Nintendo DS Successor Due By March 2011, Will Be 3D


I sure wish this was some kind of early April Fool’s joke, but apparently it’s not.

Nintendo of Japan has announced its next portable gaming system — a true successor to the DS family, not another redesign like the Lite, DSi or DSi XL — called the 3DS (name isn’t final). The device, which is due for release by the end of March 2011, won’t be fully unveiled until E3 in June, but in this PDF letter released to press today Nintendo confirms that the 3DS will feature 3D technology that doesn’t require those silly red and blue glasses. It will also be backwards compatible with all DS and DSi software.

Recent rumors have also suggested that the next DS will come equipped with a motion sensor, which Kotaku shows has already been used to create 3D graphics on the iPhone. There’s also a Japanese DSiWare game that uses the DSi’s built-in camera to generate a 3D effect. So the technology is already out there. The effect looks slick in both instances too, but it’s not something I would want as a standard feature in every game.

Personally, I’m no fan of the whole 3D gimmick (and never have been), and only see it as being more gimmicky on a portable device. I’m also getting a bit tired of Nintendo releasing a new DS hardware configuration every single year. Hell, the DSi XL is only just coming out and its successor is only a year away — why would anyone buy it now?

I’m sure there is plenty more to the 3DS that will make it a worthy successor to the DS, and I look forward to seeing what that “more” is at E3. I remain skeptical of the idea of portable 3D gaming for the time being, but it’d be foolish of me to pass judgment when so little has been announced, so I’ll wait to see what the thing actually looks like first.

What do you think?

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