Report – First Nintendo 3DS details come out of Japan

Tuesday, 23rd March 2010 15:48 GMT By Johnny Cullen


Japanese publications have put out first unconfirmed details on 3DS, detailing hardware specs and more.

The new handheld will have 3D analog sticks, according to newspaper Nikkei, with the screen set to be smaller than DSi XL at four inches diagonally: the DSi XL is at 4.2 inches diagonally.

Nikkei has also mentioned improvements to battery life and better wifi transfers.

Meanwhile, fellow Japanese newspaper Asahi says the screen will be a “parallex barrier LCD” from Sharp, which has already been included into some cell phones in Japan, but is “unsuitable” for TVs.

The handheld was announced this morning for a release sometime before March 2011, with more information to come at E3. This is possibly what it may turn out to be like in terms of software.

Thanks, Engadget.



  1. Blerk

    What exactly do they mean by ’3D analog sticks’?

    And wow, that’s a monster! Not quite DSi XL, but quite a bit bigger than a DSi.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. pleasant_cabbage

    Please, no nubs! Or at least not in thumb hurty places.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Anders

    “says -the screen- will be a ‘parallex barrier LCD’” – so according to Asahi, there’ll be one screen with 3D-capacity?

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Erthazus

    So its probably an OLED technology and by the *accelerometer* they are going to implement 3D analog sticks in the screens. Now i have a clear picture of what that device will be. Looks interesting, but dated. Its an Iphone stuff actually.

    The problem is that Nintendo is NOT a technology company, so i expect something very strange about that device. Something gimmick.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. rainer

    I doubt its OLED, is that even compatible with Sharps parallex barrier LCD tech plus it would add to the cost.

    If the long running rumors are to believed Nvidia’s Tegra 2 would certainly make it a much more powerful device than the iPhone not just in games but multimedia too.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Galactic_Barret

    What, 3D analog sticks? How does that work? Like, real sticks, right?

    #6 5 years ago

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