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3D visuals are no longer seen as something extraordinary by Nintendo, the famed creator of Super Mario and The Legend of Zelda Shigeru Miyamoto has told EDGE magazine.

Speaking a year on from the launch of the 3DS, Miyamoto said: "I think when we started off, we were focussing a lot on the 3D stereoscopic display, on using that effect. And I think [for that] both users who [were] playing the software and us creating the software, [it] was a very central point.

"Looking back one year, now we've realised that 3D vision is something more commonplace, not extraordinary; we've come to a more natural, easier approach to 3D vision."

What this means for gamers is 3DS titles will be released which feature only the 3D visuals deemed worthwhile to enhance the experience.

"We've transitioned to use it when it's appropriate and maybe not use it when it's not necessary," Miyamoto revealed. "In that respect, we've come to a move natural way of dealing with 3D." Analysis

Do you agree with Miyamoto? Has 3D become ordinary? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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It IS purely visual, but then so are increased polygons, greater background effects, improved draw distance.

Playing Shadow Of The Colossus in 3D, I was surprised just how much it enhanced the game world.

However, Wipeout HD in 3D hasn't really made much of a difference, so it's a bit hit or miss.
Posted 23:57 on 05 May 2012
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The 3D rooms in Super Mario 3D Land are literally the only thing I can think of that needs the 3D slider up at all. Personally, I tend to keep it up if I'm not going to be shaking the console about all that much, because it generally looks so much better with it on.
Posted 19:52 on 05 May 2012
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3D isnt ordinary it just doesnt add anything more than a few more pixels or polygons would add. It's purely visual and the consumer these days sees right through that imo. Most people do not have 3D tvs, but most people have probably seen a film in 3D at the cinema. Hell you can buy Nvidia 3D specs for your PC for about as much as a 3DS costs.
Posted 11:16 on 05 May 2012
Wido's Avatar


I haven't even played a 3DS game with the 3D slider on! Just goes to show how much I think of 3D if I am honest. It's a soon to be dead commodity.
Posted 12:29 on 04 May 2012
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Depending on the game, the 3D can look impressive but I am yet to play a game where I feel the 3D actually improves or helps. From what I have seen in films and games, I wouldn't miss 3D if it went away.
Posted 12:05 on 04 May 2012
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I'm not sure I like 3D at all. It's a clever novelty. But, not one that I'm too bothered about.

I do however agree with the approach that it should be used when the effect seems suitable, rather than forced for the wow-factor.

Personally, the only 3D that really stuck in my memory on the 3DS was when playing Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars. I really enjoyed that and it made me feel like playing with little toys on a 3D board game.
Posted 11:37 on 04 May 2012
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