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Aside from being backwards compatible with DS and DSi titles, the 3DS will include a built-in accelerometer and two bigger, higher resolution screens that are closer together. With these larger screens, they will be used more easily as one. The idea of higher resolution screens may also usher in Nintendo's foray into the HD market, so this is a great start.
Regarding the inclusion of 3D, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata previously stated that they would look into the the possible "health effects" of playing the 3DS for long periods of time. Good move on your part, Mr. Iwata. We don't want to have a repeat of the Virtual Boy's retina-destroying visuals.
Several Japanese news outlets have reported on still unconfirmed features of the device. The most surprising of these include a new joystick and force-feedback. Maybe Nintendo has more that will surprise us with the device.
Will Nintendo have another hit on their hands, when they reveal the 3DS at E3 2010? Or will it have the slow start that the DS originally had? Only time will tell, but it goes to show that Nintendo is continuing to introduce new gameplay options.
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