Konami Corp. this week demonstrated Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D for the Nintendo 3DS at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles.

The current E3 build included an early level which requires Snake to infiltrate a building surrounded by enemy troops.

Controls were a tad awkward with face buttons to control the camera and the d-pad to change the stance. Analog movement was precise with the circle pad. The L trigger is used to aim and the R trigger to fire. The demo did not allow for control options.

The graphics engine was excellent at 30 frames-per-second and console-like detail and animations for Snake, enemies, and the environments. Textures and special effects were strong in the outdoor location.

Nintendo in June released a new system update for the Nintendo 3DS handheld that added an Internet Browser and an online store.

The Nintendo eShop online store includes a free Pokedex 3D application to allow users to view Pokemon from Pokemon Black and Pokemon White in 3D. In addition, users can download the NES title Excitebike in 3D as a free download through July 7.

Upcoming Virtual Console content includes Super Mario Land, Alleyway, and Radar Mission. New content will be added each Thursday.

The company said an application for short-form video service to view 3D movie trailers, comedy clips and music videos will be enabled in the future.

The Nintendo 3DS handheld launched with 18 software titles Mar. 27.

First-party titles include Pilotwings Resort, Steel Diver, and nintendogs + cats.

Third-party titles include Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition, The Sims 3, Madden NFL Football, Pro Evolution Soccer 2011, LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars, Ridge Racer 3D, Super Monkey Ball, Bust-A-Move Universe, Samurai Warriors, Asphalt 3D, Combat of Giants, Rayman 3D, and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Shadow Wars.

Titles carry an MSRP of $39.99 each.

The Nintendo 3DS handheld sells at $249.99.

The hardware is sold in Cosmic Black or Aqua Blue at $249.99 each.

The Nintendo 3DS includes two screens, a 3D Depth Slider, a Circle Pad, and a 2GB SD Card.

Functionality includes StreetPass to exchange game data between owners who pass one another.

Additionally, the hardware will include the Nintendo 3DS Camera software, Mii Maker, and the Nintendo eShop to download new software.

Nintendo 3DS includes 3-D display technology that does not require the use of special glasses.

In addition, the 3DS is backwards compatible with Nintendo DS and DSi games.

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