Nintendo 3DS Cosmo Black
A step up in gaming
the Nintendo 3DS is definitely a step up in the gaming. the minute I heard about it, I was really excited. there was 2 things that I noticed when I started playing it. 1:The graphics were good but not great. 2:When I turned the 3D on the screen got darker. But other than that, the 3DS is really good. The price of 170 dollars plus tax is really good and worth it.
Fun right out of the box, very affordable.
Although I originally purchased this only because my DSi screen was broken and needed to transfer my DSiware the system met all expectations. Right out of the box I was already entertained creating Miis and playing Face Raiders, best of all it's backwards compatible with all DSi and DS titles. Although I must mention that the battery life is pathetic and I really recommend buying a Nyko Powerpak+ to extend it. Overall the system may not be as powerful as the PS Vita but it is way more affordable and has all your favourite titles like Zelda and Mario. This all comes down to one point, buy it.
Not Worth It... Yet
So far, there are no games for the 3DS. I bought it at $250 and it was a complete waste, after the price drop I still wouldn't recommend it. It's a nice handheld but with nothing to play, it'll collect dust. If you plan on buying one, do yourself a favour and wait until there are 4 or 5 games you know you'll like to play.
Was Worth It Before the Price Drop
I bought my 3DS a month after it came out and I've never regretted it, even when the price dropped $80. As a system, it does a lot. It has great games, great graphics, plays 3D video and even has its own online store. It didn't launch with very many good games, probably explaining the reason why it didn't sell so well, but there will be many more great games being released in the next few months and already has many games built into the system (e.g. face raiders, find mii, etc.). If you're on the edge of buying one of these, I would definitely recommend that you do.
I waited some time before doing a review on the 3DS, I wanted to make sure If I was going to recommend or not this to someone that I had a good knowledge of it before doing so.
First off, one of the biggest questions people have is "Will the 3D work for me?" Then answer is Yes. (As long as you have 2 working eyes, the 3D will work for you, even if you have glasses, or contacts, even if you have Astigmatism, the 3D will work for you)
The 3D for the most part is dependant on the games, developers have the choice if they want to use Depth 3D (where the images are pushed back into the screen, like your looking into a box, Super Street Fighter 4 3D is a good example of this) or if they use the "pop out" 3D where the images seem to come out of the screen at you.
For the most part all the games I have seen use the Depth style of 3D effect, though there are the odd moments that some objects do seem to come out of the screen in some games.
Another question I get asked frequently.
Does the 3D actually make the gameplay better? Or it is just a tacky add-on?
This one is also game dependant, some games, like Super Street Fighter 4 3D, do not "need" the 3D effect, but it does make the game look very cool. Games like Lego Starwars III: The Clone Wars on the other hand make very good use of the 3D as it can help you not only to judge jumping distance, but other things, which I will not spoil for you.
Moving on the 3DS has a variety of solid software built right in, good fun games like Face Raiders, which makes use of not only the 3D camera but the 3DS's gyroscope features as you have to move about fighting enemies and bosses of the people you take pictures of.
Also the Mii maker is just as robust if not more so than the version on the Wii, you can also use the camera to scan the more and more popular QR codes to bring Mii's right into your 3DS, or save your favorite Mii's as QR codes and post them online for other to scan your creation right into their 3DS.
Some of the other features are game coins, which uses the built-in pedometer to count steps you take, granting you 1 coin per 100 steps you take, upto a max of 10 coins per day and 300 coins total at any given time.
Those coins can be used for various things, like in Lego Star Wars III, you can use them to purchases unique characters from the shop, which can not be purchased without them. You can also use the coins to unlock more AR games.
Speaking of AR games, its another nice addition to the 3DS, when you buy the system you get a package of AR cards that have various uses, for playing games from fighting dragons, to archery, to a bowling type thing and more, also dont worry of you lose or wreck your AR cards, you can download and print off new ones from Nintendos website.
The 3DS also has brought something alot of people wanted which was a analog stick, which is the Circle pad, right above the D-Pad is the circle, which works in virtually all 3DS games, though some of the original DS games dont make use of it (Yes the 3DS IS Backwards Compatible with DS games)
**For Parents** I should also mention that parents who are considering buying this for their kids, but have some fears, worry not, the 3DS has a full parental control system built in that allows you to disable the 3D, restrict internet access, disable access to the eShop, and the ever popular restrict titles from running based on their ESRB ratings and disable Netflix.
You can even restrict the addition of friends to their lists if you choose, so you can keep a eye on who your kids will be meeting online.
All in all the 3DS is a outstanding system, well worth the price point.
Also as of June 6th, 2011 here in Canada the 3DS will have its next update, which will enable the eShop, Internet Browser and add Netflix to the system, so the many features and uses of the 3DS is continuing to grow.
Its a must buy.
This is awesome
The 3ds is awesome but i dont think there is a red i think that is just a scam a kid made
OMG CAN'T WAIT 4 DAYS
I pre-ordered it tonight at eb games and just on time too there was only 4 left. Now i have to wait 4 days to get its awesome glory.
OMG i cannot wait to get my hands on these!!
i cannot wait i don't know if you guys are nerds at lvl. 8 like me but i watched the GDC (Game Devolpers Conferance) and they talked acout Netflix on the 3DS video recording and more!!!! I CANNOT WAIT!!!!!!
Excited and curious
I've been anticipating the 3DS since it was first revealed. I'm most excited about the 3D screen and how it will affect gameplay. So far, the launch line up looks pretty good, but like the original DS, it will only get better in time!
Having backwards compatibility is also a huge bonus, because there are SO many DS games that are worth playing through.
Although from what I've seen, you should pre-order this machine ASAP. Otherwise, you risk not being able to get one for a while (remember the Wii around launch?). Japan only had 400,000 for it's first day of sale, and rumour has it, there will only be about 100,000 for the whole of Great Britain.
Pre-order it now, people!
I Pre-Ordered this mind blasting system.
I Traded in my DSi towards the pre-order of Nintendo 3DS and have it paid off!!!!