All of the announcements have been made, the photos have been taken, the video footage has been seen. So what are my final thoughts on the Nintendo 3DS as I get up close and personal with this bright shiny handheld, which is held so passionately in the limelight by Nintendo?
For a start we know that itâ€™s going to be launched on March 25th 2011 and a price around Â£230, with a base price of Â£173. Itâ€™s still in much debate on how much the system is eventually going to cost gamers. Based on what Iâ€™ve experienced from the Nintendo 3DS, Iâ€™m still in two minds as to whether the price tag is a little over the top. Itâ€™s difficult to say really, because weâ€™re still not quite sure how much some retailers will be selling the system and how much profit they will eventually make. Personally I think this is a little too high with many gamers giving me feedback that for this price they could go and buy a PSP, Xbox 360 or PS3. Other gamers have complained that it is just an improved Nintendo DS offering nothing more than the original unit but with some minor alterations and fine adjustments for the 3D ability.
I played the Nintendo 3DS back in August 2010 at a preview event and to be honest, my opinion hasnâ€™t changed much. Iâ€™m still enthralled by the 3D capabilities and the fact that Nintendo have innovated the way in which we experience 3D technology within video games, all without the use of those silly 3D glasses. Nintendo are ahead of the game when it comes to the technology and understand that a move in the way we perceive games is needed and essential for the development of future gaming. The graphics are amazing, although I found some of the games to look faded and washed out, but that is to be expected when you think of how the image is transformed into 3D.
The 3D Depth slider gives the player the responsibility for choosing whether to play games in 2D or 3D. Admittedly I would rather play the games and feel the full force of 3D capability, but I donâ€™t think youâ€™re going to play all of them in that way. While some games look extraordinary in 3D, others donâ€™t quite make the grade. Over time, developers will discover new ways to use the 3D capabilities to create new ways of gaming. Until then, many of the games that are coming will just be enhanced with 3D effects. This doesn’t mean that they are bad games, just that they may not offer anything over playing them in 2D.
The way that the 3DS is used is also of importance. The images can be seen in 3D if the Nintendo 3DS is held at a certain angle and at the right distance. These are important things to consider if you decide to purchase one and maybe youâ€™ll be elated or come away disappointed. The Nintendo 3DS felt nice in my hand and the circle pad gave me the freedom I needed to move characters around, which is an improvement over the previous DS systems. I did experience some wooziness when playing after a while, but this might just be what was happening to me personally and does not mean this will happen to everyone. I felt I needed to mentionÂ as this was my personal experience.
Thereâ€™s also a sense of community when playing the handheld with StreetPass allowing for a new level of social gaming and Spot Pass offering new content wherever the player may be. There are certainly some exciting functions available, all of which will grow as the community grows and as Nintendo find new ways to get us all involved. It promises to be an interesting journey.