Nintendo was forced make an early announcement for their 3DS after leaks confirmed the company is cooking up a new handheld stereoscopic 3D screen, and they live up to their promise by showcasing the hardware itself at the company's E3 2010 presentation today. The 3DS as it stands doesn't look terribly different from existing DSi hardware, and it's nearly the same size. Nintendo's press release notes that the final look for the 3DS could be subject to change.
New to the 3DS is an additional outer camera for taking 3D pictures, a built-in motion sensor and gyroscope, a flat analog joystick on the lower face called the "Slide Pad" to faciliate 360-degree control input, and a slider toggle at the side of the handheld to help control 3D depth (or turn the feature off completely). The top screen of the 3DS is also slightly larger at 3.53", serving to showcase stereoscopic 3D that won't require any additional eyewear to enjoy. However, the bottom screen has reduced in size to 3.02" versus the 3.25" screen on the DSi.
Though previously touted at the next big pillar in the Nintendo temple of hardware, the 3DS will still be backward compatible with existing DS and DSi software. So when is all of this coming out? We don't know... so hopefully Nintendo won't keep us all in the dark for long!