By Michael Jordan
As we evolve our entertainment, do we really need 3D? We see Sony with there dumb glasses mixed with big, pricy, and relatively unsupported 3D televisions, movies, and games, but what if we could all, easily afford something we could carry around with us. Not to mention software support on day one of release.
That is where Nintendo stepped in.
Under the hood is a magic box of wonders, as details are few and far between, but this is what we do know from Nintendo.
Size (when closed): Approximately 5.3 inches wide, 2.9 inches long, 0.8 inches tall.
Weight: Approximately 8 ounces.
Look: Final design is TBA.
Top Screen: 3.53-inch widescreen LCD display, enabling 3D view without the need for special
glasses; with 800×240 pixel resolution (400 pixels are allocated for each eye to
enable 3D viewing).
Touch Screen: 3.02-inch LCD with 320×240 pixel resolution with a touch screen.
Cameras: One inner camera and two outer cameras with 640×480 (0.3 Mega) pixel resolution.
Pre-Installed Software: TBA
Nintendo 3DS Game Card: 2 GB Max. at launch.
Wireless Communication: Can communicate in the 2.4 GHz band. Multiple Nintendo 3DS systems can connect via a local wireless connection to let users communicate or enjoy competitive game play.
Systems also can connect to LAN access points to access the Internet and allow people to enjoy games with others. Will support IEEE 802.11 with enhanced security (WPA/WPA2). Nintendo 3DS hardware is designed so that even when not in use, it can automatically exchange data with other Nintendo 3DS systems or receive data via the Internet while in sleep mode.
Game Controls: Touch screen, embedded microphone, A/B/X/Y face buttons, + Control Pad, L/R buttons, Start and Select buttons, “Slide Pad” that allows 360-degree analog input, one inner camera, two outer cameras, motion sensor and a gyro sensor.
Other Input Controls: 3D Depth Slider to adjust level of 3D effect (can be scaled back or turned off completely depending on the preference of the user), Home button to call system function, Wireless switch to turn off wireless communications (even during game play), Power button. The telescoping stylus is approximately 4 inches when fully extended.
Input/Output: A port that accepts both Nintendo 3DS game cards and game cards for the Nintendo DS™ family of systems, an SD memory card slot, an AC adapter connector, a charging cradle terminal and a stereo headphone output jack.
Sound: Stereo speakers positioned to the left and right of the top screen.
Battery: Lithium ion battery details TBA.
Parental Controls: Parental controls similar to the Nintendo DSi system will be included.
With this out of the way lets look at the fact that this device will actually be able to take 3D photos and view them. This is not only a videogame industry changer but this is a technology world changer. This is a must have for any one that loves to take photos. The tech is spot on and the photo taking and viewing is spot on.
Combined with 3D movies like Avatar, this will be the new must have gadget, crushing (in my opinion) Apple and the iPhone, which might have the App store but hails in comparison to the titles that will be made available for the 3DS.
The line up for next years software is simply amazing and its not just coming from Nintendo but 3rd parties as well.
Activision will be sporting DJ Hero® 3D.
We will see AQ INTERACTIVE with cubic ninja.
ATLUS will bring a bit more with Etrian Odyssey, Shin Megami Tensei, Shin Megami Tensei: Persona, and Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor.
Capcom will bring heavy hitters RESIDENT EVIL® REVELATIONS and SUPER STREET FIGHTER IV 3D Edition (name not final).
Electronic Arts will bring its simmulation game like FIFA Soccer, Madden NFL, and The Sims™ 3.
Gameloft with Asphalt GT.
Harmonix, with an un named music game.
HUDSON SOFT will boost all their biggest franchises with the Bomberman franchise, DECA SPORTS franchise, and KORORINPA franchise
KONAMI will be going all out with a Baseball franchise, Contra franchise, Frogger franchise, PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER franchise, WINNING ELEVEN franchise, as well as one of the best looking 3D games of the whole show “HIDEO KOJIMA’S METAL GEAR SOLID SNAKE EATER 3D “The Naked Sample””.
