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Google translation...

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EDIT! - Better translation - http://www.nintendo....010/100323e.pdf


3D screen(s) without the need for glasses, apparently.

Oh shit, I'm late for work.

Great summary post by The Sarge...

Summary from the EU event...


Release Date - March 25th
Price - £219.99 - £229.99
Games - £29.99 - £39.99
Colours - Cosmo Black, Aqua Blue
What's in the box - Nintendo 3DS system, Nintendo 3DS charging cradle, Nintendo 3DS AC adapter, Nintendo 3DS stylus, SD Memory Card (2GB), Six AR Card(s) (view the cards using the outer cameras to play supported AR games), Quick-Start Guide, Operations Manual (including warranty)

Launch titles weren't announced, but we can expect to see the following titles by June 2011. (I've listed the games that are rumoured to be launch titles. Apologies in advance if any of them are listed wrongly.)

Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition (launch title)
Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D (launch title)

The Sims 3
Madden NFL Football (launch title)

PES 2011 3D (launch title)

LEGO Star Wars III The Clone Wars

Namco Bandai
Ridge Racer 3D (launch title)

Pilotwings Resort
Nintendogs & Cats (launch title)
Steel Diver

Super Monkey Ball 3D
Crush 3D
Thor : God of Thunder

Puzzle Bobble Universe

Tecmo Koei
Samurai Warriors: Chronicles (launch title)
Dead Or Alive Dimensions (launch title)

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Shadow Wars
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell 3D
Rayman 3D
Asphalt 3D
Combat of Giants Dinosaurs 3D
James Noir's Hollywood Crimes
Driver Renegade
Rabbids 3D

It looks as though we'll have to wait a little longer for Ocarina Of Time 3D. It's not set for release before June and the release window for games such as Star Fox 64 3D, Kid Icarus: Uprising and new instalments of Mario Kart, Animal Crossing and Paper Mario has yet to been announced.


Friends Codes are in but are specific to the consoles not per game, you will be able to check the online status of anyone you have exchanged codes with via a friends list.

StreetPass - allows users to exchange game information with other Nintendo 3DS systems as owners pass one another, hence the name. According to Nintendo: "Small packets of information can be exchanged using this data-transfer method, such as Mii character data, maps for games or high scores and custom character data for different games."

SpotPass - allows user to sonnet to compatible public hotspots and through a wireless broadband Internet connection at home, even if the system is in Sleep Mode. Once connected, the Nintendo 3DS system will receive new content and updates on a regular basis. Wallace and Gromit creator Aardman has confirmed its support by announcing it will release one-minute shorts of Shaun The Sheep in 3D via SpotPass.


Pre-installed Software

Mii Maker - a photo application that turns your picture into a Mii.
Face Raiders - Shoot at funny/crazy depictions of your face.
Pedometer - Activates when the 3DS is in sleep mode, you'll earn gold coins by walking. Those can be traded for additional content in compatible games.
3DS Sound - allows users to use sound-manipulation tools or "rock out while listening to their MP3 or AAC music files".


Nintendo eShop - Will be available after launch through a system update, will offer access to downloadable games, including Nintendo DSiWare and ones specifically made for Nintendo 3DS. Like the Virtual Console service on Wii, Virtual Console games on Nintendo 3DS will be pulled from classic Game Boy and Game Boy Color games. Players will be able to view game videos, download demos for select games and see how other consumers rated the games. The Nintendo eShop will use a cash-based system. Users can either input credit card information in the shop or purchase a Nintendo 3DS Prepaid Card at retail locations.


System Transfer which enable users to transfer already purchased software from one Nintendo 3DS system to another. DSiWare purchased for the Nintendo DSi or the Nintendo DSi XL can also be transferred into a Nintendo 3DS system. (there may a limit to how many times you can transfer content, some games/content might not be transferable)


The console will also come with six augmented reality Six augmented-reality cards. Superimposed 3D images can be put on display by pointing the 3DS outer cameras at them. Nintendo notes that developers can "use this technology to add creative new experiences to their games."


