2011 has proved to be an exciting year for gamers with its spectacular kickoff. Games such as Halo 3 and Call of Duty: Black Ops remain as popular as ever and have set the standards for future games in the upcoming months. But what can we expect from the portable platforms? Something not just new, but revolutionary, according to Nintendo, which is releasing its anticipated Nintendo 3DS portable gaming system on March 25 in North America.
Though not a serious portable system player myself, I couldn’t contain my excitement when I first heard about the amazing prospect of playing games in 3D without the tacky 3D glasses. However, I was, as all natural gamers, a little skeptical about the effectiveness of the rendering. Would the graphics live up to all the hype that Nintendo is building up? And if so, would it be at the cost of the games themselves? All my doubts were successfully proved wrong with a little research.
Nintendo has been experimenting with 3D technology since the 1980’s. The research has been employed in classic gaming systems such as parallax technology in the Virtual Boy. Though the Virtual Boy eventually became a commercial failure, Nintendo continued experimenting, determined to incorporate 3D into its games, and came out with the GameCube. The rest, as we know it, changed history. I am well assured of the fact that Nintendo is capable of producing a feat of the first 3D portable system like no other.
So what is held in store for us? A preview on the Nintendo website reveals a closer look at the system. The 3DS retains the basic structure of the DS as well as familiar aspects-the D-pad, the A, B, X, and Y buttons, the two back buttons, and of course, the stylus. Key changes have been made apart from the 3D, however, that are sure to intrigue gamers. A new analog circle pad has been added that offers more accurate control in gameplay than the D-pad. The screens are about 10% larger than the ones on the DSi, and offer the best portable systems Nintendo has made yet. Luckily for DS players, DS games are playable on the 3DS for those who do not want to part with their beloved cartridges. The cameras that were introduced in the DSi continue to outdo themselves in the 3DS, so be sure to check those out.
I was a little disappointed with some aspects of the system, particularly when I saw the lack of a GameBoy slot. Not being able to play any GameBoy games was the main reason I did not rush out and buy a DSi when it first came out, being an old-school gamer. Gamers will just have to accept the fact that Nintendo is bidding the GameBoy farewell. Furthermore, the 3DS only comes out in two colors in North America: Aqua Blue and Cosmo Black.
Nevertheless, the 3DS is sure to excite the month of March for all gamers, Nintendo fans or not. I am happy that Nintendo is not just taking a console and adding better graphics, but truly changing the gaming revolution. They first exhibited this with the Wii; I can happily expect the same with the 3DS.