Nintendo 3DS FAQ
Posted on Monday, March 28 @ 14:10:44 PST by Josh_Laddin
Beyond this paragraph lies a comprehensive FAQ that should help you figure out if the new system is the right fit for you and keep you from looking like a total spaz if it comes up in casual conversation. Because we think you look like a spaz enough as it is and deserve a break every once in a while.
How does the 3D work?
-The 3D effect is achieved using the standard method called stereoscopy, wherein two offset images are overlaid to trick your eyes into seeing extra depth. It’s actually the same principal used for 3D movies, except the movies require glasses to filter the images being projected on the screen.
Do I need to wear 3D glasses?
-Nope. The top screen comes with what’s called a parallax barrier layered on top of the screen, which filters the image for you, essentially serving the purpose of the glasses.
A slider on the side of the unit allows you to not only turn the 3D on and off at will, but also adjust the intensity of the 3D effect.
What are the cards that come with the 3DS?
-Those are AR cards, which allow you to play the free AR Games software that comes with the 3DS. AR (or augmented reality) Games use the outer cameras to view the cards as an “anchor” of sorts, and then display all kinds of 3D graphics over it. It’s very difficult to describe without actually seeing it, but I can guarantee that it’s awesome!
What games are available at launch?
-The 3DS costs $250 at retail. Most stores aren’t offering bonuses, although some online retailers have launch deals. Amazon.com, for instance, is offering a $25 credit toward any 3DS game with the purchase of the hardware. You can view a complete round-up of deals here.
What are the technical specifications for the device?
How much will 3DS games typically cost?
-The standard retail price for 3DS games at launch is $39.99.
Does the 3DS have motion-sensing?
-Indeed it does. The 3DS has both a built-in accelerometer and gyroscope to know when and how you’re moving the system.
Is that an analog stick?
-For all intents and purposes, yeah, it’s an analog stick. It’s technically called a “Circle Pad”, but it functions just as well as any analog stick on a console controller.
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