Nintendo 3DS

  • Echoes6967

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    Jan 19, 2011 6:17 PM GMT
    So, more details were announced today regarding the Nintendo 3DS and I'm wondering whether anybody else is as excited for it as I am icon_smile.gif I know a few people who have played with it at E3 and they said their jaws dropped and were stunned by how amazing the 3D was without the need for any glasses. It sold me haha



    Nintendo 3DS Fact Sheet

    Launch Date: March 27, 2011
    Price: 249.99 (USD)

    Included in Hardware:
    • Nintendo 3DS system
    • Nintendo 3DS charging cradle
    • Nintendo 3DS AC adapter
    • Nintendo 3DS stylus
    • SD Memory Card (2GB)
    • AR Card(s) (view the cards using the outer cameras to play supported AR games)
    • Quick-Start Guide
    • Operations Manual (including warranty)

    Characteristic Features:
    • 3D screen, enabling 3D view without the need for special glasses and the ability to adjust
    or turn off 3D effect with the 3D Depth Slider.
    • Stereo cameras that enable users to take 3D photos that can be viewed instantly on the 3D
    screen.
    • New input interfaces including the Circle Pad, motion sensor, gyro sensor
    • SpotPass, a feature that lets Nintendo 3DS detect wireless hotspots or wireless LAN access
    points and obtain information, game data, free software, videos and so on for players even
    when the system is in sleep mode.*
    • StreetPass, a feature that lets Nintendo 3DS exchange data automatically with other
    Nintendo 3DS systems within range, even in sleep mode once this feature is activated by
    the user. Data for multiple games can be exchanged simultaneously.
    • Convenient features that users can access without stopping game play such as the HOME
    menu, Internet Brower, Notifications, etc.
    • Plenty of built-in software such as the Nintendo 3DS Camera, Nintendo 3DS Sound, Mii
    Maker, StreetPass, Mii Plaza, AR Games, Activity Log, Face Raiders, etc.
    • Nintendo eShop where users can view trailers, software rankings and purchase software.
    • System Transfer which enable users to transfer already purchased software from one
    Nintendo 3DS system to another. DSiWare purchased for the Nintendo DSi or the Nintendo
    DSi XL can also be transferred into a Nintendo 3DS system.**
    • Compatibility functions where both new software designed for Nintendo 3DS and most
    software for the Nintendo DS family of systems can be played.
    • Parental Controls which enable parents to restrict game

    Link: http://www.nintendoeverything.com/59225/
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    Jan 20, 2011 3:03 AM GMT
    NERD ALERT!!!!!! NERD ALERT!!!!!!!!

    just kidding buddy!!! icon_biggrin.gif

    This sheeet excites me too. Cant wait for Ocarina of Time 3D!!!


    .....now how do I justify spending Grocery Money on videogames????........icon_neutral.gif

    ocarinaoftime3d.jpg
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    Jan 20, 2011 3:10 AM GMT
    I can't wait
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    Jan 20, 2011 3:16 AM GMT
    I thought I couldn't- but it turns out I can......... The only games I want to play will not be released until next year.
    Mario Kart and Resident Evil.

    People are saying the 3D is a nice feature- but it is bound to induce nausea and strains your eyes- The awesomeness of it also distracts from the actual gameplay.

    Also...with only 3 hour battery life on 3D- I doubt I'd be able to make much use of it on the road...
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    Jan 20, 2011 3:17 AM GMT
    AMAZING!! GAH!!!! *nerd orgasm*

    The only drawback I have about it is that it doesn't have backward compatibility, but that's how it goes: out with the old, in with the new!
  • Echoes6967

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    Jan 20, 2011 3:33 AM GMT
    The 3D effect can actually can be turned completely off, thus increasing the battery life (which will be far longer than 3 hours) ad negating any issues people might have towards potential eye strain, damage, etc..

    Also, the 3DS is fully backwards compatible with nearly ALL existing DS titles and will also have access to a virtual console similar to the Wii's but with past GameBoy titles (and hopefully GameGear! ;p ) as well as original downloadable titles.
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    Jan 20, 2011 3:35 AM GMT
    Echoes6967 saidThe 3D effect can actually can be turned completely off, thus increasing the battery life (which will be far longer than 3 hours) ad negating any issues people might have towards potential eye strain, damage, etc..

    Also, the 3DS is fully backwards compatible with nearly ALL existing DS titles and will also have access to a virtual console similar to the Wii's but with past GameBoy titles (and hopefully GameGear! ;p ) as well as original downloadable titles.


