Listen To The 3D Audio Samples From Nazo Waku Mansion

By Spencer . March 24, 2011 . 3:32pm

Capcom announced a creative title that’s one part point ‘n click adventure and one part sound novel. Nazo Waku Mansion has players explore a mysterious mansion by tilting the Nintendo 3DS and talking to guests through the game’s microphone.


A big selling point is the game’s 3D audio. Utilizing otophonics, Capcom promises players will be able to hear the sound of shattering glass, footsteps, and even people breathing with crisp 3D sound. Not sure? Then grab your headphones and click on the purple button to hear a sound in 3D. You can switch to other sounds by pressing the blue button that pops up underneath.




Famitsu also has a sample of audio to check out that spins around both ears. Listen to that track here.

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  • Omfg the hair dryer IS AWESOME, it made laught so much xD, i almost spilled my food while i was hearing… Dont do this while eating guys

    • Tom_Phoenix

      I have to agree, the hair dryer was particularly impressive. It almost felt like I was literally being dried!

      Trust Capcom to come up with something clever like this. :P

    • Darren M

      Google “Virtual Haircut” and prepare to be blown away, this technology’s been around for a long time but nobody uses it. It’s probably just too impractical to record anything really substantial.

      • Omfg i cant stop laughting xDD the bag part was too much

  • I didn’t know what 3D sound was… Now I know and I love it :D

  • malek86

    We have had fake surround through stereo headphones since forever. I definitely remember Silent Hill 2 and Fatal Frame, but I think there was also something before it. Fatal Frame was especially notable because the fake surround system actually worked somewhat decently even with the TV speakers, making it more useful (how many people play console games with headphones anyway?).

    It still doesn’t hold a candle to real surround, but I guess it’s kind of nice for handhelds. Although I always play them without heaphones, so yeah.

    • The DS can actually do pretty neat virtual surround without headphones. Metroid Prime: Hunters used it to great effect. 3DS can do it, too. :)

    • Suicunesol

      I never play handhelds without headphones. The little speakers just can’t compare to real headphones (and I mean real ones–not earphones).

      As for consoles, I remember always listening to audio through TV speakers. But one day I plugged my headphones into the console… and realized what I was missing.

      In any case, this is cool. Hairdryers is the best. Darren is right–this technology is not new at all. In fact, it’s all over the place. But it’s not often emphasized in video games.

  • Phoenix_Apollo

    I’m hoping this comes to America. I really am hoping it does.

  • There’s a lot of interesting things you can do with 3D sound using standard headphones. At my old company we made a series of games for the blind and visualliy impared. While they wasn’t the best games in the world or anything like the games we play, it was a new experience for that audience and they loved it.

    Really interested to see how Capcom use this technology.

  • Great Scott! This is heavy.

  • XD I actually went on a sort of story-telling amusement park ride like this in China. It’s so weird. If you close your eyes, the awe factor goes up by ten

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