It’s not like we didn’t know it was coming. But at least we now have all of the facts. No silly glasses in sight.
Well, here is the official fact sheet -
Size (when closed): Approximately 5.3 inches wide, 2.9 inches long, 0.8 inches tall.
Weight: Approximately 8 ounces.
Look: Final design is TBA.
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.
Cameras: One inner camera and two outer cameras with 640×480 (0.3 Mega) pixel resolution.
Pre-Installed Software: TBA
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.
Game Controls: Touch screen, embedded microphone, A/B/X/Y face buttons, + Control Pad, L/R buttons, Start and Select buttons, â€œSlide Padâ€ 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.
Input/Output: 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.
Sound: Stereo speakers positioned to the left and right of the top screen.
Battery: Lithium ion battery details TBA.
Parental Controls: Parental controls similar to the Nintendo DSi system will be included.
For those of you still awake, here are the important facts -
The 3DS has two screens, a small screen at the bottom with touch screen capability, a large screen at the top which is capable of displaying 3D without dodgy glasses. This screen will even be able to play 3D movies.
The 3D effect can be turned off using a side mounted slider.
It has two cameras on the outside which can be used to take 3D photos, but they will only be viewable in 3D on the 3DS system.
The 3DS finally has a 360 degree analog control. Woot!
It has built in motion and gyro sensors.
All of this technological posturing means nothing without the games to back it up. There are a lot of publishers showing the love for the new 3D handheld. But the star of the presentation had to be Kid Icarus: Uprising.
Looking good. Other than Kid Icarus, we can expect the usual suspects from Nintendo, including a new Nintendogs title that features cats, Animal Crossing and Paper Mario. Also on the way are DJ Hero 3D, Resident Evil Revelations, The Sims 3, Assassin’s Creed Lost Legacy, Ghost Recon and Driver Renegade.
There seems to be a lot to look forward to. I can’t wait to see the handheld in action.