LEVEL-5 will look for clues with Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle (name not final).
Majesco Entertainment fully backing the 3DS with BloodRayne: The Shroud, A Boy and His Blob, Face Racers: Photo Finish, Lion’s Pride: Adventures on the Serengeti, Martha Stewart, WonderWorld Amusement Park.
Marvelous Entertainment will release BOKUJYOUMONOGATARI 3D (name not final) cant even imagine what this is.
NAMCO BANDAI Games will see many Japanese side games coming with their Dragon Ball® franchise (name not final) Gundam® franchise (name not final), PAC-MAN™ & GALAGA™ (name not final) RIDGE RACER® (name not final) Super Robot franchise (name not final).
Nintendo, as always will be releasing a huge wave of titles such as Animal Crossing™, Kid Icarus™: Uprising, Mario Kart™, nintendogs™ + cats, Paper Mario™, PilotWings Resort™, Star Fox 64™ 3D, as well as one of the most beautifully put together demoed games, Steel Diver™.
ROCKET boosts with Crash-City GP andVS-robo
SEGA will bring the classics Sonic (name not final) and Super Monkey Ball (name not final)
SQUARE ENIX will coast in with CODENAME: Chocobo Racing® 3D, DRAGON QUEST® franchise, FINAL FANTASY® franchise and the widely popular KINGDOM HEARTS franchise.
Take-Two Interactive is bringing Carnival Games® franchise, which no one was looking forward to.
TECMO KOEI GAMES will jiggle in with DEAD OR ALIVE® 3D (name not final), DYNASTY WARRIORS® (name not final), NINJA GAIDEN® (name not final) and SAMURAI WARRIORS® 3D (name not final)
TOMY will bring questionably named Japanese games like LOVELY LISA 3D and popular NARUTO SHIPPUDEN ACTION.
THQ will be about 50/50 with de Blob 2(yeah!), Kung Fu Panda Kaboom of Doom(weird but ok I guess), Marvel Super Hero Squad Infinity Gauntlet (yeah!), The Penguins of Madagascar(did this really need to be made), Puss N Boots(….no). Saints Row: Drive-By(meh.)
Ubisoft with some interesting titles like Assassin’s Creed™ Lost Legacy, Battle of Giants™: Dinosaur Strike, Driver® Renegade, Hollywood 61 (name not final), Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon™, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Chaos Theory™
Warner Bros will bring in the end of the list with a Batman franchise and now widely popular LEGO franchise
The big thrill of E3 was the 3DS, hands down. Amidst a strong show filled with things that many of us have asked for, for years, I was surprised and very skeptical about the 3DS’s look and claims to it’s ability. Not only gaming in 3D, but movies and photos that can be taken right from the camera too? Sounds to good to be true, but happily it is.
Lets start with the outside, as photos and video do not do this justice at all. The path of metal like frame and buttons, instead of a matted finish is a pleasant one. Even after hundreds of hand where on this thing, it still looked great. The selection of colors out the gate was also a very, very welcomed addition. Its news sliding analog button works great, unlike the PSP analog button that hurts the hand after a short time. The addition to a home button is also an interesting one, as it might signify a cross media menu. All in all it feels super slick and clean.
I really have to say, I am quite impressed, even ecstatic. To think this will be in my hands in less then a year is mind blowing to me. The tech is sold with small flaws but nothing glaring. I understand its limitations but what it is, as of now, is making me want to have one in my hands right now. It looks beautiful, and feels like the best handheld I have ever picked up. The analog slider is comfortable and smooth and every button push give just the right feedback. The visuals are amazing and it is graphically better then the PlayStation 2 and the PSP in my opinion. There is just so much right with this system that I can’t even express the way I feel with a thesaurus. It is simply good, it is a must have, for everyone with any media player and it is the next step of portable entertainment.
This show stopper of E3 2010 is hands down a must buy, and the system is not even finished. I would get your pre-orders now, because when this hits main stream media (sometime from December of 2010~March of 2011, it will take years for Nintendo to catch up on production.