LOS ANGELES – Although the device was officially announced in March, Nintendo finally took the wraps off of their new ‘3DS’ yesterday. In addition to housing a 3D, glasses-free top screen that has a scalable effect controlled by a slider, the device also contains a gyroscope (indicated to be advantageous for shooter fans), a motion sensor, and a dual-camera setup that will allow you to snap and share 3D photos. It also now uses an analog ‘Slide Pad’ that can be seen just above the D-pad in the image below.
While the 1st-party titles discussed look sufficiently promising, one of the more impressive pieces of the announcement had to be the incredible 3rd-party line-up of games and top franchises that are slated to appear on Nintendo’s new monster mini.You can check out the full spec sheet for the 3DS below the image or at Nintendo’s official 3DS page.
- Size (when closed):
- Approximately 5.3 inches wide, 2.9 inches long, 0.8 inches tall.
Approximately 8 ounces.
- Top Screen:
3.53-inch widescreen LCD display, enabling 3D view without the need for special glasses; with 800×240 pixel resolution (400 pixels are allocated for each eye to enable 3D viewing).
- Touch Screen:
3.02-inch LCD with 320×240 pixel resolution with a touch screen.
One inner camera and two outer cameras with 640×480 (0.3 Mega) pixel resolution.
- Nintendo 3DS Game Card:
2 GB Max. at launch.
- Wireless Communication:
- Can communicate in the 2.4 GHz band. Multiple Nintendo 3DS systems can connect via a local wireless connection to let users communicate or enjoy competitive game play. Systems also can connect to LAN access points to access the Internet and allow people to enjoy games with others. Will support IEEE 802.11 with enhanced security (WPA/WPA2). Nintendo 3DS hardware is designed so that even when not in use, it can automatically exchange data with other Nintendo 3DS systems or receive data via the Internet while in sleep mode.
Touch screen, embedded microphone, A/B/X/Y face buttons, + Control Pad, L/R buttons, Start and Select buttons, “Slide Pad” that allows 360-degree analog input, one inner camera, two outer cameras, motion sensor and a gyro sensor.
Other Input Controls:
3D Depth Slider to adjust level of 3D effect (can be scaled back or turned off completely depending on the preference of the user), Home button to call system function, Wireless switch to turn off wireless communications (even during game play), Power button. The telescoping stylus is approximately 4 inches when fully extended.
A port that accepts both Nintendo 3DS game cards and game cards for the Nintendo DSâ„¢ family of systems, an SD memory card slot, an AC adapter connector, a charging cradle terminal and a stereo headphone output jack.
Stereo speakers positioned to the left and right of the top screen.
Lithium ion battery details TBA.
Parental controls similar to the Nintendo DSi system will be included.