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Nintendo 3DS - The first 3D handheld gaming system

Updated on December 26, 2013

Introduction to Nintendo 3DS

Well the Nintendo 3DS has been revealed as the next product in the DS line. Not much information about it has been released as of yet, but it will certainly turn heads. It will be the first three dimensional hand-held gaming system and will likely be desired by many gamers simply due to the 3D effects! As time goes on and more information comes to light, check back here to get more details!

Get Nintendo 3DS - Color Choices Available

The Nintendo 3DS comes in so many color options because not everyone wants their 3DS in plain black.  On Amazon, the Nintendo 3DS is available in aqua blue, flame red, cosmo black, pearl pink, and bright purple.  The XL version is available in blue or black.  You can see the different color choices below.  I personally prefer the flame red 3DS.  If the aqua blue were navy blue that'd be the one I have though.  What color do you prefer?

Nintendo 3DS - Aqua Blue

Nintendo 3DS - Flame Red

Nintendo 3DS - Cosmo Black

Nintendo 3DS XL - Blue/Black

Nintendo Nintendo 3DS Pearl Pink

Nintendo 3DS Portable Gaming Console - Purple

What is so special about the Nintendo 3DS

The Nintendo 3DS is unique for a variety of reasons. The most obvious one is that it will boast two three-dimensional viewing screens. The exact details have not been officially released (an likely will remain on the down-low for awhile) but Nintendo claims it will have 3D effects without the need for special 3D goggles.

With the smashing success of the 3D movie Avatar, many companies are ramping up the research into this type of technology. The main setback so far has been the general requirement of some sort of device to help create the 3D effects. For Avatar, these were special glasses. Special glasses are also used for new 3-D televisions that are being released in upcoming months. These can be uncomfortable and difficult to use for people who already wear prescription glasses.

Since the Nintendo 3DS will not need any viewing contraptions, many people have already begun to speculate as to what technology will be used to create the effects. Some experts are expecting the technology to use parallax displays which is basically one LCD screen right under another with special thin barriers that can allow the left eye to see a different image than the right eye. The good news is that these screens reportedly only cost $10 (or so) more than the current screens used in DS and DSi devices! Hopefully this will mean well-priced 3DS devices!

Want to Buy Nintendo 3DS?

Since the Nintendo 3DS will be available March 2011, many people have started thinking about pre-ordering their Nintendo 3DS now! Amazon is offering free shipping for people who pre-order. Be one of the first people to own a Nintendo 3DS this year!

Nintendo 3DS Features

Okay so not much is officially known about the Nintendo 3DS (since it was only announced March 23rd, 2010), but here is a quick list of what is to be expected:

Double Screens (much like the current DS)

Each screen will likely be 4" (a good size).

Will likely come in a variety of colors like past DS models

The 3DS will be backwards compatible - meaning old 2D games can be played still (a big plus)

The Nintendo 3DS should be released to the public by March 2011. This is a reasonable time frame and more than enough time for people to get super excited about it. Hopefully it won't be hard to buy like the Wii was (and still is in some cities).

More information is coming soon at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (2010) in June.

Best Rated Nintendo 3DS Games

Now that you have a Nintendo 3DS (or someone you know has one), you will need to get some games so you can actually use your 3DS!  Having a bunch of different games will keep kids (or even you too, adults!) entertained for hours.  The best selling games and best rated this time of the year are Angry Birds, Super Mario Brothers 2, Zelda: Ocarina of TIme 3D, Resident Evil REvelations, Theatrhythm (Final), and Super Mario 3D Land.  Of these, Zelda and Resident Evil might not be suitable for young players so be careful who you are buying these as presents for.  But, most Nintendo 3DS games are great for all ages and make awesome Christmas presents for kids.

Plus there are many more Nintendo 3DS games for you to look through!

Angry Birds Trilogy

New Super Mario Bros. 2

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy

Super Mario 3D Land

Kingdom Hearts 3D Dream Drop Distance - Collector's Edition

Nintendo 3DS
Nintendo 3DS

What does Nintendo say about the Nintendo 3DS

In an official press release on March 23, 2010, Nintendo announced the upcoming release of the Nintendo 3DS handheld gaming unit. They didn't say much, preferring to stay quite about it (maybe to build up the hype?). Here is an excerpt from the press release:

""Nintendo 3DS" (temp) is going to be the new portable game machine to succeed "Nintendo DS series" ... and will include backward compatibility so that software fro Nintendo DS series ... can also be enjoyed."

They also mention that the software will not need any sort of 3D glasses which has fueled some debate as to what technology the displays will use to render 3D images! Are you as excited about this as many people are?

Let's hear your thoughts about the Nintendo 3DS! Are you as excited as I am?

Are you excited about the Nintendo 3DS???

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      CleftyToo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hey Maria - somehow this just got shown to me now (ie your reply) but I'm glad you like it. Do you still play the 3DS???

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Hi, I feel so excited to have this new Handheld console Nintendo 3DS. I think all the games available are very exciting to play.