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Code-name no more, the official moniker for the Nintendo 3DS is...the Nintendo 3DS.


The NINTENDO 3DS is the Kyoto-base game company's successor to its wildly popular Nintendo DS line. It is Nintendo's fourth general handheld gaming system after the Game Boy, the Game Boy Advance and the Nintendo DS.

Here is what we know:

The Nintendo 3DS is black and blue, red and black as well as black and, well, black.
As promised, this is a glasses-free 3D device
Two cameras on the outside of the device are for 3D picture taking
There is a 3D depth slider on the side of the device
The round nub analog stick is called the "Slide Pad"
The bottom screen is a touch panel
Below the touch screen are Select, Home and Start buttons
Underneath the A, B, X, Y buttons is the handheld's power button
It has a motion sensor and gyroscope
The 3DS is compatible with Nintendo DSi
There is a camera facing the player above the portable's 3D screen
It has the ability to play 3D Hollywood movies, like Legends of the Guardians from Warner Brothers
The 3DS launch game will be Kid Icarus: Uprising
It is a powerful system, featuring improved graphics
The 3DS periodically searches for WiFi spots and other 3DSs
It offers easy online navigation
There is no monthly fee for Nintendo's 3DS online access
Nintendo is developing 3D Nintendogs
More than twenty companies have signed on to develop for the 3DS
The top screen is 3.5 inches
Nintendo is aiming to have the 3DS's battery life to be the equivalent of the DSi's.
Nintendo would not provide specifics on the effect of 3D on battery life
Nintendo is remaking classic games, including The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
No cell phone carrier will be needed for the wireless functionally
The stylus going in from the top part of the lower hinge unit
Release date is TBA
Price is TBA

Illustration for article titled The Definitive Guide To The Nintendo 3DS

The NINTENDO 3DS was first hinted at in an Asahi Newspaper article in January 2010. In an official release this past March, Nintendo said portable, then codenamed the Nintendo 3DS, would enable games to be "enjoyed with 3D effects without the need for any special glasses".


Have a look at the handheld. These are the portable's specs. Check out this list of every announced 3DS game.


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