Now for the Game Boy 3D (OK, the 3DS)

After the DS, the DS Lite, the DSi and the DSi XL, you might think Nintendo was running out of ways to flog its dual-screen portable horse. Well, you'd be wrong! Never underestimate the company that brought you the Game Boy, Game Boy Pocket, Game Boy Colour, Game Boy Light, Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Advance SP andGame Boy Micro, after all!

What is perhaps surprising is that the 'Big N' has decided to progress its portable line by adding that most flavoursome of flavours-of-the-month, 3D. And, no, you won't have to wear 3D glasses on the tube. The 3DS - I suppose with such a nifty name available, they had to make the damn thing - uses state-of-the-art technology to produce a 3D effect on the upper of its two screens without any glasses.

'It's not great, but the 3.5-inch screen on top certainly gives a firm illusion of depth without resorting to glasses -- or eye crossing,' reports Engadget. 'The feel is definitely reminiscent of those 3D cereal box prints, and as soon as you turn the device from left to right to try to look around anything the effect is immediately lost. You need to stare at the screen for a moment for your eyes to adjust and then not move around too much. If you do you'll need to adjust again. But, stay reasonably still and it's a compelling effect.'

OK, that might not sound like a rave review, but it's not bad for a small piece of plastic...

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