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Nintendo 3DS Should Not Have Focused On 3D

GenGAME writes: "Here’s the core of the problem: 3D doesn’t actually offer anything in terms of improving the content of video games. It can’t by default if there’s an option for games to be played in 2D – the game has to be able to stand on its own without 3D."

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Xof1475d ago

And the DS should not have focused on dual screens.

Pointless gimmicks are pointless gimmicks. In the end, though, they don't really matter. At all. The only thing that ever matters is the software.

klecser1475d ago

While I completely agree with your last sentence, I take issue with the idea that dual screens is a gimmick. Most games are organized around the gameplay/menu duality and one of the main reasons I like the dual screen concept is that it allows me to see info about the game characters and the game itself simultaneously. This is especially useful in RPGs (a/t/or j varieties) and tactical strategy games. There is nothing that I hated more than having to switch to a menu screen whenever I needed to look up key stats of characters. Dual screens prevents me from having to do that. But, of course, I understand that that feature may not be as welcome to some users.

darthv721475d ago

are only gimmicks if they fail to achieve their goal. The dual screen idea became a huge success in spite of the use of the word gimmick in relation to it.

Developers were quick to learn how to use them and have been successful ever since. The 3d part of the 3ds might have been labeled a gimmick as well but it too is getting better. Now I cant really play a 3ds game any other way.

Yeah, i would turn the 3d effect off at first but you really get used to it rather quickly. As such it does offer a visual depth you just wont have on traditional screens.

3d in general is a gimmick but if it is used properly then it can be a success. The forced adoption approach by nintendo actually turned out better than expected.

It is my experience that those who choose to downplay the 3d are ones who dont have a 3ds to really invest time in becoming accustomed to it. Many of those who do are finding it easier and easier to play with it on and enjoy that extra sense of depth the games offer.

Xof1475d ago

But that's just a gimmick. The dual screen does nothing but remove having to press a single button to view the menu. It doesn't effect gameplay in any way.

The 3DS' 3D screen is the same.

The original DS had two pieces of technology that could be considered innovative. The mic, which could be used for voice commands; and the touchscreen, which could be used as a tactile interface.

Of all the gimmicks, what defined the DS? What made it such an astonishing device? Was it the mic? Was it the second screen? No. Those were minor, peripheral features that didn't really effect anything. The touch-screen was the game changer.

ronin4life1475d ago (Edited 1475d ago )

The touch screen was actually forgotten over time, and is featured less than often and even downplayed in most 3ds games.
But all ganes use both screens, and it truly is the defining feature of the systems. Especially in games that made great use of it like Henry hatsworth, knights in the nightmare, mh3g, ninja gaiden and many more.

thezeldadoth1475d ago

DS dual screen was great. Theres a reason why DS had such better games overall than the psp.

StraightPath1475d ago

3D is optional and works great.

See

Resident Evil Revelations
Super Mario World 3D Land

why would it be good to force 3D?...not all people like 3D so there is a option to play games in 2D.

Seemless intregration.

Article is fail.

kingofe31475d ago

Nintendo can do whatever the hell they want to do just like any other company. I just want games.

archemides5181475d ago (Edited 1475d ago )

the 3d is the only reason i haven't sold mine, i have the vita for everything else

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taquito1475d ago

i just wish the would have dedicated the processing/gpu power towards gameplay and not lame 3d gimmicks

the 3ds is a pretty solid little system, but, my feeling is that nintendo needs a new handleld, with one screen that has more power than the vita, ain't gonna happen, but i would like it to

ronin4life1475d ago

What you are asking for is to have all games and game machines be the same as each other, even if you don't mean or realize it.
Where's the fun in that?

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