Nintendo's handheld 3D console fails to impress

Why Nintendo's 3D baby is an abomination

The Internet is abuzz with news of a new handheld console from Nintendo with the ability to play 3D games. More details will be announced at this year's E3.

We were lucky enough to see the system in action -- someone was selling a prototype on eBay -- and we have to say, we aren't very impressed. To put it bluntly, it's a travesty of a system – amongst the worst we’ve ever seen.

The "portable" unit consisted of goggles mounted on a stand (looking like some kind of compact, plastic peep show), along with a chunky control pad. WTF, Nintendo?


Pictured: Nintendo's 'revolutionary' handheld 3D console

Even the 3D isn't that great. By rapidly displaying slightly different images to the right and the left eye, the goggles replicate the illusion of three dimensions.

Although the technique is not unlike the one used for 3D IMAX movies, the console simply doesn't stack up, thanks to its cheap technology. Instead of bright colours, pixilated red-on-black monochrome images are used. If that's not bad enough, it also gives you nasty headaches.

To be honest, we don’t understand what everyone is getting so excited about. The thing looks like it came out of 1995, or something. That said, it’s still better than the PSP Go…

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GamePro staff

GamePro Australia

1 Comment

blizZAP

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Er...that is a Virtual Boy, a failed attempt at 3D gaming from the mid-90s by Nintendo...it was a huge flop due to its migraine-inducing red graphics, and it led to creator Gunpei Yokoi being fired. That is by no means the new handheld...

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