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.