It seems like we can’t go a single day without hearing about 3D, and today is no different with Nintendo announcing a new console that lets you play 3D games without the silly glasses.

The new console is still technically in prototype stages, but Nintendo was happy to tell us all about the new system which will push portable gaming into the third dimension.

Nintendo 3DS

Much like the current DSi and DSi XL consoles, the 3DS features one touchscreen and one regular screen in a clamshell design. There’s also cameras on the inside and outside and wireless networking built in.

But while the new member of the DS family looks like the others, it’s a whole new breed of console.

The top screen is a 3.53-inch widescreen LCD that allows you to see 3D content without the need for 3D glasses. A slider to the right of the screen allows you to determine just how much depth the 3D image gets, and if that whole 3D thing isn’t something you want, you can bring it back to good ol’ regular flat 2D.

The awaited follow-up to Nintendogs will be in 3D and will even feature cats.
The follow-up to Nintendogs will be in 3D and will even feature cats.

Because of this, games will be developed with the third dimension in mind. Nintendo is at work making a new Nintendogs title that also features cats, Star Fox 3D, and Mario Kart.

We’re told there’s also more power under the hood, as well as a new “slide pad” above the directional pad to give you an analog control similar to that of the Nintendo Wii’s nunchuk controller.

You can also expect to get some Wii-like movement in your upcoming games with the inclusion of gyro and motion sensors in the 3DS.

Two cameras at the front of the Nintendo 3DS will let you take photos in 3D.
Two cameras at the front of the Nintendo 3DS will let you take photos in 3D.

Because the 3DS is a “3D system,” Nintendo has been kind enough to put two cameras at the front to let you take 3D photos. The images won’t be high quality – far from it at 640×480 – but they will let you be a 3D artist and view your images on the console’s screen without the aid of glasses.

Resident Evil on the Nintendo 3DS
Save the world from zombies in the 3D Resident Evil game.

No real word on when this will be landing on Australian shores, but when it does Nintendo promises a plethora of titles available at launch.

From what we’re told, you can expect Super Street Fighter IV, The Sims 3, FIFA, Resident Evil, DJ Hero, Assassin’s Creed, Kung Fu Panda, a LEGO title, and even a game made in Australia – de Blob 2.