Latest in Gaming

Image credit:

Nintendo 3DS handheld to offer switchable 2D mode, thankfully

Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

It was pretty much implied when "backward compatibility" was listed as a feature of Nintendo's new 3DS handheld back in March. But it's good to hear that 3D gameplay can be easily switched off, direct from Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, when headaches or nausea set in during marathon sessions. This should also ease concerns from parents over any adverse effects that long term exposure to parallax barrier gameplay could have on their children's developing eyes. Besides, a 2D mode is desirable in that we expect it to offer a brighter image (especially when viewing off-center), better text reading experience, and a wider angle of view for sharing the display.

Now, we know what you're wondering: what about that new 3.4-inch glasses-less 3D touchscreen display from Sharp, is it 2D switchable? Yup, lending more credibility that we'll see it on the 3DS when the handheld gaming console is fully revealed at E3 next month.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

The 2019 Engadget Holiday Gift Guide

The 2019 Engadget Holiday Gift Guide

View
States sue to prevent EPA from revoking state emissions powers

States sue to prevent EPA from revoking state emissions powers

View
Recommended Reading: The 15th anniversary of 'Halo 2'

Recommended Reading: The 15th anniversary of 'Halo 2'

View
The Morning After: iFixit looks inside the 16-inch MacBook Pro

The Morning After: iFixit looks inside the 16-inch MacBook Pro

View
Netflix tweaks 'Devil Next Door' documentary after Polish PM complains

Netflix tweaks 'Devil Next Door' documentary after Polish PM complains

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr