The Best Nintendo 3DS Games Under $15
Every now and then, I love to dig into a not-too-old system and look for bargains before the “collectors” start increasing the resale values again. The Nintendo 3DS is a great candidate for that. If you’re one of those families that has been holding off on a Switch, or you just like the smaller form factor and better battery life of a 3DS. Regardless, the 3DS has a great library (which can also play lots of inexpensive gems from the DS library)
In this initial installment of the guide, we are mostly focused on games that go for $15 or less in loose cartridge and complete copies for $20 or less (most completes will be in that $15 or less range). We primarily based our prices on average eBay price for US games, including shipping with also local resale some values factored in.
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Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D: $14
Nintendo Selects: $13-$16
If you haven’t already played the original version of this all-time classic on the Nintendo 64, all the more reason to scoop up one of the highest-regarded Legend of Zelda games on the cheap. But as the plentiful sales number of this cartridge showed during its initial print run shows, there’s also plenty of die-hard Zelda fans that were interested in having a high-quality version of the game even if they had played it before.
Even though most of the review scores out there are higher for the N64 original, most gamers would agree that this 3DS cart is actually the better version. Like the Majora’s Mask port, this edition fixed some issues like expanding the inventory slot options via a simple tap of the bottom screen. Majora’s Mask also looks great on the 3DS handheld.
For those interested, the Nintendo Selects version of Ocarina of Time is pretty similar in pricing — currently $13 for loose and $16 for complete
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Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds: $15
Nintendo Selects: $12-$15
You’re going to notice a trend of some Zelda action going on here, but A Link Between Worlds is the first Zelda title developed specifically for the Nintendo 3DS and an indirect sequel to the SNES classic, A Link to the Past. It features the same version of Hyrule as A Link to the Past, but utilizes new characters and gameplay elements. A Link Between Worlds also happens to rank surprisingly well on the best Zelda games of all time and is often regarded as one of the biggest hidden gems of the franchise.
Much like Link to the Past, this new installment is top-down, but is in beautiful 3D graphics. Nintendo switched up the game mechanics a bit as well though — rather than finding new items in dungeons, Link rented and eventually bought them from a shopkeeper. Of course, a change like this will annoy some long-time fans, but keeping an open mind always helps!
The bottom line is that A Link Between Worlds is anything but a carbon copy, and flips many of the linear Zelda conventions on their head to great effect. Now, you’re free to explore the beautifully detailed, stereoscopic 3D world as you hunt down dungeons in any order you choose. There’s also some story elements that will make Zelda fans smile.
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Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D: $15
Nintendo Selects: $13-$20
While it might not be quite the beloved classic that Ocarina or Time was or an under-appreciated original game like A Link Between Worlds, Majora’s Mask 3D is still an essential 3DS pickup for Zelda fans.
The original had big shoes to fill after Ocarina of Time and the game mechanics had its challenges. However, after more time has past and a more open mind, its easier to appreciate this darker but beautiful installment that deals with themes of of loss, guilt, and death.
More than just a simple port, Majora’s Mask 3D features improved character models and stereoscopic 3D graphics, along with altered boss battles, and an additional fishing minigame. If you ask me, the cover art on this release is phenomenal as well.
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Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon: $14
The original Luigi’s Mansion was a Gamecube launch title, but was mostly relegated to being a cult classic after getting lost in the shuffle during the Xbox and Halo launch. Luigi’s Mansion was indeed a wonderful game for those with an open mind and the 3DS brought us a follow-up that stepped things up along the way.
Much like in the original, Luigi is tasked with sucking up ghost baddies through five differently-themed settings and given the mission of gathering shards of the broken up “Dark Moon” which is able to pacify ghosts. L
Just as Luigi’s Mansion was impressive with its animation and atmosphere on the Gamecube, the sequel is quite impressive in its design while keeping you entertained with the missions. It’s hard to not have either a smile on your face or be on the edge of your seat.
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Super Mario 3D Land: $11
These days, Super Mario 3D World is more well-known than this portable sibling, but 3D Land isn’t a downgraded follow-up to its console cousin. Instead, Super Mario 3D Land actually surfaced before 3D World did on the Wii U (and its more recent Switch incarnation).
