Nintendo announces 3DS; will reveal product at E3

3D Mario -- no thanks

3D Mario -- no thanks

In a press release sent late last night, Nintendo of Japan announced the successor to the Nintendo DS--a portable system with the ability to play 3D games without requiring glasses.

Even though the company's DS console continues to dominate monthly sales charts, with a new design (the DSi XL) due out next week, Nintendo has announced today that it will be starting its next portable console generation within the next year. The code-named 3DS will be coming out in Japan by March 2011, with an unveiling of the product planned for E3 2010.

The specifications of the product are still very much a mystery, though the press release does divulge a few details. The 3DS will be able to display games in 3D, though it won't require glasses like the technologies currently being used in movie theaters and planned for HDTVs. Much like the Game Boy Advance and the original Nintendo DS did at launch, the 3DS will be backwards compatible with the previous portable generation's games. DS cartridges and DSiWare downloads will be playable on the 3DS, though it's currently unknown if current DSi owners will need to repurchase downloads on the new platform.

While E3 2010 in mid-June is set as the official coming-out party for the 3DS, you can expect to hear more about Nintendo's next platform in the coming weeks, days, and months. Keep it tuned to GamePro as we continue to seek new information about the next generation of portable gaming.

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