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OK, so the picture IS a joke.  There aren’t any images of the new system (yet), but it can supposedly create a 3D effect without requiring the use of those goofy 3D glasses that you had to wear at Avatar.

You know, like the Virtual Boy.  Except that Nintendo might know what they’re doing this time.

The info dropped onto Nintendo’s Japanese Investor Relations page in a .PDF format document, which was immediately translated to English by someone that speaks more languages than I can.  For those too lazy to click the links, here’s the translated document reproduced with a large amount of loving care or something:

If this didn’t come straight from the Nintendo website, I would never believe it.  E3 2010 = best E3 ever?  Lookin’ like a definite possibility.

Source: Nintendo Investor Relations Website, via Twitter

  1. I dunno about you… but I can’t wait for the headaches and lack of battery life this new system will inevitably bring to my face.

  2. I get crippling migraines from time to time.
    I don’t wanna jump to conclusions (here comes the leap!) but if this thing depends on its 3D display for every game, I’m out. :/

  3. I’m a firm believer in judging systems based on the quality of their libraries (as opposed to their hardware or flagship games), so I’m going to reserve judgement on this one.

    That said, if it isn’t backwards-compatible with standard DS games, I’m not buying it.

    • I’m pretty sure I read somewhere that it would do DS and DSi games. It’ll probably just be another DS upgrade that happens to do 3D. I doubt that we’ll see the end of the DS for a while.

  4. Kyoshiranui said it better than I could. Especially considering how huge the DS library is.

  5. Good find! 3D in media is at a crucial and pivotal point right now and it’ll be interesting to see where it goes in gaming!

    • avatar Rustam

      Iirc, it was with the . You got the tin lunchbox, a small abotrok’, the Vault-tec Bobble-head and a CD of, was it music or making of DVD? I forget exactly now. Think it was just a making-of’ thing.Oh yeah, and the game, obviously, in the same normal plastic case as the non-special-edition.Considering it still only cost about 25 quid (new) from Gamestation, I think it was a bargain. I refuse to spend silly money on a game just because it’s a collector’s edition and they’ve thrown in some cheap plastic tat and doubled the price. , I’m looking at you.

  6. avatar Adam M.

    Another Nintendo product to sell millions with poor software to play.

  7. It’s good to hear that this will be backwards compatible. However, I still have nightmares of playing the Virtual Boy and wanting to pierce my skull with a dirty shiv.

  8. I’m willing to bet it uses “head tracking” technology to determine the position/movement of the players head, and then generate a pseudo-3d image based on the player’s perspective.

  9. I thought we got over this sort of thing in the 90s?

  10. …aren’t games already in 3D?

  11. avatar scooter

    I want one now!!!

  12. avatar Me

    I want one more, Nintendo has always done good when developing new consoles! 3D is definitely a progressive step in the industry :D

  13. avatar Carpe Clunes

    I never quite got over the loss of backward compatibility when the DS jumped to the DSi. Losing the GBA backwards compatibility was not a positive step.
    It does appear, however, that continued playing of pokémon will be predicated on a new console. Hopefully Black and White will be the last hoorah of the DS, rather than an opening tirade of a flawed new console.

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