The Mario “3D” siblings uses a similar art and gameplay style but they are completely different in almost every other way. And as you might expect, 3D Land is more limited in scope than 3D World. This isn’t to say that Super Mario 3D Land isn’t a good game — just don’t expect the greatness of the more recent console games.
For those interested, you can save some money on the Nintendo Selects version of the game — currently only $6 for the cartridge or $11 complete.
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Pokemon Sun & Moon: $13
Pokemon games are often easy recommendations on a Nintendo handheld and Pokemon Sun & Moon is not only the cheapest standard Pokemon release on the 3DS, but is a pretty solid installment in general.
As WIRED magazine shared at the time of the game’s release, Sun & Moon “tone down the harshness of the monster battles, and focus on friendship and camaraderie.”
This installment also introduced some customizable player avatars and some new Alola (region inspired by Hawaii) forms of Generation 1 Pokemon. The new Poké Ride feature also streamlined moving around the map.
The Sun & Moon carts were popular and plentiful and many die-hard Pokemon fans jumped on the Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon follow-up. These releases extended the story and introduced a host of new features. Main downside is those “Ultra” versions are going to cost twice as much — something to consider as a budget shopper.
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Super Smash Bros 3DS: $14
Not for Resale Cart: $10
It was an exciting day for fans of the Nintendo brawler when a portable version of the series was released. This wasn’t an especially water-down experience either. It obviously doesn’t boast all the visual refinement of its Wii U and Switch peers, but it holds its own quite well. In fact, I’ve heard some say that this 3DS version feels more “tailored” than compressed and “fits like a glove”.
As you can expect from a modern Super Smash Bros game, this portable version has nearly 50 playable characters and unlockables from games across franchises, universes and publishers. It also has RPG customization systems with shocking depth and a handful of different modes to keep you entertained.
Not surprisingly, many Nintendo gamers have since opted to jump onto the Switch (or at least the Wii U) version for a more polished experience, but the original 3DS version is still technical marvel for the handheld and a great way to play it on the go if you aren’t a Switch owner (or just want better battery life).
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Mario Kart 7: $11
Not for Resale Cart: $10
Just like Super Mario 3D Land felt like a 3DS-based prototype for Super Mario 3D World on the Wii U, Mario Kart 7 seemed to be a nice rough draft of what would later become the stellar Mario Kart 8. Mario Kart 7 isn’t a bad game — actually quite solid for a portable outing and was a solid course-correction from Mario Kart Wii.
There also aren’t a ton of good racing games on the 3DS (although we will mention some others later down in this guide), so it’s a solid game to have in a well-rounded library.
Its worth noting that Mario Kart 7 came included digitally on a handful of 3DS/2DS models so the demand for the Mario Kart 7 carts have more motivation to stay a bit lower than normal.
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Star Fox 64 3D : $14
Not for Resale Cart: $9
Star Fox is a lovable Nintendo franchise, but, overall none of the post-N64 installments quite lived up to the first couple of Star Fox games. As much as we can admire the effort of broadening the depth of a game, sometimes we just really want to focus on flying and shooting.
Star Fox 64 was the pinnacle of this dynamic in the series and is still regarded as the best game in the Star Fox series. It had great controls, enjoyable personalities with full voice acting (a rarity for Nintendo 64), and plenty of surprises down each of its assorted paths. This remake on the 3DS goes the extra mile to add new elements including a visual overhaul that provided showcase of the stereoscopic 3D capabilities through Star Fox’s on-rails system.
This release was printed in generous quantities so there prices have stayed rather low — especially if you’re willing to go for a Not-for-Resale cartridge, which old goes for about $9.
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Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D: $11
Nintendo Selects: $9-$10
After a long hiatus, the Donkey Kong Country franchise made a fresh return to the Nintendo Wii thanks to Retro Studio taking the reins after Rare left Nintendo’s network (in fact, it became one of our picks for Defining Games for the Nintendo Wii). Donkey Kong Country Returns filled Nintendo fans with fresh platforming fun with a great deal of nostalgic touches.
The game was successful enough that Nintendo commissioned Monster Games to rebuild the game from the ground up for the 3DS to be rendered in stereoscopic 3D graphics. This 3DS version also includes two game modes, “Original Mode” which plays the same as the original Wii version, and “New Mode” which introduces a handful of new items to make the game easier, including extra health. This version also includes an extra world with eight new levels not present in the original Wii version.
