The lights are on
Nintendo recently confirmed something that has been floating around for a few weeks: It’s working on a new handheld. The surprising bit was that it was going to be more than just a turbocharged DS. The new device, tentatively called the 3DS, will display three-dimensional images without requiring users to wear special glasses.
Naturally, that got the Game Informer staff talking. What was Nintendo thinking? Are we ready for a dedicated 3D handheld? Why reveal this when the DSi XL hasn’t even hit store shelves? We discussed some of those questions and concerns in an informal conversation, along with a few predictions and some good ol’ fashioned speculation.
What do you think? Are you excited about the 3DS?
Jeff CorkIt’s interesting to see Nintendo leapfrog past an HD solution for the Wii in favor of a 3D handheld. One of the reasons 3D technology has been successful in theaters is that it offers a spectacle that can’t easily be replicated at home. Games are an entirely different beast. Have any of you played a DS game and thought that it needed to be in 3D? Have you had that thought about a game on any system, for that matter? Nintendo has made a business out of surprising people, and if anyone can pull it off it’s them. At this point though, it feels like a solution in search of a problem.
Phil KollarAs my opinion piece in the magazine last month might have suggested, I'm not very hopeful for the future of 3D gaming, and what little I know about the Nintendo 3DS so far does little to change that. If they really have a way to do impressive-looking 3D without the need for glasses, that could be very exciting, but until we hear more about the actual technology behind the 3DS, I'm prepared to be underwhelmed. That said, after over five years of crazy success with the DS, it's definitely time for Nintendo to be launching a new handheld. Hopefully the tech powering it (aside from the 3D stuff) is exciting and worth the upgrade.
Matt KatoWhile the 3DS might be nice to look at, I wonder what the gameplay experiences will really be like. I worry that gameplay uses of 3D will be restricted by the technology. Could you make title as gameplay rich as, Castlevania, for instance, that uses 3D and still keep its foundation intact? Or are we going to simply be staring at 3D DS images and tapping the touchscreen occasionally with a stylus?
Tim TuriI always thought the standard DS Lite screens and even the bigger DSi displays were smaller than they needed to be. After my first experience with the DSi XL’s enormous screens yesterday (trust me, I’m getting one), I’m can’t imagine a 3D display working well on anything smaller. With that in mind, how will Nintendo implement 3D technology into a new handheld without making it big to the point of it hardly qualifying as a handheld? To answer the question, I’ve never seen 3D console gaming as being a necessary step for the industry in general, let alone handheld games. The best handheld games end up being the ones that embrace their play-on-the-go purpose. I want to play a game where I can snap open the DS and start playing right away, without having to worry about adjusting my eyes to various image depths. Doesn’t complicating the technology too much reduce the fun and accessibility of a portable system?
Bryan VoreAs far as Jeff's "solution in search of a problem" point, I'd argue that this is exactly what Nintendo has done over the past few years and made truckloads of money in the process. No one thought we needed two screens for a portable handheld. No one asked for motion controls. Most of all, no one wanted to mix exercise and gaming. All Nintendo needs to do is craft a "Wii Sports of 3D" that makes it clear how the mechanic works and people will buy it. Plus, a new console means another Mario Kart that will be in the top 20 sales chart for three years after it releases.
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The top pic pretty much captures my first thoughts upon reading the headline to this article.
Appearently my future self wasn't lying when he said Nintendo leaped past HD and went straight to 3D.
I don't think 3D gaming will be very useful. It could be a nice addition but unnecessary.
thats crap its a hype picture
Helgeson's comment is epic win.
While curious about the tech, I don't find it terribly interesting as a gamer. Glasses-less 3D sounds far more attractive than 3D has ever been made to sound, though. This makes me think that perhaps 3D has a future after all, but I still fail to see how it'll revolutionize anything.
Ummmmm I smell another Nintendo FAIL
3D without glasses sounds incredible, but on a handheld? I'm not sure such technology has a place there. I can see loving it on a big screen, but unless it's much better than I expect, I think it will result in squinting and headaches.
And I completely agree that this was announced too quickly after the XL. I actually want an XL, but now it seems like Nintendo is coming out with new handhelds so fast I'm always holding my money for the latest and greatest model. If they keep on making them with slight improvements this often, I may give up on buying them until they're long outdated and cheaper.
So I'm taking the wait-and-see approach. We haven't the slightest idea how it will work right now, so there's no need to jump to conclusions.
Helgeson, you are a genius.
Everyone's a skeptic. But I can only assume the big N knows what it's doing. I mean, how many people giggled when they first heard "Wii"?
This article brings up really great points, but we really don't know what Nintendo will do with it after it releases. Reminds me of the approach to the DS. At first I thought it was weird, but post-release I found it to be really innovative. It was great, and devs really utilized the creativity out of it. I think that unique titles will be found on the 3DS, and if anyone can pull it off, it's Nintendo.
They should find a way to put 3D w/o glasses on the Wii too. I would love to see SMG2 on 3D, but that's off topic.
I'm excited and it has potential. The DS line-up has been dry for quite some time now and they really need the DS2 of sorts to bring it back into relevancy again. Hopefully the 3DS is this, I'm getting sick of buying new DS's (I'm on my fourth because I had two DS Lite's after my first broke.) Oh and hopefully they fix the L and R buttons, mine are steadily declining in quality (like every one out of three clicks register). Good thing there is barely anything coming out so my DSi can hopefully struggle to exist for another year.
What is that pic on the first page? I first thought it was a grill. O yeah, Halo 3 would have been cool if it had 3D
I WANNA PLAY DOOM IN 3D
3D doesn't sound crazy at all to me. I know no medium has done an exceptional job with 3D, but it is still a enjoyable thing any medium can benefit from.
well if they pull it of they are gaming gods but if they dont they are probly on the road to going down
Who cares, you all are losers. Granturismo 5 please!
Yeah, really, I guess Nintendo skipped the internet and HD "fads" and went straight to the only dumb one....3D...well motion gaming is also stupid.
It's the next step for the industry. No one can honestly say they would rather play a game in 2D than 3D if we have the right technology - which is only a matter of time. This is inevitable. They might be trying to force the issue with the current tech, but never-the-less, this is the glaringly obvious next evolution in gaming. Hopefully Nintendo's 3Ds turns out to be something legitimate.
I like the pic of the Virtual Boy. Too bad that console made my eyes bleed.