The 3DS may be one of the most impressive pieces of gaming hardware ever promised, but it also may be the least photogenic. The glasses-free 3D graphics just don't show well unless you see them in person.

Normal cameras, even the ones wielded by professional photographers at this week's big Nintendo conference in Japan, reduce 3DS upper-screen graphics to a blurry mess. Don't blame the Associated Press photographer who took these shots. Blame the laws of optics. (Note the Professor Layton game does not run 3D on its top screen in the photo taken.)

No wonder Nintendo has been trying to get people to try the system for themselves at press events. It will be important for Nintendo to do the same on a grand scale for the public when the 3DS launches early next year.