Play glasses-free 3D games with Nintendo 3DS

Monday, March 28, 2011, 9:07 by Tech Correspondent

Nintendo 3DS gaming console has been released in the United States and Europe at a price of $250.

Hundreds of stores opened at midnight to give sprawling queues of gaming enthusiasts lined outside their fix and special discounts.

We are eagerly awaiting the console’s India launch. At the current exchange rates, we expect Nintendo 3DS to carry a price tag of around Rs. 11,500 in India.

Nintendo 3DS features

The Nintendo 3DS handheld console allows users to play 3D games without wearing any special 3D glasses. The device can also play 3D videos.

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Photo: Nintendo 3DS

Display screens

The 3DS boasts a 3.5-inch stereoscopic 3D display screen and a 3D Depth Slider that allows you to adjust the intensity of the 3D settings on the Nintendo console to your liking.

The handheld has another screen at the bottom: An LCD touchscreen that operates at a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. Both screens are capable of displaying 16.77 million colors.

Game controls

Nintendo 3DS comes with built-in motion sensor and gyro sensor, and a Circle Pad that offers full analog control in 3D game worlds. Also see: Pre-order Xperia Play PlayStation phone in India

Camera and sound

The Nintendo 3DS gaming console also features a camera that can capture 3D pictures. The 3DS Sound application lets you playback music. There is also a built-in microphone in the handheld.

Internet browser

Following a system update, a Nintendo 3DS console can be used to access the Internet also. You canĀ  check e-mail or catch up on your favorite news site wherever there is a wireless connection available.

Touch stylus

The touch stylus that accompanies the 3DS is more user-friendly than its previous versions as it encompasses a feature to adjust its height to your comfort level.

Memory and storage

Every Nintendo 3DS comes pre-loaded with a 2GB memory card (upgradable through SDHC cards) which you can use to store 3D photos, sound recordings and music from your PC. You can also use it to store games downloaded from the Nintendo eShop.

Backward compatibility

Almost all existing Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi games can be played on a Nintendo 3DS gaming console in 2D just as well.

Photo: Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 for Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo 3DS games

Nintendo 3DS has 18 games available currently, with more than 30 slated to be available by early June. Game titles include Pilotwings Resort, Nintendogs + cats and Steel Diver.

The games carry a price tag of $40 apiece, which makes you wonder whether it is really worth spending so much just for a 3D experience.

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