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Nintendo Announces 3D DS2

Gordon Kelly


Nintendo Announces 3D DS2

Bolt from the blue, much?

Nintendo has today put out one of the shortest - and frankly bizarrely formatted - press releases for some time, but it does say something highly significant: we're getting a DS2 with 3D!

"Nintendo Co, 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" said the release. "Nintendo 3DS (temp) is going to be the new portable game machine to succeed 'Nintendo DS series'... and will include backward compatibility so that the software for Nintendo DS series, including the ones for Nintendo DSi, can also be enjoyed. 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 US".

Yep, short and sweet.

So what do we make of it? Firstly 3D screens without glasses aren't anything new - but they do need to be viewed from a specific 'sweet spot' to work. This is virtually impossible to maintain with a TV (which could be mounted at any height, have the sofa/chairs positioned at an array of angles), but does make sense with the more fixed position of portable gaming.

On top of this we'd expect Nintendo to keep the same dual screen touch sensitive form factor (probably with a resistive screen because of the need for stylus support), but to make it slimmer and more powerful (even if Nintendo has never been focused too much on the raw power of its hardware).

Aside from this, who knows? Other than to say those who bought a Nintendo DSi XL on its 5 March European launch date should feel reassured that we're unlikely to see the 3DS (or whatever it ends up being called) before 2011...

Image a mock-up courtesy of Gizmodo


Press Release (PDF/crazy font warning)


March 23, 2010, 5:03 pm

I wonder if it will be using similar tech to the Range Rover, where the driver see's the Sat Nav, and the passenger sees a Movie. Instead of Driver/Passenger, Left eye / Right eye. Because the DS is held pretty close, the distance of the Eyes from left to right might be plenty for this tech to produce the different images.


March 23, 2010, 5:57 pm

Wow. Talk about out of the blue. Wouldn't they been better off waiting and having a big E3 announcement though? Think I'll wait until they release the DS2i XL Ultra Lite Max Pro+ though. Wouldn't want first buyer remorse.

Adam Foreman

March 23, 2010, 5:58 pm

There is a game currently out on the DSi as DSWare in Japan for download. A demo of which can be seen here on YouTube


This is very impressive. Even TR has to admit this is kind of cool 3D.

Karl Buckland

March 23, 2010, 6:01 pm

Rumour has it that they may be using the camera on the device (as well as motion sensing, perhaps) to change the view on the screen to provide depth of field, like in this video for a Japanese-only DSi game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...


March 23, 2010, 6:40 pm

Colour me not interested either in 3D or yet another Nintendo handheld, the DS is just fine.


March 23, 2010, 7:40 pm

I think I'll stick with my Virtual Boy thank you very much... (Im still looking for a copy of Waterworld)

Just kidding. This looks like a mighty fine handheld. While they have had their flops over the years, Nintendo have made an absolute killing with the handheld market.

I had never seen the DSWare videos before but that looks to me like a way forward for gaming that will be very very interesting if it catches other developers imagination.


March 23, 2010, 9:14 pm

Now THIS is a good application of 3D. Little gaming screen, positioned right in front of you with, so no need for glasses; gaming means interactive experience, so you want things to jump out at you; animated cartoonish graphics as per Nintendo's core child audience are the optimum visuals for 3D, unlike the cardboard cutout human faces we've been subjected to in the cinema. Yeah, I'm all for this! Let's just hope they can keep the price down.


March 23, 2010, 9:46 pm

Argh! I knew I should have blogged it... {predicted this last week}.

Anyway, I'd point to the demo everyone else has {although it's just been released in Japan for the current DSi} but I'm sure there's much more to it than that.


March 24, 2010, 6:41 am

@Adam - gaming and digital photography are where I see 3D making the biggest inroads initially, but nope - still doesn't grab me!

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