RSS

Category Archives: nintendo ds

3DS Madness

That’s what it will be tonight in stores across the country. People crawling all over each other to be the first to get their hands on the new 3DS which drops at midnight tonight. I did get a chance to check out Nintendo’s new handheld at PAX East a few weeks back. I have to say I was pretty impressed.

As most of you know, I am a very anti-3D gamer. On many occasions I go on rants spouting off my immense loathing of the very idea. But the 3DS is different. The biggest turn on for me was the easy access and ability to toggle the 3D feature. You can turn it down or even turn it completely off.

The fact that no 3D glasses are required is another big feature I like. When the 3DS was first announced and they told the crowd “no glasses required” I was skeptical. How do you get the 3D effect without special glasses? Are the images distorted to get that effect? My skepticisms were finally laid to rest when I got my hands on it. The images were crystal clear. I played with the 3D effect until I found a setting I liked and off I went.

I left the Nintendo booth with a different idea then when I went into it. While I still have a deep hate for 3D gaming, there is a part of me that enjoys it. To a point of course. The way Nintendo is handling 3D is how I feel all 3D gaming should be handled. I know that is kind of impossible but ideally that’s how I feel. Sans glasses and toggle ability make the 3DS a win in my book.

As for whether or not I’m picking it up on tomorrow/tonight’s launch, that is a big no. Unfortunately the price tag wins this round. But will it be a future purchase for me? I would probably say most likely.

 
3 Comments

Posted by on March 26, 2011 in 3D, nintendo ds

 

Tags: ,

3DS to cost an insane amount of money

Of course I want a 3DS. But a Day 1 purchase is not in the cards for me. Not with the hefty price tag the upcoming handheld will have. The 3DS will drop on March 27th in the US and will set you back $250. Yes that right this new handheld will cost around the same price as the current consoles on the market.

I knew it was going to cost a pretty penny but $250 is a little out of my range for a handheld. I know it’s a sweet piece of new tech but to me personally, it’s not worth that much. Maybe I’ll sing a new tune if I get a chance to test drive one. Getting a feel for it might change my mind.

But for now, I’ll sit tight and wait for the price to drop in a year or so.

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on January 20, 2011 in Handheld, nintendo ds

 

Tags: ,

3DS to have lame battery life

Three to five hours of battery life to be specific. That’s pretty wimpy compared to the amount of time a regular DS can hold up(close to 15 hours). I expect this is because of 3D demands of the new handheld.  Cool graphics cost you some hefty battery life. As for recharging your system, that will take 3.5 hours.

This is not a deal breaker but it is a little annoying. I could go quite a bit of time without charging my DS but then again I don’t play it regularly. I guess the 3DS will not be made for those long plane rides.

3DS specs

 
2 Comments

Posted by on January 8, 2011 in 3D, nintendo ds

 

Tags: ,

3DS could cause eye damage to young’ins

Word from Nintendo is that children under the age of six should only play the 3DS without the actual 3D feature. Due to the fact that the child’s eyesight is still in development any 3D viewing could impact and damage their eyesight. As for you “adults” it is recommended that you enjoy the 3D feature in 30 minute increments to prevent eye fatigue possible damage. (Warningshave your translator ready)

Eye damage is just one of the many reasons I’ve never really been on board with 3D gaming. With the number of hours that hardcore gamers sit in front of the screen, it’s bound to have an effect on their vision. How many of them do you think will take those breaks after 30 minutes?

One of my favorite features of this upcoming 3DS is the ability to toggle the 3D on and off. I’m sure I’ll give the 3D mode a try but at least I’ll always be able to have to option to turn it off. I love video games and all but 3D images are, to me, not worth ruining my 20/20 vision.

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on January 1, 2011 in Handheld, nintendo ds

 

Tags: , ,