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Nintendo Announces Release Date For 3DS


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On Sept. 29, Nintendo announced the Japanese release for the latest handheld game console: the 3DS. Japanese gamers will be able to play handheld games in 3D starting Feb. 26, 2011, while the rest of the world will need to wait until March.

 The 3DS was revealed officially at Nintendo’s conference held at E3 2010. This new variation of the DS is shaped just like the other DS systems, but offers a bit of a twist: the games will be in 3D without the use of 3D glasses that are distributed in movie theatres.

 A few games in popular series will feature titles that will be played using the 3DS. Such games include the next instalment of the “Kingdom Hearts” franchise, a new title for “Final Fantasy,” “Resident Evil: Revelations,” and “Assassin’s Creed: Lost Legacy.” It has also been said that “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time” will be re-released for the 3DS as well.

 The 3DS features a screen resolution of 800X240 for the top screen and 320X240 for the bottom touch screen, with a screen size of 90 mm for the top screen and 77 mm for the touch screen.

 The traditional controls will still be available, such as the D-pad and A,B,X,Y,L, and R buttons, but some new features have been added. The 3DS will feature a Gyroscope, an instrument that measures or maintains direction, in addition to a 3D slider.

 As with the DSi and the DSi XL, the 3DS will not be able to play games for the GameBoy Advance. The battery life has been formatted to match that of the DSi, which means that the battery will last between nine and fourteen hours. This, of course, depends on how bright the system light is.

 The 3DS will be available in three colors: red, black, and blue, though purple and orange versions were seen at E3 2010.

 With 3D becoming a popular trend in modern media, it is no surprise that at least one gaming system is jumping on the bandwagon. Hopefully the effects of 3D will not detract from gaming experiences.