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Nintendo Will Add Stereoscopic 3D Support in the New Nintendo 3DS

March 24th, 2010 · 7 Comments · General 3D News

Nintendo has dropped an interesting announcement on their website out of nowhere in something that can hardly be said to even resemble a proper press release (quoted below). The company plans to release a new update to their portable gaming console – the Nintendo DS, and the new version currently know as the 3DS will supposedly have an autostereoscopic 3D display built-in (no glasses required to see the stereo 3D image). Of course there is not a lot of information available yet and Nintendo will wait for E3 in June to give us more details on their plans for the 3DS console, with the most important question being if the S3D support will work with all titles (including already available games) or it will require new titles…

To Whom It May Concern:
Re: Launch of New Portable Game Machine

Nintendo Co., Ltd. (Minami-ward of Kyoto-city, President Satoru Iwata) will launch “Nintendo 3DS” (temp) during the fiscal year ending March 2011, on which games can be enjoyed with 3D effects without the need for any special glasses.

“Nintendo 3DS” (temp) is going to be the new portable game machine to succeed “Nintendo DS series”, whose cumulative consolidated sales from Nintendo amounted to 125million units as of the end of December 2009, and will include backward compatibility so that the software for Nintendo DS series, including the ones for Nintendo DSi, can also be enjoyed.

We are planning to announce additional details at E3 show, which is scheduled to be held from June 15, 2010 at Los Angeles in the U.S.

This is certainly good news for the gaming community, what we now need is more commitment from the movie and video producers to start creating more stereoscopic 3D video content, because that is what will drive most consumers to adopt the new 3D technologies. Hopefully Blu-ray 3D will be a good step in that direction, but lets wait for it a bit more and see what happens.

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 DOMON FUJIYAMA // Mar 24, 2010 at 17:32

    New Nintendo 3DS may use SHARP’s new pen-tach parallax barrier 3D panel.

  • 2 InsertNameHere // Mar 24, 2010 at 19:26

    Do they use such a wiggle 3d like printed 3d fotos?

  • 3 David G. // Mar 24, 2010 at 21:37

    I am not optimistic about this. Parallax-barrier or lenticular autostereoscopic displays are still miles off from delivering good image quality. If the autostereoscopic screen on my Fujifilm Real 3D camera is any indication, I fear the Nintendo screen will be plagued by ghosting/crosstalk, a marginally passable depth effect, and halved resolution.

  • 4 Philip Heggie // Mar 24, 2010 at 23:48

    Bloody if you search yt3d on youtube and use firefox browser with easy youtube downloader you can download full HD 3d videos in
    .mp4 format that can be put them on a USB stick plugged in to the new Samsung 3dtv’s hit the 3d button on the remote and watch them in 3d. A friend on the web has confirmed this. So that’s
    the easiest way to get content.

  • 5 Philip Heggie // Mar 24, 2010 at 23:51

    easy youtube downloader is a firefox add-on.

  • 6 MikeWolfskin // Mar 26, 2010 at 10:35

    Seeing as I have been a huge Nintendo fan sense the start, and I loved the Nintendo DS line, I find this great to see Nintendo making a new built movie into 3D much like the poor old Virtual Boy . Here is hoping for more core games however as I have never been as mad as I am at the new consul Wii for selling trash, or casual only games. Still I can’t wait to here more at E3 even if just from a new 3D technology point of view!

  • 7 Porter // Mar 27, 2010 at 08:51

    I’m very eager to see how this plays out. I feel that Nintendo wouldn’t do something too risky while Apple is on the rise in the mobile gaming market, so I remain faithful that they’ll pull through with this move.

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