3D Now Comes To Portable Gaming Systems With Nintendo 3DS

15 Jun
2010

Get ready for the 3D takeover. Nintendo 3DS is the first mobile game console to get on the 3D bandwagon.

On the outside, the 3DS looks just like the the standard DS clamshell but with one big difference: One of it’s screens has an extra dimension. But rather than mate the standard DS touchscreen with the 3-D display, Nintendo opted for a sight-only 3.5-inch widescreen LCD on the top.

Do you have to wear cumbersome 3D glasses? Nope. Using parallax barriers (two LCD screens stacked one of top of the other to direct light at either the right of left eye), it creates a virtual stereoscopic 3-D effect if you are in the screen’s sweet spot. Fuji’s 3-D LCD viewer uses a similar trick.

What the 3DS adds, though, is the ability to adjust the 3-D effect. The side of the device has a small slider switch, which allows you to choose how exaggerated you’d like the third dimension to appear — from popping way off the screen to nothing at all.

At launch, they will have a full range of both in-house and third-party games at the ready. The company developed their own demo game, Kid Icarus Uprising, to show off their high-flying effects.

Check out the game trailer…

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