Now that's cool. Nintendo has confirmed via a press release that it is set to release a brand new DS portable video game console, complete with 3D capability but without the need to look like a total dork and wear those silly glasses. Unfortunately though the Nintendo 3DS, how did they come up with that name, will not be released in time for Xmas it would seem. Likely timeframe is 'before the end of March 2011' which is a bit of a shame if you ask me.
Here's what the Nintendo press release, translated from the Japanese so excuse me for any errors, has to say about the 3DS:
Nintendo will launch the Nintendo 3DS during the fiscal year ending March 2011, allowing games to be enjoyed with 3D effects but without the need of any special glasses. The Nintendo 3DS is going to be the new portable game machine that succeeds the Nintendo DS Series, which has cumulative consolidated sales of 125 million units as at the end of December 2009. It will include backward software compatibility, including games for the Nintendo DS and DSi. We are planning to announce additional details at E3 show, which is scheduled to be held from June 15, 2010 at Los Angeles.
Are there any Nintendo games developers on DaniWeb who, without breaking the NDA, are able to shed some more light on how the console will work with regards to the 3D effects? Engadget is reporting that the 3DS will likely use the Sharp 'parallax barrier' LCD as seen on some Japanese smartphones already.
Now, what about the games? Anyone care to guess at the best 3D games for a portable console, dual screen, Nintendo format? Oh, not forgetting of course, if this will point the way for a 3D version of the Wii soon.