Nintendo surprised and at the same time confused the world with the announcement of the Nintendo 3DS, a 3D portable game console. The short announcement only says that the 3DS would deliver 3D experience without the need of glasses.
Since then many reports about the possibly 3D technology Nintendo is going to offer in the 3DS have appeared. The different theories show that there is a rather wide range of what Nintendo could actually mean with 3D.
When I think 3D, I have the experience in my head that 3D cinemas deliver. The 3D image is "coming out" of the screen. But Nintendo could also mean a 3D effect that you get from these 3D Stereogram books.
There is already a DSiWare title in Japan on the market that creates that kind of 3D effect using the DSi camera. It is called Rittai Kakushi e Attakoreda (Hidden 3D Image: There It Is!). The rooms shown in the game are creating an "inward" 3D experience - like looking into a mirror. Watch a video of this 3D game on Destructoid.
Another possibility is that Nintendo is just using a motion sensor to create a 3D effect like the iPhone game WordFu does already. Watch a video of that on Kotaku.
I really hope Nintendo is going to use an auto-stereo LCD display solution like 3M enables with its 3D Film. For me a convincing 3D experience pops out of the screen.
There are several auto-stereo displays offered by manufactures Nintendo could choose from. The problem is cost in most cases, else we would not have to wear shutter glasses with the brand new 3D TVs that are hitting stores right now.
Maybe the Nintendo 3DS has to be held close to your face. Each screen shows a different angle of the scene and you get a stereoscopic 3D image like wearing an HMD - ok right, that would be a bad idea. See also the pCubee for an out there idea of a 3D display.
We will know more, when Nintendo presents the Nintendo 3DS at the E3 2010 in June.
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