The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is in full swing here in Los Angeles and on this morning of June 15, Nintendo held their keynote presentation at the Nokia Theater.
Many rumors were running throughout the video gaming world that Nintendo was going to announce the first 3D handheld system that does not have the need to wear any 3D glasses.
Nintendo did officially make that announcement, and boy does it look like the system will deliver!
Sitting four rows back from the stage, I had a great view of the entire presentation, but after the announcement of the Nintendo 3DS, President and Chief Operating Officer Reggie Fils-Aime told the attending press and industry insiders that many third party developers were already beginning to create games for the launch of the system.
The launch date was not announced, but Fils-Aime said that Electronic Arts (EA) was adapting one of the biggest sports franchises to be compatiable with the new 3D system.
Madden is officially going 3D!
Since the game is still in the very early stages of development, there was no further information regarding the football franchise's transition from 2D into 3D, but after seeing a 30 second demo of the system's 3D technology in-person, I can tell you that the technology is amazing and 3D football will be a thing to marvel at for football video gamers.
Describing the 3D technology is very difficult since you have to see it for yourself, but the best way I can explain it is to say that the screen looks like a lenticular/hologram with the images literally coming off of the screen.
Imagine players getting hit hard and the ball popping out off of the screen as a fumble hits the ground.
At this point, it is all guessing and speculation though, but if you think the graphics will be mediocre, think again because the 3DS's graphics rival that of Nintendo's home console—the Wii.
Will EA Sports be able to pull off a miracle in handheld football gaming?
No one knows for sure right now, but if they can then you will see many NFL fans buying the new 3D Madden when it comes out (my guess is in 2011) and losing themselves into a realm of realistic football that brings gaming into a third dimension.
(Daniel Wolf is exclusively reporting from the E3 Expo in Los Angeles.)