Nintendo introduced today the 3DS—the portable gaming device with a 3D screen that does not require special glasses. The extra depth and dimension “makes it easier for players to judge distances while giving developers a new tool to create games…,” said Nintendo video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto.
Unveiled at E3, the 3DS has two screens slightly larger than 3.5 inches on top and 3 inches on bottom. It has 3 cameras – one inner and two outer – to deliver the 3D effect and take 3D pictures. It includes a motion sensor, a gyro sensor and a “Slide Pad” that allows 360-degree analog input. Reportedly, the unit will offer WiFi compatibility but no price or shipping dates were announced.
Third party 3D games for the device (in what Nintendo calls the strongest 3rd party support of any of its consoles) include DJ Hero 3D from Activision, RESIDENT EVIL REVELATIONS from Capcom, The Sims 3 from Electronic Arts, HIDEO KOJIMA’S METAL GEAR SOLID SNAKE EATER 3D, The Naked Sample from Konami and 7 others. Nintendo showed in 3D Kid Icarus: Uprising, Mario Kart, nintendogs + cats, PilotWings Resort and Animal Crossing and others.