2011-06-29

Nintendo 3DS – Some Second Opinions

by Yo Snyder

From Stevo:

I LOVE portable gaming.
 No, really.  In fact, I have played video games on the go since my
eleventh birthday when I got the original Game Boy with Super Mario Land. Sadly, in the last couple of years, there hasnt been a lot of games to excite me for portable gaming. Sure I destroyed Angry Birds
(getting 3 stars on all levels), and I do randomly play many more games
on my iPad, but its been awhile since anything really made me want to
put down the controller for something I can play anywhere.  Maybe its
because of the huge gap in portable gaming graphics compared to
consoles, or maybe there just needed to be a change.  Enter the Nintendo
3DS.  When it was announced I was curious how the technology worked. I
was also curious what kind of game library would accompany said
technology.  Sadly, Im still waiting on the latter, but lets talk about
the first.

The Nintendo 3DS uses a
stereoscopic 3D display allowing for 3D images without the use of
glasses.  Already a huge plus.  Basically, think of the old posters
where you stare at an image for a minute, and next thing you know a
sailboat pops out at you. Unfortunately, just like those posters, if you
move too much it hurts your eyes and you lose the effect.  Most of the
time I find myself turning the 3D slider to the off position (which is
great that they give you the option.)  The size of the screens are one
of the bigger pluses for me, and the use of the lower touch screen is
actually more appealing to me than my iPad.  Another plus is all of the
software that comes with the system.  Face Raiders is a shooter
that makes use of the built-in camera, and the motion sensor.  The game
takes a photo of your face, and places you as the target.  You then
have to physically move around the room to shoot at the many face
targets flying around. A lot of fun, and the more faces you collect,
the more levels you unlock.  The 3DS really hits on the online gaming
with friends aspect as well (something sorely lacking on former
consoles).  You have the option to make friends and see when they are
online, and what they are playing.  Im still waiting to see just how
far this will go in the future with new titles, but the idea alone is a
step up.  Im also a big fan of the Nintendo eShop.  The eShop is an
online store where you can download game trailers, and full titles. 
Ive already purchased Dr. Mario and Excitebike 3D
Two amazing games I loved growing up.  Of course, as I talk about all
the good of the 3DS, I cant help but see a downside to owning it right
out of the gate.  So far, there just isnt a whole lot of NEW games to
play.  Ive spent some serious hours pouring into the current lineup,
and the only game that makes me say its worth owning is The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3Dwhich
is still not a new game.  Another small gripe I have is the spacing
of the buttons.  Not much is different here from the DSi, and for a guy
with long fingers I usually have a hand cramp within the 1st hour.  The analog stick is an added plus, and does help with numb thumb.   So is the 3DS worth your hard earned cash?

At the end of the day,
yeseventually.  The 3DS has some amazing technology, and the potential
to change portable gaming with titles like Luigis Mansion 2 and Kid Icarus,
but those titles are still months away.  I have had a blast with my
3DS, and would definitely give it two thumbs up (if they didnt hurt so
much) but dont feel like you have to rush out and grab it right away. 
The games are coming, slowly but surely, and Im looking forward to the
fall when I can truly say you NEED this.  Of course, if you are planning
of picking it up anyway then get to it.  It has enough to be desired,
and in the long run, is the best hand held system out there.

From Will:

When
I first got my 3DS, I was anxiously anticipating a whole new world of
3D gaming Unfortunately I had to wait 3 months for a game to be
released that I found worth while. Another disappointment was the 3
month wait to download the internet browser. I feel Nintendo really
jumped the gun with releasing the 3DS but after a couple months feeling a
bit bitter about my purchase, Nintendo totally redeemed themselves! I
finally began utilizing my 3DS with the release of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
The 3D appearance is great, as long as the gamer remains stationary. It
is very easy to lose line of sight while using the 3D which ends up in a
dizzying eye cross. I find myself playing 80 percent of the time with
the 3D turned off to save battery and my eyes. The Mii StreetPass system
is a helpful and easy way to link up with other gamers. Right now
Nintendo seems to be relying on a lot of older games like Zelda,
Resident Evil, Splinter Cell Once Fall comes around with the new Super Mario, Luigis Mansion 2, and a few other anticipated titles I think the 3DS will finally reach its capacity for gaming.

