Here are the on-the-record specifications for Nintendo's newest handheld.
Part of Nintendo's Tuesday announcement of the Nintendo 3DS involved a partial reveal of the system's specifications. We say "partial" because a lot of the exact details, such as processor and graphics chip information, were not listed.
Nintendo has put "TBA" for pre-installed software, leading to the logical conclusion that they intend to launch the 3DS with some sort of pre-installed games or applications. Nintendo has also not specified the battery life or color selection of the handheld, stating that it will be determined later when the handheld is closer to completion.
Size (when closed)
Approximately 5.3 inches wide, 2.9 inches long, 0.8 inches tall.
Approximately 8 ounces.
Final design is TBA.
3.53-inch widescreen LCD display, enabling 3D view without the need for special
glasses; with 800x240 pixel resolution (400 pixels are allocated for each eye to
enable 3D viewing).
3.02-inch LCD with 320x240 pixel resolution with a touch screen.
One inner camera and two outer cameras with 640x480 (0.3 Mega) pixel resolution.
Nintendo 3DS Game Card
2 GB Max. at launch.
Can communicate in the 2.4 GHz band. Multiple Nintendo 3DS systems can connect via a local wireless connection to let users communicate or enjoy competitive game play. Systems also can connect to LAN access points to access the Internet and allow people to enjoy games with others. Will support IEEE 802.11 with enhanced security (WPA/WPA2). Nintendo 3DS hardware is designed so that even when not in use, it can automatically exchange data with other Nintendo 3DS systems or receive data via the Internet while in sleep mode.
Touch screen, embedded microphone, A/B/X/Y face buttons, + Control Pad, L/R buttons, Start and Select buttons, “Slide Pad” that allows 360-degree analog input, one inner camera, two outer cameras, motion sensor and a gyro sensor.
Other Input Controls
3D Depth Slider to adjust level of 3D effect (can be scaled back or turned off completely depending on the preference of the user), Home button to call system function, Wireless switch to turn off wireless communications (even during game play), Power button. The telescoping stylus is approximately 4 inches when fully extended.
A port that accepts both Nintendo 3DS game cards and game cards for the Nintendo DS family of systems, an SD memory card slot, an AC adapter connector, a charging cradle terminal and a stereo headphone output jack.
Stereo speakers positioned to the left and right of the top screen.
Lithium ion battery details TBA.
Parental controls similar to the Nintendo DSi system will be included.
The Nintendo 3DS is rumored to be launching in Japan near the end of 2010.