Nintendo to release 3DS by March 2011, to provide 3D gaming without glasses [Update]

Tuesday, 23rd March 2010 07:33 GMT By Johnny Cullen


Update: Nintendo just sent through the official English translation of the announcement press release. Get it after the break.

Update 2: Apparently it’s got analog sticks and a Sharp screen.

Original: Nintendo’s just announced Nintendo 3DS for a release in March next year.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata made the announcement in a just-released investor report. Press release is here.

It says it’ll allow you to play 3D games with the “naked eye,” as well as it being backwards compatible.

More information has been promised from E3 on June 15.

A new DS the new DS model that has been rumoured and speculated on since the start of the year.

Only in January, Iwata said in an interview with a Japanese newspaper that the next iteration of DS will have “highly detailed graphics”.

Here’s the full announcement in English:

Nintendo Co., Ltd.(Minami-ward of Kyoto-city, President Satoru Iwata) will launch “Nintendo 3DS”(temp) during the fiscal year ending March 2011, on which games can be enjoyed with 3D effects without the need for any special glasses.

“Nintendo 3DS”(temp) is going to be the new portable game machine to succeed “Nintendo DS series”, whose cumulative consolidated sales from Nintendo amounted to 125million units as of the end of December 2009, and will include backward compatibility so that the software for Nintendo DS series, including the ones for Nintendo DSi, can also be enjoyed.

We are planning to announce additional details at E3 show, which is scheduled to be held from June 15, 2010 at Los Angeles in the U.S.



  1. Razor


    #1 5 years ago
  2. Yoshi

    Wow plenty of info there XD

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Joe Anderson (wotta)

    Its not 1st April yet is it?

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Pysk

    Virtual Boy…just sayin’.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Robo_1

    What the who, where, what now… a new DS with glasses free 3D! I thought this was Sony’s move… and why the hell announce anything now?

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Erthazus

    I think it will be a cheap 3D. Don’t expect REAL 3D from company that is not so great with the technology.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Blerk

    What? What? :shock:


    #7 5 years ago
  8. Blerk

    Holy shit! That’s….. rubbish! :-D

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Patrick Garratt

    They’ve just sent through the English press release. I’ve added it in full.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Blerk

    Is it just a DS with extra 3Diness, then? Or is it actually a whole new machine?

    I’ll retract my initial knee-jerk ‘rubbish’ claim until I know the answer to that question. If it’s just yet another DS then uber-meh!

    #10 5 years ago
  11. JonFE

    Could it be something like this (shamelessly stolen from EuroGamer comments) :

    Quite impressive, if it is.

    EDIT: Actually this is a game currently available for the DSi – sorry folks. Still impressive though…

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Blerk

    Wow, that’s actually kind of scary. :-o

    #12 5 years ago
  13. rainer

    Cool, 3D screens without glasses are possible but there are limits on the angle at which it works – move out of the 3D cone and you lose the effect so its not ideal for regular displays where people might be watching from various angle’s.

    The DS being small and handled neatly sidesteps the problem if they are using the same tech that was shown at the last CES.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Hero of Canton

    Note it says it’s going to ‘succeed the DS series’. So it’s the DS to the DS’s GBA, if you see what I mean.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Blerk

    I hope so, because some of the leaked stuff from the previous weeks actually sounded quite interesting. It’d be a bit rubbish if it all turned out to be made up.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Gekidami

    It’ll be interesting to see if it still has 2 screens (3DS could mean ’3 Dimensional Screen’, no dual). And if it’ll still feature a touch screen seeing as having something over the screen like a stylus or your fingers would ruin the 3D effect.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Blerk

    If it’s backwards compatible with the DS then surely two-screens and at least one touch-screen are automatically confirmed? Given that they say DSi rather than DS that means it’ll have the cameras too.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. Gekidami

    Yes indeed, forgot that part. So i’m guessing it’ll be:
    Bottom screen= Touch screen.
    Top screen: 3D screen.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Blerk

    I’m kind of thinking they’ll go for dual touch-screens this time around. Especially if the whole ‘no gap’ thing turns out to be true so it’s more practical to hold it horizontally.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. JPickford

    Hard to see how the no-gap thing will work as it’s DSi compatible which means a camera in the gap.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. Patrick Garratt

    It’s got to be dual touch, innit. Dual touch and rumble feedback. I hope.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. SplatteredHouse

    “Nintendo just sent through…”
    OK, now I’ll believe this weirdness. I’d have labeled what I saw before as evidence the most hokey press release yet seen (initially on some guy’s twitter), but you say it’s legit, so fair enough. :)

    I’m definitely intrigued to see what will come of this, particularly after seeing the example clip of the game on DSI. Wouldn’t mind seeing a new sidescroller Metroid with 3D tech behind it, or a top-down traditional Zelda! Since I don’t yet have a DS, but wouldn’t mind owning one, perhaps this will present my time to go portable.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. Michael O’Connor

    I still don’t get something.

    Is this an incremental update, or an entirely new handheld?

    #23 5 years ago
  24. Gekidami

    They say it’s going to “succeed” the DS so i’d say its a brand new device. I doubt games for it will be playable on older DS’.

    #24 5 years ago
  25. Blerk

    That’s still not clear to me either. Most sites seem to be claiming that it’s a true successor, but as far as I can tell there’s no proof of that yet. I hope it is a whole new machine finally – N64-generation graphics are not going to be improved by 3Diness.

    #25 5 years ago

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