Nintendo announces DS successor, titled 3DS

With the DSi XL barely cooling off from a recent release, Nintendo have finally announced today the true successor to the Nintendo DS. Called the "Nintendo 3DS", it succeeds 2004's Nintendo DS with a new range of games designed from the ground-up for the new hardware. Capitalising on the recent 3D craze in the film industry, the 3DS brings the effect of 3D to a handheld without the need for any sort of special glasses. Rest assured, current DS games will not become obsolete, as the 3DS will include backwards compatibility with current DS games.

For now Nintendo hasn't said anything further about the system, but comments made before by Satoru Iwata indicate the possibility of better graphics and some form of motion sensing. Interestingly, Iwata has questioned the viability of 3D gaming in the past, particularly the long-term health effects. With Nintendo appearing to have either found a solution to the issue or simply changed their mind, could this hint at the release of a 3DTV compatible Wii?

Further details regarding the 3DS will be made public at E3. A release is expected for somewhere between April 2010 and March 2011.

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You know it's time for a new generation of handhelds when cellphone games are eating away your market share.

I would buy this if this is indeed the next generation handheld from Nintendo. I'm still using the original DS (phat).

Why? I dont understand why they are doing this. They need to be coming out with a new console because the old one is pretty much going to be dead once the ps3 dildo and the natal come out.

Gotenks98 said,
Why? I dont understand why they are doing this. They need to be coming out with a new console because the old one is pretty much going to be dead once the ps3 dildo and the natal come out.

I disagree. And only time will tell. MS and Sony have literally sold half the number of consoles that Nintendo has this generation round in the 'console' sector. They will have to work VERY VERY hard against Nintendo to come close to those numbers, and with Nintendo still selling very well, I don't see it happening.

Gotenks98 said,
Why? I dont understand why they are doing this. They need to be coming out with a new console because the old one is pretty much going to be dead once the ps3 dildo and the natal come out.

Who said that they aren't working on a new console. Besides, I think I heard that Nintendo makes larger profits from their portable devices than they do their console. Could be wrong. But they have done well with the Gameboy, Gameboy Color, Gameboy Advanced, and NDS.

Shadrack said,

Who said that they aren't working on a new console. Besides, I think I heard that Nintendo makes larger profits from their portable devices than they do their console. Could be wrong. But they have done well with the Gameboy, Gameboy Color, Gameboy Advanced, and NDS.

Nintendo makes profits from everything they make. They don't take the losses that Microsoft and Sony do.

I would buy this, as long as it has graphics which are on-par with the PSP and this 3D ability works... and i few decent games were out for it on release.

I'll have to wait and see...hopefully they use a technology that will let single-eyed people use/watch. It looks like they will, but man oh man will it suck if I can't.

How long before Sony claim a new product that has a single screen and 4D graphics with a more powerful processor is better than this new Nintendo product?

oh wow... I was at Siggraph 2009 in New Orleans this past summer and I saw Nvidia demoing this technology. this makes perfect sense for the handheld market because in the demo you had to be a certain distance from the screen looking at a certain angle... with handhelds you are always looking pretty close and generally directly at the screen... this is gonna rock.

This pdf doesn't look official to me. Can anybody explain why it looks so unprofessional? Until it is clarified, I am calling BS/Early April Fools.

winlonghorn said,
This pdf doesn't look official to me. Can anybody explain why it looks so unprofessional? Until it is clarified, I am calling BS/Early April Fools.

It's from Nintendo's site.

ilaugh said,

It's from Nintendo's site.

Yes, I see that now. Sorry for the misunderstanding. Good deal! I will preorder this when it is ready for preorder. It sounds kind of cool.

Hi i dont comment often however I just translated the PDF file via google and it came up with a few intresting things look one the name is tentative meaning likey to change i mean its the worst pun ever if it has 3d think about it can be read as "3D S or 3 DS or using the D both ways simply as 3DS a 3d ds I am just hopeing the screens are the same size as the dsi xl or it will be a let down also the document says all DS games and SOFTWARE yes DSI ware will work with it. As for suggestions of a protable game cube do we really want a 3d protable old consel in 2010. As for release the document seems to say in broken english that it will be released in japan in "2011 and three quarter" to parapharse.

