Thousands of Japanese game fans flocked to an exhibition hall near Tokyo as Nintendo let the general public try its 3D-enabled DS console for the first time.
The new-generation DS machine — which allows users to play 3D games without wearing special glasses — missed the Christmas season but will be released on February 26 in Japan and in March in the United States, Europe and Australia.
Thousands of gamers on Saturday converged on the hall as Nintendo kicked off an admission-free, three-day event for the 3DS in Chiba, east of Tokyo.
Nintendo declined to say how many people had gathered, but hour-long queues did not deter those waiting for a trial lasting just a few minutes.
"It’s fun, I want it," Reika, 12, declared after she visited the event with her parents.
Her 48-year-old father was also impressed.
"It was surprising that images come out like seeing images on 3D television with special glasses," he said, adding his daughter would get a new machine, despite the family’s already having a number of consoles.
However, he said, his daughter’s gaming time would likely be limited.
"I don’t think she will play 3D games too long as they tire you more" than conventional video games, he said.
Nintendo has warned that children under the age of six should not use the 3D console because of possible damage to their eyes.
The machine allows the illusion of depth to be increased or decreased so that games can be played in both 2D and 3D, while built-in cameras let users take 3D pictures.
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