    Yeah... but what's the point of having of 3DS is not for the 3D?! icon_evil.gif

    It's about 5 hours with the 3D feature turned off.

    ....I've read a lot about it.
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    Jan 20, 2011 3:44 AM GMT
    [quote] It's about 5 hours with the 3D feature turned off.

    ....I've read a lot about it.[/quote]

    I'm just wondering where you read this because I haven't read anything regarding the exact battery life and seeing how this is Nintendo, I highly doubt they would release a handheld with such abysmal battery life. It doesn't really follow with their past handhelds. You could be right though, but I highly doubt Nintendo would release a portable system for that price with only 3-5 hours of juice in it.

    I'm not trying to be a douche btw lol
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    Jan 20, 2011 3:49 AM GMT
    PhnxKng saidNERD ALERT!!!!!! NERD ALERT!!!!!!!!

    just kidding buddy!!! icon_biggrin.gif

    This sheeet excites me too. Cant wait for Ocarina of Time 3D!!!


    .....now how do I justify spending Grocery Money on videogames????........icon_neutral.gif

    ocarinaoftime3d.jpg


    Hahaha same story here!
    I actually have a craving for the original nintendo 64 zelda ocarina of time, that game was HECTIC!

    I don't know how the N3DS ocarina of time will compare with the n64 version for me in terms of game experience, the screen is considerably smaller than a tv. They might try adding new features to it to make the gaming a little different but I hope the story is the same.
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    Jan 20, 2011 3:51 AM GMT
    Echoes6967 saidThe 3D effect can actually can be turned completely off, thus increasing the battery life (which will be far longer than 3 hours) ad negating any issues people might have towards potential eye strain, damage, etc..

    Also, the 3DS is fully backwards compatible with nearly ALL existing DS titles and will also have access to a virtual console similar to the Wii's but with past GameBoy titles (and hopefully GameGear! ;p ) as well as original downloadable titles.


    WHAAAAAAAAT??!!! I sure hope so, and if so, BALLS TO WALLS!!!
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    Jan 20, 2011 3:54 AM GMT
    ....yep do want. Plus story of the abyss is coming out on the 3ds....should get entertained
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    Jan 20, 2011 3:54 AM GMT
    Echoes6967 said[
    I'm just wondering where you read this because I haven't read anything regarding the exact battery life and seeing how this is Nintendo, I highly doubt they would release a handheld with such abysmal battery life. It doesn't really follow with their past handhelds. You could be right though, but I highly doubt Nintendo would release a portable system for that price with only 3-5 hours of juice in it.
    I'm not trying to be a douche btw lol


    Oh- I know you're no. icon_wink.gif

    But the 3DS is a very demanding system- You can't play powerful games without expecting to drain tons of energy.
    http://www.geek.com/articles/games/nintendo-3ds-battery-life-is-only-3-5-hours-2011018/
    3DS 5 hours
    DS 8 hours
    Awesomeness comes at a price-
    I think the reason it costs so much is because of the 3D screen.. Nintendo also tends to sell their consoles at a profit- I'll get the gamespot citation later.
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    Jan 20, 2011 4:10 AM GMT
    I kinda want it actually...




    this comes from someone who owns a Wii an XBOX 360 with Kinect, 4 computers, an iPad and an iPhone 4.
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    Jan 20, 2011 4:22 AM GMT
    want.
  • Echoes6967

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    Jan 20, 2011 4:48 AM GMT
    A1EX said Oh- I know you're no. icon_wink.gif

    But the 3DS is a very demanding system- You can't play powerful games without expecting to drain tons of energy.
    http://www.geek.com/articles/games/nintendo-3ds-battery-life-is-only-3-5-hours-2011018/
    3DS 5 hours
    DS 8 hours
    Awesomeness comes at a price-
    I think the reason it costs so much is because of the 3D screen.. Nintendo also tends to sell their consoles at a profit- I'll get the gamespot citation later.


    Touche .. I stand corrected (and impressed :p)

    I agree with you with regards to the cost of the screen and Nintendo's constant desire to make a profit on each of their consoles - which makes sense considering the company is a dedicated video game manufacturer/producer/developer .. unlike Sony and Microsoft.

