Nintendo confirms 3DS, unveils new Zelda

16 Jun 2010

Nintendo’s big announcement at the E3 expo is its 3D version of the popular DS handheld games console and the twist is that no 3D glasses are required.

Looking like former DS devices but with a larger widescreen and a new thumb controller set above the directional pad, the 3D screen uses on the 3DS is a parallax barrier LCD screen, which means that the difference in viewing angle between your right and left eye is enough to create a sense of depth and 3D vision.

Aside from this, the 3DS also has three cameras on board. There is one front-facing camera and two outward facing ones for capturing images that combine to produce 3D images. The Nintendo presenter explained that there will be plenty of creativity from developers to bring 3D photos into game play, although the E3 crowd failed to respond with rapturous enthusiasm.

Nintendo also announced some game titles for the new 3DS, including Assassin’s Creed, Metal Gear Solid, Resident Evil and its own Cat and Dogs.

It did fail, however, to give the audiences any pricing or release dates for the new handheld so we’ll just have to wait and see.

New Zelda for Wii


Meanwhile, the Wii got a decidedly exciting-looking Legends of Zelda – Skyward Sword – that uses the wiimote and nunchuck in combination to use the sword at different angles to the body.