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23 March 2010 @ 07:41 am
No one expected the Virtual Boy 2!!!  
Er, what?

Remember that poll i did awhile back about what Nintendo was working on next?

Well everyone who guessed it was going to be a new handheld system was right.

Everyone who made any kind of guess about when they would announce it was incredibly and bizarrely wrong. At least i'm pretty sure no one expected them to announce it on a random tuesday morning in the middle of March by a stealth press release!

I really can't figure out what they were thinking. They've been busy denying the existence of the thing for so long, which you always expect leading up to a big announcement. But it usually _is_ a lead up to a big announcement. It's like they'd been prepping for an E3 reveal, and then suddenly Iwata woke up today and just spontaneously said "Fuck it! Let's just tell everyone right now!"

Or maybe they're hoping the confusion caused by the surprise will reduce the number of comparisons to the Virtual Boy? :) The system is "temporarily" named the Nintendo 3DS, and will supposedly allow 3D gaming without the need to stick anything on your face.

I guess it kind of worked in my case. My brain is so confused by the timing of the announcement that i haven't even begun to contemplate how they're going to make 3D tech like that work effectively, especially in a handheld.
Current Mood: surprisedsurprised
Kirin: Goomba-transparentkirinn on March 23rd, 2010 04:14 pm (UTC)
I'm still wondering if the "announcement" was accidental. "You put which PDF up this morning???" In any event, the real information will be at E3, which isn't unexpected.

As for the 3D, have you seen the videos of the Japanese DSi game that pulls it off? It just uses the front-facing camera for eye-tracking, redrawing the screen constantly from the appropriate angle to give it a "windowbox" 3D render. Not too amazing, but pretty nice looking. It seems likely the new system will have both the camera and a new inertial motion sensor, which would make it even more robust. And they'll probably put some low-level routines in to make it easy for devs to take advantage of. A bit gimmicky, maybe, but isn't that what we all thought about touch screens at first?
DonAithnen: Games: Nintendodonaithnen on March 23rd, 2010 07:19 pm (UTC)
No, i hadn't seen that game/demo/whatever, but i'm seeing references to it popping up all over the place now :)

I don't know about you, but i've been hearing about the "better than the iPhone" tilt controls for awhile now. Which is kind of ironic given that Kirby Tilt & Tumble came out in 2000/2001 :)
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Kirin: Skuld-computerkirinn on March 23rd, 2010 06:11 pm (UTC)
If my guess above as to what they're doing is right, this will just be the kind of "3D" that redraws the screen when you look from different angles, which works even with one eye closed, as opposed to the glasses 3D techniques that rely on stereo vision. Of course I don't know what your problems might be, but for most people who "can't do 3D" it's stereo issues. So it might be ok.
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Kirin: Skuld-computerkirinn on March 23rd, 2010 06:21 pm (UTC)
Yeah, if it's what I'm thinking you should be ok, though of course Nintendo hasn't actually shown anything official about the new system, so it's just guesswork. But without any sort of glasses or some really expensive display tech, I don't see a lot else they *can* do. We'll see.