Nintendo Tips Hand On Plans For 3D DS System

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announced here this week that it has developed version of its popular DS handheld game player that supports 3D without the need for special glasses.

The Nintendo 3DS will use two screens and will be backward compatible with current DS and DSi games, the company said here Tuesday.

Few details were available on how the new glasses-less technology will work or what games will be developed for it.

Plans are to release the 3D system in Japan prior to the end of the current fiscal year (March 2011). It will be demonstrated at this year's E3 Expo, the company said.

Ironically, news of the next-generation handheld game player comes before the release of the previously announced DSi XL, which is a larger-screened version of Nintendo's current handheld game player.

The DSi XL will offer bigger screens, a better stylus and more battery life, for a $20 premium over the existing version with the smaller form factor. But it won't have 3D.


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