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.
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!
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 10/12/2011 by
The 3DS is an excellent handheld console, the 3D which I initially thought I wouldn't use much it's superb and with the ability to vary how strong it is. I haven't found a problem viewing it for long times at all. The graphics even without the 3D on are amazing and make the system still worth buying even if you're not a fan of the 3D. The great selection of games available on the 3DS especially make it worth the upgrade, Zelda, Super Mario and Mario Kart are a few examples of amazing titles available on the 3DS with even more to come! The system comes with a cradle which while not necessary (and you don't have to use) looks nice and I find means my 3DS is more secure wherever I choose to place it.
Reviewed on 10/11/2011 by
I have owned every type of Nintendo ds that has been made (original, lite, xli and now 3ds) and the Nintendo 3ds exceeded my expectations. It's a slim, compact and versatile device with the added benefits of a sd card for added memory, joystick for easy movement (which is backwards compatible for older non 3d games) and the superb 3d gameplay. It takes 10 minutes for your eyes to adjust and accept what they are seeing and usually get a headache before you adjust but after the first time it gets easier and no headache. You can turn off and adjust the 3d intensity and it's an all round awesome handheld console. You can only experience 3d gaming with specifically 3d games obviously it's just WOW!
Reviewed on 04/11/2011 by
Have bought this for my 13 year old daughter for Christmas so haven't actually tried it out yet but BOY does it look the bees knees!! Fab colour, certainly has the WOW factor when you take it out the box!!! Also I have bought one in Aqua Blue for my 11 year old daughter & that is equally as impressive in looks. just got to get some 3D games now to check out the 3D effect!
Reviewed on 31/10/2011 by
Fantastic item. Well impressed. Delivery was spot on,also tracking of my delivery was really helpful. The console itself is so much better than i thought it would be and the condition of the parcel was mint,no dents tares or damage in anyway. I would and have recamended your site to friend & family. Thankyou for your excellent service.
Reviewed on 31/10/2011 by
I bought this for my 6 year old for Christmas, and it really is a cool piece of equipment. I was sceptical about how good the 3D image would be, but it is very impressive and the camera function is wonderful. It works really nicely!