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3DS will need no 3D glasses for 3D content

The Nintendo DS console line continues to be a runaway success for Nintendo and absolutely dominates the portable gaming market. In February the DS sold 613,200 units compared to the Sony PSP moving a mere 133,400 units. Nintendo is now set to reveal a new portable game console called the Nintendo 3DS. Whether or not the 3DS will replace the DS, DSi and other portable consoles outright or be sold alongside existing models is unknown.

Nintendo has confirmed that the 3DS is coming, but is mum on any hard details on the new portable console. All we know right now was offered in the form of a short letter [PDF] issued today from Nintendo. The letter states that the 3DS will launch during the fiscal year ending in March of 2011. One very important fact is that Nintendo states the 3DS will need no glasses to view the 3D content on the screen.

The 3DS will be backwards compatible with non-3D game titles designed originally for the DSi and DS consoles. More details will be offered by Nintendo at E3 in LA starting on June 15. Hopefully we will get a firm launch date at E3 and a good guess would be for the holiday season.

Some speculation is making its rounds that has Nintendo possible using Hitachi microlens 3D displays for the 3DS. Whether this is based in fact or pure speculation remains to be seen. The Hitachi tech uses a microlens array of tiny convex lenses in columns under the LCD screen. The little lenses are able to create 3D effects as the gamer looks at the screen. This is not the only tech out there that will allow for 3D effects without glasses.

The Hitachi system is said to require displays with higher resolutions to operate. 
SlashGearreports that Hitachi has a demo system of that uses 5-inch 1280 x 768 panels. The DSi XL for comparison uses 4.2-inch displays. It would be easy enough to imagine the 3DS getting higher resolution LCDs in a slightly larger size to accommodate the 3D tech.

Nintendo has been among the hardest hit in the gaming hardware market with profits dropping 23% in Q3 2009 on softening demand for the company's Wii console. The gaming industry as a whole saw sales fall in 2009 to $19.66 billion compared to the $21.4 billion in sales in 2008. The most recent numbers for the game hardware and software industry from NPD showed that the Xbox 360 was the top game console in February 2010. The month overall was down 15% compared to February of 2009. The Xbox sold the most units in America for the month with the Wii taking second, and the PS3 taking third.

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Time to throw in the towel Nintendo...
By Golgatha on 3/23/2010 10:17:46 AM , Rating: 5
Nintendo has been among the hardest hit in the gaming hardware market with profits dropping 23% in Q3 2009 on softening demand for the company's Wii console.

What's -23% of eleventy billion dollars?! Poor Nintendo, time to close up shop.

RE: Time to throw in the towel Nintendo...
By invidious on 3/23/2010 11:30:37 AM , Rating: 5
You know what 23% less profit tells me? That they are still turning a profit and do not need people questioning their business model or feeling sorry for them.

RE: Time to throw in the towel Nintendo...
By TSS on 3/23/2010 2:28:05 PM , Rating: 2
I belive we already felt sorry for nintendo the first 2 years when they couldn't produce enough to meet demand.

Then again that is worse then your profits dropping most likely because everybody already has one.

By Samus on 3/24/2010 12:05:18 AM , Rating: 2
Virtual Boy 2? maybe...

RE: Time to throw in the towel Nintendo...
By Miff001 on 3/24/2010 4:12:59 AM , Rating: 2
I don't think it's the casr that everyone has one.

Nintendo just needs to release a new game like New Super Mario.

By themaster08 on 3/24/2010 6:38:00 AM , Rating: 2
Or drop their console price by £50 and still make a profit.

I think the Wii has hit saturation point, but I would go further to say at it's current price.

I sure wouldn't mind snapping one up for £100.

RE: Time to throw in the towel Nintendo...
By digitalreflex on 3/23/2010 8:08:23 PM , Rating: 2
While many may not feel sorry for them, Nintendo still has to meet sales goals and answer to their investors.

By jdietz on 3/23/2010 8:15:03 PM , Rating: 2
I guess. I doubt many of the investors:
1) Have a better idea of what to do than what Nintendo is doing right now.
2) Think firing or replacing CEO Satoru Iwata is a really good idea and would result in extra money for shareholders.

Cue the haters
By Phynaz on 3/23/10, Rating: 0
RE: Cue the haters
By piroroadkill on 3/23/10, Rating: -1
RE: Cue the haters
By robert5c on 3/23/2010 12:35:20 PM , Rating: 5
Whats with people lately feeling like they need to swear to make their point in a comment?

I have nothing against people who swear, i understand for some people it slips, for others its natural. But to use with written text is a conscious decision that in my view shows a lack of intelligence.

RE: Cue the haters
By inighthawki on 3/23/2010 2:22:15 PM , Rating: 2
Sometimes it's used to really emphasize a point, but in a case like this I agree, completely unnecessary to make the point

RE: Cue the haters
By cruisin3style on 3/23/2010 3:00:05 PM , Rating: 2
The above comment does seem kind of gratuitous in the usage of bad language.

But I think sometimes people prefer to type online just as they might speak in real life. Whether this is the place for that kind of language I don't know...but I don't think it is our place to tell people how to speak or, in this case, type...however juvenile or unnecessary it may be.

RE: Cue the haters
By inperfectdarkness on 3/23/2010 1:16:33 PM , Rating: 2
i really don't care. i just want to see it compatible with everything from super mario land 1 up through the latest 3DS games.

give me back gameboy compatibility & i'll buy it tomorrow.

