Nintendo of Japan has officially released a document citing that the successor to the Nintendo DS, temporarily known as the Nintendo 3DS, will release by March of 2011 and will feature 3D effects without the use of glasses. Shown below is the full quote of what was released by Nintendo of Japan.
Nintendo Co., Ltd. (Minami-ward of Kyoto-city, President Satoru Iwata) will launch “Nintendo 3DS”(temp) during the fiscal year ending March 2011, on which games can be enjoyed with 3D effects without the need for any special glasses.
“Nintendo 3DS”(temp) is going to be the new portable game machine to succeed “Nintendo DS series”, whose cumulative consolidated sales from Nintendo amounted to 125million units as of the end of December 2009, and will include backward compatibility so that the software for Nintendo DS series, including the ones for Nintendo DSi, can also be enjoyed.
We are planning to announce additional details at E3 show, which is scheduled to be held from June 15, 2010 at Los Angeles in the U.S.
Pretty shocking to hear this right now as I wasn’t expecting an announcement of this type until E3 of 2010. 3D effects seem very intriguing and I’m not exactly sure what to think of it until I see the unit in action in just a couple months. E3 is set to begin in less than three months and who knows what will be announced when they reveal the console. It’s hard to believe we’ll be seeing anything Zelda related for the Nintendo 3DS, but at the very least we will be able to get glimpses of what Zelda could be like on the new handheld console.