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Nintendo Shows Off New 3-D DS Device

June 16, 2010

Nintendo unveiled a new version of its DS handheld gaming system on Tuesday, that lets people play 3D games without using special glasses.

The system, called Nintendo 3DS, was unveiled on the opening day of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. Nintendo chief executive Satoru Iwata said he cannot wait for people to try the new device as he held one above his head at a press conference.

“It will show you full 3-D graphics without the need for special glasses,” Iwata said.

Nintendo did not disclose when it planned to begin selling the 3DS models or what the price would be. But, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said: “3-D play on Nintendo 3DS is on the way.”

The new device features the trademark dual screens, but only one can be controlled by touch with a stylus. “It turns out a touch screen and a 3-D screen don’t get along very well,” Iwata said.

The Nintendo 3DS will also feature twin cameras on the outside so users can also take pictures in 3D.

Iwata would not discuss any coming content deals with film studios, but did note that 3D movies will be able to be played on the gadgets. The 3DS devices at the expo were showing movie trailers from recent 3D films.

“To our knowledge, this is the first time such content is being demonstrated without the need for glasses,” said Iwata.

Nintendo has crafted some games for play on the 3D devices and several major game makers such as Activision, Konami, Ubisoft, Sega and EA are working on 3D titles.

Batman, Assassin’s Creed, Metal Gear Solid, and Kid Icarus Uprising are all in the works for the upcoming 3DS system.

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