3DS system update adding 3D recording, stop motion animation

Nintendo 3DS owners will soon have the power to record their life in three dimensions, thanks to a firmware update for the handheld system. Today, Nintendo dished out the details on an incoming software upgrade for the 3DS that will allow users to utilize the system's camera to tape up 10 minutes of 3D video, as well as create their very own stop-motion animations.

Further adding to its 3D offerings, Nintendo said it will begin selling 3D music videos beginning with a rendition of Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' as performed by the characters from Shrek, available now in the Nintendo eShop for $1.99. Future videos, like Foster the People's “Don't Stop”, will also be arriving shortly.

Full details on the update, which is expected to arrive this November, can be viewed on the company's Nintendo Direct video press release.

Oct 21, 2011


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  • jmcgrotty - October 22, 2011 9:23 a.m.

    "Stop Motion Animation"? This must be a technical term for "our framerate sucks!" Not surprised.
  • andy-vargas - October 23, 2011 9:28 p.m.

    Actually if you knew what you were talking about, you'd know that stop-motion is included with 3D video recording.
  • rob619 - October 22, 2011 4:06 a.m.

    Any upgrade is nice. I just want the second Thumb stick which is being released in Japan. No news on a European release, the 3DS can not move on without a second stick as most games require it especialy Metal Gear Solid 3DS when it arrives.
  • shawksta - October 21, 2011 5:02 p.m.

    You forgot to mention that it also adds a Sequel to "Find Mii" and more 3D models for that Puzzle quest, one of which is a DKCR one.
  • Linktoreality - October 21, 2011 1:55 p.m.

    Less excited about this... but, it's better than nothing, I suppose.
  • shawksta - October 21, 2011 1:30 p.m.

    3D videos, awesome, stop motion, caught me off guard, AWESOME
  • killerjuan77 - October 21, 2011 12:56 p.m.

    Add some of the 3D Genki Rockets videos and BoA's Hurricane Venus and I'll be very happy.
  • CancerMan - October 21, 2011 12:50 p.m.

    If there isn't 3D amateur porn on the internet day 1, I will be disappointed.
  • NullG7 - October 21, 2011 12:49 p.m.

    This is actually sorta not a joke or gimic, you surprised me Nintendo.
  • shawksta - October 21, 2011 1:32 p.m.

    Their being serious more often, dont throw them off easily, they havnt done any jokes for long.
  • jmcgrotty - October 22, 2011 9:24 a.m.

    You're overthinking it. The "joke or gimic (sic)" is the system being released in the first place. This whole 3D fad is already dead as a goldfish 7 days after you win it at a carnival.
  • andy-vargas - October 23, 2011 9:29 p.m.

    Then why are you reading about the 3DS?
  • therawski - October 21, 2011 12:28 p.m.

    Hey, someone (and investor?) must have said something intelligent over at Nintendo finally.

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