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Description

The Nintendo 3DS is a portable gaming device that uses 3D technology without any sort of visual aid device (i.e. 3D glasses). While many features of the previous Nintendo platform, the Nintendo DS (and DSi), are apparent, new features have been added including motion sensors and stereo cameras (which replace the regular camera on the DSi).


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Price

  • The Nintendo 3DS will launch in Japan on February 26 for 25,000 yen.
  • The 3DS will be sold on March 27 in USA for $249.99

Features

  • 3D screen, enabling 3D view without the need for special glasses and the ability to adjust or turn off 3D effect with the 3D Depth Slider.
  • Stereo cameras that enable users to take 3D photos that can be viewed instantly on the 3D screen.
  • New input interfaces including the Circle Pad, motion sensor, gyro sensor.
  • SpotPass, a feature that lets Nintendo 3DS detect wireless hotspots or wireless LAN access points and obtain information, game data, free software, videos and so on for players even when the system is in sleep mode.
  • StreetPass, a feature that lets Nintendo 3DS exchange data automatically with other Nintendo 3DS systems within range, even in sleep mode once this feature is activated by the user. Data for multiple games can be exchanged simultaneously.
  • Convenient features that users can access without stopping game play such as the HOME menu, Internet Brower, Notifications, etc.
  • Nintendo eShop where users can view trailers, software rankings and purchase software.
  • System Transfer which enable users to transfer already purchased software from one Nintendo 3DS system to another. DSiWare purchased for the Nintendo DSi or the Nintendo DSi XL can also be transferred into a Nintendo 3DS system.
  • Compatibility functions where both new software designed for Nintendo 3DS and most software for the Nintendo DS family of systems can be played.
  • Parental Controls which enable parents to restrict game content by ratings as well as use of specific wireless connectivity, 3D functionality, etc.

Hardware

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  • CPU: 2 x 266MHz ARM11
  • GPU: PICA200 133MHz GPU by DMP
  • RAM: 64MB
  • Video RAM: 4MB
  • Storage: 1.5GB Flash-based

List of Games

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TITLE
RELEASE DATE
PRICE
Dead or Alive Dimensions
March 15
$49.99
Samurai Warriors Chronicles
March 15
$49.99
Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
March 22
$39.99
Madden NFL Football
March 27
$39.99
Sims 3
March 27
$39.99
Nintendo Dogs & Cats
March 27
$39.99
Steel Diver
March 27
$39.99
Pilotwings Resort
March 27
$39.99
Super Street Fighter 4
March 27
$39.99
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Shadow
April 2
$39.99
Asphalt
April 2
$39.99
Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs
April 2
$39.99
Rabbids Travel in Time
April 2
$39.99
Cartoon Network Supertoon Rumble
June 1
$39.99
Animal Crossing
June 2
$39.99
Mario Kart 3D
June 2
$39.99
Paper Mario 3D
June 2
$39.99
Dream Trigger
June 2
$39.99
Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D
June 2
$39.99
Kid Icarus: Uprising
June 2
$39.99
Star Fox 64 3D
June 2
$39.99
Super Monkey Ball
June 2
$39.99
Resident Evil: Mercenaries
July 6
$39.99
Face Kart: Photo Finish
September 2
$39.99
Pet Zombies in 3D
September 2
$39.99

Problems

Nintendo has stated that children six and under should not be allowed to use the system's 3D feature, but rather, the 2D instead. This is because it is believed that the 3D can be harmful to their eye sight.3 Many reports of dizziness have been made by those who have gotten to try out the Nintendo 3DS at conventions in Japan. Some say they began to feel the effects after only 10 minutes of playing in 3D and had to switch back to 2D.4

Related Links

Official Nintendo 3DS Page
Health Warnings

Citations/References

http://kotaku.com/5644430/report-nintendo-3ds-hardware-specs-revealed1
http://mmomfg.com/2011/01/23/gamestop-3ds-launch-titles-0123/ 2
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/01/03/us-nintendo-idUSTRE7020UL201101033
http://www.the-magicbox.com/1101/game110116a.shtml 4