Nintendo 3DS Please

I’m normally not a big fan of 3D with the gimmicky movie effects, clunky glasses, and the inevitable headache and eyestrain that comes with it. But Nintendo seems to have circumvented many of these issues with its upcoming Nintendo 3DS handheld device.

At the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show the 3DS was a big hit with its ability to switch between 3D and 2D, the lack of glasses, and how easy it is on the eyes (and I don’t mean the way it looks).

Admittedly, I am a bit of a fan when it comes to Nintendo. I grew up with the Nintendo Entertainment System and The Legend of Zelda. My first handheld was a Game Boy, and there is an NDS Lite sitting in my desk drawer right now.

{complink 5114|Sony Corp.} will be competing with Nintendo again this year, as it releases two new handhelds. Its first handheld is the Next Generation Portable (NGP), due out by the end of 2011, though a release date hasn’t been given. Once again, Sony’s handheld will focus on power, mimicking the PSP. The NGP will be a tablet with a 5-inch, 960×544 OLED screen. It will have a touch pad, two cameras, WiFi, 3G, GPS, motion sensors, etc. It will run an {complink 444|ARM Ltd.} Cortex A9 processor and is supposed to be as powerful as a PlayStation.

The second handheld Sony will be releasing is the PlayStation Phone (also called the Xperia Play) through {complink 5117|Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications}. This console/phone combo will have a 4-inch, 854×480 LCD touch screen, camera, WiFi, and run on an Android platform with a 1GHz processor.

As usual, the Nintendo 3DS cannot compete with either the NGP or Xperia Play and lacks the 3G, GPS, and OLED attributes, though the 3DS will have an extra camera in the back to take 3D pictures. It's guaranteed that Sony will use the Nintendo’s subpar specs as a marketing tool, but if history is any indication, power is not important in the handheld console market.

Previously, when handhelds were launched they weren’t really competing with the cellphone market, which has only recently begun to take advantage of motion sensors, touch screens, and more powerful processors to carve out its own gaming niche. Many casual gamers have moved to the Android and iPhone systems where the most popular games aren’t the ones with the best graphics, but the ones that create a unique experience, like the popular Angry Chicken game.

On that note, how will the 3DS compete? With its own kooky lineup of games, as usual:

  • Nintendogs
  • Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D “The Naked Sample”
  • StarFox 3D
  • Steel Diver
  • Ridge Racer
  • Super Street Fighter IV 3D
  • The Sims 3
  • Madden NFL Football
  • LEGO Star Wars III
  • Super Monkey Ball 3D
  • Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

There will be dozens of titles out when the 3DS is released this March. Nintendo has been paying attention to the “content is king” mantra. Handheld gamers want something different, and the 3DS has the potential to stay on top of the market.

11 comments on “Nintendo 3DS Please

  1. Ariella
    February 3, 2011

    Here's a video of it, though as the person says, Nintendo does not allow showing the game because the 2D video camera cannot show the 3D effect. 

  2. Anand
    February 3, 2011

      I believe it doesnt matter if the game is 2D or 3D until unless it has a unique user experience to offer. Angry birds is one such 2D game for Android OS which has created ripples worldwide.  I just love playing that game.

  3. seel225
    February 3, 2011

    I think the handheld Nintendo 3DS is going be revolution in video game sector with its special feature to view 3D content with out glasses.While Sony's NGP or Xperia has some additional features but it will not compete with 3DS. Iphone is not a comparison to either of these devices, it has too many functions and it is not solely designed for games.$250 is steep price, but i hope it will be worth for 3D feature. 


  4. jbond
    February 3, 2011

    I agree that Nintendo is going to have a large market share with this new release. I too grew up with all the old gaming systems. What Nintendo has proven with the handheld market is that superior power and graphics and all the add-ons don't matter as much as play-ability. Sony did not have as good of a response to the PSP as they had hoped for. They were trying to market the Playstation in handheld form. The majority of masses that want those type of features play the full size console. Nintendo has always focused on having enjoyable fun games catered to all ages. This helps them control the market. With the introduction of a 3D handheld and games that cater to the masses, Nintendo will have a big seller on their hands.

  5. DataCrunch
    February 3, 2011

    Nintendo Wii, Gameboy and DS has been a great success with passive gamers and younger audiences.  The new 3DS and its content will still appeal to its core target audience (young kids), which may be appealing to parents to not have all the bells and buzzers of cellular, GPS and other technologies.  Less things for parents to worry about.  The iPod Touch games may also appeal to a younger audience and will give Nintendo some competition.  For the more serious gamers, Sony and Microsoft are the leaders.

  6. itguyphil
    February 3, 2011

    I'm looking forward to it myself. I enjoy the DS as is. Seems like a good upgrade.

  7. AnalyzeThis
    February 3, 2011

    I used to work in the gaming industry. I grew up with the NES. I don't game much these days (too old!), but when I do, it's on Wii. And I have a DS which I still use at airports and on long train rides and things.

    That being said, I do not think 3DS is going to be a big hit.

    No, it won't flop as bad as Virtual Boy (which also used the whole 3D gimmick, although with mid-90's-era tech), but it won't be as successful as the DS or the original GameBoy.

    And the reason why is simple: the 3D capability might lead to some interesting/unique visuals, but will this technology lead to more creative games? Will it lead to revolutionary design and brand-new types of gameplay?

    No, not really.

    Wii is a success because it was the first to do motion controls very well. DS was a success with not only the dual screens, but the touch screen as well. There are a huge number of games that you can essentially only play on a DS. Until Kinect/Move came out, the same could be said for the Wii.

    But the 3DS? Nearly any existing DS game can go on it. The graphics will just be different/better.

    Anyhow, I think Nintendo got it wrong on this one, and 3DS won't be topping the handheld market ever. Then again, neither will the NGP: I'm surprised Sony hasn't given up on handhelds, actually.

  8. Mydesign
    February 4, 2011

          Nintendo 3D is a best example to showcase, how the gaming industry is making use of advancement in technology, especially from IT.  From user point of view it doesn’t matter, if the game is 2D/3D or ever 4D (Can expect very soon) until and unless, it has to offer a unique experience to users.

         I think the handheld Nintendo 3DS is going to be offer some more advanced features along with 3D effects, when compare with the current competitors like Sony’s NGP or Xperia, X box  etc. More over in my personal opinion a comparison with 3G and PDA devices are worthless because they are meant for their own functionality, not exclusively for gamming.  They are providing gamming option as an add-on feature.

  9. eemom
    February 5, 2011

    The biggest question when you are talking about gaming is who is the target market and how much will the device cost.  $250 is a high price to pay for 3D especially if that is the only major feature being added.  The Sony NGP seems to have so much more functionality that it may target a completely different market.  I am not convinced that a phone / console combination is a useful technology but maybe I'm just too old to see the benefits.  Again, it would be interesting to know the price points at which these products will be introduced and who they are trying to target. 

  10. elctrnx_lyf
    February 5, 2011

    Definitely a cool gaming console for the youngsters. But a lot depends on the games that are built for this systems. Even there is availablity of lot of interesting games, then definitely this 3DS could generate lot of interest among the consumers. This product is certainly no for professional who will be looking for some entertainment games on mobile phones.

  11. t.alex
    February 6, 2011

    These game consoles does have its own market as compared to bigger gaming systems. I have seen lots of people, young or old, addicted to these kinda gaming pads. What really matters are how creative the games are, and how the games really interact with users via limited channels. Mobility is  one of the important aspects. Recently i have seen some guys crowding together in McDonald, each with this small gaming console. 

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