Nintendo shows off 3D portable game device
By Franklin Paul
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Japan’s Nintendo Co Ltd on Tuesday took the wraps off a new version of its DS handheld device that can play games and show movies in 3D without glasses, as the hardware wars with Microsoft Corp and Sony Corp heat up.
The trio that rules the market for gaming devices unveiled at the E3 expo this week nifty new gadgets aimed at widening the global gaming population by drawing in more casual gamers, just as the industry is beginning to recover from a two-year slump.
On Tuesday, the creator of Super Mario games and the Wii offered a peek at its 3DS. The device comes with two screens — one a touch screen — and three built-in cameras, enabling the machine to snap digital photos in 3D.
Nintendo, which has seen growth in sales of its industry-leading Wii slow as rivals slash prices, did not say when sales begin or give a retail price, except that it will hit store shelves sometime before March 2011.
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