The Nintendo 3DS is the first glasses-free 3D video game device. The 3DS was originally announced at the E3 June 2010 convention, and it created a lot of buzz in the video game industry. At a time where 3D TVs that required special glasses to view the effects were beginning to thrive in the market, a glasses free 3D screen was a technological milestone that TV makers are still trying to replicate today for their big screens.
The portable device features dual screens, with the top 3D screen sporting a 800 x 240 resolution at 3.53″ and a bottom 2D 320 x 240 resolution 3.02″ touchscreen. It also packs in a 3-axis accelerometer & 3-axis gyroscope for motion-based gaming. Other features include dual cameras for taking 3D pictures and videos, a 3D depth slider to adjust the intensity of the 3D effect, integrated wireless b/g for online connectivity, a microphone, an IR port, and 2GB of SD card storage. Nintendo released the 3DS to the US in March 2011, where it sold 440K devices during the first week of its launch. In August 2012, Nintendo released a new edition of the handheld named the Nintendo 3DS XL. This new device has 90% larger screens and gives users 4GB of SD storage space — twice the capacity as its predecessor.
The open sourced Citra emulator for Windows is here! It is under constant development and currently doesn’t run many games at full speed, but it’s getting there. Roms need to be decrypted before being able to play them with Citra.
Nintendo has released many great games for the 3DS from some of its best franchises, including: Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7, New Super Mario Bros. 2, a 3D remake of the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Super Street Fighter IV: 3D, Kid Icarus: Uprising, and a 3D remake of Star Fox 64.