I decided to buy this 3DS this morning. Yesterday I was looking at the weekly flyers and noticed that it was going to be on sale. I slept on it last night, and when I woke up, I figured there was no reason to wait any longer. I’m sure most people have been debating on which hand held to get; either the 3DS or the PSVITA. So what are the factors that made me choose Nintendo over Sony? Well, let me start off with what I didn’t like about the PSVITA. The price of course is a major contributing factor. Not that I’m not willing to spend a lot for a handheld, but for what it came with, I wasn’t sure it was worth it. The next factor was that it was too big, and since I will be using it on the subway, I don’t think I want to be carrying around something I can’t stuff into my pocket quickly. I also don’t like how it really didn’t offer a feature I could say, ‘wow I really need to try that.’ For me, it’s just an updated version of the PSP.
So this leads me into reasons why I picked the 3DS. The price was great, it’s small so I can carry it without problems, and it features 3D which is my wow factor. I was initially disappointed with the 3D feature when I first tried the 3DS in a store. I felt that my eyes hurt after a minute, and that the screen resolution wasn’t very clear. This conclusion was based on playing a flight simulator, a game that I hate. Months later, I went back to the store and decided to give the 3DS another chance. This time, Mario Kart was the game, and since no one was around to bother me, I could play for a while. Wow, Mario Kart gave my opinion a 180 degree turn. This time, I let my eyes get used to the 3D slowly by adjusting the level of 3D from low to high. Once I got used to it, my eyes felt great at maximum 3D. I could really start to see how it was useful in a game like Mario Kart, and brought the experience to a whole new level. It reminded me of the first time I saw the DS, and thought having two screens was awkward. Yet after playing with it for a few days, I realized how revolutionary it was for gaming.
My only complaints about the 3DS are that the battery life doesn’t last very long in 3D mode, and that you must stay in a certain position to be able to see in 3D. Of course, I don’t find it much of a bother because I do realize that this is very leading edge technology and improvements only happen over time. I am however grateful that Nintendo didn’t wait any longer to release this handheld. I also hope that this type of 3D is adapted by other companies one day, because 3D was meant to be seen without glasses. Who knows maybe one day 3D will be as amazing as the virtual shark scene from Back to the Future Part II.