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A Vision in 3D: 3D Short Film Competition with Nintendo 3DS XL

August 10th, 2012 · No Comments · General 3D News

Nintendo has prepared an interesting challenge for the UK owners of the portable autostereoscopic 3D console Nintendo 3DS or 3DS XL, by organizing a short film competition where you have to use the console’s 3D camera for recording the video. It is interesting to note that Nintendo has managed to get Ridley Scott to support the competition, though he’ll not be the one judging the entries. The competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom and the Channel Islands aged 16 or over only, and you need to submit a video on the theme of ‘British Summer 2012’ by the end of Sunday 2nd September 2012. The submissions are sent over a special form available on the competition’s website with a file size limit for the video of maximum 40MB, after all it is a short film competition.

Entries will be judged by an expert panel including AV innovator Stuart Warren-Hill and Senna director, Asif Kapadia. The winner and runners up will be announced in early September and the 3D film shoot (not with a Nintendo 3D console), the prize for the big winner, will take place in London soon after. The winner will have the opportunity to work with their mentors and judges, to develop their idea for the 3D film shoot and with them help direct the professional film crew. The final version will premiere at the 56th BFI London Film Festival. In addition to the main prize there will also be 3 runner up prizes of a pair of tickets to attend a screening at the 56th BFI London Film Festival plus a BFI Membership for one year (or if you are under 18 a one year subscription to Sight and Sound Magazine).

More information about the 3D Short Film Competition organized by Nintendo…

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Nintendo 3DS Console Sales Still Not Going As Well As Expected

July 28th, 2011 · 2 Comments · General 3D News

Nintendo has released some financial results that contain some interesting information regarding the sales of their 3D-capable 3DS portable console. For example during the last three months that ended in June 2011 the worldwide sales of the Nintendo 3DS console accounted for 0.71 million units and for the same timeframe Nintendo has sold more than double non-3D portable consoles in the form of Nintendo DS (1.44 million units). The worldwide sales of the bigger Nintendo Wii console were even more with 1.56 million units sold for that quarter, so the 3DS needs to catch up a lot, especially considering the fact that the older products are already available on the market for quite some time.

On the software side, Nintendo has sold 4.53 million games for the 3DS console, as opposed to 12.13 million for the DS and 13.44 million for the Wii console. Of course here the older consoles have the advantage of much larger user base, but it is also up to the number of hit titles available for each console. For example thanks to the game “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D” considered a top game title the number of software sales for the 3DS were just at about 1/3 of the games sold for one of the other platforms which is actually quite good. And in truth Nintendo is blaming the slow hardware sales due to the lack of hit titles for the Nintendo 3DS, which is probably true considering the fact that the interest in 3D is booming and that the 3DS still has no serious competition.

You can find more details about Nintendo’s financial results in this PDF…

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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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