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New addition to the Nintendo DS family to be released soon

Nintendo have announced that the ‘3DS’ will be released to retail in Japan on February 26th, 2011 for the price of ¥25,000 (€218). This new revision of the incredibly popular gadget is the first handheld console to support 3D visuals (like in movies), with an added difference that one does not need 3D glasses for the effect to be experienced.

Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo 3DS

It will be interesting to see how well the 3D effect works – it is understandable that Nintendo are pushing the console by telling people to try it out at expos and conferences rather than through videos and images distributed over the internet, after all, it is only possible to view the effect in person using a real Nintendo 3DS.

One wonders how developers will use 3D to provide new experiences which gives a new dimension (no pun intended) to entertainment on the go and how we as educators can use it to make learning more exciting.

Nintendo DSi – a review

The Nintendo DS (dual screen) range of handheld videogame consoles has been selling like hot cakes since released in 2004. The system features two screens placed vertically on top of each other with the bottom one being responsive to touch via an included stylus or finger. Similar to the Wii, Nintendo has widened its target audience when compared with their previous gaming devices. Games are now being designed with the ‘casual user’ in mind, the library of software available covers both traditional type of videogames as well as a diverse choice of programs covering a myriad of topics, from cooking to brain training, from virtual books to puzzles, from sudoku to edutainment.

Nintendo DSi

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