Nintendo Brings New 3D Handheld and Old Faves to E3

Posted by at 2:14 pm on June 15, 2010

Nintendo opened their E3 by introducing their next generation handheld gaming system, the 3DS which allows you to experience full 3D gaming without having to wear any glasses right in your hand.   The 3DS comes with 3.53-inch top screen and a 3.02-inch bottom touch screen.

It has three cameras -“ one inner and two outer -“ to deliver the 3D effect and take 3D pictures. It has a motion sensor, a gyro sensor and even a Slide Pad that allows 360-degree analog input. At the E3 Expo, Nintendo  announced a range of games and applications for Nintendo 3DS. These include:

  • Kid Icarus: Uprising, the long-awaited franchise follow-up to the NES   classic.
  • Mario Kart, which shows off the potential of driving and tossing bananas in 3D.
  • nintendogs+cats, a new version of the best-selling nintendogs franchise that lets players interact even more with their virtual puppies -“ and kittens!
  • PilotWings Resort, a flying simulation that lets players soar above Wuhu Island.
  • Animal Crossing , a new installment of the charming community-building franchise.
  • StarFox 64  3D, a game that demonstrates the true distance and depth of outer space using Nintendo’s well-known franchise.
  • Steel Diver, a new submarine-navigation game from Nintendo.
  • Paper Mario, which brings paper-based 2D environments to life.

Nintendo video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, who pioneered the fully rendered 3D video game world with Super Mario 64,said “The additional dimension of depth in 3D makes it easier for players to judge distances while giving developers a new tool to create games and experiences that play with both height and depth.”

Nintendo’s family friendly Wii platform will be seeing a number of releases from franchises long loved by fans including:

  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword: The game marks a turning point for the franchise, as the introduction of full motion controls enabled by the Wii MotionPlus accessory synchronizes player movements with Link’s actions while offering the most intuitive play control of any Legend of Zelda game to date. The game is scheduled to launch in 2011.
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns: The classic franchise makes a return with new levels and updated graphics, but with the same sense of fun and excitement of the original. For the first time in the series, two people can play through the entire game cooperatively. The game is scheduled to launch this holiday season.
  • Kirby’s Epic Yarn: Kirby’s entire immersive world is created from different fabrics and textiles. Kirby himself is made from yarn, which gives him the versatility to take the shape of a car, submarine, parachute or UFO. The game is scheduled to launch this fall.
  • Wii Party: A party game that brings the fun off the screen and into the living room. Players must perform tasks in the real world to achieve success in the game. The game is scheduled to launch this fall.
  • Mario Sports Mix: A collection of four amazing sports -“ Mario style. Players can compete with their favorite Mushroom Kingdom characters in basketball, volleyball, hockey and dodgeball. The game is scheduled to launch in 2011.

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