendo Reveals New 3D Handheld

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Nintendo Reveals New 3D Handheld

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Nintendo has announced the existence of the "3DS," a 3D-capable handheld that will be formally revealed at this year's E3.

Normally, the Big Three tend to save their megaton announcements for major shows like E3, but if Nintendo has been known for anything this generation, it's refusing to lock step with the rest of the crowd. An unassuming press release that went out last night carried with it a major revelation: The new line of Nintendo's famous handheld consoles is upon us.

The Nintendo 3DS will be formally revealed at E3, but we know a bit about it already. The new device will be released sometime during Nintendo's next fiscal year (between April 2010 and March 2011), and will allow games to be "enjoyed with 3D effects without the need for any special glasses," whatever that means.

Despite the name, this is not a new revision of the DS hardware a la the DS Lite, DSi or DSi XL; the 3DS is a completely new line of hardware (as the Game Boy Advance was to the Game Boy, or the DS was to the GBA). However, it will retain full backwards compatibility with all DS and DSi titles, which seems to suggest it will have digital camera support a la the DSi.

Judging by remarks reportedly made by Nintendo chieftain Satoru Iwata earlier this year, we may also be able to assume that the 3DS will have "highly detailed graphics" and "a sensor with the ability to read the movements of people playing." But it looks like we'll have to wait until June to find out the specifics at E3.

Oh, and as MTV Multiplayer points out, "3DS" is just a temporary name for it. So it's what we'll be using until we find out the real name.

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"One more Virtual Boy and they could wank the whole company away."

Huh, well we'll see about this 3-D handheld.

Nintendo tries 3D?

I could swear I've heard that before...

Any details about the graphics capabilities, like which GPU they'll be using in this.

hmm interesting, for some reason it seems a little fast for the next generation of handheld from nintendo... but i think that's just because they keep coming out with new designs for the damn DS. i can't quite say that 3d is going to catch my attention at all, although we'll really have to see....

Awesome.

Just... just awesome.

Does it have GBA compatibility?

Was this the thing with the same strength as the Gamecube? If so holycraps awesome!
But so soon? But awesome that we can play DS games on it.

uhh I really don't know
we'll see, tho we do know people will buy...

I haven't exactly been connected to handhelds since I never got one when I was a kid like all the cool kids haha

It's a next-gen DS what do you think? I honestly don't know why people still obsess over GBA backwards compatibility. Unless you sold your GBA when you got a DS there shouldn't be much fuss over it.

And this is how it will look like.

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So is this the fabled DS2 that is said to have the gaming properties of the Gamecube? If so I hope they make a non 3d version.

That picture gives me a headache.
OT: No, please, no new handhelds yet. I don't want to buy a new one to play the next Pokemon game...
Please just let the next generation come out before this thing.

I think this similarity to their Virtualboy is perfect. Nintendo is doubted by everyone. "You've tried this before," they'll all say, "You're mad. It won't work!"

...and then, when it's finally released, Nintendo triumphantly amazes everyone with an entire new dimension available in the palms of our hands!

...annnnd then it'll get old in about a month, dying in popularity as just another silly Nintendo gimmick.

Anyone else looking forward to the 3DSiXLQWERTY V3.0?

Due for release about three seconds after the 3DS

Eugh... is it wrong that I'm just not bothered any more?

oppp7:
That picture gives me a headache.
OT: No, please, no new handhelds yet. I don't want to buy a new one to play the next Pokemon game...
Please just let the next generation come out before this thing.

R/B/Y Gameboy
G/S/C Gameboy Color
R/S/E Gameboy Advance
D/P/P DS

Looks like it's time to buy a new handheld for the next Pokemon games.

Darkstar370:
And this is how it will look like.

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hehe, thats awesome.

Im curious though as to how they will approach this...

I am interested, nintendo do your best.

I may actually buy something from you this time

Darkstar370:
R/B/Y Gameboy
G/S/C Gameboy Color
R/S/E Gameboy Advance
D/P/P DS

You forgot the remakes that bump them up two generations. Firered, Leafgreen, Heartgold, Soulsilver, etc.

I am enjoying all the virtual boy jokes here. Good to see the skepticism behind the project. I also wonder if this is the model with tilt control.

DeadlyYellow:

Darkstar370:
R/B/Y Gameboy
G/S/C Gameboy Color
R/S/E Gameboy Advance
D/P/P DS

You forgot the remakes that bump them up two generations. Firered, Leafgreen, Heartgold, Soulsilver, etc.

I could also add Coloseum and XD (and many more), but I wanted to keep it short and simple without any spin-offs/remakes.

Oh and despite all the Virtual Boy jokes, I'm sure the new handheld will sell like crazy.

wait wasnt it nintendo who said they werent very impressed with 3D and didnt like it? if so they are huge hypocritcs.

Okay Nintendo, you've got me interested.
Imagine one of the Pokemon games in full 3D. Awesome!

Interesting and all, but how will this work? And where is the GBA backwards compatability? :|

3D is pathetically over rated.
It is nothing special.
They are venturing into places that are best not travelled.
It's like going into a cave that says "DEAD END"
They know it's coming but they still go in anyway...

As long as it has colours other than just red that are visible i think it will do well.

Ok, I'm interested enough to keep an eye on it, but not yet intrigued enough to actually buy it. Keep them infos coming, and I may change my mind, but this thing had better come with a large bottle of aspirin if it's anything like the virtualboy (or so I'm told, as I've never played the bloody thing).

wait wasnt it nintendo who said they werent very impressed with 3D and didnt like it? if so they are huge hypocritcs.

Iwata was talking about 3D with glasses. The 3DS is most likely going to use autostereoscopic LCD screens: http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~nad10/pubs/EID97.pdf

Hmm, we'll see about this. Nintendo's last two consoles have been shaky and they certainly don't have my trust at the moment, but their handhelds are boss.

I'm slightly saddened my thread has been killed by you evil evil reporters doing your jobs! :P I mean it was only 6 hours old and its been killed. The horror, the hororrrrrr!

On topic: I bet pokemon gen 5 for launch title along with okamiden and GS3 and if it does have the rumored GC level of power RE4:3DS as Capcom love whoring that game as much as they can :P

Looks like 3D is the next big thing. In the future we'll all have 4D TVs (3D TVs with clocks attached) and will laugh at the primitive fools who lusted after 3D.

Hubilub:
Nintendo tries 3D?

I could swear I've heard that before...

JaredXE:
"One more Virtual Boy and they could wank the whole company away."

Huh, well we'll see about this 3-D handheld.

.....i thought i was going to be cool and make the first virtual boy joke

Huzzah! I hope this is real >_> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5QSclrIdlE

Sounds like it'll be pretty cool. Too bad the next Pokemon games will probably STILL look like Super Nintendo games, as Game Freak is incredibly lazy.

why the hell do we need so many versions of the DS?

Soylent Bacon:

...annnnd then it'll get old in about a month, dying in popularity as just another silly Nintendo gimmick.

Which gimmick would that be? If it's the original Virtual Boy, then yes that was silly. If it was the Wii or the DS, sales figures would like to disagree with you harshly.

Anyway this is a huge gamble for Nintendo, much like the original DS was, and they know it. It's why they're announcing it as a branch-off from the DS instead of a completely new system like the orginal DS was to the Game Boy Advance. However don't be confused and say something like this:

AzrealMaximillion:
why the hell do we need so many versions of the DS?

Because this is not a new version of the DS. This is a new system that is only tangentially related to the DS. But apparently you didn't read the article.

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