Despite it being a high-quality game, there’s a lot of Nintendo players that have focused on the Wii or Wii U installments and left a lot the 3DS copies floating on the market at a low price. In fact, you can even find a Nintendo Selects version for only $9 for the cart or $10 complete.
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Ridge Racer 3D: $13
The Ridge Racer series is an iconic franchise in the arcade-style racing world, but was heavily focused on the Playstation consoles. It did occasionally make appearances on Nintendo and Xbox hardware and Ridge Racer 3D was a solid showing for the franchise and is one of the best racing games on the 3DS.
Ridge Racer also happened to be a launch title for the 3DS, so there’s lots of those early cartridges floating out there — especially as those early adopters moved onto other things.
Ridge Racer 3D features a variety of single play game modes along with StreetPass functionality in order to race 1-on-1 duels. It has some slippery handling, especially if you’re used to more realistic racers, but it provides a nice sense of speed and is a great pickup to supplement your 3DS library on a budget these days.
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Kirby Triple Deluxe: $14
While it might not be as well regarded as another 3DS Kirby game, Planet Robobot, Kirby Triple Deluxe is still regarded as one of the best games in the iconic series. Nintendo wasn’t afraid to lean into the 3D effects when it came to gameplay.
The gameplay of Triple Deluxe plays heavily on the third dimension. As Kirby, you are constantly moving between the foreground and background. This time the dangers come not only from left and right, but also from the front and behind.
Some Kirby fans would have liked Nintendo to push the boundaries of the Kirby franchise a bit more (like they eventually did later on), but Triple Deluxe is a solid value on the aftermarket and fans of the series should not skip it.
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New Super Mario Bros. 2 $14
Not for Resale Cart: $10
As we covered in our Best Cheap Nintendo DS Games guide, the original New Super Mario Bros kicked off a renewed enthusiasm for 2D Mario gameplay (we knew Nintendo had it in them, but it was refreshing to see it actually get delivered in a mainstream way) and it eventually carried over to the Wii, the Wii U, and also the 3DS in a proper sequel, New Super Mario Bros. 2.
New Super Mario Bros. 2’s main gameplay focus is on coins, with the primary goal being to collect one million. To help you meet these goals, New Super Mario Bros. 2 introduces some new power-up. The first is the Golden Fire Flower. As with the normal fire flower, this power-up allows Mario to throw fireballs—but now they are fireballs with an explosive blast radius. Moreover, each fireball can destroy brick blocks and even turn them into coins as it does so.
Another new power-up is the coin block hat. This turns Mario’s head into a coin block, so that each jump he makes, turn he takes, or step he runs, gives Mario an additional coin.
Like Super Mario 3D Land, the game also seems to be influenced heavily on Super Mario Bros. 3, as it features Raccoon Mario, the P-Meter, and the Koopalings. This, of course, is a nice way to wrap up the nostalgia trip that makes a blockbuster Mario game. Needless to say, all this plus some new level types and game modes makes for a must-add to your 3DS library. Fortunately, the game sold very well, so there’s plenty of copies to help keep the price ranges reasonable.
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Paper Mario: Sticker Star: $14
Up through the Nintendo DS line, the Mario RPG-like games on Nintendo’s portables were in the “Mario and Luigi” series with the consoles having their Paper Mario series that began on the N64. Perhaps, that was mostly due the hardware limitation, but it was refreshing to see a proper Paper Mario arrive on the 3DS. However… with Sticker Star (and the Wii U follow-up, Color Splash), there’s less RPG elements along the way.
“There’s no party system and any kind of leveling and progression (besides a few bonuses that raise Mario’s hit points permanently) is replaced by stickers, that play the main role in almost every aspect of the game. There is a return to turn-based battles, however. Overall, it’s a streamlined system for better or worse. But Mario fans that enjoy these type of humorous and compelling games (like my son, especially) should find Sticker Star to be a great value.
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Hey Pikmin!: $12
The Pikmin series, which originated on the Gamecube and made its way to the other Nintendo consoles along the way ended up getting a lone portable installment in the form of Hey Pikmin.
However, it should be noted that Hey Pikmin is a bit of a gameplay departure from the traditional games in the series (and that’s OK if you set your expectations as such).
