A pause for appreciation: 3D video on 3DS looks fantastic

Sure, there’s a lot to criticize about the way Nintendo’s managed 3DS’s initial months, but’darned if this little baby can’t do amazing things with the proper software. This week’s free Nintendo Video update, featuring a College Humor piece called “Next Level Hugs,” drives a point home like no other film I’ve seen on the handheld: With properly-filmed material, 3D movies look incredible on 3DS. The images pop with amazing’I mean, really, really amazing’life, clarity and convincing depth.

Give it a look and see if you agree. Next Level Hugs is not the funniest thing I’ve seen on Nintendo Video (Dinosaur Office and BearShark tie for that award), but it’s amusing enough and looks flat-out terrific.

Every time I wonder if 3D was a waste of resources, I see something like this and remember how much fun the process can be. More than ever, I want to see How to Train Your Dragon and Toy Story 3 on my 3DS. I want to play Super Mario 3D Land. I want to draw 3D cartoons.

Is 3D necessary? Of course not. Roller coasters, funnel cakes and helium balloons aren’t necessary, either. And I love ”˜em all. Not everything on 3DS should rely on 3D, but it’s a fantastic option to have for the right material.

So, set your 3DS on sleep mode for a few minutes and check out the two new additions! Yeah, there’s a second new video. It’s a movie trailer. Please don’t make me name it.