Nintendo unveils 3D games console
Nintendo unveiled the world's first 3D handheld games console - the 3DS - at a press conference in Los Angeles.
Unlike the latest 3D televisions and cinema screens, the 3D effect on Nintendo's device can be viewed without the need to wear special 3D glasses.
At Nintendo's packed press conference yesterday on the first day of the E3 expo, the world's largest video game trade show, the Japanese gaming giant's president Satoru Iwata showed off the new dual-screen handheld device.
Nintendo said its 3DS will be capable of showing the latest crop of Hollywood's 3D blockbusters on its 3.5-inch screen, with deals already struck with Disney, Warner Brothers and Dreamworks.
The newly-released animated film How To Train Your Dragon was shown on demonstrator models.
Improving the hardware specifications of Nintendo's best-selling DS handheld, the new 3DS gets improved graphics, a slide pad controller for more intuitive control and an internal gyroscope and motion sensor - like Apple's iPhone.
A host of games developers are working on titles for the new console, including portable 3D versions of Metal Gear Solid, Resident Evil and Fifa football.
A slider at the side of the device lets users choose the intensity of the 3D display, from an extreme "in your face" experience to a more subtle effect.
The 3DS is also capable of creating its own 3D images. Two lenses on the back of the console allow it to take and view 3D photographs.
No price or release date were announced for the 3DS.
Earlier in the press conference, Nintendo announced a host of new games for its Wii console, including The Legend Of Zelda, Just Dance 2 and Mario Sports Mix.
The biggest cheer came when Nintendo announced it was creating a new Wii version of the popular Nintendo 64 shooter GoldenEye.