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Price: TBC Out: March The Nintendo 3DS, the suc­ces­sor to the pop­u­lar DS, ar­rives here late next month.

This hand­held gam­ing sys­tem joins the ex­pand­ing num­ber of films and tele­vi­sion sets to in­cor­po­rate 3D, but has a cool trick up its sleeve — users won’t need spe­cial glasses to en­joy the 3D ef­fect.

Yes, the 3DS al­lows play­ers to look at its top screen to see the im­age in three di­men­sions. The technology is sim­ple but clever. The 3D screen is 800 pix­els wide, but 400 are an­gled slightly to the left and 400 slightly to the right. This means the sys­tem is dis­play­ing two sep­a­rate im­ages on one screen — one for each eye — and this fools the viewer into per­ceiv­ing depth.

It works won­der­fully, and is backed by more pow­er­ful hard­ware than the DS, al­low­ing for far more im­pres­sive-look­ing games. An ana­logue cir­cle pad also gives play­ers greater con­trol, while a mo­tion sen­sor and gyro sen­sor mean the phys­i­cal move­ment can be mea­sured.

Users will even be able to take 3D pho­tos, thanks to two ex­ter­nal cam­eras, while a built-in pe­dome­ter will re­ward ex­er­cise with bonus con­tent in cer­tain games and ap­pli­ca­tions.

The 3DS will come with a range of games and ap­pli­ca­tions in­stalled. Mii Maker lets users take a pic­ture of them­selves to be turned into a Mii avatar, while StreetPass will au­to­mat­i­cally share data with other 3DS own­ers on the street. Play­ers will also be able to see which of their friends are on­line and what they’re play­ing.

Most im­por­tantly, a se­lec­tion of clas­sic fran­chises is com­ing to the sys­tem, in­clud­ing Star Fox, Zelda, Mario Kart, Res­i­dent Evil and Metal Gear Solid.

Vi­sion­ary: the Nintendo 3DS dis­plays im­ages in 3D.

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