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The accepted wisdom states that the 3DS is doomed to fail, a victim of both Nintendo's hubris and the increasing importance of gaming on smartphones. The problem with accepted wisdom is that it's so often wrong. Despite soft sales on the Nintendo Wii and a slow start with the 3DS, this could be still be a successful holiday season for the gaming giant.

This Christmas is, to put it bluntly, make or break time for the 3DS, and Nintendo is coming out swinging.

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The six Bit.Trip titles were first released for Nintendo's WiiWare platform, where they received critical acclaim, but they failed to take off in the same way as a popular Xbox Live or PlayStation Network game. Nintendo has never been a company to fully support online offerings, so it's great that the games have been collected in both a Wii and 3DS package—called Bit.Trip Complete and Bit.Trip Saga, respectively—so you can buy them all at once without suffering through the Wii's online interface.

Each game plays differently, but the retro aesthetic and mixture of music and graphics brings them all together into a thematic whole. You may be running, playing a psychedelic version of Pong, or even just avoiding colored dots as a growing or shrinking blob, but each game is easy to understand and play. The music is always entrancing, and it syncs up with the action of the screen, making you feel like you're conducting a chiptunes orchestra as you play each game.

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Nintendo enjoys creating hardware that offers new ways to interact with games, such as the Wii's motion controls, or the 3D screen of the upcoming 3DS. The problem with the new portable is a distressing one, and it may become increasingly apparent as time goes on: not everyone can see the 3D images. That means that Nintendo's ability to create games that rely on that central mechanic is limited, unless they want to alienate a portion of their audience. This is the rare case of a company launching with a new technology it seems unwilling to use to its fullest capabilities.

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Nintendo 3DS to Include Netflix Streaming and WiFi Features

Nintendo's new 3DS gaming system will be hitting shelves this month, but beyond its most obvious feature, the handheld device will also be able to stream Netflix movies through Wi-Fi, just like the Wii.

At the Game Developers Conference last week, Nintendo announced that the video streaming service will be available to users beginning this summer. The gaming company has also teamed up with AT&T to allow gamers to connect to the Internet with their handhelds through over 10,000 AT&T hot spots around the country for free.

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As we suspected, the Nintendo 3DS was unveiled at the 2010 E3 Expo, and its just as exciting as we thought. The portable gaming device will allow users to play in 3D without the use of those bulky glasses that movies and 3D TV require.

On Tuesday, execs showed up to the L.A. tech convention, giving a preview of all the features of the new 3DS. The handheld will not only feature a split 3D viewing screen on top that creates the multi-dimensional effect, but it will also have a 3-inch 2D touchscreen on the bottom.

In addition, the device will include has a motion sensor, gyrometer, a slide pad and three separate cameras to optimize the gaming experience. The 3DS will be available in stores in March 2011, but no price has been announced yet.

In other 3D news, Sony announced that it will release 20 3D games for the PS3 by next March (you'll need glasses for these), and 40 new games that are compatible with the Move system. With the announcement of the 3DS, the soon-to-be-released Move controller and the forthcoming Project Natal system, there's a ton of exciting technology in store for major gamers. Which are you most excited for?

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With the Nintendo DSi XL landing in the offices of the gaming press this week, Nintendo saw fit to announce its newest product in its portable line: the Nintendo 3DS. The company gave limited details via a press release in Japan; we know the system will use two screens, won't require any sort of special glasses, and will be backwards compatible with current DS and DSi games.

The system will be released before the end of the fiscal year, which means the latest we'll see it in Japan is next March. The system is expected to make an appearance at this year's E3, and we'll surely be given more information before then. For now, Nintendo has yet to release any images of the system, or how games will look, or be played.

So how will the 3D effect be displayed? We posted a video of a downloadable game that's out now in Japan that uses head tracking to simulate a 3D image, and since then we've had time to try the game on a friend's Japanese DSi during GDC. By tracking the motion of the system in relation to your eyes, you seem to be able to peer "into" the picture by turning the system this way and that. It's a surprisingly effective effect, and some iteration of this system may be used in the 3DS.

Nintendo has a history of announcing hardware upgrades and features that may seem silly at first glance before going on to become huge success. Many scoffed at the idea of the Nintendo Wii, until lines to play the system at its first E3 showing stretched around the convention. 3D is fresh in the minds of consumers after the success of Avatar, and 3D-capable televisions are expected to make a splash at retail this year. A portable system that works with all your old games and won't require glasses? It could be the right product at the right time.

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