Gut Reactions: Nintendo 3DS

The GameSpot editors share their thoughts on Nintendo's announcement of new handheld hardware.

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Gut Reactions: Nintendo 3DS

After numerous rumors and much speculation, Nintendo formally announced its new handheld hardware--the 3DS (tentative name). While the company has yet to reveal details, we do know that the focus of the system, according to a Nintendo press release, is to produce 3D effects without the use of glasses that we've seen utilized for movies and forthcoming TV sets. In addition to games specifically designed for the new handheld, the 3DS will play original DS and DSi games. The GameSpot editors chimed in on the announcement and shared their thoughts on where Nintendo is taking handheld gaming.

Sophia Tong | Associate Editor

As much as I love my Nintendo DS, I'm not sure how many versions of it I want to own. It's one of my favorite systems to play on, but I already have three, two of which are DS Lites and one is a DSi. I will definitely not be getting the DSi XL because it's too big and bulky, and I'm not quite going blind just yet.

Not having to wear stupid-looking 3D glasses will be a perk, but I wonder how much of a strain it will be on the eyes. Is this going to be like Virtual Boy 2.0? I'm just hoping there will be no 3D Magic Eye game where you'll have to relax your eyes and stare at an ugly multicolored mess until the 3D image pops out.

It will be interesting to see what size this new 3DS will come out in. Will it have multiple sizes to choose from? Will it be XXL? Super lite? What should we expect next? Nintendo 3DSHD? I'm really wondering how many more versions of the DS will come out before we see a new, completely revamped handheld. For those who don't own a Nintendo DS yet (What's the matter with you?), you're going to have a lot of options to choose from, but for the millions of us who do, I'm not sure if I want to keep buying a new one every couple of years.

Andrew Park | Managing Editor

OK. I get that Nintendo is trying to get me to rebuy its game hardware yet again (something it's done numerous times with its three, now four versions of the DS, and the three versions of the Game Boy Advance). What I don't quite get is why Nintendo is going in this particular direction. The supersized DSi XL, which comes with preinstalled games and "apps," as well as an onboard camera, almost seemed like a step toward Nintendo competing directly with the iPhone--another pricey, app-laden, pocket-sized gadget with an onboard camera (and phone functionality, of course, but who even uses their iPhone to make calls?). I have to admit I'm skeptical hearing Nintendo's claim that the handheld will produce 3D effects "without the need for any special glasses" and can't help getting vivid flashbacks to the headache-inducing Virtual Boy. But I must be way off base drawing that kind of comparison. Right?

Justin Calvert | Section Editor, Reviews

My first thought upon hearing about the 3DS this morning was that perhaps I should cancel my DSi XL preorder. I won't. But given that the jumbo DS launch is just days away here in the US, the timing of this announcement seems odd. Here I am, excited to get my hands on new hardware at the end of the week, and now, there's already another Nintendo handheld on the horizon. Regardless, I'll still get my DSi XL and, when the time comes, I daresay I'll also buy a 3DS. The prospect of 3D gaming on any platform doesn't excite me in the slightest, and the prospect of adding a fifth DS to my collection is worrisome if anything, but I'm old and wise enough now to know that as soon as Nintendo puts a 3DS in my hands at some event or other, I'll almost certainly want one. It worked with the Game Boy Pocket, the Game Boy Color, the GBA SP, the GBA Micro, the DS Lite, the DSi, and the DSi XL. Why should this one be any different?

Brendan Sinclair | Associate News Editor

When I saw the announcement of a 3D DSi, my first take was that Nintendo was trying too hard. The company established that eschewing the bigger-better-faster approach to new hardware could pay off big with the DS and the Wii. The difference is that those systems had innovative interfaces with gameplay applications, introducing the touch screen and motion controls to mainstream gamers. While we don't know anything about the games so far, the 3DS sounds like it's simply a prettier version of what came before. Yes, 3D graphics could be a cool novelty, but I don't see that they will dictate new approaches to gameplay in the same way as the touch screen and motion controls. The 3DS sounds like Nintendo jumping back into the race of trying to impress people with shiny graphics. And that's a race the company dropped out of years ago specifically because it recognized it couldn't win.

