The Nintendo DS Goes 3D

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But here’s why I bring it up…(besides employement!)

See, I am and always have been a devoted Nintendo girl. In the face of Microsoft and Sony awesomeness, I have always gone for the PC versions of games like Dead Space or Arkham Asylum rather than give in to temptaion and stray from the Nintendo path. When the Wii came out, I was pretty nervous that the competition would eliminate it, but even if I could admit the Wii’s failings, I was thrilled to see it surge right to the top on its own ingenuity. And as you might imagine, I’m always pleased to hear about the success of the DS, which is not only my favourite handheld ever, but seems to have proven itself as the world’s favourite.

They haven’t strayed far from the original formula. They came out with the DS, then the streamlined DS Lite, then the DSi with a camera, now the DS XL with a screen 93% larger than the DSi. But now, Nintendo seems poised to revolutionize their own device by releasing the upcoming Nintendo DS 3D.

Here’s the story from PC World.

Nintendo says it’ll release a 3D version of its DS handheld gaming portable. We learned that much from Nintendo’s official press teaser this morning. But according to Japanese newshound Adriansang, several mainstream Japanese sources are weighing in with claims of tantalizing supplemental specs.

For starters, Nikkei believes Nintendo’s new 3DS will include a stick (a thumbstick?) used to manipulate objects in 3D. Add vibration-feedback to the roster, designed “to communicate attacks and strikes to the player.” Nikkei claims Nintendo nabbed patents for both technologies (presumably in a 3D context) last year.

Expect the 3DS’s integrated wireless to speed up as in the new model, probably to 802.11g. The current models have 802.11b WLAN chip (11Mbit/s), and while 802.11n can handle blazing speeds notwithstanding bottlenecks, 802.11g (54Mbit/s) would be plenty fast.

Look for a battery life boost as well, perhaps a return to DS Lite levels–the newer DSi only lasts about 9 hours on average, versus 15 hours for the DS Lite.

And in a move sure to grab Apple’s attention, the 3DS may include an accelerometer, i.e. a “tilt sensor.” Apple’s iPad and iPhone also employ this technology. Of course we already heard about this back in January.

Japanese news site Daily Yomiuri believes the system will use a Sharp 3D LCD panel that places an additional layer over the screen to create the 3D effect per slight differences in the image seen by either eye. If accurate, that sounds a lot like 3D screen technology previewed at CeBit.

But what about viewing 3D on a tiny handheld device?

According to Nikkei, the 3DS’s screen (singular in the Adriansang report, though this could be a translation error) will measure less than 4 inches, corner to corner.

Imagine viewing a movie like Avatar in 3D on the PSP. Would you really care about the 3D effect in a screen space that small? Remember, we’re talking about a screen that’s typically positioned a foot or more from your eyes. It’s not like a Viewmaster, which can do full stereographic field of view imaging because it’s held directly up to your eyes.

So in summary, here’s what we know: Nintendo says it will release a 3D version of its DS handheld in Japan by March 2011. Full stop.

Here’s what we don’t know, but wish we did: Will the resolution be higher? Will the processor be dramatically faster? Will it use Nvidia’s Tegra 3D chip as previously speculated? Will older DS games be natively processed or emulated? Will it still have two cameras? Will they be any sharper than the low-quality pair in the current DSi? What sort of audio system will it use? Will one or both of the screens be touch-sensitive? Will we still use a stylus? And most importantly: Is the new model meant to be a stepwise family increment, like all the DS’s, or is it a completely new family, like the leap from the Game Boy Advance to the original DS?

And here’s what we don’t know, but some are claiming: The new model will include a 3D control stick, rumble feedback, faster wireless, better battery life, a single (or is that pair of?) slightly-less-than-four-inch LCD(s), and an accelerometer.

Oh, and Nikkei thinks it’ll actually ship 2010 (in Japan, anyway) and not 2011.

Nintendo: The World’s Best Company

For a while, it seemed like Nintendo was about to drop out of the race. Sony’s Playstation was bringing a new maturity and exciting action to gamers everywhere, drawing in older players with epic games that boasted cinematic storylines, brilliant voice acting and memorable characters more layered and complex than Nintendo’s crew of Mario and company. It even seemed possible that Nintendo would abandon the console market and focus on selling games bearing their classic license.

And then it happened.

The Wii was announced to mockery from Microsoft and Sony and hesitation from an audience who needed take only a single glance at the Wiimote and nunchuck to know they were dealing with something different. But when it hit shelves, they came in droves. The Wii outsold the competition by a wide margin and even helped sales of Nintendo’s portable DS system. And now, over a year later, they’re still going strong.

Strong enough, in fact, to have garnered the title of The World’s Best Company. Check out this article from Gamespot.

