The Nintendo 3DS and games hits stores on 3/27, but Nintendo sent mine today, which basically means I’ve got a fight on my hands when the rugrats get home. Ah well, at least I have something to do until school ends. Hey! It’s a 3DS plus a few games! This is what I do for a living. This is work!
I’ve been behind the DS curve for a while so the sleekness of the package comes as a bit of a surprise. This DS is slim and smaller, sporting a shorter stylus and all kinds of plugs and bays. It even has a docking station for charging or computer interfacing. I’ve never seen one so I was leery of the 3D quality. During the walkthrough, the machine has you turn this on and it’s a pleasant surprise. The 3D effect is crisp and looks good, but how will it affect actual games?
Nintendo included an assortment from their partners. Nintendo throws in a new Nintendogs (with Kittens) and this one has a Basset Hound, EA contributes Madden, there’s LEGO Star Wars III and Street Fighter 4. A nice range of game styles and presumably chosen because of how well they use the 3D. The third dimension enhances all of the games in unexpected ways, but there’s nothing here that’s a real breakthrough. The games are just as good in 2D, the 3D mainly just looks cool. The breakthrough comes from software in the machine itself – and the applications of the future. Nintendo has already announced that May will see an update that lets us watch 3D movie trailers in 3D. This is step one in bringing 3D movies to devices.
I don’t recommend parents rush out and get the 3DS, especially if the kids already have a DSi. Wait a bit, the technology is promising and Nintendo has already shown us, with the Wii and DS, that game companies will figure out what to do with wacky new control schemes and ideas. The 3DS is a machine of the future.
It is cool. And it has a built in program that lets you mess with recorded music. It can take 3D pictures. 3D pictures are pretty awesome.
Maybe get a 3Ds if the kid’s DSi breaks… you know… things break sometimes. Wives (husbands) understand that, you know?
“Sorry honey, I sat on Junior’s DSi… that’s just a shame isn’t it but… heeeey, maybe we should look at that 3Ds?”