The long-awaited Nintendo 3DS, dubbed by its makers as the “game changer,” is to be released on March 27, 2011 at the price of $249.99. The gaming console is available in both cosmic black and aqua blue.
Features of the device include the traditional two screens seen on all versions of the DS (a touchscreen on the bottom and a 3D display above, 10% larger than the DSi’s); a telescopic stylus; a game card slot that accepts 3DS, DS, and DSi games; a SD memory card slot for a 2GB card that comes with the system; abxy controls; a plus control pad; and an analog circle that allows for precise game character movement, the adjustment of camera angles, and other innovations.
The 3DS is capable of being used as a gaming system, a camera (via three cameras, an inner-facing one and two outer cameras, all of which allow users to take 3D photographs), and a video player.
Within the machine is a motion sensor, a combination of an accelerometer and a gyroscope, that reacts to the motion and tilt of the system. Compatible 3DS games respond instantly to these motions.
By the display screen is a 3D depth slider, which allows the 3D to be adjusted to a desirable degree (hence the added plus of no all-too-fashionable glasses needed to experience the 3D effect). Up until now, 3D volume has generally been decided by the makers of the images. With this slider, it allows the 3D features of the console to be “natural and fully flexible.”
The 3DS also comes with its own charging cradle, so that it can remain in sleep mode indefinitely.
Pre-orders can be made at the Nintendo website. If you’re interested, click on the link to find out more.