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The really awesome, not as well known, not-yet-priced, elusive Nintendo 3DS.

January 18, 2011 Leave a comment

The Nintendo 3DS is the first of its kind. A 3D handheld gaming device going mainstream, and licensed by Nintendo nonetheless. Unfortunately, the 3DS isn’t being marketed well enough nor have very many details been released to the public to spark excitement. Today, I will lay out everything you need to know about the Nintendo 3DS, and don’t forget to search Google (or hopefully come back here) to check out what Nintendo had to say during their official press event focusing primarily on the 3DS at 3 o’ clock tomorrow afternoon.

Hardware

The device sports a 3.53 inch widescreen LCD display on the top, clocking in at an 800×240 resolution, while allocating 400 pixels for each eye to enable 3D viewing. The bottom screen has a slightly lower resolution (albeit it doesn’t allow for 3D, which would make sense) at 320×240 on a 3.02 inch LCD touch screen. It wears three cameras, one internally, two on the outside capable of .3 megapixel image capture. An innovative control scheme includes the “Slide Pad” which allows for 360-degree analog input, along with both a motion and gyro sensors in addition to the regular set of buttons. Other inputs include a 3D Depth Slider located on the side of the handheld that allows the gamer to adjust the level of 3D effect, a Home button to call system configuration (odd how as soon as it disappeared off of the PSP, the DS line picked it up) and a wireless on/off switch. Lastly, the 3DS has a port that reads both 3DS and (normal?) DS game cards as well as an SD card slot.

Software

Users can connect via Wi-Fi or LAN for communication or multiplayer gaming, but more interestingly, the 3DS can exchange data with other systems or receive data from the internet while it is in sleep mode. It will also come with a pretty expansive suite of applications preloaded on the device including 3DS Sound, Mii Studio (a user can create and export a Mii – there is also an option for auto-generating a Mii from a photo taken on the 3DS), Augmented Reality games (6 activation cards will be included), 3DS shop (for 3D movie downloads), 3DS camera (for taking 3D photos), an internet browser, Virtual Machine downloading service (for GameBoy games) and the classic PictoChat. There is the opportunity to download others, but details are scarce at this time.

Hmm... this looks a little weird

Game Lineup

The list of games to be released for the Nintendo 3DS is ridiculously long including… just about every franchise known to man. The following franchises either have been confirmed or rumored (meaning quoted from a game studio exec) to be coming to the 3DS:

Animal Crossing, Asphalt, Assassin’s Creed, Dead or Alive, Driver, FIFA, Ghost Recon, Golden Sun, Harvest Moon, Kingdom Hearts, Luigi’s Mansion, Madden, Mario Kart, Mega Man, Metal Gear Solid, Naruto, Nintendogs +Cats, Paper Mario, Pokemon, Pro Evolution Soccer, Raving Rabbids, Resident Evil, Ridge Racer, Splinter Cell, Starfox 64, Super Monkey Ball, Street Fighter, The Sims, WarioWare, Yu-Gi-Oh and Zelda.

Concept Trailer

Game Lineup

PROBLEMS

The two problems that have arisen in regards to this new-age device are the battery life and the possible health hazards. The battery life is supposed to last between 3 and 8 hours of play. I would hope that it will be more towards the 8 hour end of the spectrum but I’m sure that it is completely up to how the gamer is using the device (varying use of 3D movies, 3D/2D gaming, internet browsing, etc.). And there have been repeated reports of 3DS testers feeling “nauseated and dizzy” after extended amounts of play. So if one were to play for the 8 full (possible) hours, the dizziness and nauseousness are expected to be intense.

Reveal

Tomorrow at 9 AM Central US time, Nintendo will be unveiling the 3DS for the US/UK in Amsterdam. This will hopefully include a release date and pricing (no Nintendo hasn’t even released that yet). As for Japan, they will be receiving the 3D handheld February 27, for what converts roughly to $300.

[Sources: Nintendo, Wikipedia, Nintendo3DSBlog]

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avatarKINECT, a sneak peak of Microsoft’s Wednesday reveal

January 4, 2011 Leave a comment

The CES 2011 in Las Vegas is described as:

The International CES is the industry’s largest educational forum to help companies expand their businesses and understand new technology. Approximately 300 sessions and 900 expert speakers encompass International CES conference tracks and SuperSessions to discuss hot industry trends and topics.

Keynote addresses feature executives from the world’s largest and most successful companies and result in remarkable media coverage for the speakers. CEOs rank the CES as one of their top 10 most desired speaking opportunities, according to a Burson-Marsteller Most Valued Podium survey.

(Straight from their website.) The event this year is being held all week and I will be following it, writing about the best of the best. The first juicy bit of info comes from Gizmodo, as they have mysteriously come up with a behind the scenes photo from the Microsoft stage (seen above). WinRumors confirmed their suspicions that Avatar Kinect is a software update

delivered over Xbox LIVE, [that] will allow Kinect owners to interact with each other using their avatars. The avatars will have a separate area, much like Nintendo’s Mii channel, that will allow for users to control them using Kinect and interact to watch content or play games.

Microsoft will fill us in with all the details when they take the stage on Wednesday night.

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avatarKINECT, a sneak peak of Microsoft's Wednesday reveal

January 4, 2011 Leave a comment

The CES 2011 in Las Vegas is described as:

The International CES is the industry’s largest educational forum to help companies expand their businesses and understand new technology. Approximately 300 sessions and 900 expert speakers encompass International CES conference tracks and SuperSessions to discuss hot industry trends and topics.

Keynote addresses feature executives from the world’s largest and most successful companies and result in remarkable media coverage for the speakers. CEOs rank the CES as one of their top 10 most desired speaking opportunities, according to a Burson-Marsteller Most Valued Podium survey.

(Straight from their website.) The event this year is being held all week and I will be following it, writing about the best of the best. The first juicy bit of info comes from Gizmodo, as they have mysteriously come up with a behind the scenes photo from the Microsoft stage (seen above). WinRumors confirmed their suspicions that Avatar Kinect is a software update

delivered over Xbox LIVE, [that] will allow Kinect owners to interact with each other using their avatars. The avatars will have a separate area, much like Nintendo’s Mii channel, that will allow for users to control them using Kinect and interact to watch content or play games.

Microsoft will fill us in with all the details when they take the stage on Wednesday night.

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