Rumor: Photographs of Production Nintendo 3DS Fresh Off the Assembly Line

By Garnett Lee, Jan 03, 2011 10:15am PST With a planned February 26 launch date for Japan looming, Nintendo's 3DS must be starting to roll off assembly lines. Chinese video game site TGBUS posted a series of very believable images it claims are of a fresh from the factory 3DS, smuggled out by a intrepid worker and posted to the forums (as spotted by Engadget). Click on one of the thumbnails below to see the whole group of them. There's also a video on YouTube (for the time being at least).

The pics include a number of comparison shots with the supposed 3DS stacked up next to its GameBoy predecessors. Along with size, these shots also give a first hint at the finish of the materials used for the handheld. Another image shows the boot screen listing the SDK as version 0.13.2 and memory of 96MB.

The 3DS will run ¥25,000 when it hits in Japan. Pricing and launch timing have for Europe and North America have not been announced but we expect to hear those details later this month.

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  • All that 3D stuff ain't good for yer eyes.

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    • I got used to 3D Vision quite quickly after I purchased it in early 2009, myself.

      Most people that I've showed it to have said it felt weird at first but they knew they'd get used to it.

      The whole discomfort in viewing 3D is pretty overblown by the media if you ask me. It's like this because we're all so used to focusing our eyes on a 2D image for our media. Now that we're finally moving to media that actually takes advantage of our natural stereoscopic vision, people just need to take time to get used to it.

      The glasses might not be here to stay but 3D definitely is. Just like with color and HD, it's the natural progression of visual technology to better suit the way our eyes look at the real world. We view the world in color, thus color TV was an eventuality. Our world is much more detailed than SDTV was, thus, HDTV was inevitable (and even higher resolutions will most definitely happen in the future). Finally, we view the world in 3D through two images - one in each eye. Naturally, our media will eventually be viewed like this as well.