    I'm not too concerned about that low battery life personally seeing as how my current DS Lite is perpetually plugged in because the thing can no longer hold a charge (few too many drops lol). Hopefully the inevitable 2nd iteration will have better battery life haha
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    Jan 20, 2011 4:55 AM GMT
    I hope the screen isn't like Fujifilm's 3d camera's.. that thing gave me a headache after a while. glad you have the option of turning it off though

    Cant wait though!! icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 20, 2011 10:09 AM GMT
    lol wow... 300 dollars for a 3DS.....thats too much....I'd just get a PSP3000 or 2000 instead....icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jan 20, 2011 10:50 AM GMT
    I was able to spend time with the 3DS at E3, but the builds available were short, and there weren't many of them. I attended yesterday's press event in NYC, where I spent over an hour with practically every launch title. The event started at 9:00 a.m. and continued well past 1:00 p.m.

    1) It IS backwards compatible with all NDS titles. Obviously, not all titles are 3-D compatible, but the product does play all NDS titles, and it plays them well.

    2) The 3-D slider function allows players to turn the customize the 3-D experience. They can adjust settings for two reasons: 1) everyone's eyesight is different, meaning everyone will want to adjust the 3-D to make it more comfortable and enjoyable. The 3-D effect is a strain on the eyes and can create headaches. I had one after only an hour of playing with it.

    3) Battery life is approx. 5 hours (NDS gets about 10 hours). Turning off the 3-D and wi-fi will extend the battery life by about 2 hours. Fully charging the 3DS will take approx. 2.5 hours, which I thought was odd.

    There's an application that is included with the 3DS called Augmented Reality (AR), which wasn't available for play at E3 but really shows off the platform's 3-D and gyro-sensor capabilities. The product will launch with multiple AR titles. The one I found most impressive was one that had a (PS3) Eye of Judgement feel to it. The demo only included one playing card, but they assured us there would be more available soon after launch.

    This particular card demo involved putting the card on the table, letting the 3DS camera focus on the card, and waiting for the card to "come to life" on the 3DS screen. As I watched, the card began to bounce around on the screen in 3-D (I'm not joking when I say my jaw dropped when this happened). It was a mind fuck watching the screen, then looking up to see the card just sitting on the table. It was that realistic.

    As I watched, the card jumped around the table, flew at the 3DS screen (only the top screen is in 3-D), hit the screen, which showed a temporary crack, landed back on the table and a dragon-like jack-in-the-box creature jumped out of the box, roared, and started attacking. It's your job to avoid the dragon attacks by walking around the table to shoot at the dragon's vulnerable spots.

    There were three other mini games you could play with this single playing card, but the dragon game blew me away.

    Then I want to the various play stations where media could check out the titles. I spent more time playing Kid Icarus, Ocarina of Time and Street Fighter than anything else, but it is an impressive device. It's essentially a portable Wii.

    Also, many original GBA and GBA Color games will be available for download at launch. It comes with a 2GB memory card, which is plenty of space to start with.

    Here's the release that was sent to press immediately after Reggie announced the price and US launch date at yesterday's event:



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    From: Nintendo
    Sent: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 10:03 AM
    Subject: Nintendo 3DS Brings a Dimensional Shift to the World of Entertainment on March 27

    Nintendo 3DS Brings a Dimensional Shift to the World of Entertainment on March 27
    Glasses-Free 3D Gaming System Comes Packed with Features at Suggested Retail Price of $249.99

    NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The company that changed the world of video games with touch-screen gaming in 2004 and motion-controlled gaming in 2006 now pioneers the next dimensional shift. On March 27, Nintendo introduces portable entertainment in 3D – without the need for special glasses. The Nintendo 3DS™ system will be available in either Cosmo Black or Aqua Blue, and will have a suggested retail price of $249.99. Pricing outside the United States will be established by the local markets, but offer similar consumer value.

    “Nintendo 3DS is a category of one – the experience simply doesn’t exist anywhere else,” said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. “You have to see Nintendo 3DS to believe it. And it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before.”

    Nintendo 3DS includes two screens. The bottom touch screen makes use of a telescoping stylus that is stored in the unit itself. The top screen displays 3D visuals to the naked eye. Looking at the screen is like peering through a window into a world where characters and objects have true depth. The system also has a 3D Depth Slider that lets players select the level of 3D they enjoy the most. The 3D effect can be ratcheted up to the highest level, scaled back to a more moderate setting or even turned off completely, depending on the preference of the user.

    In addition to the familiar + Control Pad and button controls found on previous Nintendo hand-helds, Nintendo 3DS now also includes a Circle Pad, which provides a full 360 degrees of direction, giving it the freedom and precision needed to play games in 3D worlds. It brings the same degree of responsiveness that gamers enjoyed when Nintendo introduced an analog control stick to navigate Mario™ through Super Mario 64™ on the Nintendo 64™ system.

