Another game generation brings with it another Nintendo portable game system. This time Nintendo offers an intriguing new feature. Nintendo’s new 3DS delivers the ability to play games in 3D without glasses. I’ve found the 3D effect interesting to say the least. While it doesn’t hinder gameplay, it also doesn’t really add much. If anything it is more of an addition, adding a layer of enjoyment to the game beyond what is already there.
Of course people that have problems with 3D (those that get headaches or can’t see 3D well) might not find the effect very enjoyable. Fortunately, and to their credit, Nintendo included the option of raising or lowering the 3D effect. For a lot games, it seems to make no significant difference.
This isn’t to say the 3D doesn’t work, it does. It adds a surprising amount of depth to games. It’s an immersive experience very much unlike previous Nintendo handhelds. Sadly, it still leaves the player wanting a little more.
The device itself fixes a lot of problems consumers had before. With a recent update for example, the e-shop (the online shop you can purchase games from) allows you to buy games using an exact amount. This means if a purchase costs $3.99, then instead of buying $5 worth of credit like you were forced to in the past, you can just spend the exact amount needed. Another thing improved upon is the fact that games are allowed to have downloadable content (one of the first to do so will be a Fire Emblem game coming out in Japan).
The system also functions as a camera that taks both 2D and 3D pictures. The only problem is that the pictures come out very grainy. Don’t expect any high-quality photos here. A recent update also allows for video capture (also option to video capture in 3D). There is also a built in music player that you can play music straight from a SD card. While the built in speakers are pretty decent, it’d be wise to use headsets.
While not live in the US as of this article, Japanese gamers can download demos for recent and upcoming games. So far what we have here are videos that can be downloaded to the SD card for playback. Also, there is a video download station that automatically downloads new videos every now and then. These new videos are specially made for the 3DS (be sure to check out Dinosaur Office).
Nintendo also made sure to carry over their virtual console. While they were a bit slow at first in pumping them out, some real goodies have been starting to come out. They also have been revamping some of their classic titles in 3D, Kirby’s Adventure for one and coming soon Kid Icarus.
Despite a few hiccups, it’s clear that Nintendo put a lot of work into the 3DS, making it a worthy purchase.