RE: Cue the haters
By Omega215D on 3/24/2010 3:43:44 AM , Rating: 2
There was a Super Mario Land 1 available for the DS (the Original Gameboy Super Mario Land)? If so I would really like to know the exact name of it so I can buy it considering I've been looking for that game during the past 5 years.

RE: Cue the haters
By Alexvrb on 3/23/2010 8:22:37 PM , Rating: 2
Dual screens the way Nintendo did them were pointless. 3D displays on the other hand, are sweet.

By Ard on 3/23/2010 10:26:40 AM , Rating: 2
For God's sake, does everyone have to jump on this ridiculous 3D bandwagon? I wouldn't pegged Nintendo as the one company to not give a damn and buck the trend. Sigh...

RE: Why?
By mmntech on 3/23/2010 10:35:33 AM , Rating: 3
As long as it's not like Nintendo's last 3D outing. Remember the Virtual Boy?

RE: Why?
By Akrovah on 3/23/2010 1:14:26 PM , Rating: 2
Virtual Boy? Never heard of it. Is it that Milo thing?

RE: Why?
By Lazarus Dark on 3/23/2010 6:33:42 PM , Rating: 2
my eyes start bleeding at the mere mention of it...

RE: Why?
By digitalreflex on 3/23/2010 8:05:45 PM , Rating: 2
I'm glad I skipped that version of Nintendo device.

RE: Why?
By legoman666 on 3/23/10, Rating: -1
RE: Why?
By Ard on 3/23/2010 3:40:45 PM , Rating: 1
That's completely irrelevant. Most gamers have been pretty clear that they could care less about 3D. This is simply another method to latch on to the same gimmick.

By xbbdc on 3/23/2010 12:54:41 PM , Rating: 2
does anyone else think the pdf looks very unprofessional and fake? i can write a pdf just like that.. no nintendo header, watermark, who wrote it or anything... is this how official news gets passed to other media channels?

RE: pdf...
By inighthawki on 3/23/2010 2:25:47 PM , Rating: 2
I have to agree, it looks incredibly plain and unprofessional. I'm not jumping to conclusions of it being fake, but quite honestly as the OP said, it's not difficult for anyone to make a pdf that literally contains nothing more than a block of text with some spacing and font styles applied...

RE: pdf...
By Spivonious on 3/23/2010 2:30:44 PM , Rating: 2
I agree. I'm calling fake on this one.

RE: pdf...
By Xavi3n on 3/23/2010 2:33:29 PM , Rating: 2
Its a leak and if you look at their financial report pdfs they use exactly the same font face.

This wasn't meant as an announcement (that "was" going to be E3), but rather was a slip-up.

The PDF is hosted on also, so I really cant see how this is fake.

Love my DSi, the Wii not so much..
By fiskov on 3/23/2010 12:20:56 PM , Rating: 2
As the title states, I love my DSi and formally the DS lite.. I would almost go as far as to say it's one of the best purchases i've ever made.

My Wii on the other hand, after purchasing it almost straight after launch i played it maybe 2-3 months, before never touching it again.
It's boring, all the games are boring, the controller is inaccurate and the graphics are quite frankly awful.

Do i want a 3D handheld though? Hmm, personally i'd perfer an upgraded DSi, with better graphics and more power. As Mario kart / Space Invaders Extreme 2 lag/slow down.

RE: Love my DSi, the Wii not so much..
By Akrovah on 3/23/2010 2:15:07 PM , Rating: 2
I would recommend giving your Wii a second chance with some of the newer games. The visuals have really improved (still not on par with 360 or PS3 of course) and some of them are really fun. Super Mario Galaxy is a blast to play, and while it may look a little (okay, a lot) kiddie, I don't know of any kid under the age of 12 that could handle some of the more complex levels that get thrown at you later in the game. And if you were ever a fan of the Metroid Prime games on Gamecube, you own it to yourself to try out Metroid Prime Trilogy on Wii. The Wii controls really make huge improvements in the playability of those games, though the first two titles are not as visualy dynamic as the third, having been originally made for the Gamescube. And that was really the problem with the visuals in alot of Wii's early games. Many of them were simply Gamecube ports so they didn't take advantage of the increased processing power the Wii has over the GC.

By Jason H on 3/23/2010 4:59:22 PM , Rating: 2
Actually I think the original Metroid Prime is the best looking of the three. Not because of high-res textures and fancy effects, but because of the amazing amount of real geometric detail they put into the environments - there are cracks in the walls, imperfections, debris - it's very organic, and creates a sense of reality that I've found lacking even in more modern games. One of the best games of all time.

By pwnsweet on 3/24/2010 10:43:48 PM , Rating: 2
Pfft! 3D? Get with the times Nintendo! 3D is old. I've been enjoying 4D since the launch of the PS3...


RE: 3D...
By Silver2k7 on 3/25/2010 12:30:19 PM , Rating: 2
4D this must be some joke, but im missing the funny :P

I dont think we even seen any good 3D yet, so anything without need for special glasses and 3D is an interessting evolution.

By therealnickdanger on 3/23/2010 10:24:45 AM , Rating: 2
Autostereoscopic displays are really cool, but ideal for one user at a fixed focal point. A portable handheld is the perfect candidate for an autostereoscopic device. Someday they'll figure out how to do it cheaply for the theater (and home theater) but until then, everyone else gets glasses.

Nice job, Nintendo!

Virtual Boy
By Alphafox78 on 3/23/2010 12:28:58 PM , Rating: 2
The article forgot to mention that the screen will only be in RED!! ;P

By HoleInTwo on 3/23/2010 2:39:33 PM , Rating: 2
Sounds iffy...

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