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Nintendo in 3d-The world's first 3D handheld games console
Member Name: ajbluestar
Advantages: nice hardware with top features
Disadvantages: battery life, lack of top games to go with console
The Nintendo 3ds was originally launched in Europe at the end of March 2011. I had thought about getting the Nintendo 3DS for a while but the price tag and lack of top games which came with the original release put me off from buying it initially. The recent price drop made the decision easier and the hardware itself is available now from £115 and with a game can be bought for less than £150 which seems more reasonable then the more than £200 launch price for just the console on its own. The main appeal with this DS compared to others is of course the 3d feature which is without the use of 3d glasses.
This is what you get with the console:
Included in the Nintendo 3DS box:
* Nintendo 3DS system
* Nintendo 3DS charging cradle
* Nintendo 3DS AC adapter
* Nintendo 3DS stylus
* SD Memory Card (2GB)
* AR Card(s) (Augmented reality)- (view the cards using the outer cameras to play supported AR games)
* Quick-Start Guide
* Operations Manual (including warranty)
The game I got with the console was the Street Fighter 3ds game which I will probably review separately.
The console looks stylish and currently comes in aqua blue and black. There is a stylus which is adjustable and slots into the back of the console and is used for the touch screen elements. There is also a circle pad above the control pad which allows for full analogue control especially in a 3d environment. There is also 2 3d cameras located on the outer side of the 3ds. The 3ds is compact and sleek and weighs 230 grams. There are the two screens wth the lower one for the touch screen as with earlier versions and then there is the top screen which is for 3d as well.
Upper 3D Display - 3.53" (3.02" wide x 1.81" high) screen with 800 x 240 pixel resolution, range of 16.77 million colors and 400 pixels are allocated to each eye to enable 3D viewing.
3d-The first and main feature is of course 3d and the 3ds is the first piece of hardware bringing 3d to the handheld gaming market. The 3d effect is achieved using a slider (3D Depth Slider) which is next to the top screen. The 3d effect can be turned off and you can also play in normal 2d like other ds consoles.The 3d feature is not recommended for use for children under 6 and there are parental control features which can also control this I believe.
Backwards compatibility- Also the console is backwards compatible so all games you may have had on an earlier version of the DS can also be used on this one but you will be playing them in 2d of course.
StreetPass- walking around with your DS and carrying in sleep mode will allow you to exchange game data and communications with other 3DS gamers. You can choose what information and data you want to share.
Spot pass-There is also wireless connectivity via a LAN connection and the console is able to detect wireless hotspots within range.
2gb storage card- this comes with the console and is used to store any photos you take. You can also record sounds and store music.
Augmented reality- the cards in the pack (AR cards) are pretty cool and allow you to for example aim at targets and shoot them as they appear . This is where it kind of comes to life and while they are not long lasting games, it shows off the 3ds and its capabilities.
This is a great handheld console and the 3d functionality and capability does work well after a bit of getting used to. It is not recommended for extensive use and a break is recommended if using the 3d for more than 30 minutes at a time. The 3d feature is not the only selling point of this console though and there are a number of others such as streetpass, AR , 3d photos, backwards compatibility and some others. Some points going against the console is that extensive play with the 3d feature may make you dizzy and sick but I have yet to really experience this. The battery life is also not fantastic and could be better. Finally there has been a disctinct lack of top games for the console especially with the initial launch. There are set to be some new titles coming up which should hopefully make it more worthwhile and unlock its full potential. I would almost give it 5 stars but the lack of games and other slight disadvantages make it a very solid 4 stars.
Summary: very good but needs more top games
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