What is the 3DS?
The rumours had been round for ages, but that didn’t stop everyone’s jaws dropping the moment Nintendo officially unveiled the 3D follow-up to its DS handheld. Especially as it doesn’t require cumbersome 3D glasses to enjoy its startling effects, and even offers 3D picture-taking and movie-watching!
Featuring the traditional dual-screen, the top 3.5-inch gaming display is designed to produced crisp 3D images, while the bottom 3D-less display works as the touch panel. The sleek little machine also promises improved graphics capabilities over previous DS models, as well as incorporating new motion-sensor controls, which Nintendo is confident will lead to "interesting new gaming ideas from developers".
What else can it do?
While the 3D visuals were enough to get fists punching the air in excitement, Nintendo also proudly showed off its new built-in camera with two camera lenses, enabling you to take photographs in 3D! Plus, it also carries the potential of watching 3D films on the machine, with Nintendo demoing trailers from upcoming 3D movies from Disney, Dreamworks and Disney. Better than those silly little screens on backs of airplane seats, eh?
To complete the announcement, Nintendo revealed a tantalising list of third-party publishers currently working on titles for the forthcoming system. This included an exclusive Metal Gear Solid adventure, DJ Hero 3D and high-speed racing game Ridge Racer.
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Seeing marvellous 3D worlds come to life in the palm of your hands is an experience you have to see for yourself to believe it! The large top screen of the Nintendo 3DS system uses the latest technology to produce vivid and convincing 3D effects without the need for special glasses.
3D depth slider:
The 3D depth slider allows you to increase or decrease the 3D effect to find a level of 3D that's comfortable for your eyes: it can be increased up to the highest level, scaled back to a more moderate setting or even turned off completely, depending on your personal preference. (If children aged six and under have access to the system, parents or legal guardians should restrict the display of 3D images using the Parental Controls feature.)
Photos in three dimensions:
Take photos like never before with the Nintendo 3DS Camera application! The Nintendo 3DS system comes with an inner camera and two outer cameras, allowing for pictures in full 3D. Family portraits will never be the same again!
3D Video Recording:
This November, a new system update for the portable Nintendo 3DS™ system will enable owners to capture 3D video footage. People will be able to record and view moments from birthday parties, football games and holiday events or create their own original 3D productions and show them to others in 3D, all without the need for special glasses.
Create your Mii:
Put yourself in the game! Anyone can easily make a personal Mii using the new Mii Maker application! Just take a 2D photo of yourself or someone else and Mii Maker will help you out. All you have to do is specify things like the colour of hair, eyes and skin and you'll have your own personalised Mii before you know it!
Augmented Reality games:
The 3D capabilities of the cameras allow you to truly enter a new dimension with Augmented Reality, in the AR Games application. Place one of the provided AR Cards on a flat surface, stand back and watch your game explode into life!
StreetPass and SpotPass:
Stay connected and be surprised! Nintendo 3DS keeps you connected to the world - when you're actively playing and even when you're not, using the low-energy Sleep Mode. Simply close your system while the power is on and carry it with you wherever you go!
Interact with other players as you pass by them in the street or stand next to them in a queue. Your Nintendo 3DS system will seek out and exchange data with other Nintendo 3DS systems, providing you with new content or fresh challenges from other players.
With SpotPass, your Nintendo 3DS system can detect wireless hotspots or wireless LAN access points and obtain various types of data on the spot. Free software, notifications and 3D content are just some of the things that might surprise you as you discover something new every day! (Note that receiving certain types of SpotPass content may require a system update.)
The notification LED will flash when you've received new data. Open your Nintendo 3DS system and see what's new...
Your new Nintendo 3DS system comes with everything you need to jump into the action right away! As well as your brand new Nintendo 3DS, you'll find:
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Reviewed on 20/07/2012 by
I have had a 3DS since the launch on 25 March 2011. I feel that it is a great system regardless of whether the new 3D effect works for you or not. To be clear, this is not a revision of the DS/DSi brand, it is a new system which builds upon the features of the previous generation of Nintendo handhelds. The system is noticeably more powerful than the DS consoles before it and has better screens and resolution. The Top screen has 15:9 screen ratio and is capable of creating a 3D effect without the use of glasses. It is important to note that because it is glasses-less technology you have to position your head in a "sweet-spot" to view the effect properly. This 3D screen (like all 3D devices) can cause headaches in some cases after prolonged use but the effect intensity can be adjusted and even turned off. Even with the 3D off, the system is still a huge leap ahead of it's predecessors! The game library is ever expanding and there is a good selection of quality titles already... Comes highly recommended!
Reviewed on 19/06/2012 by
The Nintendo 3DS in black, looks very sleek in design. Very easy to use and a great all rounder, The screen is the normal size. The graphics are excellent with out a doubt - The 3D version is very good but can be a bit blurred on the eye at the top. Another great idea from Nintendo we now have three of these in the house. Great for playing interactive games together.
Reviewed on 20/01/2012 by
Bought this as a gift but just had to try it out first.I must say I was very impressed.The 3d effect was much better than I anticpated and on games like Mario Kart 7 it adds a lot to the gameplay.Just two minor negatives,firstly the limited viewing angle especially in 3d mode and the cosmic black is a magnet for fingerprints and dust.Overall though an excellent hand held console.
Reviewed on 20/01/2012 by
This is a good product, but if it had been made as big as the Nintendo DXL it would have been even better, i did not realize it was a lot smaller. This is why i only gave it 4 stars
Reviewed on 15/01/2012 by
Although the hardware design of the Nintendo 3DS may seem a little ugly in comparison to the clean, Apple-like design of the Nintendo DS Lite, you can tell a lot of thought went into it. When the 3DS is closed, the top half is tapered outwards along the edges, making it very easy to lift open from any point. Although the top half is very glossy, it's covered in a fingerprint-resistant coating. It still attracts prints, just not as easily. The bottom half, when viewed from the sides, is like a two-layer sandwich and all of the LED lights and switches are located along the half which is slightly recessed (so you can't accidentally move any of the switches). When the 3DS is held normally, the hinge holds the lid in place effectively (at least for now). But if you're lying in bed and holding the console up above you, the hinge isn't strong enough to hold the screen open and it will flop shut unless you've clicked it all the way back into place. This part of the hardware has always been a sore spot for the DS family, and only time will tell if the loose hinge wobble will plague the 3DS too. Overall, the console feels solid, and if it's anything like the DS or Game Boy lineup, the 3DS can probably withstand a little abuse before it breaks.
Reviewed on 14/01/2012 by
I didn't have any doubts that this console would dissapoint me and i was right Its simply awsome! I use it everyday and the 3D aspect is just incredible! I would recommend it to anyone intrested in getting one as im sure you too would be dissapointed
Reviewed on 16/11/2011 by
A great price I'm sure my son will be pleased!!
Reviewed on 25/10/2011 by
a 3ds is a gooooood consle i myself enjoy it but icant always enjoy it as i have glasses eny ways it is a fun 3Dconsole but 3vretbody has they douts so i had to pusere my dad to get it wich i dont normally have to some say its 3D feature may case harm but i personley trioed played it and even bought it it was fine i dnt want to go an abot its featers but heres ! thing on a dsi you cant listin to some songs that have not been formated weather on a 3DS you dont have to so dont worry ask a friend how has it and ask them if you can try it