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Nintendo 3DS' augmented reality line-up leaked

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Nintendo has remained relatively tipped lip about the 3DS' augmented reality strategy, but thanks to an anonymous leak over at Wired, we now have a better idea of how the company plans to support one of its system's most unique features.


Above: Leaked photo of Nintendo's unnamed AR fishing game. Unless it really is called "Fishing"

According to Wired's story, Nintendo is readying five AR Games to launch with the 3DS. Included in this leaked list are previously announced titles such as Star Pics, which turns illustrated cards into playable 3D models, and Mii Pics, which brings a player's avatar to life in much the same fashion. Of the unannounced titles, the tipster told Wired Nintendo is also planning a combination pool and mini-golf game called AR Shot, a fishing title, and a 3D drawing application.


Above: AR Shot revealed to the world in glorious blur-o-vision

All AR games will utilize the system's 3D cameras to overlay three-dimensional objects onto real-world environments, which can then be manipulated using a combination of touchscreen and gyroscope controls. The 3DS will ship with some of the aforementioned games already loaded on the system, but it is still unclear if all five will make the cut. Regardless, it is reported that all 3DS units will ship with Star Cards to get the AR party started. GR's own Brett Elston had a quick hands-on with the AR functionality back in January - read his thoughts on it and other 3DS goods here.

The Nintendo 3DS arrives in Japan this Saturday, in the UK on March 25th, and (finally!) in North America on March 27th.

[Source: Wired]

Feb 23, 2011

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6 comments

  • Triscuitable - March 3, 2011 10:56 p.m.

    "3DS Fishing" "Wii Fishing" "Wii Can Still Come Up With These Names"
  • gamebrain8505 - February 24, 2011 5:31 p.m.

    Mario, obtaining powerups on your desk Link, discovering ancient secrets in your sock drawer Kirby, eating everything in your fridge Wario, deffinitely doing something on the toilet I've seen the future and it is o-so-bright
  • rabidpotatochip - February 24, 2011 1:35 a.m.

    Even as another gimmick, I think Nintendo's attempt at AR gaming will pave the way for some really cool tech in the future. I wish I could remember the name of an AR mystery game I used to play, it would actually phone and email info to you and the effect was really cool. And that was back in the day people subscribed to AOL. I'd love to see something like that again. The important thing is that I had an onion tied to my belt, which was the style at the time...
  • Nap1400 - February 23, 2011 11:27 p.m.

    Like many of Nintendo's innovations, it could be a brilliant idea, but it needs good execution, otherwise it's just another gimmick. Maybe if they make an AR Mario 3D platformer or something.
  • WTeen8 - February 23, 2011 11:16 p.m.

    Hmmm....*Places card in a bowl of water, and fishes*
  • IceBlueKirby - February 23, 2011 11 p.m.

    So I could go fishing in my underpants drawer if I so pleased? Sounds pretty cool (not what I just said, the idea) so I'm kinda excited to see where this goes.

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