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Looking for 3D glasses for the new console? Forget it. “Experience it to believe your eyes,” says the gaming master.

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The Nintendo 3DS, which hits stores here and in NZ today, is more than a one dimensional console – it takes 3D pictures (on any of its three cameras), has dual screens and allows surfing on social gaming networks.

So what else does this $349 box have?

A 2GB SD Memory Card controls a built-in motion sensor, a Circle Pad which provides full 360 degrees of direction and the +Control Pad.

“3D depth slider lets players adjust the level of 3D they want,” and also allows 2D viewing, says Nintendo. And no need for 3D glasses either.

It is also comptable for MP3 or AAC music files, allowing music to  become part of the 3DS experience.

13 3D games including nintendogs + cats, Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Shadow Wars, PES 2011 3D, Rabbids 3D, Combat of Giants Dinosaurs 3D and The Sims 3 wil also be released today to coincide with the launch. Cosmos Black and Aqua Blue are also among the mix.

However, if gaming fanatics don’t want to dig deep for games just yet, the device comes with pre-installed software including Face Raiders, a game that asks users to battle with funny depictions of their own faces, AR Games, Mii Maker, and Mii Plaza, Nintendo said today. 

StreetPassis one of two new functions on the Nintendo which allows you connect with other 3DS users on the Mii Plaza gathering point, allowing users exchange and play minigames, even without a gamecard.

The SpotPass feature connects to Wi-Fi access points automatically, allowing the 3DS to receive new content and updates instantly.

From May, owners can also get access to the Nintendo eShop to download new content, such as 3D games and classic games directly to the device.

“3DS represents a dynamic shift in how we interact with games and continues the tradition Nintendo has for changing the technology landscape in the same way it did with touch-screen gaming in 2004 and motion-controlled gaming in 2006,” said Greg Arthurton, Nintendo Australia’s Director of Marketing.

 

However, the new system’s launch comes not without controversy with the games giant forced to issue a statement after complaints that users overseas are suffering headaches and eyestrain when playing the console.

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