The “standard” Pikmin games (which we highlighted in our Defining Gamecube guide) are an approachable and engaging take on the real-time-strategy genre and have a mostly top-down perspective. Hey Pikmin!, on the other hand, is more of a 2D side-scroller puzzle platformer with a more zoomed-in perspective. Many of the themes are similar with the rest of the series, but this change of presentation and experience combined with a bit less challenge and slightly slower pace threw off a lot of the fans. As a result, there hasn’t been as much demand for the game as the console Pikmin games.
The silver lining is that you can now pick this up rather inexpensively and add a quite pleasant game to your library. It’s also a solid recommendation for kids — my 7 year old really enjoys all Pikmin game and really was looking forward to picking this one up. Afterward, he admitted it was easier (he was able to beat it himself vs needing assistance), it was different and still very fun. And much like the rest of the Pikmin series, it is filled with charm, humor, and problem-solving, which makes for a wonderful diversion.
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PilotWings Resort: $9
The PilotWings series has traditionally been used as a way to show off some technical capabilities of the hardware it shows up on (the Mode 7 effects on the SNES, the 3D strengths of the N64 and then the portable power and then the stereoscopic 3D effects of the 3DS. Obviously, PilotWings games are meant to be fun as well and many Nintendo fans have a soft spot for the series, so it was a welcome addition.
As those familiar to the series might expect, Pilotwings Resort consists of two main game modes, namely mission mode and free flight mode. Mission mode consists of different sets of challenges to test your flight skills. The missions are highly enjoyable and replayable (at least up until you get 3 star ratings on them), and the final Diamond class offers up some fantastic challenges to master. Free Flight mode is always a pleasure to relax, offering something different from your typical gaming fare.
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Bit.Trip Saga : $6
The Bit.Trip series started as a handful of downloadable titles that focuses giving some basic gameplay fundamentals combined with rhythm games elements with retro+modern aesthetic. This Saga compilation features Bit. Trip Beat (initially pitched as “Pong with Music” but was eventually fleshed out to be deeper and shows Rez inspirations), Bit.Trip Core (a game inspired by the Atari 2600’s Cosmic Ark, but has many Guitar Hero influences), Bit.Trip Void (a bullet hell shooter, obstacle course, and maze game hybrid), Bit.Trip Runner (a platformer with rhythm elements, Bit.Trip Fate (a rhythm rail shooter/horizontal shootemup), and Bit.Trip Flux (combines many elements of the first five games in the series).
Even though you can get these games elsewhere, the compilation is a great way to experience them all. And the games are so portable friendly. They really encapsulate what mobile gaming is all about — especially for those that like snack-size gaming. They also will appeal to those that have retro gaming leanings.
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Sega 3D Classics Collection : $12
I’m always a fan of Sega arcade + console classics. However, I don’t recommend picking up just any Sega compilation — especially since certain games get repeated throughout on a regular basis.
However, this compilation was not only put together by the great team at M2 but it also includes some gems such as Power Drift, which hasn’t seen a lot of ports and wasn’t available previously in the eShop outside of Japan. It also happens to be one of the best racing games on the 3DS. And as you might expect, the game have also been enhanced to take advantage of stereoscopic 3D effects. Oh, and this one might have the best cover art of them — possibly even topping the Sega Saturn’s Sega Ages release.
In addition to Power Drift, Sonic and Galaxy Force 2 the strongest games in this fine collection. On top of those you get Fantasy Zone II W (2008 remake of the arcade game),
Fantasy Zone II: The Tears of Opa-Opa (from the Master System) Maze Hunter 3D, Puyo Puyo 2, Altered Beast, and Thunderblade (the arcade version).
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Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone: $10
The Art Academy series started off as DSiWare “semesters” before having an enhanced retail release on the Nintendo DS platform. Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone increased the the quality and offered a more complete experience.
The series as a whole is advertised as an art training simulation which can teach and help anyone to develop their art skills and techniques that can be applied with real-life tools and materials. The skills are intended to be transferable to art practice outside the game. The series has received rather solid feedback and is a great opportunity to add a relaxing “edutainment” cartridge to your library — reminiscent of the Brain Age “boom” of the mid DS-era.
