One of the less-touted features of the 3DS, the thing that many seem to be glossing over is that Nintendo announced it was in the works of getting deals in place with studios to bring 3D movies to 3DS. In fact, a couple of movie trailers were shown on 3DS, including Disney’s Tangled and Dreamworks’ How To Train Your Dragon. I have to say that they looked awesome.
I actually went to see How To Train Your Dragon in 3D when it came out, and thoroughly enjoyed it. So I was a little worried that there was no way 3DS could compare. I’m glad to say I was wrong. The only differences between the movie in theaters and on the DS were screen size and glasses. The 3DS is just that good.
So, why is this such a big deal, I mean, technically portable game systems have been playing movies since the GBA days, if you count the GBA Video line. PSP owners have been able to take movies with them since the system launched thanks to UMD Movies. So announcing movies for 3DS isn’t some major innovation.
Except… it kind of is. No one currently makes a portable movie player that will showcase movies in 3D. Seriously, would you want to sit in a train or on a plane wearing goofy polarizing glasses? Nintendo is set to release 3DS some time within the next year, and when it does, the 3DS is set to be the only portable 3D movie player on the market. Oh, and it also plays games. Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t the PS2’s DVD playback feature one of the main selling points when it was released?
If Nintendo is smart, it will capitalize on the fact that 3DS plays 3D movies. By the end of its life cycle, this will be nothing special, but in the beginning it represents a paradigm shift. Now Nintendo just needs to announce a decently sized amount of onboard storage.