Nintendo changed the world of video games with touch-screen gaming on the Nintendo DS in 2004. Nintendo then pioneered the motion-controlled gaming revolution with the Wii console and the Wii Remote controller back in 2006. Today the company unveiled an even more immersive gaming experience: Nintendo 3DS.
At the E3 Expo today, Nintendo gave the world the first look at a portable system that lets people view games in 3D, without the need for special glasses. Nintendo also announced a substantial list of upcoming games for Nintendo 3DS, the Wii console and the Nintendo DS family of systems.
"The additional dimension of depth in 3D makes it easier for players to judge distances while giving developers a new tool to create games and experiences that play with both height and depth," said Nintendo video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, who pioneered the fully rendered 3D video game world with Super Mario 64.
Nintendo 3DS comes with a 3.53-inch top screen and a 3.02-inch bottom touch screen. It has three cameras - one inner and two outer - to deliver the 3D effect and take 3D pictures. It includes a motion sensor, a gyro sensor and a Slide Pad that allows 360-degree analog input. At the E3 Expo, Nintendo showed attendees a range of games and applications for Nintendo 3DS that reinvent some of the industry's most beloved franchises. These include:
- Kid Icarus: Uprising, the long-awaited franchise follow-up to the NES classic.
- Mario Kart, which shows off the potential of driving and tossing bananas in 3D.
- nintendogs + cats, a new version of the best-selling nintendogs franchise that lets players interact even more with their virtual puppies - and kittens
- PilotWings Resort, a flying simulation that lets players soar above Wuhu Island.
- Animal Crossing, a new installment of the charming community-building franchise.
- StarFox 64 3D, a game that demonstrates the true distance and depth of outer space using Nintendo's well-known franchise.
- Steel Diver, a new submarine-navigation game from Nintendo.
- Paper Mario, which brings paper-based 2D environments to life.
Third-party games on display at the Nintendo booth at the E3 Expo include:
DJ Hero 3D from Activision
RESIDENT EVIL REVELATIONS from Capcom
The Sims 3 from Electronic Arts
HIDEO KOJIMA'S METAL GEAR SOLID SNAKE EATER 3D "The Naked Sample" from Konami
Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracles (name not final) from LEVEL-5
RIDGE RACER (name not final) from Namco Bandai Games
KINGDOM HEARTS franchise game from Square Enix
DEAD OR ALIVE 3D (name not final) from Tecmo Koei Games
SAMURAI WARRIORS 3D from Tecmo Koei Games
Battle of Giants: Dinosaur Strike from Ubisoft
Hollywood 61 (name not final) from Ubisoft
A sampling of other Nintendo 3DS games already in planning includes SUPER STREET FIGHTER IV 3D Edition (name not final) from Capcom; Madden NFL and FIFA Soccer games from Electronic Arts; CODENAME: Chocobo Racing 3D and a FINAL FANTASY franchise game and from Square Enix; a NINJA GAIDEN (name not final) game from Tecmo Koei Games; Saint's Row: Drive By from THQ; Assassin's Creed Lost Legacy, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory from Ubisoft; and a Batman game from Warner Bros. Additional games are in development by Atlus, AQ Interactive, Disney Interactive Studios, Harmonix, Hudson Soft, Majesco, Marvelous Entertainment, Rocket, SEGA, Takara Tommy and Take-Two Interactive.