Nintendo started its fiscal 2010 year off on a sour note, reporting in July that profits plummeted 60 percent on revenues down 40 percent during its April-June quarter. Still, it’s hard to argue with earnings of $2.66 billion and income of $442 million during a three-month stretch, not to mention the publisher’s skyward trajectory since 2004, when it launched the 100-million-unit-plus selling Nintendo DS.

In recognition of Nintendo’s performance, BusinessWeek has placed the publisher at the top of its World’s Best Companies 2009 list. BusinessWeek’s rankings are compiled by management consulting firm A.T. Kearney, who sifted through the 2,500 largest publicly traded companies with a minimum of $10 billion in sales during 2008, 25 percent of which came from outside the home market. Companies were then ranked according to sales growth and value creation over the past five years.

A.T. Kearney valued Nintendo’s 2008 annual sales at $16.8 billon, up 35.7 percent since 2004, when the publisher’s GameCube struggled against Sony’s best-selling PlayStation 2. As for value creation, which BusinessWeek defined as “the rise of market capitalization after subtracting any increase in capital,” Nintendo has seen growth of 38.1 percent over the past five years.

“With visionary leadership and a three-tiered product development process that brings together top management, development staff, and marketing and administrative teams, the Japanese game maker been able to create new hardware without sticking to conventional notions in the video game industry,” BusinessWeek wrote of the company.

Nintendo outpaced a number of other notable companies to secure the top spot in BusinessWeek’s rankings. Google and Apple placed a respective second and third behind Nintendo, with South Korean construction products & services and shipbuilder Doosan Heavy Industries and Hyundai Heavy Industries placing a respective fourth and fifth.

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Too Good to be True: The Nintendo DS 2 by Phil Nolan

From Gadget Venue

Back in December, Gizmodo created a wishlist about the next Gen Nintendo DS. Phil Nolan, a 3D artist, liked what he saw there and got to work creating a 3D rendering of what a Nintendo DS 2 could look like. Taking ideas from the iPhone, PSP and Wii the DS 2 pictured above was created. As can be seen, the faces of the device are shiny and the screens are larger then the regular DS. If Nintendo took some advice from Phil they would have a killer looking machine.

I’m definitely a fan of the DS Lite AND the new DSi, but I can’t help but stand in awe of Nolan’s design here. The screen size, the slick design, the perfect in-your-pocket smoothness; everything about his work makes me wish that Nintendo had given that a shot. In the other pictures on the site, it’s revealed to feature side-loading games and clearer speakers, along with a perfectly flat display similar to the iPhone or iPod touch. Very cool.

But sadly, never to be! And thus far, the only way to make your own DS Lite or DSi more awesome is to get your hands on a new flashcard or other such mods.

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Nintendo outsells competition nearly 2 to 1 in May 2009

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Like any game geek, I purchased a Nintendo DSi and installed some homebrew and I’m lovin it.

Found an interesting Cnet article by Dave Rosenberg (June 14, 2009)

Video game sales were down by 23 percent in May, according to the latest data from NPD Group. The bright spot of the report is the ongoing domination by Nintendo, whose hardware and associated games outsold the competition by nearly 2 to 1.

As CNET’s Lance Whitney reported, “NPD blamed most of the decline on the lack of blockbuster games rather than the weak economy. The report noted that last year’s sales were boosted by the launch of popular software titles such as Grand Theft Auto IV. Nintendo’s Wii Fit also was a hot commodity in 2008.”

While there are a wealth of new games coming in 2009, including what appear to be some winners for PS3 and Xbox, Nintendo platform games made up just shy of 50 percent of the top 10 sales in May:

  1. UFC 2009 Undisputed(THQ) Xbox 360 – 679,600
  2. Wii Fit(Nintendo) Wii – 352,800
  3. EA Sports Active(EA) Wii – 345,800
  4. UFC 2009 Undisputed(THQ) PS3 – 334,400
  5. Infamous(Sony) PS3 – 175,900
  6. Pokemon Platinum(Nintendo) DS – 168,900
  7. Mario Kart(Nintendo) Wii – 158,300
  8. Punch Out!!(Nintendo) Wii – 156,900
  9. X-Men Origins: Wolverine Uncaged(Activision) Xbox 360 – 120,700
  10. Wii Play(Nintendo) Wii – 109,800

Total Nintendo software: 1,292,500
Total other vendor software: 1,310,600

Nintendo also remains strong in the console business, with sales of the Nintendo DS and Wii nearly doubling the competition.

  • Nintendo DS: 633,500
  • Wii: 289,500
  • Xbox 360: 175,000
  • PlayStation 3: 131,000
  • PlayStation 2: 117,000
  • PSP: 100,400

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