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IGN: 3D Optional in 3DS

If you don't want 3D on the next Nintendo handheld, you can turn it off, according to Nintendo's president Satoru Iwata.

That was something that was revealed during Nintendo's financial conference call earlier today: the 3DS, as it's called, will have the unique capability of offering stereoscopic 3D, an effect not unlike what's being employed in films like Avatar and How to Train your Dragon, but without the need for glasses. But if you don't want to use it, it's a feature that can be deactivated.

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Teehee2664d ago

You can turn off the 3D."

NateNater2664d ago

It's always good to be able to switch off something when you don't need it. Plus, 3D gives many people headaches. Being able to turn it off means they would be able to continue playing without the 3D if they suddenly experience sickness from it. I think it's a good idea.

toaster2664d ago (Edited 2664d ago )

Exactly. Everyone's eyes are different and will react differently to the 3D. And this is newer 3D technology (without glasses) so it may strain some people's vision. I think it's a great idea to have an off switch for 3D so your eyes won't turn to dust on those long plane rides.

Demons Souls2664d ago

If 3D hurts your eyes/head then why would you bother getting a 3DS in the first place? If you turn off the 3D then all you're left with is an overpriced DS.

Redempteur2664d ago

the 3ds is not just the ds with 3d it's another console compatible with ds games ...

Darkfocus2664d ago (Edited 2664d ago )

that's why there's an option to turn it off. secondly its more powerful than the ds and battery life is supposed to be longer so it's not just an overpriced ds without 3d

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HolyOrangeCows2664d ago

There's no way 3DS is going to do anywhere near as well as the DS.

Neo Nugget2664d ago

Unless they make it have a Virtual Console and start dishing out gamecube graphics.

Darkfocus2664d ago (Edited 2664d ago )

3ds will outsell the ds every Nintendo hand held has outsold it's predecessor

Noctis Aftermath2664d ago

"The original Game Boy and Game Boy Color combined sold 118.69 million units worldwide. As of December 31, 2009, all versions of the Game Boy Advance combined have sold 81.50 million units."

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Teehee2664d ago

Thus effectively making it a 2D experience, right?

NateNater2664d ago

Right. The 3D turned off would make it a 2D experience. But when the 3D is on, it's a 3D experience. Therefore, the 3DS sounds like it will be a 2D/3D experience. I see nothing wrong with that.

tunaks12664d ago

i think they want developers to know that you don't have to develop the games in 3d. Or another way of telling them to not tack it on to all games.

gumgum992664d ago

I remember my eyes hurting a little during the Avatar movie in theaters. Hopefully the 3DS isn't like that.

BenCrazy4242664d ago

That is great for people that can't see the 3D effects also.

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