Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Nintendo 3DS: Have any of you had some hands on time with this thing?

As the launch date for the Nintendo 3DS looms I'm beginning to wonder more and more about it. I don't know anyone who has mentioned having any hands on time with the unit yet, and I and wondering if any of you have tried it out yet?

I skipped the DSi, which is abnormal for me, as I normally try to pick up every system that comes along unless its a direct 1 to 1 redo of a unit (like the psp3000 to the pspGo).

I can't say my handheld systems ever get a TON of play, but I do like to have them around, and I certainly like playing those way more than say my Iphone, which I think it an atrocious platform for gaming.

Anyways, one of my biggest concerns about the 3DS naturally would be the 3d effect. I know that you can turn it on and off, but I'm wondering how convincing it is? Please note that I'm one of those guys that is already sick and tired of the "3d" movie movement that has been going on, I think it gimmick and crutch for movie studios. In gaming, its relatively an untapped opportunity for unique gaming experiences, but that's because you can interact with a game. Movies with 3d in them general consist of scenes where people are pointing at the camera, pointing things at the camera, throwing things at the camera, ect... I wonder what we'll get with the games?

I've read the announcements about netflix coming to the system, and I think that's great. I use the netflix feature on my iphone relatively often, and I think I would use it on the 3ds as well.

Anyways, if any of you have had some hands on time with this system, I would like to hear your thoughts on it


Anonymous said...

I got to play around with a 3DS at GDC last week. Nintendo had some out for display.

I played their augmented reality game, where you use the cameras on the back to show a surface and then they put little 3D creatures on it to shoot. That was amusing, and it looked good, but not exactly a killer app.

I also got to watch the 3D trailer for Rio, which I had seen in the theater already, so I could compare it. Subtle uses of 3D kind of get lost on the little screen, but otherwise it looked decent. It isn't like movie 3D where they can make something float way out in front of the screen (not that I saw) but it has depth and the screen is of high enough quality that everything looks good.

I might get one this summer when Netflix streaming goes live. (And after the early adopters find the problems.)

Steve Kramer (a.k.a. Saavedra) said...


Did you feel that the 3d component strained your eyes at all?

Anonymous said...

No eye strain, but then I played for less than 10 minutes.

There is a slider along the top screen that lets you tone down or turn off the 3D. The top screen still looks very nice even in 2D mode.

enterGAMEscribe said...

A good friend and cofounder of Renegade Kid speaks his thoughts about the 3D of the 3DS in the following videoblog:


It's around the 4:40 mark where he starts getting into discussing the 3D. Might be some of the insight you are looking for.