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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 Tomorrow

Nothing too big here. Just saying, the Nintendo 3DS will finally be out in North American tomorrow. It released back in January for Japan and yesterday (Friday) for Europe.

I’ll be writing all my thoughts and stuff here on the 3DS. Maybe pictures. Who knows. Currently have no plans on getting a game with it but I’ll probably change my mind when I’m in the store.

So yeah, if you care, which I’m sure you don’t, about what I have to say about the 3DS, check back sometime soon.

Also, I have already played one, but I’ve been so busy I forgot to update.

March 26, 2011 Posted by | Games | , | 2 Comments

Unexpected Post!

It’s been quite some time since I last wrote about anything! I was going to wait until next week, when school is officially over, but right now seems good. What shall I write about? Let’s catch up on some recent stuff just for this blog. Something more meaningful next time.

Movies:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1:
This movie is absolutely amazing. Just amazing! I’ve seen it three times and I could probably watch it a dozen more times and still not tire of it. Sure sure, some things were changed, as expected, but it’s really nothing major and it really does a great job of following the book and I cannot wait for part 2. The ending with Dobby… I just love Dobby’s final lines.

Ron
: Oh my God. What am I gonna do? My wife’s downstairs all alone!
Harry: Ron… you don’t have a wife.
Ron: Oh… right.

^I love it.

Games:

Donkey Kong Country Returns:
Retro studios have revived the Donkey Kong Country series after a long absence. Sure there were things like Donkey Konga, and Jungle Beat and stuff but did anyone really care for them? Not to my knowledge. DKCR is probably one of the best games of the year. While it’s a great game, with tons of replay-ability if you’re into time attacks. Keep in mind the game has an insane difficulty even for veteran gamers. You will die. And you will die a lot.

Golden Sun: Dark Dawn:
After 8 years, Camelot finally gives us a third Golden Sun game. I have not finished it but so far it’s a pretty great game. Djinni summons have some of the best graphics on DS I’ve ever seen and are just amazing to watch. Not much else can be said at this time. I would so far recommend it. Only downside is everyone talks WAAAAAAAAY too much. Even for an RPG, sometimes you just wanna be all, “Shut the fish muffin up!”

TV Shows:

Psych:
Not much to say. Psych has been pretty solid this season. Still funny as ever and I love it. What was the line from the last episode?

Shawn (to lassie)
: Sir, I’m going to ask you to calm down or I’ll be forced to taser you in the face.

Great stuff if I do say so.

Bones:
Booths new girlfriend, Hannah, is so annoying. I really just wish she would die. Considering Brennan essentially confessed her feelings for Booth tonight and he was all, “eye luv hannah (montana) sew eye canknot luv u even tho eye ‘ave always luv’d u”. HOW ANNOYING!
Other than that Bones is still a rockin’ show and awesome as always.

I’ve also been watching Boardwalk Empire on HBO which is pretty great, but does have it’s boring parts and The Walking Dead on AMC. The Walking Dead is one of the best new shows to come out in probably the last 2 years or so. It’s a shame that this first test season only had 6 Episodes and I even missed the last one. I gotta try to find it. What sucks more is season 2, which thankfully is signed for 13 Episodes, isn’t until next Fall. Boo waiting.
If you like Zombies, you should definitely watch The Walking Dead. I’m sure all six episodes of season 1 are online in some way now. Go watch them.

Thankfully this post is not as long as it could be. As I said, next post will have something better. This was just something to get back into the swing of things. Now bed for me.

‘Til next time.

Have an opinion about anything in this post? Leave a comment below!

December 10, 2010 Posted by | Games, Movies, TV Shows | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Monster Hunter Tri trailer

I haven’t been keeping a close eye on Montster Hunter Tri for the Wii, but it has been something I’ll look at from time to time. Monster Hunter is an awesome series and I’m looking forward to Monster Hunter Tri. It looks like it’s going to be truly epic and is pushing the Wii to an extent not seen before. Just look at the trailer below. Let’s just hope we see a NA release date sometime soon as Monster Hunter Tri was released in Japan today:

August 2, 2009 Posted by | Games | , , , | Leave a comment

HBP Game Impressions

Yesterday I awoke to two packages from UPS sitting on my doorstep. First package said “EA Store” on it so I ripped the box open without a knife and pulled out my shiny new copy of Half-Blood Prince for Wii. The second package was from Microsofts repair center. They sent me a shiny new Xbox 360 finally. I messed with some of the 360 and then jumped into the World of Harry Potter for Harry’s sixth year at Hogwarts.

First off I will say, the game looks fantastic, minus characters hair. Ginny’s hair is so flat and stiff you’d think someone glued cardboard to her head. But who really pays attention to that kind of detail? Me apparently. Character models are fantastic and the environments are visually pleasing too.

After watching some cutscenes the game drops you into The Burrow where Ron announces you’re Quidditch Captain this year and then Ron and Ginny force you to practice to make sure you haven’t lost your skills. To control the broom in HBP for the Wii you do not use a joystick, no, you use the Wiimote pointer. I think this works fantastically and aside from the semi set path you’re on, allows for the most accurate flying yet in a Harry Potter game. After flying Hermione and Ron show you how to use Wingardium Leviosa, yay your first spell.

So after that you see some more cutscenes, and then you’re off to Hogwarts, and this is where the real game begins. Wander on up to Hogarts with Luna, more cutscenes, you’re told to go to potions class and then they tell you if you’re lost or need help to contact Nearly Headless Nick. The footprints that helped you in OotP are gone and you’re now given… a Ghost. One thing I noticed is now all the floors and rooms and secret passages are labeled. Yes, labeled. And in one part they told me to go to Dumbledore’s office and I’m most positive Dumbledore was on floor 2, yet there is no official floor 2, floor 4 or floor 6 it seems. Were the developers hating on even numbers? So after wandering the stair cases for 10 minutes yelling “WHERE IS FLOOR 2!!??!” I called Nick, and he brought me to Dumbledore. Not on floor 2.

Because of the impending doom and Death Eaters always trying to get into the school grounds, the school has been sealed off in different parts and you have to unlock them as you go. And as you wander around you’ll find Hogwarts crests. There’s 150 of them. There are also items that “glow” and when you cast a Depulso spell at them they release Mini-Hogwarts Crests. Get enough of them and you’ll earn one full Hogwarts Crest. Obtaining these crests unlocks features in 2 player dueling and such.

Controls for spell casting work just as well in HBP as they did in OotP for Wii. Some spell motions have been changed and it’s probably for the best. Wingardium Leviosa only requires a movement from the Wiimote, not both Wiimote and Nunchuck. The controls for potion making are absolutely fun in a way too, as you have to turn the Wiimote over like you’re actually pouring stuff into the cauldron and then to make the fire raise to boil the potion you have shake the Wiimote and nunchuck. It’s a nice little mini-game that you’ll have to experience to find out how fun it can be.

The only real problem I have so far is the story is not told well in the game at all, so unless you’ve seen the movie already or read the book, you’ll be completely lost as to what the story is. Which is a bit of a disappointment but I guess they expect Potter fans to pick up the game. Which is not a bad assumption at all. That’s the assumption I would make.

I haven’t finished the game but I’m rather enjoying it so far. I think most Potter fans will enjoy it too. EA put the most effort into the Wii version and it seems to show a bit. Oh, one last quick thing that comes to mind, the game ran at a not so solid 30fps in OotP and slowed down horribly when changing to a new room as it had no loading screens. I can’t tell if this game is the same fps, but it seems to run smoother, and changing to different rooms does not slow down like in OotP. Which is awesome.

July 23, 2009 Posted by | Games | , , , | Leave a comment