Let's be honest, Nintendo was the Pioneer of '3D Stereoscopic' gaming. It tried to mainstream 3D way back in the early 90's with it's 'Virtual Boy'... and failed miserably. And partly because of it's past failure, some would argue that it stifled 3D development because other companies were scared of the same horrific fate. So now... I think it's very fitting that the same company that first tried to usher in a 3D renaissance is now going to finally revolutionize mainstream 3D. The Nintendo 3DS is not perfect... but I do believe that the Nintendo 3DS will be a success! Here are some reasons why:
Pros: -3D Effect on Screen works well, is adjustable (can switch to 2D anytime) looks great, and without needing of 3D glasses. -Color saturation, Contrast, and Frame rate are good on the 3D screen. -Ability to take (and view) 3D Photos right out of the box. -Included 2GB SD card for game saves, and the fact that it uses standard SD cards is great! -Great paint job and build quality seems good. -Built in Wifi. -Stereo Speakers are loud, sound decent, and add depth to the experience. -Included Charging Dock
Cons: -No games, Demos (or movies) included. -Limited viewing angle means that you have to keep the 3DS still and keep your head still for 3D viewing to work. -Price is little high. -Screen resolution could be better... especially in this age of 'retina screens' & 'Super Amoled Screen' resolutions. -The 3D cameras on the unit are low resolution... so it limits the 3D Photo quality. -No Included Internet Browser? There's no excuse for this... especially when there is built in Wifi. Hopefully they fix this with a future firmware upgrade.
Conclusion: The 3D effect on this screen definitely has the "WOW" factor. Imagine if the graphics on the current SONY PSP could be seen in glorious 3D... without the aid of 3D glasses. That's how I would describe how the 3D looks on the Nintendo 3DS. It's impressive enough that it no longer can be judged as a 'gimmick' because it helps to immerse the gamer deeper into the experience of the game. Sure, there is the option to switch to 2D mode but I think my point is that once you see the games in 3D, you won't want to switch back to 2D. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is that I felt that the screen resolution could be better. Overall though, I am impressed with this 3D portable gaming console... the first of it's kind. But no matter how good a gaming console is, it's success will hinge upon how good the 3D games that are made for it are. I'm hoping that the artists & programmers work hard to create good games because the hardware is sound. I'm very curious to see how 3D Movies would look on this screen too... so let's hope that they will offer some titles to download soon, or at least thinking of that future possibility.
Other Thoughts: I think this product is important because it's success will herald a new age of 3D devices which use similar (no glasses required) technology. For example, 3D Cell-Phone Screens, 3D Cameras, and 3D TVs. YES! :)
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Nintendo 3DS is a groundbreaking hardware release that brings 3D gaming to the handheld market for the first time. The fourth major release in the DS product line, the Nintendo 3DS utilizes 3D Slider functionality and an improved top LCD display to present a glasses-free 3D effect on compatible games, while giving players the option to moderate the effect as they see fit. Taken together with additional features including full analog control in 3D game environments, motion and gyro sensors that transfer the movements of the handheld into the game, 3D camera functionality, an adjustable stylus and full backwards compatibility and you have not only a must-have system, but a revolution in handheld gaming.
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