Amazing Pseudo-3D DSiWare Game Coming To America In May

The formerly Japan-only downloadable DS game that wowed us with its tricky no-glasses-needed 3D graphics appears to be set for a May 17.

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The game, known as 3D Hidden Picture in Japan, will be called Looksley's Line Up, and you can see for yourself if the footage above matches the brand-new DSiWare date and description issued by Nintendo today.

Looksley's Line Up (Nintendo DSiWare, May 17): In this unique take on hidden picture games, Looksley the rabbit needs your help to find inspiring objects so he can finish the story he's writing. The objects are hidden in 3-D dioramas made up of cutout layers that shift as you move the Nintendo DSi system. Unique Nintendo DSi camera-based controls let you peer deep into the game's scenes and hunt for hidden objects just by moving the Nintendo DSi.

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During the recent flurry of news about Nintendo's upcoming no-glasses-needed 3DS portable system, many Kotaku readers speculated that this game was actually a prototype for the next Nintendo system. Maybe it is an exploration of techniques used in the future. Or maybe it's just a cool thing for now. After all, if this kind of 3D can be done on a Nintendo DSi, then what would we need a 3DS for?

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DISCUSSION

It's things like this that keep Nintendo fresh and innovative. However, I feel that MS and Sony are doing well by keeping their gameplay non-gimmicky. The glasses-less 3D application is a great idea-for a few games. The number one problem with Nintendo is its force feeding of their mechanics into its platform's games. Could you imagine a Gears of War that required Natal so you could make the motions to roadie run everywhere?

I gotta say though, 3D is a lot less of a big deal than waggle. I mean, Paper Mario that uses this tech? Could be interesting, even if just for a graphics utilization. I just don't want to see echochrome puzzles in EVERY game that comes out now. Well, maybe one or two won't hurt.

This is a great idea for a game utilizing the technology though, definite buy if I had a DSi and an attention span that could only be quelled by I Spy, or a kid. Erm..if I had a kid I mean, not an attention span that can only be quelled by one...yeah...

tl;dr

Good for graphics and I Spy, not for a forced puzzle element in every new DS game.