Now we just need a Sony writer, since I don't have a PS3...
The 3DS was announced but a week before the release of the DSi XL. This premature unveiling was due mostly due to the fact that hackers had gotten information already that Nintendo was developing a 3D DS, and Nintendo wanted to beat them at their game. However, little to no details were revealed, other than that it will have 3D, better graphics, and an analog stick. Now, flash-forward to the E3, and Nintendo has finally revealed their latest spectacle, the 3DS. Here I will go in depth about its many features, rumours, specs, and launch games.
The 3DS will, obviously, have a screen that produces 3D without the use of glasses. It will have full 3D, similiar/equal to the IMAX 3D. This will be the top screen. On the side of the 3D screen is a 3D slider, a plastic slider that you use to control the depth of the 3D, or, if you so choose, you can completely remove the 3D. Now, on the bottom screen is the touch screen. This is a normal screen and doesn't have 3D. Another new feature is the slide pad. This is pretty much an analog stick that stands a bit above where the original D-pad was. The D-pad is a bit underneath where it originally was. The power button is on the right side, as opposed to the DSi's left side power button. The touch screen has a cool new feature on the bottom. There are 3 buttons in a line, Select, Home, Start. The Home is the new button. Its sort of like the Wii's home button, and I'll explain the rumours later on. The 3DS will have improved wireless internet options. First, it downloads faster. Then, it can download and connect to other people on the go. It will download high scores on the go. This has been confirmed (see the rumour below).
First rumour is that the 3DS will have an install feature. Think of it like WiiWare but with full games. Like, all those launch games? You can supposedly download them. These are all unconfirmed rumours, so don't get too excited. Next, theres a rumour that the 3DS will be released by the end of the year, while Reggie Fils-Aime has confirmed that its coming out in all "major markets" by the end of march 2011. Now, the rumour about the connections options. Since the 3DS can connect to people on the go, people have gotten to the conclusion that friend codes will be dropped, or at least the 3DS can exchange friend codes. Thats the only way you can connect to other people, so it has to be one of them. Third, theres a rumour that the Home button will be like the Wii home button. Click it, it shows the battery, info on the device, etc. Others say it'll be like the PSP Go Home button. That one pauses the action, allows you to go to the internet, watch a movie, anything that isn't that game, then come back to it later. Finally, theres a rumour that the 3DS will have a connection to Hollywood movies, which is probably true. This is because in the Nintendo booth during E3 there were trailers/clips for movies like How To Train Your Dragon, Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls Of Gahoole, and Tangled. All in 3D of course. These are all cool rumours that hopefully will all be true. (The rumours are written from least likely to most likely)
These specs are really long, so I'll just write down the Nintendo E3 website, which will be updated so you can see how the specs change.
HIDEO KOJIMA'S METAL GEAR SOLID SNAKE EATER 3D "The Naked Sample"
Resident Evil Revelations
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
StarFox 64 3D
DJ Hero 3D
The Sims 3
Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle
DEAD OR ALIVE 3D
SAMURAI WARRIORS 3D
Battle of Giants: Dinosaur Strike
CODENAME: Chocobo Racing 3D
SUPER STREET FIGHTER IV 3D Edition
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon
That is the BIGGEST launch support I have ever seen. Man. Talk about hype.
Heres a video showing the maximum potential of the 3DS video processor. It looks pretty epic, and I'm sure Nintendo will use the best looking handheld on the market to the advantage.
It may not look like much, but check out the glare on the samurai, the shadows, the blanket billowing on his side, the leaves rustling in the wind, and, finally, all that detail on the dude. The guy's fully decked out to kick some butt!