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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: March 18, 2011 @ 5:39 pm

    Tech Tools: Nintendo 3DS

    Ciara O'Brien

    It’s been promised for months, but finally the 3DS is (almost) here. Due for launch on March 25th, the console is the games company’s first proper foray into the 3D arena.

    The portable console has been spruced up and now includes the ability to take your own 3D images as well as play specially created games.

    There is built-in software that allows you to play augmented reality games out of the box, using some cards and the 3D camera – and you can still use it with your older DS and DSi games.

    The 3D can be switched on and off with a slider control that also sets the intensity of the effect.

    The 3D effects aren’t recommended for those under six years of age: handily, parental controls on the console mean you can lock down some of those functions, locking out 3D, internet browsing, shopping services and image-sharing, among other functions.


    • Dave McG says:

      It’ll take some VERY strong and persuasive games before i upgrade from my DSi XL to this!

      Let’s hope that someone does something very creative with this hardware rather than just try to use it as a gratuitous hook to sell cheaply produced/ over-priced games- like the cinema 3-D is often entirely guilty of!

      Still, this could be interesting- or it could be terrible… time will tell- hopefully it’ll be worth an investment down the line!