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Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate: $10
Capcom’s Monster Hunter series has grown greatly since its debut on the PS2 including a handful of installments on Nintendo’s platforms — including more than one on the 3DS.
Players who want a break from fast-paced action titles will appreciate the calm and tactical gameplay of the Monster Hunter franchise. The series transforms players into monster hunters as they perform hunts for the nearby village. Monster Hunter takes players on an endless cycle of honing their talents, hunting monsters, and collecting parts to make more impressive weapons and armor.
It should be noted that the series can be a bit intimidating for newcomers. Monster Hunter’s combat is a deep, richly nuanced, and immensely gratifying affair, full of secrets, details, and evolutions to discover and master tens of hours into the game.
It is up to you if you want to dive into the series on the 3DS — there’s newer installments and the series is available on both consoles and handhelds. For this reason, its pretty easy to find this 3DS version on the cheap.
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Bravely Second: End Layer : $13
Bravely Second: End Layer is a follow-up to one of the best RPG games on the 3DS handheld — especially if you like turn-based battles. Unfortunately, you won’t find the original game in the series quite as inexpensively — its in the $35 to $50 range based on the condition.
We put this installment further down on this guide based on the fact that it is highly recommended you opt for the original as a prerequisite play — even if End Layer has a number of improvements over the original.
Regardless, both games blend the best of what you can expect from PS1-era Square/Enix RPGs with lots of modern innovations. This includes adjustable random encounters, augmented reality cutscenes, and its innovative Brave/Default battle system that makes leveling up different job a joy.
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Other Cheap Gems:
- Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition: $11-$14 (eBay)
- Zelda Tri Force Heroes: $9-$11 (eBay)
- Hyrule Warriors Legends: $11-$13 (eBay)
- Fire Emblem Warriors: $10-$12 (eBay)
- Kingdom Hearts 3D Dream Drop Distance : $12-$16 (eBay)
- Harvest Moon: A New Beginning: $13-$14 (eBay)
- Super Mario Maker: $12-$15 (eBay)
- Scribblenauts Unlimited: $6-$7 (eBay)
- Ultimate NES Remix:$9 -$11 (eBay)
- Mario Tennis Open: $11-$12 (eBay)
- Rayman Origins: $15-$16 (eBay)
- Pokemon Rumble Blast: $9-$10 (eBay)
- Mario Party Island Tour: $12-$14 (eBay)
- Mario Party Star Rush: $15-$17 (eBay)
- Sonic Generations: $14-$16 (eBay)
- Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games: $9-$10 (eBay)
- Chibi-Robo Zip Lash: $3-$5 (eBay)
- Angry Birds Trilogy: $6-$7 (eBay)
- Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer: $14-$18 (eBay)
- Harvest Moon: The Tale Of Two Towns: $14-$16 (eBay)
- Yoshi’s New Island: $14-$18 (eBay)
- Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion: $9-$10 (eBay)
- Rayman 3D: $11-$14 (eBay)
- Angry Birds Star Wars: $4-$5 (eBay)
- Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed: $10-$12 (eBay)
- Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice: $12-$15 (eBay)
- Super Monkey Ball 3D: $11-$12 (eBay)
- Big Hero 6: Battle in the Bay: $5-$6 (eBay)
- Frozen & Big Hero 6 Disney 2 Pack: $15-$18 (eBay)
- Myst 3DS: $12-$17 (eBay)
- Kirby Planet Robobot [Not for Resale]: $14-$16 (eBay)
- Mario Tennis Open [Not for Resale]: $13-$14 (eBay)
- Mario and Luigi: Dream Team [Not for Resale]: $13-$14 (eBay)
at 12:20pm by racketboy
March 11th, 2021 at 5:39pm
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A real alternative to nVidia 3Dvision or when cheap doesn’t mean bad I once bought for my organization a wonderful GeForce video card in a beautiful box, where, in addition to the card itself, there were also glasses with LCD shutters .
For someone born in the USSR, this was not the first acquaintance with stereoscopy. As a child, there were stereo slides and trips to a stereo cinema, so seeing 3D games directly in 3D was at least interesting.
