Finally, 3D Without the Glasses

Gamers are excited about the new handheld videogame system Nintendo 3DS which offers three-dimensional effects without the need for those annoying glasses.  That's right, with nothing more your own naked eyeballs, you can now see 3D on an electronic screen.  I have written before about the backlash to the 3D trend, the move toward 3D in television and film, my prediction that big screen 3D theaters might be the future of the gaming industry, my explanation of why the entertainment industry will possibly never stop experimenting with 3D, and, my favorite, a letter to George Lucas to abandon his plan to re-release the Star Wars saga in 3D.  One of my pet-peeves has always been the necessity to wear those uncomfortable glasses.  Now, Nintendo has solved that problem by developing a system that aims two separate images, one to each eye, generating the illusion of realistic three dimensions.

It's still not a perfect solution -- the viewer needs to be positioned precisely to experience the 3D effect, but it is a step in the right direction.  Future innovations might actually alleviate my qualms about the 3D gimmick and make the depth illusion much more natural and less artificial from any viewing angle -- and did I mention no glasses?  The key to mainstream media implementation, of course, is overcoming that last hurdle, the need to look at the screen in a precise spot for the effect to work.  If Nintendo or some other company or inventor can figure out how to achieve that, the pot of gold will be at hand, with unlimited potential for home theater systems, giant screen movie theaters, advertising billboards, and more.

Nintendo 3DS is, thankfully, also backwards compatible, so owners of Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi who choose to upgrade will still be able to play their old software on the new device.  Yet, they will also have a plethora of new 3D games to choose:
  • Animal Crossing
  • Animal Resort
  • Asphalt 3D
  • Bomberman 3DS
  • Bust-a-Move Universe
  • Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D
  • Cubic Ninja
  • Dead or Alive Dimensions
  • Deca Sports Extreme
  • Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights
  • Driver Renegade
  • Dual Pen Sports
  • Fish On
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising
  • Kingdom Hearts 3D
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
  • Madden NFL Football
  • Mario Kart
  • Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D: The Naked Sample
  • Nikoli's Pencil Puzzle
  • Nintendogs and Cats
  • Paper Mario
  • Pilotwings Resort
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D
  • Rabbids Travel in Time
  • Resident Evil: Revelations
  • Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D
  • Ridge Racer 3D
  • Samurai Warriors Chronicles
  • The Sims 3
  • Star Fox 64 3D
  • Steel Driver
  • Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Shadow Wars
  • Tom Clancy's Ninja Cell 3D
  • And my favorite, Super Monkey Ball 3D (Come on, don't laugh.)
Will Nintendo 3DS revolutionize not just the gaming industry, but the entire entertainment industry as well?  For now, gamers just hope it will live up to the hype and provide a new immersive experience for the games they play and the videos they watch.