No More Headaches: 3DS System's Glasses Free 3D No Longer An Issue
Despite a series of complaints, it appears 3DS owners have adjusted to the system's special effects.
This past March, Nintendo's 3DS came under fire for a variety of reasons, from a $249.99 launch price to the absence of Mario, the company's popular mascot.
More concerning were reports of headaches and severe eyestrain from the system's most touted feature, glasses free 3D. In fact, Nintendo made sure to put "3D Mode for Ages 7+" on all 3DS packaging to avoid potential damage to youngsters.
Of course, numerous folks complained regardless. Some even took to Twitter and Facebook to voice their displeasure, vowing to never buy the handheld due to its 3D effects.
At first, this appeared to be a serious blow to Nintendo's young machine. We wondered how the company would respond moving forward. There were even rumors the publisher would release a newly designed 3DS that wouldn't focus on 3D.
Today, no one mentions headaches at all, and to date, we've yet to hear of a tragic case of someone going cross-eyed from too much play. Suffice to say, the 3D fiasco (if you can even call it that) quietly went away, leading us to wonder if it was ever that big a deal to begin with.
The answer? A resounding no. Here's why.
Keep in mind glasses free 3D was relatively new to a lot of people. You can't pick up the system expecting your eyes to adjust right away.
Bottom line, a bunch of people played with 3DS for approximately five seconds and blew everything out of proportion. Either that, or they didn't take breaks every 20-30 minutes, instead opting for three-hour marathons with the 3D slider jacked up.
The media went bonkers
Reporters love controversy and jumped at the chance to make 3DS look bad. "Uh-oh, that 3D will burn a kid's eyeballs out."
It made for a decent story, then readers moved on to something more important.
3D effects improved
Launch titles were, admittedly, a bit tough to view in glasses free 3D. Since that time, developers have made significant strides, particularly Nintendo with Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7, both of which are easy on the eyes.
3DS owners don't use 3D
A distinct possibility. After all, that 3D slider is there for a reason, and you don't have to switch 3D on to enjoy the games. Perhaps gamers choose to leave it off.
Whatever the reason, we're glad Nintendo weathered the proverbial storm.