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Nintendo Announces 3D Successor of Nintendo DS 232

An anonymous reader writes "Nintendo has posted a press release (PDF) titled 'Launch of New Portable Game Machine,' promoting a new, upcoming handheld game console temporarily named the 'Nintendo 3DS,' which will feature 3D graphics without the need for any sort of special glasses. It will be backward-compatible with DS and DSi games." An article at Kotaku speculates on how the 3D tech will work. The launch window is vague — sometime between April 2010 and March 2011. More details will be revealed at E3 in June.
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Nintendo Announces 3D Successor of Nintendo DS

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  • Head tracking (Score:5, Informative)

    by Zouden ( 232738 ) on Tuesday March 23, 2010 @09:10AM (#31582270)

    From the Kotaku post that describes a Japan-only 3D title for the DSi, it appears that this new device (if using similar technology) is not 3D in the "Avatar" sense, but 3D in the "Johnny Lee Head Tracking on Wii" sense.

    The image itself is still flat, but the system updates the image to present different angles based on the way you hold it (using the camera with head tracking). So you can turn the 3DS to look around objects. I think that would be a very effective (and useful) use of 3D than simply making things look like they're coming out of the screen.

  • Lenticular (Score:1, Informative)

    by whitedsepdivine ( 1491991 ) on Tuesday March 23, 2010 @09:19AM (#31582362)
    They have lenticular TVs. It is like the old playing cards that were 3d when you moved them. The screen just has to know where the pixels line up with the grid, and it can do math to shade the pixels to make it 3d. You lose 3x the resolution, and it makes you sick after a while. My old work had a 50 inch lenticular display. It made you sick after a while. Additionally there are viewing cones. Where you have to be at the right angle to see the 3d.
  • Re:Launch Date (Score:2, Informative)

    by TSchut ( 1314115 ) on Tuesday March 23, 2010 @09:21AM (#31582384)
    Well, the press release states "during the fiscal year ending March 2011". That's literally between April 2010 and March 2011, but the summary could have been a bit more clear. Maybe they're aiming for the holiday season of 2010?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 23, 2010 @09:32AM (#31582572)

    Apparently it is, for you.

    The release window in the summary says any time between *this* April, i.e., next Thursday, and the following March. Yet we won't find out details until *this* June.

    Therefore, if you take the summary at its word, it is possible that it will be released before we find out any details about the technology.

    The OP pointed out this mildly amusing fact, and you made yourself look like an ass by failing to heed your own advice.

    Have a nice day.

  • by El Capitaine ( 973850 ) on Tuesday March 23, 2010 @09:34AM (#31582606)
    Which happens to come after THIS April (April 2010 is before June 2010)
  • Re:Closed platform (Score:4, Informative)

    by PitaBred ( 632671 ) <> on Tuesday March 23, 2010 @10:09AM (#31583116) Homepage

    They're few and far between, but there are a number of good games out for the Wii that aren't shovelware. No More Heroes is great, I can't wait to play the second one. Okami, even though it was a remake of a PS2 title, plays as if it was made for the Wii. Then there are the Raving Rabbids party games... really, there are a lot of good games for the Wii. Unless you only count "Halo" as a good game, and in that case, good riddance.

  • Re:Virtual Boy 2? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Bigjeff5 ( 1143585 ) on Tuesday March 23, 2010 @01:50PM (#31586540)

    You should try Super Mario Brothers Wii.

    They go back to the side-scroller style with a new game - different suits, new mechanics, and new worlds in which to chase down Bowser and Princess Toadstool. It's the same type of game as the old SMB games, but it is definitely not re-hashed anything except the premise.

    Probably the funnest part about it is the co-op play. The mechanics are such that you really do need to strategize and cooperate with your partner in order to succed in co-op mode. My roommate and her boyfriend are so bad together, it's hilarious. ^^

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