Happy Groundhog Day. If you’re not Canadian or American, and therefore do not care about this most festive of holidays, then you’ll be glad to hear that, in Ireland, today is Grandparents Day. Hopefully you were able to celebrate both the groundhogs and your grandparents.
Nintendo have been experimenting with 3D for year and it looks like they’ve finally got it right.
The 3DS is an upcoming handheld console that may give the PS3 and Xbox 360 a run for their money. As the name suggests, the 3DS will give you the ability to play games in 3D and don’t worry you won’t need glasses. The 3D lens is actually built onto the screen, which means that you have to hold the console still to get the full 3D effect. This isn’t much of a problem though, as it does allow for a certain degree of movement.
The 3DS has many features, all of which utilise the addition of 3D. The console has two cameras on the back; this means that players can take 3D pictures and even record 3D video. There’s a switch on the side that allows you to adjust the depth of the 3D. Players will need to change this as they move from game to game. The graphics are on par with those of the Xbox 360 and PS3. This improvement in graphics has made it possible for 3D movies to be played on the 3DS. The online mode has also been greatly improved.
As I mentioned above, players can alter the level of 3D and Nintendo have advised that all players, ages six and under, play the games in 2D, as it may damage their eyes. However, the American Optometric Association assured that, if used in moderation, the 3D would have no effect on the children’s sight.
The 3DS hits selves in Japan on the 26th of this month, Europe on the 25th of March and North American two days later on the 27th. It’s also has backward compatibility, which means you’ll be able to play all you favour DS and DSi games. The only problem with the 3DS is that it may be too expensive for most people. It will cost around €269.99, $250 or £229, which isn’t that bad when you consider that the DSi costs just under €200.
What do you think? Will you be buying a 3DS? If not, why not. Let me know by commenting and voting below.