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Share Your Experience with the 3D on Nintendo’s 3DS Console

March 28th, 2011 · 13 Comments · Other S3D Tech

Nintendo’s new 3DS portable console featuring an autostereoscopic 3D display and a 3D camera is now officially available in Europe and North America, after the earlier launch in Japan at the end of last month. And if you are among the first to get your hands on your brand new 3D console, you are welcome to share your feedback and experience with the 3D functionality it offers, things like how the games look like in 3D mode, how well does the 3D strength adjustment slider works, what do you think about the camera etc. I’ll try to get a press sample to do a review of the 3DS, but can’t promise anything as I do not plan to buy the console… don’t have the time to play on it and it will be pretty pointless to buy one just for a review ;)

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Nintendo 3DS Hands On‬ With Interesting Details about the 3D Support

February 8th, 2011 · 5 Comments · Other S3D Tech

No, I haven’t been able to get my hands on the Nintendo 3DS portable console yet. This is an interesting find from the reader Rhialto, who send in the news about a hands-on video of the upcoming Nintendo 3DS console by a guy in Australia. In the video Blunty3000 gets to play with the built in software including the Mii maker, some Augmented reality gaming using an AR card, Face Raiders using the cameras and the motion sensors, and even popping a DS game into the 3DS, Pokemon to see how the backwards compatibility does. But the most interesting part in the video, in regards to 3D support, are the samples of photos taken with the 3DS’s 3D cameras (640×480 resolution) and the confirmation that the 3D images are being saved in the MPO format and that should ensure broader compatibility with other 3D-capable solutions. The image quality looks decent enough, but you should not expect too much from the built-in 3D camera solution in the 3DS anyway. The Nintendo 3DS consoles will be available in Europe on March 25th with a price of €249.99 (Euro) and on March 27th for $249.99 USD in North America, and in Japan the release date is a month earlier on February 26th with a price of ¥25,000 (Japanese Yens).

The Nintendo 3DS portable 3D-capable console is already available for pre-order…

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Nintendo 3DS Prices and Release Dates Are Now Officially Announced

January 20th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Other S3D Tech

Nintendo’s new portable gaming console 3DS that features an autostereoscopic 3D display, meaning that no glasses are needed to see the 3D effect, is going to be hitting the market at the end of March. Nintendo has just officially announced the release dates and pricing of the Nintendo 3DS consoles and according to the company it will be available in Europe on March 25th with a price of €249.99 (Euro) and on March 27th for $249.99 USD in North America and this comes a month after the Japanese release date of the 3D console that will happen on February 26th with a price of ¥25,000 (Japanese Yens).

Initially the Nintendo 3DS system will be available in either Cosmos Black or Aqua Blue color with more colors probably to come at a later time. The console uses two screens with the lower one being a touch sensitive one and the upper one being the autostereoscopic 3D one. The depth of the stereo 3D images being displayed on the screen while playing games in 3D mode can be adjusted with the help of a physical slider and you can even disable the 3D mode and getting the game “flattened” just like if you played it on a 2D screen (this is actually the 2D mode of the console). And besides a 3D-capable screen the 3DS console also comes with dual cameras allowing you to take photos in stereoscopic 3D format (there is also a third camera pointing at the user), but so far you will not be able to record videos in 3D with these two cameras (this functionality may come as a future update).

The Nintendo 3DS console will be able to take advantage of augmented reality technology and it comes with six augmented-reality cards, called AR Cards. When the two outer cameras are pointed at these cards, they can be recognized by the console and it can superimpose images and animations onto the scene. Developers will also be able to use this technology to add creative new experiences to their games.

The 3DS comes with built-in Parental Controls that can be used to limit Internet access or some of the wireless functions and by using a PIN code, parents also can turn off the 3D function altogether, or limit the ratings of the games that their kids can play. The parental control feature is important for concerned parents that want to limit the 3D functionality of the console so that too smaller children won’t be able to use it.

During the launch window (between the launch date and the E3 Expo in early June) more than 30 games will be available to Nintendo 3DS owners. These include Nintendo-created games like Pilotwings Resort, which has players soaring acrobatically over iconic Wuhu Island; nintendogs + cats, a new version of the Nintendo DS classic with a feline enhancement; Steel Diver, a side-scrolling submarine adventure that gives the illusion that the player is peering into an aquarium. Other Nintendo 3DS games in the works include The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Star Fox 64 3D, Kid Icarus: Uprising and new installments in the Mario Kart, Animal Crossing and Paper Mario series.

More details are already available on Nintendo’s official website, so you can also check it out.

For the most eager Amazon is already taking pre-orders for the Nintendo 3DS console…

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