But it’s really a good idea, games used OpenGL and Direct3D and it was not difficult for nVidia to change the position of the “camera” in the game to get angles for the right and left eyes, even if the creators of the game didn’t even think about it. Of course, there were problems with the menus, game indicators and sights, they still haunt stereoscopic enthusiasts to this day, although the developers of the so-called “3D drivers” and nVidia among them manage to deal with this, and not without success …
However, with With the death of CRT displays, the topic of stereoscopic games on personal computers died out. Yes, and she did not look very attractive, due to a strong drop in brightness and a noticeable flicker. In addition, there was no pronounced “wow – effect” like in a movie theater.
Like modern 3D monitors and TVs, the 3D image floated somewhere in the depths of the monitor, like in an aquarium and almost didn’t come out, no matter what the mercenary trolls wrote on the hardware forums, alas, oh, the effect of the volume is still connected with the screen size, so there is no point in any portable devices with 3D screens …
And there are at least two reasons, the first is that the illusion of volume is created by the presence of horizontal parallaxes of image angles. Accordingly, when the image scale changes, the scale of screen parallaxes changes accordingly, and as a result, the illusion of volume created by these parallaxes. These are not some psychological features of visual perception, this is ordinary mathematics, stupid and merciless.
However, the aforementioned psychological features of image perception are just the second reason for drowning objects with negative screen parallaxes (going beyond the screen) under the screen surface. Well, the human mind, being in its right mind and sober mind, does not want to see an image that goes beyond the screen. “Cats are not allowed, not allowed” – in professional stereo cinema this is called “Squeeze-out effect of the edge of the screen”.
In a cinema, this problem is solved simply by a large screen that blocks the viewer’s angle of view, so even massive objects can be significantly displayed in the space of the hall, and all sorts of contrasting sparks, stars, splashes and drops of blood will readily scatter all over the hall 🙂
But let’s go back to ours today, and today we have a lot of 3D TVs, monitors and projectors that have become so affordable that I personally, due to the above reasons, don’t see much point in TVs and monitors.
IMHO the only feature of 3D TVs is that they are able to reproduce the stereo image in anamorphic “side by side” and “over-under” formats. Thus, you can watch 3D movies from a regular DVD or downloaded from the Internet without much delay. I remember watching 3D videos from YouTube on a friend’s TV, long before 3D Vision support appeared, I simply expanded it to full screen, and turned the TV on “side by side”. And although the anamorphic “side by side” IMHO is evil and trash, today it is the de facto standard. Satellite 3D channels work in it, most household 3D cameras and cameras record in it, 3D films walk around the nets in it.
However, with the same success, 3D movies can be watched on a computer, for Windows and Linux there is a wonderful free program by Kirill Gavrilov www.sview.ru
Of the paid programs, the most popular is StereoscopicPlayer 3dtv.at, which also allows you to play BlueRay3D discs and unprotected cinema containers.
For owners of nVidia 3D Vision, there is a free version of Stereoscopic, and in general, nVidia captivates with its simplicity and readiness to use the system out of the box, but it is no coincidence that the toad and the nVidia logo are the same color. 3D vision kits are not cheap at all, and after some version of the drivers, they only work with relatively new nVidia video cards, although earlier, even on ION, everything worked fine, not in terms of games, but you could watch movies, not like now :- (Another manifestation of the nVidia toad is that if you use a projector \ TV \ monitor for which you already have the appropriate glasses, you still have to buy a 3D Vision set. It’s good that nVidia glasses sometimes work in this situation, otherwise, it’s quite a shame, given the high cost of the original glasses from nVidia.However, the need for invention is cunning, and the Chinese brothers did not take long to wait.Usually, Chinese crafts are associated with something primitive, in many ways inferior to the original.And in this regard, 3D Vision The kits from PALMEXX frankly amazed me, because in comparison with them, the original 3D Vision kits from nVidia look poor quality, crooked and damp!
I will say as a simple consumer. The set from nVidia consists of a “pyramid” on which the control wheel is located and the glasses themselves, since the connection between them is infrared, the “pyramid” must be within line of sight, if you use a 3D monitor, this will not be any particular problem, but with the projector will have to dance. And you will have to dance with a tambourine, because the “pyramid” is bad for USB extension cables and hubs 🙂 Glasses from nVidia are not bad, but two of my comrades have already died, and in a very strange way one LCD shutter failed, with fully working electronics.
