Nintendo Unveils 3DS as DS Successor: Details Unveiled

Wed, Mar 24, 2010

Casual, Frisky Misc, Handheld

Nintendo has been dominating handheld gaming since the beginning, from the bulky original Gameboy to the 32-bit Gameboy Advance to their most successful platform to date, the Nintendo DS. This year at E3, Nintendo will be unveiling a brand new platform to continue its long tradition of innovative portable gaming: the Nintendo 3DS.

To those concerned about the 3DS being yet another variation of the DS, rest at ease. Nintendo is presenting this as the handheld system to succeed the DS.

The most intriguing feature Nintendo has announced is 3D gameplay without the use of glasses. No information about the technology utilized has been disclosed yet, but more information will be available at this year’s E3 in June. Many speculate that the 3DS will use similar technology found in the Hitachi Wooo H001 cellphone, which allows users to switch into a 3D view mode.

But wait, there’s more to get excited about! Still attached to your beloved DS games? No worries. The Nintendo 3DS will be backwards compatible with both Nintendo DS and DSi titles. The Nikkei has reported the 3DS to have a “3D joystick” (exactly what that may be is still in question) and force feedback. Nintendo may be considering including an accelerometer for tilt-controlled games (think of Labyrinth on the iPhone).

The Nintendo 3DS is said to be due within Nintendo’s next fiscal year (i.e. between April 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011). Handheld gamers definitely have something to look forward to within the next year. Let’s only hope that this system doesn’t flop as bad as Nintendo’s last attempt into the 3D realm (I secretly loved it).

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  • Andrea

    Let's hope not indeed!

  • Brian Rojas

    I wonder how the size will compare to the DS/DSi/DSiXL! Joystick? Whaaaa? I am eager to see what it will look like!

  • Anonymous

    I am really happy with my new Nintendo 3DS which is awesome for games. I like the motion sensor feature and gyroscape which is give awesome game play. I like to listen mp3 songs on it.  

  • Anonymous

    Its already been released yet. I having brought this Nintendo 3ds console due to its 3d features. We doesn’t need to wear 3d glasses after buy this console.
    r4 dsi