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Nintendo does 3D with the groundbreaking 3DS (video)

January 12, 2011: 11:36 AM ET

The new 3DS might look milquetoast, but it's Nintendo's latest stab at doing what it does best: Videogame innovation.

The Nintendo 3DS

The Nintendo 3DS

In March*, Nintendo launches the 3DS in the U.S. If all goes according to plan the handheld console will one-up previous Game Boy iterations and Sony's Playstation Portable with more advanced hardware, most notably a 3-D screen that doesn't require the clunky glasses consumers now associate with 3-D TVs, movies, and games. (Note: Nintendo says the 3DS is part of the "DS family.")

On the outside, the 3DS bears a striking resemblance to its predecessor, the DSi, a lightweight, plastic clamshell handheld device lithe enough to slip into your back pocket, but so benign-looking so as to pass for a toy, albeit a high-end one. Similarly, the 3DS weighs in at 226 grams and measures 5.3-inches wide, 2.9-inches long and less than an inch tall when shut.

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