Brian Ekberg | Senior Editor

With the PlayStation Move and Project Natal, Sony and Microsoft have been playing catch-up to Nintendo's motion controls for a while now. After today's announcement of the Nintendo 3DS--days before the release of Nintendo's latest handheld reboot, the DSi XL--the tables have been reversed with Nintendo looking to stake a claim in the 3D space after Sony made its big 3D splash at CES 2010. The timing of this announcement couldn't have been weirder, but I suppose that's just how Nintendo rolls. There's no telling exactly when Nintendo will announce the successor to the just-announced 3DS, but considering the company's recent past, I'd say we can expect it sometime in the next two weeks.

Tom Mc Shea | Associate Editor

It's so difficult to get a handle on what kind of company Nintendo is. On the one hand, it is far behind the technological curve. The Wii struggles to output visuals that can match the best games found on the nine-year-old GameCube, and the DS is at its best when it's channeling the long-dead spirit of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. But when you factor in things like motion controls and a touch screen, you realize Nintendo just doesn't care about graphics. It focuses its technological efforts on new ways to interact with games. So where does the 3DS fit in? Is this going to change things from a gameplay perspective, like the Wii and DS have had so much success doing? Or are we going to get the same basic experiences with an extra dimension? As someone who is admittedly quite ignorant in regards to 3D, I don't understand how this will make my games better. Avatar, G-Force, (the games, not the CG movies) and Invincible Tiger had 3D effects, and though they were neat, they gave me a searing headache after a few minutes without making the games any more fun. If Nintendo has ideas for games that would only work in 3D, I can't wait to see what they are. But if this is just a way to stand out from the crowd without any concrete gameplay enhancement, I will continue to play my regular old DS instead.

Shaun McInnis | Associate Editor

When I heard the news of this new DS, the first thing I thought of was Avatar. I played the Avatar game in 3D, and you know what? It kind of made me nauseous. Like, really nauseous. Now, I'm trying to imagine a scenario in which I'm playing a game like that--one that's capable of making my stomach go "WHAT ARE YOU DOING?"--and throw the whole portable element into the mix. Have you been on a San Francisco bus? They're pretty bumpy! What you end up with is a combination of a jerky bus ride and a stomach shouting "WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME?" for the duration of your ride home. This is not an appealing combination. This is when my stomach goes "WE CAN'T BE FRIENDS ANYMORE" quickly followed by "HERE, HAVE YOUR LUNCH BACK." So, yeah…I think I'll stick with my 2D DS for the time being.

Giancarlo Varanini | Editor-at-Large

The only thing that really surprises me about this announcement is the way that it was announced. Sending out a brief press release seems so un-Nintendo-like that I have to wonder what made it take this approach. Is it because it wants the 3DS out sooner rather than later? Only Nintendo employees know for sure at this point, but that aside, the 3DS falls pretty much in line with the company's overall strategy the past few years. Nintendo takes a technology (if the rumors of the Sharp 3D LCD screens are to be believed) that has become more cost effective and adapts it to new hardware, thus differentiating itself from the competition. Obviously, 3D is all the rage right now, so that's not necessarily new in itself, but the idea of a 3D gaming device without an extra peripheral is something that has seemingly been overlooked--until now. Frankly, I'm pretty excited about the possibilities, but I'm disappointed that this is all coinciding with the upcoming release of the DSi XL. I was going to buy one, but now, I'm not so sure.

Discussion

358 comments
xinoeph
xinoeph

@DSfanatic5 I completely agree with you in every way. I hope were all shocked

DrCruel
DrCruel

Giving me lots of options is not a bad thing. I like the fact that Nintendo is continually trying to innovate and improve on its handheld design - this is what led to the DS Lite, after all, which I still feel is the best overall design thus far. I've bought two DSi handhelds thus far - one for my 4 year old nephew, and one because my 13 year old cousin begged for one. It's clever, and has some improvements over the DS Lite, but the camera is mostly a gimmick, it's a bit too pricey and the lack of a GameBoy slot is a killer for me. But I like the idea that the system is being offered, and might get one - or a later iteration, like the DSi XL - if I get some disposable cash. I've gotten my present machines because they suit my needs. I won't be furious with Nintendo if they suddenly put out a better version - or if they bomb on some offering. It's the variety and creativity that attract me to Nintendo games and game machines, and I approve rather than am offended by their tendency to constantly improve their gadgets (or at least try to).

tframp420
tframp420

Clearly Giancarlo is going bald and he's not happy about it... Does he ever wear something besides that brown hat and shirt? Oh yea, Nintendo 3DS, I'll decide what to think when I see it...