,

From Stevo:

I LOVE portable gaming.
 No, really.  In fact, I have played video games on the go since my
eleventh birthday when I got the original Game Boy with Super Mario Land. Sadly, in the last couple of years, there hasnt been a lot of games to excite me for portable gaming. Sure I destroyed Angry Birds
(getting 3 stars on all levels), and I do randomly play many more games
on my iPad, but its been awhile since anything really made me want to
put down the controller for something I can play anywhere.  Maybe its
because of the huge gap in portable gaming graphics compared to
consoles, or maybe there just needed to be a change.  Enter the Nintendo
3DS.  When it was announced I was curious how the technology worked. I
was also curious what kind of game library would accompany said
technology.  Sadly, Im still waiting on the latter, but lets talk about
the first.

The Nintendo 3DS uses a
stereoscopic 3D display allowing for 3D images without the use of
glasses.  Already a huge plus.  Basically, think of the old posters
where you stare at an image for a minute, and next thing you know a
sailboat pops out at you. Unfortunately, just like those posters, if you
move too much it hurts your eyes and you lose the effect.  Most of the
time I find myself turning the 3D slider to the off position (which is
great that they give you the option.)  The size of the screens are one
of the bigger pluses for me, and the use of the lower touch screen is
actually more appealing to me than my iPad.  Another plus is all of the
software that comes with the system.  Face Raiders is a shooter
that makes use of the built-in camera, and the motion sensor.  The game
takes a photo of your face, and places you as the target.  You then
have to physically move around the room to shoot at the many face
targets flying around. A lot of fun, and the more faces you collect,
the more levels you unlock.  The 3DS really hits on the online gaming
with friends aspect as well (something sorely lacking on former
consoles).  You have the option to make friends and see when they are
online, and what they are playing.  Im still waiting to see just how
far this will go in the future with new titles, but the idea alone is a
step up.  Im also a big fan of the Nintendo eShop.  The eShop is an
online store where you can download game trailers, and full titles. 
Ive already purchased Dr. Mario and Excitebike 3D
Two amazing games I loved growing up.  Of course, as I talk about all
the good of the 3DS, I cant help but see a downside to owning it right
out of the gate.  So far, there just isnt a whole lot of NEW games to
play.  Ive spent some serious hours pouring into the current lineup,
and the only game that makes me say its worth owning is The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3Dwhich
is still not a new game.  Another small gripe I have is the spacing
of the buttons.  Not much is different here from the DSi, and for a guy
with long fingers I usually have a hand cramp within the 1st hour.  The analog stick is an added plus, and does help with numb thumb.   So is the 3DS worth your hard earned cash?

At the end of the day,
yeseventually.  The 3DS has some amazing technology, and the potential
to change portable gaming with titles like Luigis Mansion 2 and Kid Icarus,
but those titles are still months away.  I have had a blast with my
3DS, and would definitely give it two thumbs up (if they didnt hurt so
much) but dont feel like you have to rush out and grab it right away. 
The games are coming, slowly but surely, and Im looking forward to the
fall when I can truly say you NEED this.  Of course, if you are planning
of picking it up anyway then get to it.  It has enough to be desired,
and in the long run, is the best hand held system out there.

From Will:

When
I first got my 3DS, I was anxiously anticipating a whole new world of
3D gaming Unfortunately I had to wait 3 months for a game to be
released that I found worth while. Another disappointment was the 3
month wait to download the internet browser. I feel Nintendo really
jumped the gun with releasing the 3DS but after a couple months feeling a
bit bitter about my purchase, Nintendo totally redeemed themselves! I
finally began utilizing my 3DS with the release of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
The 3D appearance is great, as long as the gamer remains stationary. It
is very easy to lose line of sight while using the 3D which ends up in a
dizzying eye cross. I find myself playing 80 percent of the time with
the 3D turned off to save battery and my eyes. The Mii StreetPass system
is a helpful and easy way to link up with other gamers. Right now
Nintendo seems to be relying on a lot of older games like Zelda,
Resident Evil, Splinter Cell Once Fall comes around with the new Super Mario, Luigis Mansion 2, and a few other anticipated titles I think the 3DS will finally reach its capacity for gaming.