Nintendo 3DS: Good idea or total crap?

Bizarrely, Nintendo has today confirmed the existence of Nintendo 3DS - the successor to the 135 million-selling Nintendo DS. In a brief statement in an investor report, the gaming giant reveals the new machine will be launched before the end of March next year, be backwards compatible with DS and DSi games and will feature 3D effects without the need for special glasses.

That last bit's got us stumped. Either it uses massively advanced and expensive screen technology, or it's pseudo-3D that uses a front-facing camera to track your head while you play so it can adjust the in-game view according to where your eyes are.

Either way, the news has completely split opinion in the GR offices. Dave H is so set against it, we fear for his blood pressure. Justin, on the other hand, welcomes the new handheld with open arms like a big techno-hippy. So read on to hear both editors' thoughts, then let us know who you agree with in the comments. First up - Justin.

Above: By using your imagination, you can experience 3D now on DSi!

"Traditionally, I'm an early adopter with gaming tech. As with most consoles, I was there for the original DS's midnight launch. I was disappointed by the dim screen and bulky case. But it got better with the DS Lite and DSi, which soon became the standard and what most people associate with the name 'DS'. Too many people have become used to its sleekness, brightness and gorgeous screen for anything less to be acceptable. A new machine without that 'wow' factor that DS Lite brought along won't be good enough – and that's why this is going to rock.


3D by head tracking?

"Let's assume for argument's sake that the 3D uses a front camera to track your head. The immersion this would provide could genuinely revolutionise handheld gaming. You wouldn't need fancy glasses, you'd just instinctively move your head to get a different view, or dodge incoming attacks. Nintendo will be looking for something like this to connect gamers to their worlds even more than Wii's motion control did with Wii Sports.

"If the 3D goes the other way and somehow provides depth of field without the need for 3D glasses, it could be a return to the old days of Nintendo. Do you remember the excitement when polygons brought 2D characters to life in a new way? Imagine the mystique around such titles as Zelda 3D or Super Mario 3D where you hold a deep, believable world in your hands.

Above: Wouldn't this naming style be so exciting for Nintendo fans? 

"In a sleek, ass-kicking handheld machine with Gamecube-quality graphics, instantaneous loading from cartridges and not only face buttons but touch-screen, tilt and voice recognition, hologram-like 3D would be the icing on a very tasty cake.

"I'm there for the midnight launch – just try and stop me."

So that's the optimist's side. Hit page two to hear the cynical side that's absolutely fitting for this year's Week of Hate...


  • Xeacons - March 26, 2010 10:30 p.m.

    There's no way to judge this until I see a solid demo in my hand. Actually, I've seen TV screens use 3D without the need for glasses, which is why I hate the new ones hitting stores (I don't blame theatres, though). It's about time we see a successor to the DS. It was great, but that was 6 years ago. Cycle's over. Next phase please. 3D or no 3D, I want the next line. Justin, I can understand his enthusiasm, but I'll still wait until I see how this turns out. Dave's still Wii-bashing. Even trying to bring up some good points, it's the basis of his argument, so it all falls apart. Sorry. You might as well say the Power Glove is a Proto-PS Move or Project Natal. Keep in mind who's following in Nintendo's footsteps. If the 3DS works out, how long until we see a PSP-3D
  • shinigamiDude - March 25, 2010 6:48 a.m.

    I skip the hand-held systems of this generation and miss out some great JRPGs. I might get it just for Poke'mon if the system is not gonna be as bad as we all thought it would be.
  • mitchman123 - March 25, 2010 12:32 a.m.

    ive got to say i agree with dave, but who knows it could be awsome... i mean look what you guys said about bioshock 2 before it was out.
  • philipshaw - March 24, 2010 3:27 p.m.

    I'm with Dave,it has 3D in the title and anything with 3D is dumb
  • GameManiac - March 24, 2010 3:11 p.m.

    Whatever the 3DS is, I'll keep a close eye on it as I hear more about it. Although since it may come out March 2011 (allegedly), I may want the DSi.
  • presc1ence - March 24, 2010 12:58 p.m.

    Could be good, the screen tech IS there (see Sharps 'proper' 3D displays and their docomo phone that been out for donkeys years). Maybe the trial run for this WAS the gameboy 3d?
  • speno93 - March 24, 2010 7:11 a.m.

    im with justin here,i t would be absolutlely incredible to see that kind of power and technnological realism in a handhold, cant wait!
  • lewis42025 - March 24, 2010 1:13 a.m.

    hate it
  • Tygerclaws - March 23, 2010 11:45 p.m.

