Five Ways Nintendo Can Avoid Screwing Up the 3DS
Although little is known about the Nintendo 3DS, nothing has stopped the world from predicting what the the new handheld will have to offer. What will it look like? How much will it cost? How will the 3D look? Will it ruin my eyesight? The more questions that are asked about the system, the more hype that will surround it.
With such a large amount of hype surrounding the Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo has a large opportunity for success. Conversely, it also has a lot of room to disappoint and fail to meet expectations.
How can Nintendo avoid a potentially huge disappointment with the upcoming release of their next popular handheld? Here are ten ways they can avoid screwing up the 3DS.
1. Don't Make the 3D Just Another Gimmick
Nintendo is known for taking huge risks when attempting to innovate a new form of technology. By pushing motion control on the Wii and touch control onto the DS, the company has encouraged game designers to come up with fresh ideas for game design.
However, 3-dimensional gaming will not change the way a game is played, it's only going to change the way the game will look. Unless Nintendo can come up with a new play mechanic for their 3D games, we'll have nothing more than the same exact games over and over again, but with 3D. Whoopie.
2. Better Games & Apps in the Nintendo Online Shop Channel
Nintendo has such a vast history of great games. Why aren't any of them on the current DSi online store? There are hundreds of classic Gameboy and Gameboy Advance games that Nintendo can simply resell as a downloadable title. Virtual Console titles purchased on the Wii should be able to be transferred onto the 3DS as well, allowing portable gaming for all of their classic NES, SNES, and other systems.
Games should be fully downloadable on the online store as well. Carrying around a separate pouch to hold all of your Nintendo DS cartridges is not a pretty sight.
3. Create a Universal Nintendo Account
This is a perfect example of why Nintendo is lazy and doesn't care about their fans. They do not have a proper system in which customers are able to transfer games purchased on one system to another. Why would anyone buy a new system and start from scratch, when their older system is loaded with games?
4. Dual Analog Sticks!
5. Make the Nintendo Online Shop Channel Seamless
The process of adding currency/funds into the current online store is a pain in the ass, as well. To do this, you'd need to buy a scratch card and manually enter the code to add funds each time. Why is there no option to sync your credit card and pay for each individual item? Money that customers can't see is money that's easier to spend.
The Nintendo 3DS isn't scheduled to be released until at least March 2011, so Nintendo has plenty of time to make their next system meet the high expectations that everyone already has for the system. Get working, Nintendo.