Nintendo’s 3D Venture
The 3DS is the result of Nintendo’s two-decade experiment with 3D imagery. Since the 80’s, the worldwide leader in gaming technology has developed several handheld consoles enhancing the illusion of depth in images to revolutionize gaming experience. But there was minimal success when Nintendo first introduced 3D gaming in handheld consoles. A tie-up project with the HAL Laboratory produced the Famicom Grand Prix II, Nintendo’s first 3D-enabled handheld console. Contrary to expectations, this first 3D-enabled device of Nintendo received cold acceptance in the market. It was in fact never released outside Japan.
StreetPass and Virtual Console
In 2011, Nintendo released 3DS, boasting of the device’s StreetPass and Virtual Console features. The StreetPass provides a convenient interactive mechanism that allows gamers to communicate with one another by merely passing each other. No Internet connection is needed. It creates an avenue where Nintendo game players can do match-ups with friends and even strangers while walking on the street or eating at their favorite restaurants. Wherever you may be, as long as other game players are within range, you can connect with them through StreetPass. For additional convenience, this particular feature utilizes a light indicator system, letting you know if a fellow gamer is online or if you received a notification that needs response.
The Virtual Console is also one of the highlights of the Nintendo 3DS. Its backward compatibility with older video game systems gives owners the power to relive nostalgic non-3D games. Virtual Console is a portal where you can download and play games released originally for predecessor devices such as the Nintendo DS.
The physical design of the 3DS does not seem to be too different from the DSi or DS Lite. It is mostly plastic and in the same clamshell shape with a dual-screen. However, it has a larger 3D upper screen with higher resolution. This results in enhanced graphics, making the game play more enjoyable. Another notable change is the larger analog control pad of the 3DS that is similar to the Sony PSP’s analog pad. It slides around a circular area just like in PSP but feels more durable and comfortable to move.
An All-in-One Unit
Along with these amazing features, the Nintendo 3DS is considered to be an all-in-one unit with its built-in music player, sound recorder and two cameras. This handheld console is not made only for gaming. Its music player allows you to listen to songs while you play. And just because this is a bonus, it does not mean that it has inferior quality. The 3DS sound system has options for surround system and stereo mode. The high-powered built-in microphone, on the other hand, allows you to record even the subtlest of sounds. Another added feature is the new and improved two-camera set-up of the 3DS. The two-lens 3D camera at the back panel does not work alone to produce 3D photos. It now has a tandem in the form of a front-facing camera placed at the upper screen that captures 2D photos.
Finally, what gives this handheld console an edge over its competitors is its 2.4 GHz processor. Compared to the PSP Go and the PSP 3000, the R4 Nintendo 3DS has the most powerful processor, providing faster and smoother download and game play.
2013 Top Nintendo Handheld Console
Although the first launch of the Nintendo 3DS did not reach the expected returns, the company’s decision to cut almost one third of its price yielded very favorable results. In fact, after the price cut, the Nintendo 3DS sold about 185,000 more units in 19 days. It was the highest-selling system of Nintendo in 2013, reaching sales of up to 11.5 million units. This prompted Nintendo to develop more iterations of the 3DS version, creating a new 3DS line.