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GameCrazy
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Since: 13.1.10
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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.43
Well, this was earlier than expected...

http://tinyurl.com/y8f69wk

Nintendo of Japan announced that they're working on a 3DS, a DS with 3D capabilities without the need for glasses. It will be compatible with all DS & DSi games. No clue if the older games will support the 3D technology. I was expecting to hear about a new DS at E3, but instead of the rumored HD display, GameCube graphics engine, and (maybe) motion controls, they took it in a whole other direction.

I'm baffled by Nintendo's thought process here. Instead of giving everyone what they want, i.e. an HD handheld, they jumped on the 3D gaming bandwagon. I was skeptical of 3D gaming before, even when Sony trumpeted it, but with Nintendo on board I've gotta say this really gives it a brand new viability. It's already been proven that people will buy whatever Nintendo sells in the way of handhelds, so you know this will be a success. Once again, as with the Wii, they're taking the road not yet traveled in order to have something that's not so much positioned as a competitor to the competition but as a mainstream alternative. 3D in the movies is a huge success with Joe Public, so I'm surprised I didn't see this coming. Score another point for casual gamers.

The most surprising part? It will be available before the end of this fiscal year. I've gotta say, a 3D Metroid game would look pretty slick. But do we really need Zelda in 3D rather than in high def?
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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 10.00
3D without 3D glasses (and presumably not all in red!) is the only way 3D is going to work anywhere outside the theater. I have trouble believing it'll actually add much to most games, but after the Wii, you only need it to work well in a couple games to get people to buy the systems.



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Mr. Boffo
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.39
    Originally posted by GameCrazy
    It's already been proven that people will buy whatever Nintendo sells in the way of handhelds, so you know this will be a success.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_Boy

Yes that was 15 years ago (I know a guy who had one!), but I think the point remains that you should never assume that a company will continue to do as well or as poorly as they have in the past, regardless of the quality of the product.

We'll see what happens though.
GameCrazy
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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.43
    Originally posted by Mr. Boffo
      Originally posted by GameCrazy
      It's already been proven that people will buy whatever Nintendo sells in the way of handhelds, so you know this will be a success.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Virtual_​Boy

    Yes that was 15 years ago (I know a guy who had one!), but I think the point remains that you should never assume that a company will continue to do as well or as poorly as they have in the past, regardless of the quality of the product.

    We'll see what happens though.


Yeah, I was one of the few and the not-so proud who actually bought the Virtual Boy back then, and it still stings... But 3D is such a craze in theaters right now that there's huge built-in interest from the general public for more. As long as that doesn't die down, I can't see it being anywhere near as big of a disaster this time around.
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.72
Isn't 3D without glasses physically impossible? Even the Virtual Boy made you put your eyes up to the lenses.



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El Nastio
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.24
    Originally posted by Myself in Another Thread Here
    Nintendo is FIERCELY protective of their portable market. They can make comments about Apple's iPad and iPods not mattering.....but they'll still try to destroy them and stomp out Sony at the same time, all while making sure MS doesn't want to start. Which is why I'm thinking soon enough we will get official word of a new portable system from Nintendo.


Well, this is one time I'm glad I'm right! And like I said in that thread, right on time for their usual portable development schedule.

We'll see if my other prediction comes true; that they release the next-generation of Pokemon at the same time.


(edited by El Nastio on 23.3.10 1433)


You know, I really don't know what to put here. Close your eyes and thank of something funny!
GameCrazy
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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.43
At the risk of over-posting, I had to share this video of questionable origin that looks like a tech demo of the 3DS:

http://tinyurl.com/yhfyvec

Like I said, who knows where this came from, I just found the link on one of the gaming news sites I frequent. I have to say, it looks legit. Not to mention ridiculously awesome.
El Nastio
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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.24
    Originally posted by GameCrazy
    At the risk of over-posting, I had to share this video of questionable origin that looks like a tech demo of the 3DS:

    http://tinyurl.com/​yhfyvec

    Like I said, who knows where this came from, I just found the link on one of the gaming news sites I frequent. I have to say, it looks legit. Not to mention ridiculously awesome.


That's....incredible. That is absolutely incredible. They're trying to slit their competitors throats with this one.....and if that video is any indicator then they got a good chance of doing so.



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Lise
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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.90
Oooo. I suddenly want a 3d Maniac Mansion.
Mike Zeidler
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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.79
While neat looking, the video is a Japan-only DSiWare title called "Hidden Picture" And really, with an accelerometer you could easily do the same thing as that video is showing.

The real trick is to make the video look dimensional without moving the screen at all. Autostereoscopic LCD screens do exist (I want to say Sharp makes them) so this isn't a major leap, and in fact Intel had a large scale demo at this year's CES of glasses free #D tvs.

Also, I believe the 2DS will only have one 3D screen, possibly to keep costs down.



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