Why the 3DS isn't a good fit
Posted on Sunday, April 17 2011 @ 22:37:17 PST
In my head, there has been alot of debate revolving around the aforementioned statement; Is the world truly ready for a 3D handheld game system? Well, for me, I'm not so sure about that.
Take a look at Nintendo's Virtual Boy. It was supposed to be a full fledged, POV-styled Virtual Reality system. However, due to lack of graphics, and a lack of gaming titles, it was quickly debunked within 13 releases or so. Since then, Nintendo never really made any core effort into making another 3D/Virtual Reality themed system.
Look back into Nintendo's history, starting at the N64. At the time, it's bigest competitors were Sony, and the badass Playstation, and Sega with it's epic Dreamcast. Both used CD's, which really hooked in the casual gamer, allowing for better graphics. Nintendo stuck to it's guns, and continued to make cartridges as its way of gaming.
Now we jump to the next of kin, the Gamecube. Nintendo finally jumpstarted it's technology to disks. However with a catch ; a Micro - sized disk. Approximately half of the size of a PS2, or XBOX disk, gamers were relatively perplexed as to why Nintendo would make a gaming device with a half sized CD.
Last but not least, we have the Wii. The Wii uses its infamous Nunchuck and Wiimote to make you feel like your actually interacting with the game, and perhaps giving you a workout in the process.
Although there is nothing wrong with wanting to become a gimmicky game system to seperate yourself from the competition, it could really make or break your device. That is why with the 3DS, I feel that it is not yet ready for a release.
Don't get me wrong, the thing is cool as all balls, but with todays market, alot of of gaming depends on multiplayer, and online capabilities. Although the Wii does have Internet connectivity, as well as the 3DS, I don't expect that to be its saving grace, persay. I have faith in Nintendo, and as long as they can make a nice library of games to support the 3DS, it'll have a nice lifespan. But thats the key, is the actual library. As I look at the current library, the only game to really stick out for me is the Street Fighter game. I'll give you Ghost Recon, but it ends there.
Perhaps with the relase of the upcoming Resident Evil for the 3DS, maybe it'll sway my opinion, but for now, I just don't see myself purchasing one.