Is it just me, or does the announcement that Nintendo are releasing a version of the 3DS that doesn't do 3D seem a little strange? I mean, I understand that they are trying to put out a budget handheld in order to widen their audience, but wasn't the main appeal of the 3DS that it was, you know, 3D?
I'm a fan of the 3DS. I was an early adopter who snapped up the console as soon as Ocarina of Time was released. The visuals on this game are glorious, something akin to seeing Avatar in 3D in an IMAX. I got lost in Hyrule for months and loved every second of it. One day I'm sure I'll re-play the game, it was that good. Personally, I think the magic of Ocarina of Time 3D will be pretty limited in 2D. Fair enough, some of the games released for the console don't benefit much from the 3D, and it just seems to be tacked on as a gimmick, but when they get it right, they make games great.
The other issue for me is the look of the console.
I just don't like the design. It's like one of those clunky Wii-U controllers that just look like they haven't been designed with human hands in mind. It's like it wants to be a tablet but isn't, and isn't sure if it wants to be a handheld console or not. I don't see what was wrong with the clamshell design. I know it would be sticking with the same formula, but why fix it if it ain't broken? What could very likely get broken are numerous 2DS screens that don't have the protective clamshell covering them when they're not being used.
So once again Nintendo have tweaked a console and re-released it. Consider me unimpressed so far...
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