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NINTENDO does not tread the popular path. When other console makers were going high-definition, Nintendo created motion controls. And when 3D glasses began to surface, Nintendo created a 3D games system with no glasses required.
The 3DS is just one month from stores and, following its Australian launch and preview, below are three things you should expect from the one-of-a-kind games machine. CUSTOMISABLE 3D As any good gamer knows, the Nintendo 3DS delivers 3D without the need for 3D glasses. It does this using parallax barrier technology that Nintendo marketing director Greg Arthurton says is built ‘‘like a Venetian blind’’, to deliver images to your left and right eye separately. But just as each gamer will need to find the perfect distance to view 3D games, they will want to control the strength of the 3D effect. That can be done with a slider that takes 3D from superstrength back to second dimension. AUGMENTED REALITY The 3DS will not only play new and old game cards, but also comes with pre-installed games. These include augmented reality (AR) games that are triggered when you place a game card in front of the console’s camera. One title sees a dragon appear from the card itself, forcing you to move the console around to aim and shoot it. However, users need to be in a well-lit environment for the game to work. 3D MEDIA Nintendo’s coming games system will not just be a sophisticated plaything. The console is also poised to make the most of its 3D capabilities. That includes adding 3D photo capture via two cameras on its lid. It will also be able to screen 3D movies in future, providing unexpected competition for TV makers. Stay tuned for Switched On’s full Nintendo 3DS review