Since the recent re-emergence of 3D in the movie industry I have been very leery of how this would affect our beloved game industry. With the success of Avatar we knew it was only a matter of time before 3D in gaming would become the new marketing battle cry. I honestly would rather not have it if the experience mimicked the movies as Sony is looking to do. The tint in the glasses darkens the screen and I have thought that overall image seems blurry as compared to a non 3D film. Don’t ge me wrong, Avatar was an amazing visual experience and Monster vs. Aliens is by far my favorite 3D movie but I just don’t feel that experience lends itself well to gaming. Wearing glasses for 2-3 hours for a movie is one thing. Wearing them for a 50+ hour play through of Mass Effect 2 is another. I have said that if they could do 3D without the glasses then I would be interested.
With that being said Nintendo’s showing at E3 has me very excited for a 3D experience. When I frist heard about the 3DS I was afraid it would be just a gimmick, but based on all the review I have read Nintendo has pulled off 3D without the glasses! I think this innovation will once again place Nintendo nicely at the top of the handheld industry keeping the iPhone at close second. I’ve honestly never seen the PSP as a true competitor in this market but that’s for another post. I’m now looking froward to the 3DS release and will be first in line to place my pre-order. The inital first party game library looks absolutely amazing and with the 3rd party lineup that Nintendo showed off it looks like the 3DS will have very bright future.