Nintendo shows off 3D DS

Nintendo showed off its 3D DS system at E3 - the one that requires no special glasses, as the world and his pooch knew beforehand.

The Wii maker also announced a substantial list of upcoming games for the device, named the Nintendo 3DS, as well as outlining plans for the Wii the 3Dd-less DS.

The 3DS, uses a "parallax barrier" LCD screen, which aligns pixels to the left and right eyes so that each sees a different portion of the screen. The technology requires gamers to sit a the right angle and distance from the screen to enjoy the 3D effect.

"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,” game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, may have said at the show. He certainly said it in the press release.

The 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 a Slide Pad that allows 360-degree analogue input.

Nintendo also showed of a range of games and applications for the gadget, based on some of its own best-known franchises. These included Kid Icarus: Uprising and driving and banana-tossing classic Mario Kart, Animal Crossing, a new instalment of the community-building franchise. Also on show were DJ Hero 3D from Activision Resident Evil Revelations from Capcom The Sims 3 from Electronic Arts.

Nintendo other 3DS games un the pipeline include 3D versions of Super Street Fighter from Capcom; Madden NFL and FIFA Soccer games from Electronic Arts; and a Final Fantasy game and from Square Enix.

Nintendo hasn't yet revealed how much the 3DS will cost.

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