You don’t say: 3DS will beat 3D TV to mass market

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Nintendo’s 3DS will beat 3D TV to the mass market? I don’t doubt that at all. Look, I’m the textbook early adopter. My electronics purchasing habits border on insanity. Usually if you need to know something about consumer electronics, find me. I already bought it. But not 3D TV. I’ve been looking at them for a long time, and I feel like they have a very long way to go before the mass market is going to use them. Even the gaming applications haven’t sold me yet. And you know it’s bad when a crazed early adopter doesn’t want something.

But I do want a 3DS. You do too. Everyone does, even if they don’t know it yet. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata feels pretty good about his 3D game system beating 3D televisions to the mass market.  As we pointed out before, Iwata told the company’s investors recently that “people in Hollywood currently do not believe that 3D television sets will be able to spread into ordinary households with rapid speed. I have the impression that they see Nintendo 3DS as a strong candidate to become the very first 3D device to be able to spread into the mass market in massive volumes.”

As far as i know, this is going to be the cheapest way to get into 3D outside those silly red and blue glasses that come in cereal boxes. Plus, that no-glasses thing really counts for something. Here’s how this early adopter sees it: 3D TVs make me dizzy and give me a headache. The 3DS thrilled me. Beyond cost and glasses and everything else, it’s a better technology. I can’t wait for the 3DS!

Are you in the same boat? Have you passed on 3D TV? Are you ready for the 3DS?

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