Nintendo has debuted the Nintendo 3DS, its glasses-free 3D followup to it popular Nintendo DS handheld, featuring a 3.5-inch widescreen display, an analog controller, a 3D camera, and more.
The most visible change to the new hardware is the top screen, comprised of a 3.5-inch 3D-capable display -- bigger than the standard DSi's 3.25-inch screens but smaller than the DSi XL's 4.25-inch displays. The bottom display isn't widescreen or 3D-capable, but still acts as a touchscreen.
For gamers worried about eye strain that might occur with the handheld's 3D graphics (or for those who just prefer to play without 3D), the system will include a slider that will allow users to turn off the 3D effects in games.
The 3DS features multiple cameras, bumping the number up to three from DSi's two. The top lid of the system incorporates two cameras that allow owners to take 3D photos, which they can also view in 3D with the system.
Other new additions to the portable include the ability to display 3D feature films. The company said How To Train Your Dragon, Legend of the Guardians, and Tangled will be demonstrated on the system at E3.
The device is outfitted with an improved tag mode feature, which allows gamers to exchange and unlock content while the system is in sleep mode.
The 3DS will feature backwards compatibility with previous DS and DSi releases.
Nintendo showed off several titles planned only for for the new 3DS, including Kid Icarus: Uprising
, a new entry in the long-dormant Kid Icarus series, developed by Smash Bros.
designer Masahiro Sakurai's team Project Sora.
Nintendo also announced a new Nintendogs
title that introduces cats, as well as several upcoming third-party projects, including a Metal Gear Solid
game, an original Resident Evil
title, DJ Hero 3D
, a Kingdom Hearts
release, and many others.
The company has yet to reveal pricing or a release date for the Nintendo 3DS, though it's expected to launch before the end of Nintendo's fiscal year that ends March 31st, 2011.
The full list of publicly-announced games in development for Nintendo 3DS is as follows:
DJ Hero 3D
Shin Megami Tensei
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor
Resident Evil Revelations
Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition (name not final)
EA FIFA Soccer
The Sims 3
Deca Sports franchise
Hideo Kojima's Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D "The Naked Sample"
Pro Evolution Soccer franchise / Winning Eleven franchise
Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle (name not final)
BloodRayne: The Shroud
A Boy and His Blob
Face Racers: Photo Finish
Lion's Pride: Adventures on the Serengeti
WonderWorld Amusement Park
Bokujyoumonogatari 3D (name not final)
Dragon Ball franchise (name not final)
Gundam franchise (name not final) PAC-MANTM & GALAGATM (name not final)
Ridge Racer (name not final) Super Robot franchise (name not final)
Animal Crossing Kid Icarus: Uprising
nintendogs + cats
Star Fox 64 3D
Sonic (name not final)
Super Monkey Ball (name not final)
CODENAME: Chocobo Racing
3D Dragon Quest franchise
Final Fantasy franchise
Kingdom Hearts franchise
Carnival Games franchise
Dead or Alive 3D (name not final)
Dynasty Warriors (name not final)
Ninja Gaiden (name not final)
Samurai Warriors 3D (name not final)
Lovely Lisa 3D
Naruto Shippuden Action
de Blob 2
Kung Fu Panda
Kaboom of Doom
Marvel Super Hero Squad
The Penguins of Madagascar
Puss N Boots
Saints Row: Drive-By
Battle of Giants: Dinosaur Strike
Driver Renegade Hollywood 61 (name not final)
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory