Nintendo 3DS is a breakthrough in portable entertainment. It is a truly cutting-edge piece of hardware that brings 3D gaming to the handheld market for the first time, producing amazing 3D graphics without the need for any special glasses, as well as taking 3D pictures, watching 3D videos, and listening to your MP3 or AAC music files. In addition, it is also backward compatible with Nintendo DSi games, and features a built-in Wi-Fi connectivity for a deeper wireless experience with SpotPass and StreetPass to connect with other 3DS users, and to give more exclusive content displaying Hollywood movies from Disney, Warner Bros., and DreamWorks.
Nintendo 3DS will definitely appeal to kids and families, especially after the American Optometric Association issued a press statement suggesting kids six and under can play Nintendo 3DS games as long as their visual system is developing normally, and it would actually help in uncovering correctible visual disorders early in life, if children experience discomfort while playing 3D games. The Nintendo 3DS system will be available in the US in-stores and online on March 27, 2011 priced at $250. It is available in two colors to choose from: Aqua Blue or Cosmo Black. Pre-order is available on Amazon, Wal-Mart, Target, and Best Buy among other retailers. Nintendo 3DS advanced hardware features include:
- Two screens: a 3.53′ primary top screen with 800×240 pixel resolution that displays 3D visuals to the naked eye, and a 3.02′ bottom touch screen that operates at a resolution of 320×240 pixels and makes use of a telescoping stylus.
- A built-in 3D Depth Slider to control the level of 3D effects by adjusting the intensity to the highest level, moderate setting or even turned off completely.
- A built-in Motion Sensor and a Gyro Sensor which can react to the motion and tilt of the 3DS system.
- A Circle Pad Analog Control to provide a full 360 degrees of direction, giving the freedom and precision needed to play games in the 3D world.
- A digital camera facing inwards towards the player and two side-by-side outer cameras positioned along its upper edge when device is open, allowing for the creation of 3D photos. All cameras feature 640×480 resolutions.