Nintendo announce next handheld, 3D without glasses.

Translated press release from

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.

What we can extrapolate:

It is very likely that it will come out by the end of the year around Nov/Dec, 6 years after the launch of the original DS. The DS launched at the end of November in North American and early December in Japan, the 3DS could follow the same sort of release schedule.

Note that it is going to succeed the Nintendo DS. While it does do 3D we can assume not all games will be in 3D. We can say this because it is backwards compatible with DS games which are all in 2D. To not alienate game developers the system would have to also cater for those who don’t want to develop 3D games.

Able to speculate on Nintendo’s successor to the Wii – Very high chance next console will focus on games in 3D. The problem is whether Nintendo will need people to have 3D televisions or will they do the same thing as with the 3DS and not need 3D glasses.


  • 3D without glasses on a portable gaming system
  • Backwards compatible with DS/DSi games
  • Working Title – Nintendo 3DS
  • Further announcements at E3.

Posted on March 23, 2010, in DS, Nintendo, Technology, Video Games and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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