    Hoookay, what? This...makes no sense. This does not computer. First, the DS is touch-screen/stylus controlled, as someone mentioned before. This completely destroys the possibility of it being exterior 3D, as you would need at least ten or twelve sensors in a semi-circle around the bloody thing to track your touches. So that leaves a head-tracking camera. Do I REALLY have to explain how stupid that is? It's a handheld, for SNES's sake! What, am I going to duck away from my handheld? Then how am I going to see the screen? And if I have to "turn my head" to turn my head in the game...again, how am I going to see what the bloody hell I'm doing? So no, both of those hypotheses fail on multiple levels. And let's just go with the idea that it's actually for something closer to "turn yourself and the 3DS left to look left in the game!". Does that not, in essence, destroy the very idea of a handheld system? "Gaming on the go! (Disclaimer: You must be able to turn around at a moment's notice to play.)" Yeah. No. And let's face it, the majority of people who buy Nintendo it for Pokemon. Do we really want Pokemon to turn into Duel Monsters? What's next, DS Disks? Will they slip onto our arms and part of them detach to magically let our little Pocket Monsters appear in front of us? Ugh. Anyway. Bad idea. Just another Wii-volution.
  • Noahguy1234 - March 23, 2010 11:29 p.m.

    I think that this is such a gimmick. I'm not saying I don't want it, I'm saying I don't like it. I think that this is another one of Nintendo's crap attempts at "revolutionary gaming". It's just like the DSi XL. They try to make something that will improve gameplay, but is ultimately a FAIL. I do have to say the idea of 3D is good, but with games? I highly doubt that anyone will want to pay for an overpriced handheld that's just fine as it is. The DSi XL was just Nintendo's way of targeting old people. And to make it worse, they tried to put games on it so people would buy it (I consider it a bribe). They're probably going to do the same thing with the 3DS. I really hate it when people try to do something to make a console or handheld better, but they make it worse. Thank you for your time.
  • Cyberninja - March 23, 2010 11:21 p.m.

    as GRs resident nintendo fanboy i say if they can make it under the lanch price of the wii and have all the features of the dsi and a awesome first party game that shows all the features properly i will say it will be worth geting but if they mess up badly and dont make up for it with a new hardcore platform then nintendo lost its last true fans
  • pat5556 - March 23, 2010 10:55 p.m.

    hmm...I have always liked Nintendo, and most of their main stuff is great.(just not a wholelota third party stuff...) I mainly think that as long as this is more user-freindly than the VB, and 3rd partiers don't spam it with "family games"(shudder) it could turn out awesome. Good luck, Nintendo. List me as "maybe, more on the yes side"
  • QWERTYCommander - March 23, 2010 10:53 p.m.

    I agree with Dave. I just wanted a normal handheld, without two screens or this 3D bullshit. This just sounds like it will be too expensive and will fuck with your eyes (like the Virtual Boy only with more color). When the next-gen Sony handheld comes out, I'm getting that instead. Sure it may not have as much games, but at least Sony doesn't rely on gimmicks to sell their consoles (okay, the Move is a bit gimmicky, but at least it's optional)
  • Azymuth - March 23, 2010 10 p.m.

    Isn't the DS a stylus/touch-screen console? Then, how can I touch something floating in the air?
  • raygillies - March 23, 2010 8:35 p.m.

    No glasses required ^^^
  • raygillies - March 23, 2010 8:34 p.m.

    OK, I can actually help you guys understand this one, because I've seen the tech before. I know a guy who runs a 3D studio, who got the first 3D camera from Fujifilm in advance. The screen uses the same technology described here, and it's legit and it works. Just wanted to let you know that there's someone out there who's seen this type of screen before, and that the 3D actually works. Hope this helps.
  • infestedandy - March 23, 2010 7:45 p.m.

    After the DS launched, I was very disappointed with Nintendo. That bulky, dimly lit monstrosity let me down, but then the DS Lite came out and I was happy. The games were good and the design really took a significant step forward. Unfortunately, Nintendo never stopped after that and now we have the DSi, DSiXL, and 3DS coming. It's all completely unnecessary. Using the Wii as an example, I can't support a company that doesn't support me. It seems they're only concerned with releasing annual versions of their already successful hardware and other gimmicky tools. Even if we haven't heard anything else on it you can count me out. Nintendo, stop modeling yourself after Apple. Seriously. That or sell your hardcore licenses to companies who care about their loyal customers. You can then make all the Sports Resorts and Nitro Kart Racers you want.
  • Nocturne989 - March 23, 2010 7:26 p.m.

    this will either save or kill Nintendo and im definitely excited to see which. I'm rooting for Nintendo on this one, but we'll just have to wait and see (IN 3D!)
  • RonnyLive19881 - March 23, 2010 6:54 p.m.

    This is blowing my mind! I can't wait for next year! Plus this just shows GR's ignorance... the power glove was made by Mattel. The VB was a mistake and Nintendo has definantly learned from it. If the testers hated it they wouldn't have continued development. People were worried about the Ds before it came out and it turned out fantastic so no worries here. I might wait a year and get the 3DS light though Lol.
  • Ru89 - March 23, 2010 5:19 p.m.

    i mean nintendo...smh at me

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