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Nintendo Shares 3DS Specs

System promises added control options and increased wireless capabilities.


Nintendo took the veil off the Nintendo 3DS hardware today, sharing the final specifications for the upcoming portable gaming device which, as expected, has the final name of 3DS.

The 3DS retains the same shape as the current DS line, with a clamshell design and screens on both top and bottom flaps. The system's goggle-free 3D effect is delivered exclusively on the top screen, a 3.5 inch wide screen sporting 800x240 (400 pixels resolution for each eye). The bottom screen is a 3.02-inch touch screen LCD with 320x240 resolution.

Outside of the 3D, the system supports advanced connectivity capabilities. It will seek out Wi-Fi access points and other 3DS systems when in sleep mode for automatic data exchange.

The system also has more advanced interface options. Players have access to an analogue slider for full analogue control. This has been placed above the d-pad. The system has three cameras, two on the outside. Thanks to the two external cameras, users can take 3D pictures. Nintendo is including a "telescoping stylus," which can be extended to four inches.

Here are the system's specs, in Nintendo's own words:

Size (when closed)
Approximately 5.3 inches wide, 2.9 inches long, 0.8 inches tall.
Approximately 8 ounces.
Final design is TBA.
Top Screen
3.53-inch widescreen LCD display, enabling 3D view without the need for special glasses; with 800x240 pixel resolution (400 pixels are allocated for each eye to enable 3D viewing).
Touch Screen
3.02-inch LCD with 320x240 pixel resolution with a touch screen.
One inner camera and two outer cameras with 640x480 (0.3 Mega) pixel resolution.
Pre-Installed Software
TBA [dt]Nintendo 3DS Game Card[/dt]
2 GB Max. at launch.
Wireless Communication
Can communicate in the 2.4 GHz band. Multiple Nintendo 3DS systems can connect via a local wireless connection to let users communicate or enjoy competitive game play. Systems also can connect to LAN access points to access the Internet and allow people to enjoy games with others. Will support IEEE 802.11 with enhanced security (WPA/WPA2). Nintendo 3DS hardware is designed so that even when not in use, it can automatically exchange data with other Nintendo 3DS systems or receive data via the Internet while in sleep mode.
Game Controls
Touch screen, embedded microphone, A/B/X/Y face buttons, + Control Pad, L/R buttons, Start and Select buttons, “Slide Pad” that allows 360-degree analog input, one inner camera, two outer cameras, motion sensor and a gyro sensor.
Other Input Controls
3D Depth Slider to adjust level of 3D effect (can be scaled back or turned off completely depending on the preference of the user), Home button to call system function, Wireless switch to turn off wireless communications (even during game play), Power button. The telescoping stylus is approximately 4 inches when fully extended.
A port that accepts both Nintendo 3DS game cards and game cards for the Nintendo DS family of systems, an SD memory card slot, an AC adapter connector, a charging cradle terminal and a stereo headphone output jack.
Stereo speakers positioned to the left and right of the top screen.
Lithium ion battery details TBA.
Parental Controls
Parental controls similar to the Nintendo DSi system will be included.

Nintendo did not share a final release date or pricing for the 3DS. In its press release today, Nintendo said that the system is scheduled for release in major territories before the end of the fiscal term (March 2011).

The system's unveiling came during Nintendo's E3 press conference in Los Angeles. Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata took the stage to unveil the system and its games. Attendees were also able to get a quick glimpse at the device before it went on playable display on the E3 show floor.

Photos courtesy of Nintendo.

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