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Review of Nintendo 3DS

Date Added: April 22, 2012 06:17:49 AM
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Category: Shopping: Consumer Electronics

The Nintendo 3DS is based on a custom PICA200 graphics processor from a Japanese start-up Digital Media Professionals (DMP). It has two screens; the top screen is a 3.53 in (90 mm) 5:3 3D screen with a resolution of 800×240 pixels (400×240 pixels per eye, WQVGA) that is able to produce an auto stereoscopic three-dimensional effect (one without 3D glasses) using a parallax barrier display, while the bottom screen is a 3.02 in (77 mm) 4:3 non-3D resistive touch panel with a resolution of 320×240 pixels (QVGA). The 3DS weighs approximately 230 grams (8.1 oz) and, when closed, is 134 mm (5.3 in) wide, 74 mm (2.9 in) broad, and 21 mm (0.83 in) thick. The system features several additions to the design of the original DS, including a slider on the side of the device that adjusts the intensity of the 3D effect, a round nub analog input called the "Circle Pad", an accelerometer, and a gyroscope. The 3DS has two cameras on the outside of the device, capable of taking 3D photos and capturing 3D video, as well as a camera placed above the top screen on the inside of the device which faces the player, capable of taking 2D photos and capturing 2D video; all cameras have a resolution of 640×480 pixels (0.3 megapixels). The system supports 2.4 GHz 802.11b/g Wi-Fi connectivity with enhanced security WPA2. At launch, the Nintendo 3DS cards hold up to 2GB of game data and look almost exactly the same as those of the current DS. But, there is a small tab jutting out on the one side, which prevents 3DS cards from being inserted into a Nintendo DS. The system also has 3D movie and video playback capability. Nintendo has made deals with Warner Bros, Disney, and DreamWorks to deliver 3D movies. Nintendo has publicly stated that the 3D mode of the 3DS is not intended for use by children ages six and younger, citing possible damage to their vision. Nintendo suggests that younger players use the device's 2D mode as a substitute; although the American Optometric Association has assured parents that 3D gaming in moderation would not be harmful for children. Nintendo sold its entire allotment of 400,000 Nintendo 3DS units during its February 2011 release in Japan amid reports of lines and pre-order sellouts. The 3DS sold 374,764 units during the launch weekend of 26 February. Professor was the best-selling 3DS launch title, of which 119,591 copies were sold at launch, and it took third spot of the best-selling title along with other system titles.