Everyone was expecting it, and here it is: the Nintendo 3DS has been officially christened, it's keeping the "3DS" name, and it's coming out - sometime (no release date was announced).
The 3DS was first announced in March but no pictures or substantial details have been released to any sort of public outlet.
Just like Nintendo 64 and Super Mario 64 revolutionized fully-rendered 3D graphics, and Wii revolutionized motion-controlled gaming, the 3DS is hoping to revolutionize 3D gaming.
It also highlights one of the big themes of this year's show: 3D. Nintendo hasn't embraced the trend of HD content, but it is coming out in a creative way with the new 3D craze. And it's a way for 3D to reach the masses, instead of the PS3's option (sure to be showcased later today) that requires users to have a $2,000+ 3D TV and $150 glasses for everyone in the room.
Because of potential health concerns, Nintendo refrained from making it all 3D all the time, and instead has a toggle switch that can convert images back to 2D if necessary. And most likely the system will come with some sort of new disclaimer other than the typical "video games may cause seizures" warning. Regardless, 3DS is one of the most revolutionary handheld ideas we've ever seen.
Some people are joking that it will be another Virtual Boy, but times are different. Unlike the Virtual Boy, the 3DS has a full color slate and an extensive library already to its name. And people are much more receptive to new techie ideas than they were back then.
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