Interpret LLC vice president Dan Casey announced the results of the study during the 3D Gaming Summit earlier today. Only 22 percent of users surveyed said that the 3D effect benefited games, compared to 28 percent who said 3D had a negative effect. 13 percent also stated that they preferred to play games with 3D effects turned off.
In a more general survey of 1600 adults, 60 percent of respondents were aware of the system's existence, with 28 percent of those unaware that the handheld did not require 3D glasses.
Only 7 percent of users responded that a handheld device would provide an ideal 3D game experience. This was far outweighed by 56 percent who responded that a 3D-enabled console on an HD TV was ideal for 3D games.
Dissatisfaction with 3D games on handheld devices may be in part because 23 percent of respondents said their interest in 3D gaming was based on gaining an advantage in online multiplayer games. Few online multiplayer games have yet to release for the Nintendo 3DS.
Nintendo cut the price of the Nintendo 3DS by a third last month.
The price cut followed a disappointing launch, with less than half a million systems sold in both the US and Japan.
L: Star Fox 64 3D. R: Mario Kart for Nintendo 3DS.
The European launch was more successful, breaking the sales records of both the Wii and DS for the region.
Sales for the Nintendo 3DS have been on the rise since the price cut. Nintendo recently revealed the new Misty Pink colour for the 3DS, which will launch in Japan next month.