Nintendo's fiscal year ends in March, so their third quarter should be Christmas months, but if it says 2011 then maybe january or something.

as to the technology in the system, it's giong to be "old" tech regardless, it is a portable after all. The only question is how old the tech will be.

Gamecube-style graphics on something like this would be great.

For those of you comparing this to the Virtual Boy... that's like saying watching Avatar is the same as looking into a box with a red screen that makes your eyes bleed. Give today's 3D technology a chance.

Silverskull said,
Gamecube-style graphics on something like this would be great.

For those of you comparing this to the Virtual Boy... that's like saying watching Avatar is the same as looking into a box with a red screen that makes your eyes bleed. Give today's 3D technology a chance.

The only problem with the virtual boy was that the screen was not in color.

majortom1981 said,

The only problem with the virtual boy was that the screen was not in color.


And maybe the fact that the only color used was red.

majortom1981 said,

The only problem with the virtual boy was that the screen was not in color.

Again, the highly successful Gameboy that was out at that time was not in color. Color was only 1 of the many problems with the Virtual Boy .

This is how they are going to sell it off. That's why I never bought a DSi or a DSi XL, why would I, since I can playu all the games with my lite?

Now this sounds very interesting, and very promising, this will "revolutionize" the game industry.

Hope the angle vision of the 3D is at least 120°. It would be crap if you only get to see the optical illusion for only 90°.

Hope hardware specs handle Game - Cube rendering engine, this way we can have nice looking games plus a 3D shelf in the way.

3D on a small screen doesn't sound believable, as soon as you're immersed, you see the edge of the screen (where the 3D effect ends).

I am 100% confident that this will be awesome. And if anyone compares this to the Virtual Boy they have no clue about what Nintendo is all about. I guarantee that Nintendo's tech will blow everyone else away as they have done time and again.

I fully agree with you. Nintendo product is always about technology, not some fake innovation based on cheap parts that 95% of developers can't really make good use of.

Spirit Dave said,
I am 100% confident that this will be awesome. And if anyone compares this to the Virtual Boy they have no clue about what Nintendo is all about. I guarantee that Nintendo's tech will blow everyone else away as they have done time and again.

So what you are saying is Nintendo didn't develop flops like the Virtual Boy or the Power Glove. What exactly are you saying? Nintendo doesn't develop flops? Because they do... just not recently.

Shadrack said,

So what you are saying is Nintendo didn't develop flops like the Virtual Boy or the Power Glove. What exactly are you saying? Nintendo doesn't develop flops? Because they do... just not recently.

I don't recall saying they haven't made a few minor errors. Pefection isn't possible. But I think Nintendo know what they're doing at the moment. And I am pretty sure this will be a massive hit.

testman said,

Poor image. It's clearly a mockup of two iPod Touches put together.

My first thought as well. But it looks pretty cool! I wouldn't be sad if that is what it ended up looking like.

Xerino said,
they did this before.... anyone remeber the abomination dubbed the Virtual Boy?

The problem with the virtual boy was not the concept. It was the fact that it was not in color.

majortom1981 said,

The problem with the virtual boy was not the concept. It was the fact that it was not in color.

The concept was good...but there were more problems than it not being in color. Remember, the Gameboy that was out at that time was not in color either and was highly successful (in fact, some would say the most successful console of all time). The problems with the Virtual Boy were:
1. It wasn't very portable
2. It about killed your eyes. I could only play one for about 10-15 minutes before I needed to take a break.
3. The support stand was notorious for breaking. After the stand broke it was really difficult (if not impossible) to use.
4. No 3rd party interest.

It was a neat little device. I ordered one on eBay a few years ago, but it turned out to be broken .