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As was revealed earlier this week, the 3DS can take 3D photos thanks to two outer cameras. However, no one has really brought up the idea of recording 3D footage on the system. So, is it possible? Well, according to a Nnooo programmer, there was a demo at E3 showing off that very feature.

“We also saw this tech demo that used the camera which actually recorded 3D, so that was something that Nintendo didn’t confirm, so hopefully they confirm it. But from what I saw, it actually recorded footage in 3D. So that tech demo was really good…”

I assume Nnooo knows what they’re talking about, but like he said, it has yet to be officially confirmed. The ability to record 3D footage could be a huge selling point for Nintendo, so let’s hope they integrate it into the system.



Update: Added a few more details below.

“[The 3Ds] no health issues. We are working with the experts in the field. We’ve done extensive testing. We have a legacy of bringing only the best and finest products to the marketplace. We will recommend that very young children not look at 3D images. That’s because, [in] young children, the muscles for the eyes are not fully formed… This is the same messaging that the industry is putting out with 3D movies, so it is a standard protocol. We have the same type of messaging for the [1990s Nintendo virtual reality machine] Virtual Boy, as an example.” – Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime

“Has there ever been a Nintendo handheld without a good battery life?” – Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime

According to Reggie, the “young children” label applies to kids younger than seven. But the nice thing about the 3DS is that you can use the 3DS Depth Slider to completely turn off the 3D effect. So, everyone should be able to play the 3DS in some form!

– Form factor of the 3DS shouldn’t be considered final
– Nintendo plans to manufacture the extendable stylus at E3
– Nintendo still deciding if 3DS will be region locked

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“…I was particularly impressed by the 3DS, and it got a great reception. It’s a brilliant product. Nintendo’s figured out the glasses–or the lack thereof–are key. The integration of the 3D camera was a brilliant move. And if they also address the piracy issues they have and upgrade the copyright protection system, I think it’s going to be a big success and draw publisher interest to put more resources against publishing a game in this platform.” – Activision chief operating officer Thomas Tippl

I was really surprised by the reaction to the 3DS. Just because it’s 3D, I expected quite a few people to be underwhelmed by that. Overall, though, the impressions were very positive.

Thanks to Anders for the tip!

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This information comes from director Hideo Kojima and other members of Konami, who were answering fan questions…

“We’re going to see what people think and feel. What [Kojima] is going to do, is decide the right direction. This was more of a 3D depth presentation. The real game won’t be like that. Your eyes get tired.”

Konami officially announced that a Metal Gear 3DS game would be coming to the system as “Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D The Naked Sample.” I know people were extremely impressed with the demo at E3, so hopefully Kojima will keep that in mind when deciding what to do with his project.

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