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I’m Late, I’m Late… Because I fail. 3DS Finally.

…. Let’s just get to it.

The Nintendo 3DS released nearly a month ago now and I’d say that’s adequate time for me to get to know my new portable friend. First off let me say, the 3DS is a great system, I love my 3DS. The 3D effect without glasses is still a bit mind boggling and gives me a “wow” feeling every time I see a cool 3D effect. Such as, Ibuki’s hair popping out of the screen in Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition. The 3D effect can be turned off at any time by sliding the conveniently placed Depth Slider on the top screen either up (turn on) or down (turn off). Given the name, it is a slider and not just an on and off switch so if you want or need to use a middle ground, you can. Find what works for you. Personally, Max 3D, all the time.

Let’s all keep in mind though, the 3D effect will not work for everyone. If you’re looking to buy one because of the 3D, I would find a demo station or a friend who has it and try it out if you’re worried you might not be able to see it. Even though, if you’re buying the system because of the 3D effect, I think you need your gaming priorities straightened out.

In my time with my 3DS I’ve tried out most features, the AR games, the camera, streetpass, Mii Plaza, Face Raiders, etc. The only one I haven’t really tried is the sound one as I have a Zune HD and have no need for another portable MP3 player.

AR Games, or Augmented Reality Games are very cool and you really have to see it to understand. Especially in 3D. I’ve heard word that we’ll also be able to download some new AR games eventually so I cannot wait to see what they come up with.

Face Raiders is pretty good. You take a picture of yourself or your friends (if you can find the right ones, even pictures online) and they get transformed into floating heads. You have to look all around by physically moving yourself to find all the different faces and shoot your projectiles at them.

The D-pad is pretty nice and the Circle Pad is comfortable. Way better than the PSP’s nub (which doesn’t bother me anymore). L and R buttons are nice and sturdy it seems. Quite clicky. Better than the DSi and maybe the Lite’s L and R buttons.

Graphics on the 3DS are a huge step up from the DS. Considering Capcom was able to get the entirety of SSFIV on the 3DS without making too many compromises (static background instead of moving ones and a couple more little things) that should really tell you something. Most would say the 3DS can handle up to Wii standard graphics, which on a portable, is pretty good.

I don’t really remember what else I had to say, I could go on and on about every little feature but one, that’d get annoying, and second, it’s fun to discover what you can about it on your own.

Overall, the 3DS is quite nice and everyone I’ve shown it too have given positive comments about it and tell me how much they want one now. The selection of games available now is pretty decent, but if you’re a “hardcore” gamer, you’ll probably find nothing to your liking now aside from SSFIV3DE. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D releases in June (everywhere) and Resident Evil Mercenaries 3D releases in July.

For $250, the 3DS is a little steep for some, I get that, but it’s totally worth it if you have games you want to play on it.

Note: Nintendo will be releasing an eShop that will have classic GB, GBC and Sega Game Gear games on it, some redone to add 3D depth. As well as Demos, 3D movie trailers, and possibly some 3D NES and SNES games. No comment on the shop though as it won’t release until, “Late May.” Netflix to launch sometime in the Summer.

“The worst mistake you can make is to give up on yourself and stop challenging yourself for fear of failure. Keep moving forward with a firm eye on the future, telling yourself, “I’ll start from today!” “I’ll start afresh from now, from this very moment!” ~ Unknown


April 23, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

3DS Thoughts On The Way; Let’s Talk Arthur

I know I said I’d have 3DS thoughts and impressions written. They’re on their way. I’ve had the system for about two weeks now and I think that’s fair enough time to get to know the system, figure out it’s pros and cons, and get impressions from others I’ve shown the system to. Hopefully I’ll have them up Saturday but we’ll see. Oh and yes, I caved and bought Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition as well as Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars, so I’ll give brief impressions of those are well.

On the other hand, I went and saw Arthur last night at midnight. My friend and I love Russel Brand so we were super excited to see it. Could we have waited til tonight or something? Sure, but where’s the fun in that?

Arthur is actually a remake of the 1981 rom-com film starring Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli. I haven’t had a chance to see the 1981 film yet, but my friend tells me that this new Arthur, starring Russel Brand is actually a mix of the two 80’s films. They took elements from both and put them into one movie, which is okay by me. I enjoyed the movie very much and Russel Brand is hilarious as always. It’s a bit more tame, humor wise, than other movies Russel’s done. Namely, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek, which is why I think if you’re not a fan of Russel Brands style of humor, you may actually enjoy this movie.

That’s it for now. I’m actually going to go read a book now briefly before Smackdown! comes on in a half hour so I’ll leave it at that.

One last thing, I think I’m going to try and end each post with a random quote of wisdom. It’s actually something I’ve been meaning to do for a while but I just kept forgetting. I know, I’m awful.

Were we fully to understand the reasons for other people’s behavior, it would all make sense.

– Sigmund Freud

April 8, 2011 Posted by | Games, Movies | , , , , | Leave a comment