CazFeraligatr
CazFeraligatr

It sounds a little too much like Virtual Boy for comfort... Hopefully it's not true, Nintendo learned from that and CDi (letting someone use Mario and Zelda)

DSfanatic5
DSfanatic5

Considering the Wii is basically a GameCube with motion controls, I hope Nintendo puts effort into making the 3DS a more powerful (graphically) DS first, and focuses on the 3D gimmick second. I'm intrigued by the 3D prospect, but a more powerful processor and higher resolution would be nice for a change.

j_rock91
j_rock91

The 3DS sounds great and all, but seeing as Nintendo keeps on doing this with their DS marketing, how many more possibilities can there be? There's the DS Phat, the DS Lite, the DSi, DSi XL, now the 3DS. That's 5 releases of virtually the same system. Whereas, the Wii has seen only one release, and no one's heard much of its successor yet. I agree with a lot of people that the idea is interesting, and there's not much stopping me from buying one when it comes out, although I'm still using the Lite system. I am worried about how Nintendo is going to pull this off though. Avatar is an awesome movie, I watched it in 3D, but when I was out of the theater, I had a raging headache. Once I hear that the 3DS won't give you need for an Advil every time you play it, that's when I'll be sold. Until then...

riariases
riariases

I find it funny how all the pictures of the GS Staff look like they're all jail-breaks.

-Your_welcome-
-Your_welcome-

i dont understand why u guys are pissed about this being another version of the ds. Nintendo said that this is NOT another version of the ds. Its a completely new handheld, which is obvious because there are going to be a lot of changes and know one knows how its going to look. Also its backwards compatible so that kind of a hint that its a new handheld...

itsBATTLESUIT
itsBATTLESUIT

The Nintendo DS is my favorite gaming system of all time. 3D and other capabilities aside, they had me intrigued at "successor to the NDS." With the iPhone causing damage, Nintendo knows what's at stake. That, combined with the fact that Nintendo has pioneered nearly every major advancement in gaming since the NES days, has me waiting for E3 with bated breath to see if we have another winner.

marioman87
marioman87

I've always liked Nintendo, but now they are making decisions that only reap $$$ out of your pocket. After we have spent a few hundred on the DS and the DS Lite, we got the DSi. After that, we got the DSi XL, which is really a hit to the groin because we spent $200 and then a year later they just release a bigger system and the little kids will beg for them and there is more money in Nintendo's pockets. Admittedly, the graphics on the DS are sub-par for this generation. But now, after we spent $500+, NOW Nintendo starts to care for graphics AND takes even more money out of our pockets. Oh wait, I forgot another thing. The screens get damaged so easily that it pisses me off. That's why I think Pokemon Ranger was created to destroy DS's everywhere. I really miss the good ol' days of Nintendo.

FusionRain
FusionRain

Kinda funny how all the DS systems sine 2004 all play the same games. I mean all the changes were for the better but it's about time to make a completely new system. Now Nintendo 3DS, soon N-3DS XL, or N-3DS XL 3Gs extreme HD MEGA custom top screen touchable smellable vibrating motion sensing car driving..... But like Sophia said I love my DSi but don't plan on getting a new one so something really new comes out.

2chase
2chase

The 3DS is a great, innovative idea. *Obviously* we have to wait to see how it actually is--you also need to inhale and exhale to breathe--but negatively speculating this far in advance is just pessimistic ideology, so I disagree with most haters on the subject. If you own 15 Nintendo DS's, don’t soil on your intelligence by including that in your professional opinion. I’m willing to bet that there’s going to be a huge, successful market for the device. There is nothing hard to understand about diversifying your best selling device to appeal to multiple segments. Is 3D with no glasses a bad idea? No, it's awesome. Will Nintendo release a crappy handheld? Probably not, they're awesome. In conclusion, don’t turn this into a "disappointing" or "poor" move on Nintendo's behalf. They didn't make you purchase 100 DS's at gunpoint. And you'll still probably get a 3DS. Essentially all these “Gut Reactions” are doing is sparking debate/hype and I’m sure enough of you will try the product for yourselves.

