The new device comes in two colors, Coral Blue and Cosmic Black and is priced at $249.99. Many of the basic physical features remain the same but there has been a significant amount of additions to it as well, starting with the obvious 3D screen.
Once the clam shell cover is opened, a new slider analog stick, which Nintendo calls the circle pad, is revealed just above the original direction pad which moves with great precision and accuracy. The lower screen is 3 inches wide and includes a 320 x 240 resolution while its buddy screen above is where the action takes place. Compacted into 3.5 inches, the new 3D screen has an amazingly high 800 x 240 pixel resolution.
The high resolution is a must in order for the 3D images to appear properly. Each eye needs to view 400 x 240 pixels. When the device is placed approximately 12 inches away from the face and angled appropriately, the images begin to jump off the screen.
The downside to this is that once the gamer finds the sweet spot and the eye is adjusted, any significant movement can distort you back to the land of 2D imaging. It can be a bit tedious at first, but after being perfected, it is a worthwhile experience. One handy little tool is the 3D adjustment slide that gives the gamer the option to adjust the amount of 3D being displayed.
The new console also includes, not one or two, but three cameras. Two are conveniently placed on the exterior and one in the interior, right above the 3D screen. The 0.3 megapixel cameras are designed to take up-close 3D pictures, with the precise angling of course. The camera features are very entertaining also, with the ability to merge two faces together and also taking two shots at the same time.
The console also includes six 3D image cards, including images of Mario, Samus, and Zelda, which turn into 3D when viewed through the 3D camera. They also become reality games as well.
The memory for downloadable options is stored in the built in 2GB storage space and also an SD card slot is available. The battery life can take you for up to three hours of 3D fun before it’s ready for another charge up.
As far as the gaming options go, older DS games can still be played on the new device but will not be shown in 3D of course. However, Nintendo has created 30 new games that are specially designed for the 3DS, some of which include Pilotwings Resort, The Sims 3, Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition, and Nintendogs + Cats: Toy Poodle and New Friends.
The Nintendo 3DS is not one for all, especially if there are requirements regarding stillness and adjusting the eyes for a certain amount of time. But for those who are up for the challenge, it is certainly worth investing in.
Not only will it be for gameplay. With Netflix on board, it is only a matter of time before 3D movies can be watched and third party supporters begin to design 3D activities.