Nintendo 3DS w/pics; Latest Handheld coming March 2011

Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo Co., Ltd. has announced through a Japanese Press release that their upcoming hardware allowing gamers to play glasses-free 3D game is the Nintendo 3DS. At least that’s the title they’re going with now. The 3DS will be able to display certain games in 3D format without the use of glasses but will also feature a compatibility cart to allow owners of the DSi and DS to continue to play their older games.. This idea of “glasses-free” is a first, but we know Nintendo is known for their innovation so it must work. Right?

March 23, 2010

To Whom It May Concern:
Re: Launch of New Portable Game Machine

Nintendo Co., Ltd. (Minami-ward of Kyoto-city, President Satoru Iwata) will launch “Nintendo 3DS”(temp) during the fiscal year ending March 2011, on which games can be enjoyed with 3D effects without the need for any special glasses.

“Nintendo 3DS”(temp) is going to be the new portable game machine to succeed “Nintendo DS series”, whose cumulative consolidated sales from Nintendo amounted to 125million units as of the end of December 2009, and will include backward compatibility so that the software for Nintendo DS series, including the ones for Nintendo DSi, can also be enjoyed.

Many are surprised Nintendo has made this announcement before the US release of the Nintendo DSi XL which is basically the DSi but with two bigger screens. The Press release goes on to say “We are planning to announce additional details at E3 show, which is scheduled to be held from June 15, 2010 at Los Angeles in the U.S.”.

Cranking out a new DS every year seems to be Nintendo’s strategy, and surprisingly it’s working.  But will a newer 3D version entice buyers to go for the 3DS?  I own a DSi and it’s great for… playing DSi and DS games.  I doubt the 3DS will force me to trade in the old for a new but then again I have a dusty Wii just sitting there.


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