What's the 3DS without 3D?

While nothing is confirmed at this point, a rumor has been floating around on the sea known as the internet that the Nintendo 3DS is going to see a couple of major changes as we move into 2012.

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Kran2637d ago (Edited 2637d ago )



Misterhbk2637d ago

Yep. It would me the only substantial feature that they updated was the graphics. All the other features are pretty small in scale to be completely honest. From the web browser to the eshop. They won't mean much if they're the only upgraded added. The 3D is by far the bugest selling point.

Nintendo should have gone back to a single screen and made a 3D Gameboy.

darthv722637d ago (Edited 2637d ago )

Seriously...nintendo wont drop 3d after they put so much into it. If anything it will shape the way 3d is accepted as a first step towards glasses free tv. We all know there are companies like Toshiba, Sharp, Panasonic and yes...even Sony that are working on glasses free 3dtv.

The only rumor I would love to see come true is sega coming back into the console market with their phoenix system. A fitting name considering the phoenix rises from the ashes.

digitaledge2637d ago

Don't forget that the 3DS also has motion control built in, which could be used as a selling point.

In all reality, though, I don't think that Nintendo will drop or scale back the 3D on the 3DS (besides, there is no need to scale it back because you have the slider).

If anything, they will probably scale back the focus on marketing the 3D aspect - put more focus on the games and other features, with just a mention about the 3D. 3D is in the name anyway, so is there really a need for them to focus on that in their marketing?

dark-hollow2637d ago

Surprise surprise!
More hatred and false rumors for nintendo.
Before the obvious crowds of 360 and ps3 fans slamming me, didn't people doubted the ps3 when it launched? Didn't had it own problems and it own share of hatred and doom articles??? Well, look at it now.
The lesson learned from this? You gotta give it sometime before you go all doom and shit!

Kran2637d ago

Hey. I never said I hated it.

If you werent refering to me, why reply to me? ;P

meganick2637d ago

No, the DS is a DS. The 3DS without 3D would essentially be a slightly better portable Gamecube.

Venox20082637d ago (Edited 2637d ago )

Super DS ... it's still faster than PSP ... and we still didn't see what can it do in full power .. even Capcom said that they can achieve better graphics than RE:revelations ..I would still buy it even if it didn't have 3D, I bought it for games + DS Backwards compatibility

koehler832637d ago

Faster at what? Dropping its price?

smilydude132637d ago (Edited 2637d ago )

No. Horse power.

The system can output Gamecube level graphics and perhaps beyond. It's not underpowered hardware. It also has more RAM than the Wii.

Keep in mind that for the 3D effect to work they have to render the game twice. I'm sure we'll see some none-3D titles coming out as a tradeoff for more impressive 2D visuals. In fact many titles are doing something similar to that. Take DOA for example. You turn 3D off and you get 60FPS as opposed to 30. With OoT you get Anti-Aliasing.

meganick2637d ago

Your comment made me laugh. Well done.

koehler832637d ago (Edited 2637d ago )


Please tell me you're not comparing 2004 hardware with 2010.

EDIT: Can't respond directly so I'll do so here:

He was comparing 3DS (2010) to PSP (2004) What the hell are you talking about GameCube and Wii for?

smilydude132637d ago (Edited 2637d ago )

I am. When it comes to portable hardware they're generally several times weaker than non-portable hardware.

Take the iPad 2 for instance. 2011 hardware and it's only half as powerful as the 360 which is 2005 hardware.

Also I'm just going to point out that the Gamecube came out in 2001. Perhaps you should do some fact checking.

Are you seriously trying to make an issue of portable hardware being weaker than non-portable?

Edit: I was talking about the Gamecube & Wii Because the 3DS is about as powerful as them. And the Gamecube & Wii are significantly more powerful than the PSP.

So yeah, the 3DS is significantly more powerful than the PSP. I'm stating that since your post may have been implying that it wasn't.

smilydude132637d ago

Oh, and I also went on that tirade about the Gamecube because my post was directly comparing the 3DS to the Gamecube, not the PSP.

So no, I wasn't comparing 2010 hardware to 2004 hardware. I was simply stating the obvious that the 3DS is significantly more powerful than the PSP.

jwk942637d ago

well no duh it's more powerful, the 3ds is a next-gen handheld, try to prove that it has better graphics than a vita game.

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MAJ0R2637d ago

I wouldn't buy it and instead wait for the many redesigns to come out

dark-hollow2637d ago

I don't why people disagree with you.
The 3rd is more powerful than a psp, but that's not a bif feat for an 2011gaming machine?

koehler832637d ago

Indeed. It's simple arithmetic.

Venox20082637d ago

actually S is only a letter..

stragomccloud2637d ago

Actually... maybe it's some thing like... X=3DS-DS...

So DS is either an imaginary number with an x variable... or x is a negative number making things possible. Someone please correct my math! :P

I don't even remember if this is right. It's been a while... Regardless... this issue is perhaps far more complex than it seems.

Kamikaze1352636d ago

I'm so glad I don't have to take anymore math classes >_>

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