Unlike the original nVidia 3D Vision, the PALMEXX 3D PX-203 KIT clone can’t even dare to be called a clone, because in addition to an affordable price, it uses a two-way radio channel at 2.4GHz, that is, the “pyramid” can be thrown behind the system unit and forgotten about its existence, control buttons are right on the glasses!
They do not fail, do not fall off, and out of 40 points, over the course of six months, I only once encountered a breakdown, in the form of a detached LCD shutter cable, which was safely stuck back and pushed in with a plug. (In the original nVidia, the cables are glued/welded and the hell knows how to fix them.) In general, after the ordeals with nVidia 3D Vision, I still go under the impression of PALMEXX, there are no words, only emotions, and positive ones at that!
“Pyramids” and PALMEXX glasses are easily sold both as a set and separately, which allows you to save a lot if you already have a 3D TV or DLP-Link projector with the appropriate glasses. PALMEXX also makes DLP-Link glasses, and they cost a little less than glasses for a radio set, but for myself I chose radio glasses, because unlike DLP-Link, 3D Vision glasses always display angles correctly, and with DLP-Link it happens 50 \50 which in general is not scary, because in all programs it is possible to quickly change the angles in places, but it’s just more convenient.
PS. Here is such a “review” \ “stream of consciousness”, excuse me, I’m a bad copywriter, but a lot of 3D technology has been going through my hands lately, so I decided to share my experience, because I have something to compare, and not stupidly admire new technologies, provoking people to buy unnecessary rubbish … If there is interest, I can also write how to play 3D on Radeons, how to watch movies on the ceiling and not break your neck, how to shoot/render and edit stereoscopic material. In general, since the writing of this post, this whole 3D topic has gone far beyond hobby and experimentation for me, into serious scientific work, so I actually don’t even know how to continue, it all worked, everything worked out (even some videos in tyrnet began to spread), but there is too much to write about.
The best 3D games for iPhone and iPad | PC World
When the first iPhone was announced in 2007, it caused a sensation in the market. Convenient software, technological “chips” … However, at that time, few people imagined that this platform would become a leader in terms of the quality and quantity of third-party software for it, because there were no opportunities to install programs. Steve Jobs said something confidently about HTML 5 and browser software, but further developments showed that even geniuses are wrong.
Then the AppStore app store appeared, which began to develop by leaps and bounds. Features of the Apple platform (a small number of devices, the same hardware, the absence of “customized” software, a convenient SDK with strict design requirements, serious moderation) allowed developers to create convenient and beautiful games and programs. And millions of users around the world happily bought them (after all, the closeness greatly limited the ability to install “stolen” software), which only stimulated programmers to further achievements.
According to IDC, now nine out of ten mobile software developers say they are very interested in creating applications for the iPhone/iPad. Not without reason, many popular games first came out in versions for iOS and only then ported to other platforms. Apple’s OS has made it possible to become world famous and such hits as Angry Birds and Cut The Rope. These games are a great way to kill time. Their distinguishing feature is short levels and cute but simple graphics.
However, in this article, we will talk about a different kind of iOS games. They are not just a way to brighten up boring hours, but a demonstration of all the capabilities of the platform with outstanding 3D graphics and fun gameplay. In fact, these are analogues of PC games adapted for smartphones and tablets. Moreover, it is easier to create them for iOS than, for example, for Android with its “zoo” of devices and frequent cases of incompatibility between hardware and software. In addition, the processors and video chips in the latest generations of iPhone and iPad are characterized by high performance.
All of these games, in addition to Infinity Blade, also exist in versions for the Android OS. True, they may not start on phones with weak technical stuffing, as well as on models with unsupported hardware (or unstable operation is possible). In addition, games are not always adapted for Android tablets, while they work equally well on iPhone and iPad. By the way, it is precisely because of fragmentation, as well as because of the high level of piracy, that the developers of the cult Infinity Blade are fundamentally unwilling to release a version for Android.
Real Racing 2
This game, released in 2011, stands out from its “racing” competitors in the AppStore. Since the main release, numerous updates have been released that look especially good on the latest iOS devices (like the iPhone 4S).
Pleased with the flexibility of settings in the game, allowing you to make it even more realistic. In addition to participating in numerous tracks and championships, there is an opportunity to compete in online races.
