After showing off a handful of amazing titles coming to both the Nintendo Wii and the DS, the lights at the Nintendo event went dim and the stage was engulfed with smoke. A white column appeared showing off a shiny toy which resembled what many of our eyes have become accustomed to seeing this gaming generation – a Nintendo DS. However, the large screens on the stage, instead, held the logo of the much anticipated and speculated Nintendo 3DS. The crowd fell silent as the lights focused on the object, many of us not knowing what to expect.
Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata comes to the stage, grabs the blue-ish 3DS and begins to give a speech which only encourages bewildering thoughts regarding the newly unveiled system. Harnessing the technology of 3D, the 3DS brings 3D gaming to the handheld masses. However, what makes the 3DS far more different than any other 3D-based gaming device currently on the market, or arriving in the market, is the fact that Nintendo’s new handheld doesn’t require the use of 3D glasses – a technology which has been in the works for years.
The amazing news doesn’t stop there, though. With the announcement of the 3DS, Iwata also went on to mention publishers who will be bringing 3D games onto the handheld system which has awed so many. Publishers like Konami, who will be bringing the Metal Gear Solid series in 3D; SquareEnix who will be bringing one of their most loved franchises, Kingdom Hearts, for 3DS owners to experience in a whole new way, and so on. From what was shown, developers from both sides of the world (Eastern and Western) are more than excited to have the privilege to bring their creations to the handheld which, will undoubtedly, become a success amongst gamers everywhere.
Although all of us were expecting the announcement of the 3DS, none of us were expecting the awe we would experience after it’s unveiling. What was shown far exceeded what I was thinking, by all means. Many would probably brush off Nintendo’s event, but I dare say that it has been the best show they’ve given compared to the past three years of utter embarrassment in contrast to what both Sony and Microsoft have shown. This year, Nintendo came out armed to the teeth ready to show off their big guns. Unveiling practically all of their most prized franchises in one shot from Zelda to Kirby, to even Kid Icarus, Nintendo, as of now, has stolen the from Microsoft’s mediocre presentation.
The Nintendo 3DS will, no doubt, sell amazingly well. This time around, though, I highly doubt it has anything to do with the Nintendo name. I believe that it’s going to do well because of the amount of games it’s going to have, as per the publishers, which will appeal to the hardcore crowd – especially those of us who are fans of franchises like Metal Gear Solid. If you were expecting the 3DS to disappoint, you’re going to be surprised. Nintendo’s unveiling of the 3DS has only excited the masses.