2chase
2chase

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ZIVX
ZIVX

the 3ds was an april fool's joke is the april fool's joke

ZIVX
ZIVX

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webxeo
webxeo

3ds was an april fools prank by nintendo.. for real.. lol what a** holes

fubbal
fubbal

I think this is a really good idea.I didn't buy a ds lite or a dsi as I have not seen any reason too really.This 3DS though I think is gonna really be cool and a kinda cheaper glimpse into the future.Cause I have heard many rumors about all the next gen consoles going 3-D.So this will kinda be a test to see how much I like it.Also this is nintendo and I'm sure they already got at least a few fun games lined out.I would also like to point out that at least some one is pushing innovation,cause seeing another FPS really makes me wanna puke.This generation of gaming has not ben crappy but I can honestly say its the least innovative,some ones gotta take some chances.

knight13951
knight13951

"The 3DS is just going to use lenticular lenses to create a pseudo 3D effect. I used one on an old CRT monitor 5 years ago. I personally think it's pretty good idea but also misleading. 1. This is not stereoscopic. It's not REAL 3D 2. It's not autoscopic Meaning REAL 3D without glasses. 3. It's not like the virtual boy AT ALL (Virtual boy had 2 separate LCD's for True Stereoscopic images. 4. Eye-Strain will be virtually non-existent because it's a lens trick. Not 3D. It might bother some people" quote from noahiwhite dont know if its true but may shed light on if it will be like the virtual boy

knight13951
knight13951

Before the gamespot guys should talk they should have made sure they knew what they were talking about. Besides from Giancarlo they all made no sence. First off the 3DS (catchy name by the way, u know like its 3-d and a ds and its combined? 3DS) is a successor of the DS not another version. Second Nintendo has been in front of the technology wave forever this idea should be praised not shot down. Knowing Nintendo this system will be innovative and will come out amazing. Although timing was horrible for the announcement it is still a great idea. Lets also keep in mind that with every new hand held starting from the gameboy, the systems have gotten way better with each release. Just think of the new features from the gameboy compared to the gameboy advance then compare that with gameboy advace sp now compare that with the Nintendo DS finally compare that with the nintendo dsi. If your like me and had all these systems or perhaps more you would realize that with each release the system has gotten better 10 fold. Wether you like it or not gamespot the 3DS (not final name) will be amazing

knighthero52
knighthero52

agree with sophia tong. how many do you need and what about eyestrain?

kwagmeijer
kwagmeijer

At first I wasn't sure how well 3D could be implemented without glasses, but then I took a look at my Majora's Mask game which has a 3D hologram front, and realized it could work. I then realize how much synergy 3D has with having two screens. If you've ever been in a "CAVE" you'll know what I mean, but if they are able to pull off no gap between the screens, then you have a 3D image being comprised of two screens at angles with each other. If the 3D image can stretch seamlessly from one screen two the next, you could have a much more convincing 3D image. You could literally do something like look at the top of a table, then move your head and look through the bottom of said table (though without a ceiling you couldn't look up underneath the table top.) Also, as many people have said, its been stated by Nintendo that this is the successor to the DS, not a rehash like the DSi. Its said to have the power of a Gamecube. I'm pretty sure the DS doesn't...

dcgames
dcgames

I'm with Sophia ... "As much as I love my Nintendo DS, I'm not sure how many versions of it I want to own."

CleitonSL
CleitonSL

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webxeo
webxeo

Technically there are 4 now.. phat, lite, i, and i xl :/ Zzzz not sure what to make of this either

pokemondude2012
pokemondude2012

can you actually beleive they are making a new version of the ds. that is just crazy. there is already three models of the ds. and i have all of them. i dont want another one

pokemondude2012
pokemondude2012

if you go to you tube and search for the dsi it will havw some gameplay footage.

fool_man_dude
fool_man_dude

Right, Nintendo is "behind the technological curve".... Did any of these morons hear that the 3DS is suposed to have advanced graphics. They pound on the Wii for having "Bad Graphics" and when nintendo designs something that focuses on the visuals, they pound on it for god knows what. Give it a rest guys. No matter how much you trash Nintendo, it's still successful.

