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Nintendo + E3 = 3DSi

Another no brainer. Rumors have been swirling for months now about the next handheld product from Nintendo being a 3D version of the DSi. Today Japan gets a few new colors for it’s DSi XL along with a slash in the price.

Via kotaku.com

In conjunction with the new range of consoles, the DSi XL (or DSi LL as it’s known there) will have its price cut in Japan from ¥20,000 (USD$220) to ¥18,000 (USD$195). The DSi will also see a drop, from ¥18,900 (USD$200) to ¥15,000 (USD$165). And the DS Lite? It’s recommended price goes from ¥16,800 to whatever the hell retailers want to charge, so they can clear out their stock.

This is obviously to make way for the new console. Can’t have to old models cluttering up the shelves when the shiny new one comes out.

I am undecided about the 3DSi. I of course hate the idea of 3D gaming. I have always felt 3D is a cheesy lack luster effect that people often mistake for awesomeness.

But I heard a rumor that the 3D effect on the new 3DSi will be able to toggle on and off. But if the 3D effect is the only new addition to this same old handheld then I’m pretty sure I will save my money.

As will all of these rumors, it’s wait and see for E3.

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2010 in 3D, E3, nintendo ds

 

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Stay out of my games 3D

I know I’ve touched on this subject before but it really does touch a nerve with me. There are countless reasons why 3D needs to stay out of video games. The first being that 3D itself is a novelty! It does not enhance game play or movies, it’s just another tagline on your advertisement. Popular movies like Avatar and Clash of the Titans made it to number one at the box office partially because you could see it in 3D. 3D sells. Period. End of story.

Next on my list of “I think 3D should stay out of gaming” is cheesy 3D effects. This goes side by side with “does not enhance gameplay”. If I’m going to spend $60 on a game, I want it to “wow” me. I don’t want lame action scenes created only to have things flying at you in 3D. That’s amusing for about five seconds to a 10 year old. I fear the 3D will only bring about said lame actions scenes and crappy games will be on the rise.

And what about the price of those special shutter 3D glasses . These are not the cheap kind you toss after the movie. These bad boys are well up over $100 depending on the brand. Not the kind of money I have laying around for a pair of uncomfortable glasses that I’ll want to rip of my face after 30 minutes.

So 3D gaming supporters my challenge to you is to convince me. Why should I be looking forward to the day 3D gaming invades my experience?

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2010 in 3D, ps3, Xbox

 

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3D Gaming?

With 3D movies on the rise and 3D TV on the way(some places already here), when can we expect 3D video games? Better yet is 3D gaming something we want?

Personally 3D gaming isn’t something I totally buy into quite yet. I am content with the amazing 2D graphics that are being produced right now. The thought of sitting down to some game time and having to wear glasses for it, is not particularly appetizing to me. After a 3D movie I am always ready to toss those things in the barrel.

Will 3D gaming  take over all games or just select ones?  It would be a great waste of money to create 3D games that are not enhanced at all by the technology. Is 3D Rockband something you would be itching to get your hands on?

3D does seem to be what is in store for the future of gaming. Hopefully developers take the time to put their efforts into the story of a game rather than just the effects. Visuals are only half the battle. They will need to continue to engage the player’s mind as well as visually stimulate them. One without the other is a waste of our time and our money.

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2010 in 3D, ps3, Xbox

 

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