The Nintendo 3DS: Nentendo’s new product in their hand-held systems. With the 3DS, gamers can experience incredible gameplay with 3-D graphics, without the need for actual 3-D glasses. According to the Nintendo website: “Nintendo 3DS is a breakthrough in portable entertainment, a truly cutting-edge piece of hardware. It has to be seen to be believed.”
The characteristics of the 3DS include:
- The 3D Screen which enables gamers to experience 3D graphics without the need of glasses
- The 3D Depth Slider which enables the gamer to adjust or turn off the 3D effects
- Stereo Cameras which enable the user to take 3D photos and instantly view them on the 3D screen
- A Circle Pad, Motion Sensor, and a Gyro Sensor as new input interfaces
- SpotPass which lets the 3DS detect wireless hotspots or LAN access points where players can obtain information, game data, free software, videos, etc.
- StreetPass which enables users of the 3DS to exchange information from system to system within the range. Multiple game data can be shared simultaneously as well.
- Players being able to access convenient features without stopping the game, which include the “Home” screen, the internet browser, and their notifications
- Built-in software that includes the Nintendo 3DS Camera, Nintendo 3DS Sound, Mii Maker, StreetPass, Mii Plaza, etc.
- The Nintendo eShop where players can watch trailers and purchase and rank 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. (Taken directly from the website)
- Compatibility Functions where software from the whole DS family can be played or used alongside the new features of the 3DS
- Parental Controls which can limit game content by rating, 3D functionality, or even the use of wireless connectivity.
Also, according to Nintendo’s Japanese website, there is a disclaimer that states that viewing images in 3D may cause damage to the eyes, especially in children younger than six years old. With that being said, the Parental Controls should be used by parents to restrict their kids, under the age of 6, from using the 3D feature and stick to the 2D gameplay.
The Nintendo 3DS is set to ship on March 27, 2011 for the price of $249.99 MSRP (Manufacturer’s suggested retail price).
On purchase, you will receive:
- The Nintendo 3DS System
- The Nintendo 3DS charging cradle
- The Nintendo 3DS AC adapter
- A Nintendo 3DS stylus
- An SD Memory Card of 2GB
- AR Card(s) (view the cards using the outer cameras to play supported AR games)
- A Quick-Start guide
- Operations Manual, including warranty
Source: [The 3DS Website]