Scott’s Toy Box: Nintendo 3DS
To be honest, I’m not a big fan of 3D movies. I wear glasses, and putting on another pair to watch a movie can be somewhat uncomfortable. Fortunately for me, technology has advanced enough to fix this problem for some applications (though not for 3D movies). Nintendo has just released a new DS system called 3DS, a 3D system that doesn’t require the glasses.
The Nintendo 3DS’s 3D appears on top screen and on the side there is a slide that allows you to adjust how much depth you see in 3D. Thankfully, if you don’t like the feature, or if it makes you sick, you can use the slider to turn it off.
The 3DS also comes with two great games: Face Raiders and AR Games. Face Raiders allows you to take photos of yourself or your friends and turn them into enemies that you have to shoot and defeat. AR (“augmented reality”) Games uses cards to change your tabletop into an arena. Both games are really fun, even when you turn the 3D off. They do, however, cause you to move around, so they may not be the best games to play when you’re sitting in the car or at a restaurant.
Before you buy a 3DS, there are some things you need to think about first. First, children under the age of 6 shouldn’t play with the 3D screen turned on, because doing so could lead to blindness. The parental controls on the system can be used to turn the 3D feature on and off. Second, when playing with the 3D turned on, players have to hold the system in a certain way to see the screen clearly, and I did feel a little sick when I was playing it.
Also, if you already own a DS system, I don’t recommend buying this one until there are several 3DS games out that you want to play. A friend of mine once told me that when you are thinking about buying new hardware, you should wait until at least five games are available to play on the system, which is good advice.
Next month, I’ll tell you about a certain 3DS game coming out in June that I am highly looking forward to.