3-D. In the last few years it has been building up a popularity in just about everything. From movie theaters to home theaters, 3-D seems to be more than just a passing fad. Last year I went with a group of friends to go see AVATAR in 3-D. The last movie I saw in 3-D was Captain E/O at Disneyad when I was 19. I was excited to see how much the technology had progressed since then. So as the movie started I was begining to wonder if there was something wrong with my glasses. I was starting to get double vision and nothing really seemed to stand out for me. After a half hour I was starting to get a headache. When the movie was finally over I was supremely disappointed. Not only could I not see the 3-D effects but I didn't care much for the movie itself.
So, why couldn't I see the 3-D? It turns out that the vision in my left eye has become extremely far sited as I've gotten older. I wear glasses to correct it, but I didn't know it would effect how I saw 3-D. Oh well, lesson learned. I saw it as more of a plus. I would never be tempted to buy a 3-D TV. I will never have to pay the extra five dollars to see a movie ever again. And I will never have to pay extra for 3-D gaming. At least that's what I thought.
As many of you have heard already, Nintendo had Announced both pricing and a release date fo the Nintendo 3DS. At 20,000 (Roughly $300 US) it's the most expensive console released by Nintendo. I understand that it will be far more advanced then the current DS. But I'm wondering how much of that cost can be be attributed to the 3-D technology. For a person who can't process 3-D images, the thought of an expensive 3-D handheld system is upsetting. Now I know the 3-D can be turned off on the system. But I'm still paying for the technology. It seems a little unfair.
See, I'm a Nintendo fanboy. I love Nintendo. They are the best first party publisher of all time. I've owned every system made by them, including the Virtual Boy. I was really excited to see screen shots of 3DS games from E3 this year. I knew that the new handheld would probably be more expensive than the original DS was at launch. But at nearly three hundred dollars it's twice the price. I'm sure that the price will be a little less than what they are paying in Japan. But even if it's released at $249.99 that's still one hundred dollars more than it's predecessor.
I've discussed this with my friends since the price was announced. Most of them agree that the price is high. But they almost all agree that being able to play 3-D games on a handheld is worth it. I'm sure if I could see 3-D images I would agree. But it's Physically impossible to do so. It's disappointing because, at least with most 3-D entertainment, I had a choice not to pay the extra money. But in the case of the 3DS I'm having to pay the extra money regardless.