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We're really rather keen on the Nintendo 3DS. In fact we're about as excited as it's possible to be without moving this humble tech blog into decidedly top-shelf areas. And it's easy to see why -- Nintendo's upcoming handheld console offers 3D gaming without the need for stupid glasses.

We've thrown together all the images we have on this two-screened titan, for your perusal, so click through the photos above to get familiar.

We learned today that the 3DS will arrive in shops in the UK on 25 March, and while prices will be determined by individual retailers, we've seen HMV listing the console online for £230, and other online shops listing the 3DS for just under £200.

That seems like a long time to wait, so er, read this article really slowly, okay? If you finish before the 25th, read our in-depth preview of the 3DS, which is packed full of specs and hands-on impressions.

The 3DS works thanks to parallax-barrier technology, whereby a layer within the screen covered in tiny slits fires two different images in different directions. Line your eyes up with those images and you'll get a 3D effect without the need for dorky specs.

We found the effect works really well, although if you move your head too far out of the 'sweet spot', the effect fails. There's a handy slider on the right of the 3DS' top-screen for adjusting the depth of the 3D effect though, so you can make all games 2D if you want.

The 3DS isn't a one-trick pony though. We've recently learned that the 3DS will come packed with content from Sky, Eurosport and Aardman. As well as online play, the 3DS features something called Street Pass, which lets the console automatically swap information with nearby 3DSes, even when it's folded away in your pocket. Clever girl.

Are you excited about the 3DS? Let us know in the comments or on our Facebook wall.

This is the blue version of the 3DS
Check it out from every angle in this official shot.
And this is the black version, from when we got our hands on it.
Nintendo wasn't too keen on us taking any shots of the 3DS switched on. The 3D effect doesn't translate to photographs anyway.
On the left is the new Slide Pad, an analogue stick that offers better control than the traditional D-pad, which is now relegated to the number two spot.
The 3D slider allows players to tone down the 3D effect or turn it off completely.
The start and select buttons have moved to below the screen, and a new home button is added. We suspect this will mimic the Wii's home button, acting as a shortcut back to the 3DS' homescreen.
A 3.5mm socket for headphones sits beneath the lower screen.
The 3DS features built-in wireless connectivity.
Over on the left there's a slot for an SD card.
Closed, the 3DS's two front cameras are visible. These will let you take 3D photos using the console...
...though sadly they only have a 0.3-megapixel resolution.
Round the back the charging cable is evident, as well as the game slot itself. The 3DS is backwards-compatible, so standard DS games will work fine.
The A, B, X and Y buttons remain unchanged.
Here you can see how thick the 3DS is. It's just over 2cm tall, and we reckon it'll fit quite nicely in your pocket.
With a squashy human hand grasping the 3DS, you get an impression of the size of the console.
Comparing the lower and upper screens, you can see that the top screen, which harbours the 3D magic, is set slightly deeper than the bottom screen. We'd wager that's due to the layered display.

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