It seems as though there are a ton of 3DS owners that aren’t big fans of 3D. In a recent survey by Interpret LLC, data showed that 28 percent of all 3DS owners feel that 3D hinders gameplay. The findings of the study were revealed at the 3D Gaming Summit in Hollywood, and must be disappointing news for Nintendo. The survey showed that 22 percent of 3DS owners feel that 3D actually helps gameplay, while another 13 percent prefer to play 3DS without the special effect. I don’t play my 3DS often, but when I do, I choose 3D. I must be of the minority who don’t feel eye strain when playing their games in 3D, but in my opinion, 3D can make games look better. After viewing the world of Ocarina of Time 3D in 2D and 3D, I knew 3D was the only way to go.
Though it appears that all of the discontent with 3D is reaching Nintendo, as it is actually starting to advertise the 3DS as capable of playing games in 2D. In response to the negativity, this could be the start of an effort to revamp the image of the 3DS for the better. Nintendo has gone on record saying that not all of its games will be playable in 3D and maybe there is some confusion among consumers as to whether the 3DS can play games in 2D. I’m not really sure how, but it wouldn’t surprise me.
Since we’re speaking about 3DS, I may have to break mine out in this next week, as a worthwhile e-shop game could be on the horizon. It seems as though Metroid II, the only Metroid game that I haven’t played or beaten is going to be released on the Japanese e-shop on September 28. Here’s hoping that we get this week as well. That will give me two 3DS games to play- Metroid II, along with Four Swords.