It's finally here, the day us Nintendo lovers have all been waiting for. The day that Nintendo finally announces their next generation handheld. Currently using the codename Nintendo 3DS (presumably a working name, but you never know they have used worse) it will debut at this years E3 in all it's handheld glory. In true Nintendo fashion, they've only let a little bit of information out to us. What we know so far is that it is indeed the next generation console, so that means all new games (huzzah!). We also know that the system will be backwards compatible with all DS and DSi games including downloadable DSiware games.
That's all well and good, and mostly to be expected, but this is Nintendo we are talking about here, so what's the real reason to make a new handheld when the DS (and all it's incarnations) are doing so well? The answer is 3D, uh-huh, as in 3-Dimensional (the stuff that pops out of the screen at you). The aptly codenamed 3DS will utilize 2 screens and a host of other features such as motion sensing and multiple camera's to immerse users in a 3D handheld experience.
The full list of features will be both confirmed and unveiled at this years E3 as well as a more solid release date (as of this post it's dated for Nintendo's next fiscal year, April 2010 - March 2011). I'm very interested to see where they go with this and how they can make a system 3D without the use of glasses.
Stay tuned for more posts as information gets released...