We'll see how badly kids want glasses-free 3D this march.
The Nintendo 3DS is shaping up to be one hell of a luxury gadget. Nintendo has released some new design information about the device. First, it will have a unique 3-layer design and a slick, modern and metal look that separates it from the last generation DS. The 3DS is also fingerprint-resistant. It has a special coating that allows you to wick those oils straight off.
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Despite this being a more premium-feeling product than Nintendo usually deals in, the 3DS will cost a somewhat reasonable $250 when it launches on March 27. As excited as we are about the 3DS, the timing of the PlayStation Phone's launch is a definite threat to the handset's success.
As is the fact that optometrists now recommend that children under 6 avoid the 3DS and all 3D technology. Nintendo claims that the warning they put on their site was only precautionary. Further investigation shows that the big fuss over 3D's eye-blinding potential was mostly without backing.
While Sony's handheld offerings haven't managed to send Nintendo packing yet, some within the industry believe that the PSP2 will unseat the 3DS. Killzone 3's lead multiplayer designer Martin Connor stated,
"It's probably important, because of the 3DS announcement, that we have something that can not only compete but can go on to dominate the portable market and I think with NGP that's exactly what we've got,"
Less obviously-biased sources have praised the NGP as well. One anonymous developer at a London presentation hailed the updated platform as a "Developer's dream". The presentation included demos of PS3 titles- like WipEout HD, running on the NGP with no changes to the art. Full resolution, FPS, and shader effects.
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This ain't the 90s anymore. Nintendo is going to have to fight for their portable gaming market share.