Nintendo is one of the few, refreshing companies that constantly surprises you. 3ds

As Apple was mounting its assault on the portable gaming space, the Kyoto-based company threw gamers a curve, announcing plans for a new handheld system that would allow users to see images in stereoscopic 3D without the need for special glasses. It was a risky move, but it seems to be one that will pay off.

Preorders for the system are twice those of the Wii, according to Lazard Capital Management. And despite the plethora of less expensive games on the market, it appears the mass audience is eager to get its hands on the 3DS – even before they've seen what it can do.

I've been putting the system through its paces for a little over a week now – and the 3DS is an impressive game machine that has lots of potential. It is not, however, perfect – and if you're on the fence about getting one, you might be well served to wait for the inevitable refresh of the model.

Full details about the reasoning for this can be found after the jump.

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