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Nintendo has revealed the Japanese launch date for its 3DS gaming console, as well as system specifications, which has prompted disappointment over battery life. Nintendo 3DS Sales for the stereoscopic console will start on February 26 for Y25,000 (£190) a pop in Japan, with the US and Europe set to follow in March. Nintendo …


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  1. Mark 125


    One of the BIG plus points the GB/DS series of handhelds have had is the battery life... Oh dear Nintendo :(

    1. Ammaross Danan

      Bright Side

      Just wait. Just like smartphones have an "oversized battery" market, the 3DS will to.

      Nothing to see here, move along....

  2. Annihilator Silver badge
    Paris Hilton

    3D damaging to children

    Funny, the last time I checked, everything in our current reality/The Matrix was 3D - how on earth do the children cope?

    1. Chris 244

      'Cause it isn't 3D

      It's stereoscopic. There's a difference. Stereoscopy lacks accommodation, may muck-up a still-developing visual system.

    2. Peter H. Coffin

      3D damage

      The problem stems from that the brain's perception of actual distance (and thus proper perception of depth) includes not only parallax (the difference between the two eyeballs' images) but also how the muscles focusing the eye's lens are working. And eye focus while using the device are always focused on the screen at the distance that the screen is, which does NOT necessarily match how the real world is... That training happens at a young age.

    3. Dave Murray

      Real vs fake

      That's real 3D which their eyes are designed to cope with as opposed to fake, trying to fool you into thinking it's 3D which doesn't work for everyone, can induce headaches and apparently is bad for the children.

    4. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      stereoscopic rather than 3d

      a young child's eyes/brain are still getting used to processing real 3d properly and do not really want to be subjected to this fake 3d effect over long periods.

      A lot of the stuff we do automatically, ie judging distances based on 3d vision, eyes focusing/aligning correctly, etc. is stuff we essentially learned, over time, during our childhood. The very way this works is by exploiting those learned responses, and could easily interfere with them if they aren't yet fixed.

      While the occasional few hours of toy story in a cinema won't do any harm, 5-10 hours a day of it close up would be a different matter.

  3. oddie
    Paris Hilton

    Is anyone else...

    thinking that this will be the device that will allow 3d porn to go mainstream?

    you probably shouldn't watch more than 3-5 hours in 1 go anyway :)

    1. LinkOfHyrule
      Paris Hilton

      If 3D porn dose go mainstream

      If 3D porn dose go mainstream as a result of this new piece of gadge, expect sales of wipe-clean screen protector to surge too!

      Maybe we will also see a new sideline in novelty styluses too!

  4. Abdiel

    Not that bad

    I don't know about you but about the most I ever got out of my DS Lite, even when I just bought it, was around 8 hours. Can't wait for the 3DS... Just hope they don't pull something later like "3DSi"! That would really annoy me.

  5. Bad Beaver


    Can you, like, carry a spare battery?

  6. annodomini2


    It's to stop it from damaging the older person's eyes! ;)

  7. sabroni Silver badge

    Resident Evil series.. by Capcom, not Nintendo.

  8. Luke McCarthy
    Thumb Down

    Nintendo has lost it

    They seem to have forgotten what made the GB/GBA/DS successful. The battery life and the new obsession over cinematic 3D games might make threaten their domination of the handheld console market. I might get one anyway, but I'll wait for the 3DS XL.

  9. Chigaimasmaro

    Gotta give up something

    Nintendo was always going for low-powered devices and tried to get the 3rd party content creators to be more innovative with their techniques. But it seems the market demand for high powered low battery live hand-held game devices has Nintendo changing their paradigm. Look at the iPod and iPod touch, when you're playing games, they don't last long on battery. PSP is pretty much the same which is 3-6 hours. Gotta give the kiddies what they want or their buy from the competition.

  10. Kevin 6

    battery life

    The original DS only got around that (I still use mine, works great) so that is not really a huge issue in my eyes.

    I just hope it doesn't pull a virtual boy, and stays around (I still got mine works great :D).

    I will be buying one on day one anyways

  11. Anonymous Coward

    will I get my wrist slapped for copyright infringement?

    Father Ted: Now concentrate this time, Dougal. These

    [he points to some plastic cows on the table]

    Father Ted: are very small; those

    [pointing at some cows out of the window]

    Father Ted: are far away...

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