After the keynote addresses of the big three gaming companies, I think the one that has everyone talking is the Nintendo 3DS. It sounds like a piece of technology that’s too good to be true. Nintendo says it will play 3D movies without the need for glasses. Oh, and it can also take 3D pictures with the built-in camera. There are $3000 3DTVs shipping out right now and they require special glasses. Is it the small size of the 3DS’ screen? Or are we looking at another pseudo-3D Virtual Boy catastrophe? Nintendo let journalists and for the most part, Kotaku and Joystiq seem to like it.
Nintendo has also announced that the system will play 3D movies from Walt Disney Pictures, DreamWorks, and Warner Bros. After the jump, you can check out a demo from Nintendo’s keynote address, pictures of the 3DS, and the press release. I wish Nintendo could bring this kind of innovation to their stale roster of mascots and gameplay.
Here’s the press release:
Nintendo Introduces Glasses-Free 3D Gaming, and Unleashes the Industry’s Best Franchises in Entirely New Ways
E3 Expo 2010
LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Nintendo is raising the bar – again.
Nintendo changed the world of video games with touch-screen gaming on the Nintendo DS™ in 2004. Nintendo then pioneered the motion-controlled gaming revolution with the Wii™ console and the Wii Remote™ controller back in 2006. Today the company unveils an even more immersive gaming experience: Nintendo 3DS™.
At the E3 Expo today, Nintendo gave the world the first look at a portable system that lets people view games in 3D, without the need for special glasses. Nintendo also announced a substantial list of upcoming games for Nintendo 3DS, the Wii console and the Nintendo DS family of systems – a lineup that reads like a who’s who of some of the greatest franchises in video game history with a completely new look and feel.
“The additional dimension of depth in 3D makes it easier for players to judge distances while giving developers a new tool to create games and experiences that play with both height and depth,” said Nintendo video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, who pioneered the fully rendered 3D video game world with Super Mario 64™.
Nintendo 3DS comes with a 3.53-inch top screen and a 3.02-inch bottom touch screen. It has three cameras – one inner and two outer – to deliver the 3D effect and take 3D pictures. It includes a motion sensor, a gyro sensor and even a Slide Pad that allows 360-degree analog input. At the E3 Expo, Nintendo showed attendees a range of games and applications for Nintendo 3DS that reinvent some of the industry’s most beloved franchises. These include:
* Kid Icarus™: Uprising, the long-awaited franchise follow-up to the NES™ classic.
* Mario Kart™, which shows off the potential of driving and tossing bananas in 3D.
* nintendogs™ + cats, a new version of the best-selling nintendogs franchise that lets players interact even more with their virtual puppies – and kittens!
* PilotWings Resort™, a flying simulation that lets players soar above Wuhu Island.
* Animal Crossing™, a new installment of the charming community-building franchise.
* StarFox 64™ 3D, a game that demonstrates the true distance and depth of outer space using Nintendo’s well-known franchise.
* Steel Diver™, a new submarine-navigation game from Nintendo.
* Paper Mario™, which brings paper-based 2D environments to life.
Nintendo 3DS also comes to market with the strongest third-party support of any video game system in Nintendo history. Games on display at the Nintendo booth at the E3 Expo include:
* DJ Hero® 3D from Activision
* RESIDENT EVIL® REVELATIONS from Capcom
* The Sims™ 3 from Electronic Arts
* HIDEO KOJIMA’S METAL GEAR SOLID SNAKE EATER 3D “The Naked Sample” from Konami
* Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracles (name not final) from LEVEL-5
* RIDGE RACER® (name not final) from Namco Bandai Games
* KINGDOM HEARTS franchise game from Square Enix
* DEAD OR ALIVE® 3D (name not final) from Tecmo Koei Games
* SAMURAI WARRIORS® 3D from Tecmo Koei Games
* Battle of Giants™: Dinosaur Strike from Ubisoft
* Hollywood 61 (name not final) from Ubisoft
A sampling of other Nintendo 3DS games already in planning includes SUPER STREET FIGHTER IV 3D Edition (name not final) from Capcom; Madden NFL and FIFA Soccer games from Electronic Arts; CODENAME: Chocobo Racing® 3D and a FINAL FANTASY ® franchise game and from Square Enix; a NINJA GAIDEN® (name not final) game from Tecmo Koei Games; Saint’s Row: Drive By from THQ; Assassin’s Creed™Lost Legacy, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon™ and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Chaos Theory™ from Ubisoft; and a Batman game from Warner Bros. Additional games are in development by Atlus, AQ Interactive, Disney Interactive Studios, Harmonix, Hudson Soft, Majesco, Marvelous Entertainment, Rocket, SEGA, Takara Tommy and Take-Two Interactive.