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An Overview of Nintendo 3DS

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Nintendo 3DS
Market of Gaming consoles is again gear up with Nintendo 3DS. Game lovers are much excited for it. The launch of 3DS is scheduled for 27th March, 2011.

Recently, Game Hunters gave an exclusive analysis about it, “…The 3DS is very close in size to the DSi, which is impressive considering how much Nintendo has crammed into the 3DS. It's just over 5 inches wide and less than 3 inches thick when closed. It also weighs about 8 ounces.

Readers are likely aware of the two external cameras for 3-D images, the internal camera, circle pad controls, motion and gyroscope sensors, and the widescreen 3-D display with adjustable slider.

But the 3DS also sports some subtle yet interesting tweaks to the device's design. A flat panel sits underneath the touch-screen where the home, start and select buttons reside. Since 3DS cartridges are slightly bigger than regular DS titles, the cartridge slot is larger too. The device also plays standard DS games for those users with a large DS collection. The 3DS adds a nifty extendable stylus, making it a bit easier to work with the touch-screen.

The 3DS home screen experiences a slight overhaul as well. Software choices are laid out a lot like apps on a smartphone, and users can tap certain icons to pull up the game or software they choose.”

About the playing experience of a game it writes, “…The 3DS will also include augmented-reality cards players view through the device's cameras for additional mini-games. The cards feature a block with a question mark, which users might recognize from the Super Mario Bros. franchise. After locating the card with the cameras and maintaining a certain distance, a box pops up initiating the game.

The game was brief but fun to explore. A series of bull's-eyes pop up that players must shoot, culminating in a showdown with a dragon. Through the view of the 3DS, players will see the surface beneath the card move and bounce around. It's not clear how many of these cards are included, but the AR games are promising.

Of course, all this is happening in 3-D, so viewers will watch the dragon lunge toward the screen or the goofy flying faces in Face Raiders zip back and forth. The glasses-free 3-D works great, and the slider lets users tailor the 3-D experience to their liking.” It is the most impressive gadget after Sony Successor to PlayStation Portable.


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