Wii U 3D games at developer discretion

By Alan Ng - Nov 22, 2012

If you picked up the Wii U version of Assassin’s Creed 3, you’ll probably be very interested and surprised to find out that the game supports 3D via the GamePad. Nintendo hasn’t made a big fuss about adding 3D support into the Wii U, but on closer inspection we’ve found out that it’s not Stereoscopic 3D that is commonly used throughout the industry, but rather a different type of 3D all together that requires glasses.

Since Nintendo are interested in the glasses-free side of 3D at the moment, like what they released with the 3DS, the fact that non-Stereoscopic 3D is available on their new console with glasses is probably a good indication on why they didn’t tout this feature more prior to launch.

It turns out that the 3D available on the Wii U is a different format called stereoscopy and requires the use of a pair of magenta 3D glasses from Inficolor – not the active shutter type. Even then, not all games are 3D supported out of the box, as we understand that 3D games on the Wii U are going to be at a developer’s discretion like we’ve seen on some Xbox 360 and PS3 games, and will vary on a game to game basis.

Assassin’s Creed 3 is a very high profile game though and the ability to play 3D on the Wii U – glasses free or not is definitely an added luxury for new console owners. The screenshot that you can see above courtesy of IMGMR shows you the 3D settings available when playing Assassin’s Creed 3 on the Wii U GamePad.

Are you pleasantly surprised by this discovery, or are you one of the many who believe that 3D is becoming a dying tech already? You can bet if 3D games on the GamePad were possible without glasses, Nintendo would have made sure everyone knew about it before shipping their system out to US consumers.

On a side note, Black Ops on the PS3 had support for 3D visuals which again was at Treyarch’s discretion. Interestingly, as far as we’re aware, there is no 3D support on the Wii U version of Black Ops 2, but console versions do have an option to output in stereoscopic 3D just like the last game – a press release here confirms Treyarch struck a partnership with LG to make it happen.

For our UK readers who are waiting to pick up a Wii U – does the added option of 3D make you want a Wii U even more, or are you not bothered by this as it requires a different type of 3D glasses to work? For current Wii U owners – what other games do you hope will receive the 3D treatment like AC3?

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  • Motoxer

    @ Korgoth You obviously never played Killzone on a Samsung 3D TV. First person shooters make use of active shudder 3D especially well. Adding a new layer not found otherwise. It realy puts you in the game. Racing games are easier also because you can look down the coarse as you race. Resistance 3 is probably my favorite in 3D. Parabolic, magenta all those types of 3D are outdated…

  • Korgoth

    Games supporting 3D is nothing to be excited over. Luigi’s Mansion on the Gamecube supports 3D. 3D World Runner on the NES did too. The fact that the gamepad supports 3D is only mildly news, especially the type of 3D support.
    Personally, I have yet to see a good use of 3D in any form of media. It seems to be a way to pad movie ticket prices and that’s it! Never has it genuinely added to the experience.
    FYI: this message was posted with my Wii U from bed.

    • Zylfer

      The fact that you can use the Wii U from your bed is a seller for me. BRB going to buy one.

    • u have to play black ops 2, uncharted 3, or crysis 2 in 3d…will change your mind completely…and the wii u is excellence