Nintendo started its entry into the gaming market with the release of Nintendo’s Famicom, it later carved a niche for itself with the worldwide acclaimed Super Mario Bros. Some of its famed products are the Gameboy, The Gameboy advance, Wii etc. The company which fuelled many a gamers appetite and whose products are on many a teens wishlist has made a comeback in the industry with the Nintendo 3DS.
“Nintendo 3DS is a category of one – the experience simply doesn’t exist anywhere else,” said Nintendo of America President, Reggie Fils-Aime. “You have to see Nintendo 3DS to believe it. And it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before.”
Indeed a device that has intrigued gamers since its prototype launch last year finally comes to your hands for a price salted to be 249$. A price almost half of the iPad. It measure 5.3 by 2.9 by 0.8 inches and weighs about 230 grams. The Nintendo 3DS is somewhat like the Nintendo DS with 2 screens one a touchscreen, The top screen is the main Display screen and according to the press release: “The top screen displays 3D visuals to the naked eye. Looking at the screen is like peering through a window into a world where characters and objects have true depth. The system also has a 3D Depth Slider that lets players select the level of 3D they enjoy the most. The 3D effect can be ratcheted up to the highest level, scaled back to a more moderate setting or even turned off completely, depending on the preference of the user.”
However the 3D effect can only be seen if you are staring at the screen from the front end, tilting negates the 3d effect. However the 3D effect is so mindblowing that you would forgive Nintendo for this. It is not “characters coming out of the screen” 3D but depth 3D, and all this without the cumbersome 3D glasses. It has also been fitted with a gyroscope for motion sensing games. Its also equipped with a revolutionary StreetPass feature which would let end users exchange game information with other gamers on the Nintendo 3DS system and a SpotPass feature which would let the user connect using wifi when within range. It comes with a slider control that will allow user to adjust the depth of the image according to their comfort. Also Nintendo claims that children under the age of 6 might suffer adverse effect due to elongated exposure to 3D. It is also loaded with two 0.3 megapixel cameras that allow you to take 3D pictures viewable on its display. It has a 4 way pad and an analog control pad. It is being launched In the US with many titles like Dead or Alive: Dimensions, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Pro Evolution Soccer 3D, Madden Football, Kid Icarus: Uprising, Asphalt 3D