OS Video


EU Line-up


Games (you might have already seen some of these trailers from the Japanese event last week. So apologies in advance...I've tried to filter out those we've already seen.)

Steel Diver

Legend of Zelda

Resident Evil: Mercenaries

PilotWings Resort

Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars

Super Street Fighter 4

James Noir: Hollywood Crimes


Bust-A-Move Universe

Dead or Alive: Dimensions

Combat of Giant Dinosaurs

Samurai Warriors Chronicles



Kid Icarus


Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

James Noir: Hollywood Crimes


Pilotwings Resort

Steel Diver

Nintendogs & Cats

Kid Icarus: Uprising

Animal Crossing

Super Monkey Ball

Resident Evil: Mercenaries

Ridge Racer


Splinter Cell

Driver: Renegade

Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars

James Noir: Hollywood Crimes


I know all the above info has probably already been posted, but I thought a single post summary would be good for those just getting home from work/those who haven't been able to keep up with how fast the thread has moved today.

Backwards compatibility and region locking

The 3DS will run all DS and DSi games.

The system will be region locked. A 3DS from region A will not play 3DS games from region B, or DSi-enhanced games from region B. It will play standard DS games from any region.
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So, the word on the street is that Nintendo will announce the 3DS at E3.


A new handheld, which will use 3D screens, with no need for glasses. Just how this magic is possible, I don't know, but it will be awesomely sweet if true. The rumours about the next DS using the NVidia Tegra chipset are pretty much confirmed, and there have been recent rumours that the new DS would also have twin screens, with no frame between them. Adding 3D to the mix points to a fantastic sounding piece of kit.

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I take it this is going to use similar head-tracking technology to that recent 3D DSi title, the kind of thing that fellow (who now works for Microsoft) was showcasing on YouTube using Wii-motes a couple years ago.

Unfortunately autostereoscopic displays aren't very tolerant of moving your eyes around.

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How do you achieve 3D without glasses?

You know those lenticular pictures you get that show you a different view from different angles? They work by having the views divided into stripes and interweaved with each other, and then a special lens is put over the top to send each set of stripes out at a different angle. You can do the same thing with a display, where you have stripes of pixels instead of stripes of image. Left eye gets left pixels, right eye gets right pixels.

The downside is that you have to be sitting in a "viewing zone" to see the effect, you've only got half of the horizontal resolution of the display to play with* and it's bad for image quality, something which led to Philips finally throwing in the towel with it as a TV tech a few years ago.

*One half for the left eye, one for the right.

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More likely to work better on a handheld than a TV though, right? It still sounds like it'd be a bit rubbish if it's using that tech though.

There are other technologies but I think lenticular's the only one to be properly commercialised. I was hearing on NPR the other day that they've had it in some mobile phones in Japan for a while now, presumably as little more than a gimmick.

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It's the same as the number of PSPs, if that helps?

Near enough.

DS, DS Lite, DSi, DSi XL, 3DS vs. PSP-1000, PSP-2000, PSP-3000, PSP Go!

I know it's a different implementation that NVIDIA do, but I suppose this would make the Tegra rumours more likely to be true?

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As Mr Cochese said, you don't have to buy them all!

They're like Pokemon... gotta have em all!!

I wonder how long this has been in development? I remember when the Wii was still known as the "Revolution", there was a rumour that it (the Wii) would be 3D. And I'm sure Peter Jackson (beardy film director) said that Nintendo were working on a 3D console (except he thought that it was the Wii) when talking about 3D movies.

I wonder what other upgrades this is going to get? There was talk of the new processor the other day, but with this new fangled 3D technology- will there also be motion control included? Or will moving it around upset the 3D effect?

But this announcement seems a bit low key, even for Nintendo. They're usually very tight lipped about consoles until E3, so why announce it in a tiny letter? If they're worried about devs getting it out- they could have announced it at the GDC last week...

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The DS was announced in the January before E3. All they said was that it would have two screens. The console itself was first seen in USA Today on the day of their press conference. It wasn't until the E3 reveal that we found out about the touch screen. I think. A similar thing will probably happen here.

Also, it was announced in an investor report, so it's definitely real.

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