The creators of Dead Space fully managed to convey the eerie atmosphere of the struggle for survival, fear and anxiety. Even with touch controls, this game differs little from the original Dead Space, made in the style of survival horror (“survival in horror”).
You cannot move and shoot at the same time. In most cases, the player takes a defensive position and repels massive enemy attacks. Many elements of the computer version of the game have been transferred to mobile Dead Space, for example: weapons like a plasma cutter, as well as evil necromorphs. Dead Space for iOS features more intrusive music that often tickles the nerves of those who play with headphones.
Infinity Blade 2
After the release of the long-awaited sequel to one of the most popular 3D games for iOS, it came as no surprise to anyone that the demand for it broke all records. But to fully appreciate all the advantages of Infinity Blade 2 can only be on the latest hardware based on iOS.
The graphics are really impressive, no wonder this game is considered one of the best in its class. Add to this interesting gameplay, physics adapted to the touch screen as much as possible, elements of traditional RPGs, and you have an example of the perfect 3D smartphone game.
Galaxy on Fire 2
As the name suggests, Galaxy on Fire 2 is a space adventure game reminiscent of the cult classic Freelancer for PC.
Although the plot of Galaxy on Fire 2 is somewhat weak compared to the first version, the gameplay and touch controls are implemented at a decent level. So it is possible that you will lose several hours mining, trading and completing quests in numerous planetary systems. The HD version of the game supports additional visual effects that are compatible with new iOS devices.
Grand Theft Auto 3
In fact, touch screens are not the best way to enjoy all the features of GTA 3, which has become a kind of classic and opened up new levels of freedom in three-dimensional PC games.
But the fact remains: recently, the revolutionary game is also available on the screens of mobile devices. This is a complete copy of the computer “walker” with the same missions, cities, cars, radio stations, fights with innocent passers-by, etc. In general, nostalgia is provided. Despite the difficulties with the controls (it was much more convenient on a computer keyboard), the game certainly deserves attention.
An elegant shooting game with excellent graphics in which you jump, shoot and perform mind-blowing stunts in slow motion.
You are a police officer and you are threatened by a drug lord gang. The arsenal of weapons is huge: pistol, shotgun, machine gun, grenade launcher, etc. The game has many well-thought-out locations – a Latin American district, a nightclub, a police office, rich suburbs, an industrial zone. There are even online modes. Management is quite convenient.
An interesting space “action” from the first person, where you have to protect the human race from the invasion of aliens.
The game offers excellent 3D graphics, 13 levels, 5 radically different locations (jungle, snow peaks, space ship, bunker, alien city), 6 types of weapons. Online battles are also available.
Order & Chaos Online
The first fully 3D real-time multiplayer online RPG game.
You create your own character and develop it the way you like. More than 1000 skills and more than 2000 elements are available. You can find friends and enemies, trade, compete, communicate. This is a huge fantasy world, from which it is difficult to break away. And with great graphics too.
Prince of Persia: Warrior Within
Need for Speed SHIFT 2 Unleashed
Modern Combat 3
The third generation iPad was recently introduced. Its features are a powerful quad-core graphics processor and a screen with a resolution of 2048×1536 pixels. The device promises to be an excellent gaming platform. Developer Namco has already announced an exclusive SkyGamblers flight simulator for the new iPad, and Epic Games has announced the sequel to the popular Infinity Blade action game Dungeons. Judging by the first videos, these games amaze with the level of graphics. We are waiting for other announcements: many developers are planning to adapt their software for the new iPad.
Powerful 3D games for iOS include all popular genres, and the graphics are reminiscent of what we have recently seen on our PCs. An interesting trend is the increase in the number of ported games. Indeed, it is much easier to transfer an already existing “army of fans” to a new platform than to write a game specifically for mobile devices and market it from scratch.
Our review also shows that iOS games have made a significant leap forward over the past year and are even closer in capabilities to full-fledged game consoles.
In addition to high quality, another important component of the success of mobile games is their cost. Most of the top 3D games are under $7, and some are even cheaper.
The stumbling block for iOS on its way to becoming a serious gaming platform is the lack of physical controls. Accessories offered by third parties do not count. Instead of cramming as many gaming buttons into the screen as possible, individual developers have focused on exploiting the unique capabilities of the platform itself.