Nintendo 3DS official: glasses-free 3D gaming

A new dimension in portable gaming

Nintendo has officially unveiled the world’s first 3D handheld gaming device, the Nintendo 3DS and as expected, the portable 3D gamer wont require a pair of awkward 3D specs.

Announced during Nintendo’s opening presentation at the E3 conference in Los Angeles, the arrival of the glasses-less 3DS has marked the end to months of rumour and speculation.

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Featuring a 3.5-inch screen up top and a smaller touchscreen on the bottom, the Nintendo 3DS includes a 3D depth slider allowing users to set the 3D levels however they see fit or, if desired, remove the 3D party piece altogether and opt for standard, two-dimensional gaming.

Following suit from its predecessor, the Nintendo DSi, the 3DS will host a built-in camera. However, unlike previous models, the 3DS’s snapper will feature two lenses allowing 3D pictures to be captured.

If it wasn’t enough to have portable 3D gaming without the glasses, and the ability to take 3D photos, the Nintendo 3DS is also to support the playback of 3D movies downloadable direct to the device.

Taking to the stage to unveil the 3DS, Nintendo’s head honcho, Satoru Iwata said: “We have heard a lot about 3D in your living room. But there's nothing to watch yet. Man, those glasses! We think there's a better way, a solution that lets you take 3D with you wherever you go and with ample game content.”

The 3DS, which will also feature motion and gyro sensors, had its 3D qualities tested on stage with a demonstration of one of the first 3D titles a new Kid Icarus game. Improving on the graphic quality previously seen in Nintendo’s pocket gamers, the 3DS is still graphically lacking compared to the Sony PSP.

Sharing the stage, although not the limelight with the 3DS was confirmation that a Goldeneye remake would be landing on the Nintendo Wii in time for the holiday season, the announcement of a sequel to the DS game Golden Sun and a new Zelda title, The Skyward Sword which is set to utilise the Wii MotionPlus.

Check back in the morning for a full, in-depth roundup of the happenings in camp Nintendo at E3 2010.

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