Nintendo 3DS: The 3D Effect – My Impressions and Preferences

by David Jenyns

[Shot on March 27, 2011] Hey guys, just a quick update on what I think of the 3D effect on the 3DS after using it for a little while. Ultimately, I feel that having the 3D Depth Slider up to Max is a bit much for my eyes. At that level, it actually causes me eye strain and it’s difficult to focus. I find that my “sweet spot” as far as the Depth Slider goes is about 48% of the way up. In other words, just ever-so-slightly less than halfway turned up. That’s the perfect spot for my eyes. Not sure how everyone else is going to feel about the various levels of 3D, as everyone is different and thus may require adjusting to their personal preferences. So, those of you who have a 3DS: What do you think of the 3D effect? How did you feel when you first experienced it? What’s your “sweet spot” with the Depth Slider? Let your voices be heard in the comment section below!

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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

pinche20071 April 27, 2012 at 5:06 pm

yes but it will look wide screen and non? 3d


weskatlol April 27, 2012 at 5:59 pm

35 more dollars? and I can buy on of these (total $135)


shallyshallow08 April 27, 2012 at 6:16 pm

You’re lucky, I have? an eye disease which doesn’t let me see 3D. =(


HealyHQ April 27, 2012 at 7:11 pm

Absolutely. The Nintendo 3DS is fully backwards compatible with all physical DS cards. The 3DS eShop is also linked to the DSiWare shop, which means you? can even download DSiWare games on it. But also like a DSi, the 3DS is NOT backwards compatible with GBA cartridges.


doublech123 April 27, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Can u play regular ds games on? there?? please answer


disabledpikachu April 27, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Thanks? for the vid!


zelo533 April 27, 2012 at 9:46 pm

do you have? contact lenses?


ULTRANIGGA69 April 27, 2012 at 10:14 pm

this was? the first good explanation on the 3ds thanks alot


reesy1251 April 27, 2012 at 10:42 pm

dude, excellent explanation on everything? your awesome


HealyHQ April 27, 2012 at 11:03 pm

@OpTicNationLtd The guy running the booth couldn’t believe it. “No? one ever wins these things,” he said. =P


HealyHQ April 27, 2012 at 11:33 pm

@OpTicNationLtd I actually won that giant red dog at an amusement park when I was a? kid. You know, in one of those impossible-to-win games where the odds are totally stacked against you in a con-artist kind of way? Well, I was actually able to not only knock down all of the blocks, but hit them in the PRECISE point of scatter, sending them all flying off the large platform (which was necessary to “win” (just knocking them down wasn’t enough)).


spiddykilla April 27, 2012 at 11:47 pm

really really good video? man


MGleroyjenkins April 28, 2012 at 12:20 am

Nice video? 😀


BrenAGC April 28, 2012 at 12:37 am

To see? how much of an object is popping out I put my stylus against the top screen. The more the stylus appears to “sink” into the prominent popping image, the more I know it’s popping out.


MissElf94 April 28, 2012 at 1:29 am



goodlookin97 April 28, 2012 at 1:33 am

GREAt vid I like the black one waayyyyyy more? than the aqua blue 3ds it just looks cooler


ZackFair78 April 28, 2012 at 2:14 am

for those who havent experienced the “pop out” of the screen 3d it works but in somethings like on pilot wings resort when you slowdown enough or in the dioramas when in the plane’s model if the wing is against the screen it pops out of the screen if you happen to try it out it does work although? its true it is more of a deph effect in most things


DzekoVelez April 28, 2012 at 2:55 am



valcristgallant April 28, 2012 at 3:47 am

Thanks for explaining and giving good advice on the depth slider. I was wondering why my eyes were hurting so much when I played? one lol

I might buy one, need more testing…cuz it strained my eyes the first 10 secs lol


mainoramg April 28, 2012 at 4:36 am

Excellent explanation of 3D effect?


DarkBboy2 April 28, 2012 at 4:56 am

k thanx 4? replying


HealyHQ April 28, 2012 at 5:15 am

It’s a 3D video that came included in? the 3DS system update. It is OK Go’s rather impressive and adorable music video for their song, “White Knuckles.” You know, the one shot in a single take with all the dogs doing remarkable things? If you don’t know, you can watch it here on YouTube as well (though not in 3D) by appending this in the YouTube URL: /watch?v=nHlJODYBLKs


DarkBboy2 April 28, 2012 at 5:49 am

what was that video tape shape thing that said? 3D on?


frankmencias96 April 28, 2012 at 6:34 am

THANK YOU!!! i was waiting for someone to give a nice review and u are the? first one to make it , now im definitley going to buy it 😀


zerounite90 April 28, 2012 at 6:40 am

great? video!


ICTLF April 28, 2012 at 7:04 am

Hahahaha paid ad!!! Huge amount of technology? They are cheapo sharp metal frame and plastic lens. The one I bought because? it said perfect for visual art related works changes color. It’s useless, has no more contrast or details in fact it has LESS!!! My eyes are perfect and my monitor is calibrated. These – at least the clear one I bought are USELESS!


roflwaffle12321 April 28, 2012 at 7:18 am

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peer reviewed study by Pacific University Oregon.



WindowsAndMacintosh April 28, 2012 at 8:02 am

LCDs are not bad on your eyes.

You can still get eyestrain though because of the? constant focusing of the eye.


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