    A built-in motion sensor and gyro sensor can react to the motion and tilt of the system, so whether players are twisting their systems side to side or moving them up and down, their motion-compatible Nintendo 3DS games respond instantly. No other system includes so many tools for game developers to create new and fun experiences for players.

    Two features will allow owners to stay connected in new ways. Both deliver bonus content to owners as they move around during their daily lives, so users might open up their systems at any moment to find new surprises. For owners who choose to activate it, the StreetPass™ feature is capable of exchanging game information with other Nintendo 3DS systems as owners pass one another. Small packets of information can be exchanged using this data-transfer method, such as Mii™ character data, maps for games or high scores and custom character data for different games. The SpotPass™ feature can connect to compatible public hotspots and through a wireless broadband Internet connection at home, even if the system is in Sleep Mode. Once connected, the Nintendo 3DS system will receive new content and updates on a regular basis.

    Each Nintendo 3DS system comes pre-loaded with a variety of fun games, applications and features, such as Nintendo 3DS Camera. Nintendo 3DS has three cameras. One camera points at the user, while two additional cameras point outward. These two outer cameras take photos in 3D. The fun, built-in game Face Raiders™ asks users to shoot at funny depictions of their own faces. Nintendo 3DS, when put into Sleep Mode, can act as a pedometer, while letting users earn Play Coins for the steps they take that can then be traded in for additional content in compatible games and applications. By accessing the Activity Log, users can check their steps as well as their play time. With Nintendo 3DS Sound, users can enjoy sound-manipulation tools or rock out while listening to their MP3 or AAC music files. An upgraded Internet browser will also be available via a system update.

    The Mii Maker™ application gives users new tools to create Mii™ characters even more easily: Users can either import Mii characters from their Wii systems using an SD memory card or use the camera to take a picture of a person and have an automatic Mii character created. Users can even save their Mii characters to an SD card as pictures, which enables them to be used any way a digital photo would for personal use, such as a profile picture on social-networking sites.

    The Nintendo eShop, through a system update, will offer access to downloadable games, including Nintendo DSiWare™ and ones specifically made for Nintendo 3DS. Also, just as the Virtual Console service on Wii makes retro games available for download, the Virtual
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    Jan 20, 2011 1:18 PM GMT
    I'm really excited about the 3DS but of all the launch titles I'm only excited over Street Fighter, the other games I want will come later. Still I have a Nintendo DSi XL and if Gamestop gives me enough credit for it and they still have the 3DS available at launch then I might get it at launch.
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    Jan 20, 2011 7:11 PM GMT
    RiverRising saidI was able to spend time with the 3DS at E3, but the builds available were short, and there weren't many of them. I attended yesterday's press event in NYC, where I spent over an hour with practically every launch title. The event started at 9:00 a.m. and continued well past 1:00 p.m.

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    Thanks so much for the first-hand impression icon_smile.gif What are your thoughts on Zelda, Kid Icarus and Street Fighter .. which happen to be the 3 games I want most (in addition to RE .. but i'm not liking what i've head regarding the controls for that game). I'm wondering what you thought about the controls for those games as well the 3D utilized in them icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 20, 2011 7:28 PM GMT
    The three titles you list as your most anticipated happened to be three of my favorites. In terms of what I could do without, the only title that bored me was Pilot Wings. I'm sure it will find an audience, but it didn't impress me.

    The addition of the Circle Pad is nice, particulary when playing games like Zelda: OoT. In terms of control, OoT on 3DS was no different than the original. In terms of game quality, it's like having a portable N64+Wii all in one device.

    All of the ports that were shown at yesterday's event were true to the originals, though the graphics were crisper, colors more vibrant.

    Finally, the form factor and overall feel of 3DS is fantastic. It has a nice weight to it, and the casing has a metallic feel to it vs. the plastic feel of the current DS models.

    I have nothing but good things to say about the product.
  • MusicMan87

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    Jan 21, 2011 12:38 AM GMT
    charlitos saidI kinda want it actually...




    this comes from someone who owns a Wii an XBOX 360 with Kinect, 4 computers, an iPad and an iPhone 4.



    hahah YESSSSSSSSS
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    Jan 21, 2011 12:42 AM GMT
    I'm going to wait for the 3DSlite.

    You're not tricking me again Nintendo! >:C
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    Jan 21, 2011 3:05 AM GMT
    I AM SUPER-EXCITED!!!!
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    Jan 21, 2011 5:04 AM GMT
    res_ident saidI AM SUPER-EXCITED!!!!


    yeah but how do you feel about the 3DS? icon_cool.gif