Rumour – Leaked images show Nintendo 3DS testing platform

Monday, 17th May 2010 11:31 GMT By Johnny Cullen

3ds test platform

It seems Nintendo’s started testing 3DS with the US FCC, according to a filing shot found by WiredGoodness.

The picture shows a development kit stripped to its motherboard, with the stand-out feature being the dual screen. While that’s a given in any DS model, the difference here is that the top screen is widescreen compared to the 4:3 screen below it.

The top screen seems to show what looks like Sharp’s auto-stereoscopic 3D technology – it was previously rumoured to be Nintendo’s tech of choice for 3DS – with the bottom screen maintaining a non-3D look.

3DS is set to make an appearance at Nintendo’s E3 press conference on June 15, with the hardware’s official name likely to be made known at the event.

It’s rumoured for a release this coming October.

Via Digital Foundry.



  1. Isuru86

    Can I haz 3DS Zelda Game please ?

    #1 5 years ago
  2. polygem

    thats what i call news for nerds. nice.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Blerk

    I’d love to know how he determines that the upper screen is featuring Sharp’s auto-stereoscopic 3D technology just from looking at that diddy little picture. :-D

    I do hope that the 3DS features TWO widescreen screens, though – even if only one of them does 3D. One 16:9 and one 4:3 would just be weird, and potentially limiting.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Erthazus

    Can i have The World Ends with You 2 on 3DS? :D

    #4 5 years ago
  5. babalot

    the article doesn’t say it could be a 3DS. in fact it looks like a DSi…

    #5 5 years ago
  6. 2plus2equals5

    Wow, prepare for a lot of new games!
    Super mario 3d, paper mario 3d, pokemon 3d, zelda 3d, mario kart 3d… LOL
    I’ll never buy a nintendo console for this reason.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Bulk Slash

    It says the board has cameras like the DSi but I can’t see them. If this is the 3DS, is that an analogue nub/stick next to the cluster of standard DS buttons (bottom of image in the middle)?

    It looks like it has two cartridge slots too, one sized for standard DS cards and one for something else…. maybe a new shaped cartridge is part of Nintendo’s piracy crackdown? Edit: Actually it’s probably just the SD card slot. I don’t own a DSi so I’d forgotten about that.

    I would guess that the touch screen will be widescreen also, but for the purposes of this prototype they’ve just wired a standard DS screen to it… or it will be the other way around and they’ve only got widescreen versions of the 3D screen at present but they’ll be 4:3 on the final device. Sticking with 4:3 might be desirable for backwards compatibility.

    #7 5 years ago

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