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Wii U 3D games at developer discretion

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?

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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