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Nintendo 3DS Will Get 3D Video Recording in Time for the Holidays

September 13th, 2011 · 6 Comments · Other S3D Tech

It is not something we did not expect, but Nintendo has officially announced that this November a new system update for the portable Nintendo 3DS game console will enable the capturing of 3D video footage. So with the 3D camera of the portable 3D console you will soon be able to shoot not only 3D pictures, but also record 3D video and then preview it on the device’s autostereoscopic 3D display (not requiring you to wear special glasses to see the stereo 3D effect). Nintendo however still hasn’t revealed what format and resolution will the video be recorded in, but we can pretty much guess that it will be optimized for the resolution of the 3D display of the console. Just a reminder, the two cameras that make up the 3D camera functionality on the 3DS are with resolution of 640×480 pixels and the display of the console is with resolution of 400×240 pixels in 3D mode. So it will probably look quite good on the small autostereoscopic 3D display of the 3DS, but won’t be that great if you want to play it on a big screen 3D HDTV. But we’ll get to know that for sure in about two months anyway…

On November 13th Nintendo will release the Super Mario 3D Land game for Nintendo 3DS, the first Mario game for the portable 3D-capable console. But this 3D Mario platforming adventure will not be the only one featuring one of Nintendo’s most popular game characters, he will be the star in Mario Kart 7, a racing game for the 3DS and it will be available on December 4th. Both games are already quite anticipated and could turn out to be exactly what Nintendo needs to push up the sales of the 3DS console. And on top of that Nintendo is going with another game based on the hit The Legend of Zelda franchise – The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword that launches on November 20th in honor of the 25th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda. After the recent price cut and the release of the Nintendo 3DS Flame Red console Nintendo has gotten increase in user interest in the console, but not as much as they’ve expected.

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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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Stereo 3D Covered at This Week’s CeBIT 2011 and GDC 2011 Events

February 28th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Stereo 3D Events

CeBIT is a trade show for the digital industry held each year in Hannover, Germany and you can consider it to be something like the European alternative of CES. CeBIT 2011 is currently is starting tomorrow on March 1st and will continue until March 5th, but it seems that stereo 3D technology won’t be the big thing this year and most likely we are not going to have some big announcements during the trade show. What you should be able to see according to CeBIT’s website and the information available from different exhibitors attending are 3D-capable laptops, 3D cameras/camcorders and 3D photo frames, 3D monitors and 3D HDTV sets using different technology and some stereoscopic 3D-related services and software solutions as well.

Game Developers Conference 2011 is another interesting annual event, targeted at game developers, that will also cover stereoscopic 3D technology. GDC 2011 commemorates its 25th edition this year, and is held in the Moscone Center in San Francisco between February 28th (today) and March 4th with five days of lectures, panels, tutorials and roundtable discussions on a comprehensive selection of game development topics taught by leading industry experts. But apparently stereoscopic 3D technology is also not a big thing this time as well. With the most interesting sessions at the conference probably being about the “Development Process of Nintendo 3DS” by Hideki Konno from Nintendo as well as “Stereoscopic 3D Demystified: From Theory to Implementation in STARCRAFT II” presented by Dominic Filion from Blizzard Entertainment and Samuel Gateau from NVIDIA.

And if you happen to visit any of these events, feel free to share some interesting things you may have seen there in the comments below as well as links to reports from other sources about what can be seen that is related to stereo 3D technology at CeBIT 2011 or GDC 2011…

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