FlameBeast4000
FlameBeast4000

First of all, the 3DS will be a successor, not another version, and second of all, why are they all complaing about the numerous DS versions? Every time a new DS was released it made drastic improvements on the previous DS, but still allowed players to continue playing on the original if they wanted to. As I recall, the PSP had several versions, each with relatively little improvement. The 3DS will be great. If there's one thing that Nintendo has proven, it's that they know how to do something new and make it fun. Oh yeah, I almost forgot to say one other thing: Nintendo is not behind the "technological curve." It has had the most advanced controllers for over 3 years now, with the other companies only now catching up. They could have made the Wii have graphics like the 360 if they had wanted to, but the price would have gone up significantly. After all, it's not like HD graphics were anything new even back then. And how does it make sense that the Wii can play Gamecube games, but has worse graphical abilities? If you are referring to the shovelware titles, then you may be right, but the Nintendo title usually look great. P.S.- I only know of a few DS games that are anything like SNES games, so what games are you referring to? There are many hits on the DS that are completely new in graphics, gameplay, and idea.

ScrawlKnight
ScrawlKnight

Why exactly is this article still up? You seemed to be misinformed, GameSpot staff. The 3DS is the SUCCESSOR to the DS, not a new version of it.

NC-notDuke
NC-notDuke

nintendo id say is better than sony. noone wants to hav to pay for online stuff........wifi pretty much owns. and the xbox360 just starts on fire after you play too long so.....im gonna stick wit nintendo......3D.....dang

roxaslordXIII
roxaslordXIII

i just hope this isnt like the virtual boy.....

zipnut5
zipnut5

I can't believe this! Right after Sony announced 3-D stuff Nintendo goes and just takes it! I know that Sony is doing the motion controller thing(which was Nintendo's idea) but at least they waited like 2 years! Plus the thing is probably make you barf every five seconds.... Screw You Nintendo!!!!!

Kleeyook
Kleeyook

Again took Nintendo initiative. DAMN SONY! It's their fault that never released PSP2 beforehand. :(

SniperFire17
SniperFire17

But... I don't like playing handhelds in the pitch dark... -_-

Zanoh
Zanoh

Keeping in mind, this is Nintendo we are talking about. They have been known to make good products, and learn from mistakes. Here's hoping the 3DS doesn't disappoint.

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

I'll be interested to see the design/sizing etc but will I rush out and buy on.....probably not - or at least Nintendo are going to have to make it easier to transfer DSiWare before I'll be too interested.

Tamat2009
Tamat2009

Also, keep in mind, the 3DS is the development name for the system, as Nitro was the name for the DS, Dolphin was the name of the Gamecube, and Revolution was the name of the Wii. The name is only temporary. -T-

Pete5506
Pete5506

Nintendo is pulling out everything

TheBlaklyon
TheBlaklyon

If Nintendo Pulls this off, they will be the first company to make a hand held that can go 3D. Thinking about that, makes me look forward to it! Then everyone else will be playing catch up...Again!

Reyveign
Reyveign

First thing that comes to my mind is the whole Metal Gear Ac!d 2 "3D" thing for PSP. But with Nintendo being original in their ideas & finding creative ways to adapt them to a console (or I guess a handheld in this case)... it should be interesting to see the result.

kejigoto
kejigoto

@ sonoranreptile It could be keeping the DS name because it is still rocking 2 screens... Just a thought. Also it's common practice to keep a name going into a new generation and Nintendo has typically done this with their handhelds (Gameboy, Gameboy Pocket, Gameboy Color, Gameboy Advance, Gameboy Advance SP). Just look at the Xbox and Playstation as well....

jodudeit
jodudeit

I am hoping that nintendo pulls this off. If they do, then.... I don't know, but it will be sweet and should happen. And they need to make a super smash brothers on it.

FoxMcCloudDS
FoxMcCloudDS

@sonoranreptile So, you are saying that because the Game Boy ADVANCE had GameBoy in it's name it's the same system as the first GameBoy? Same goes for Playstation. Playstation 2, and now Playstation 3. These editors are seriously just showing how ignorant you can be in the game industry media.

rickatick
rickatick

epic fail editors...epic fail

guichan
guichan

those things are more like wait and see , i dont know what they re up too but if the 3d is this time a sucessful way to turn the games in a more polygonal structure than sprite ones , I'm really thinking that's going to be good since the nds really needed was a better visual since the great ideas and things that already had been done ... what many people didnt have got it is like game boy and the game boy color

Alx1231
Alx1231

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Alx1231
Alx1231

@Zestytoaster So according to you, the xbox is the same thing as the xbox 360. It still has xbox in it's name so it must be the same thing....