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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Kit, lousy games, 5 Jun 2011
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This review is from: Nintendo 3DS Handheld Console - Cosmos Black (Console)
Its a little unfortunate that Nintendo decided to call this 3DS. Whereas this also has two screens this is about where the comparisons pretty much end. This is not just an updated piece of kit, this is a whole new handheld experience.

Overall the machine looks like the orignal Dsi, its about the same size but is much thicker. People have complained that the casing is cheap plastic, but hey this is Nintendo, even the higher end products are made out of plastic, in nintendo land dont expect brushed metal and bulletproofing. Its all very shiny and your average CSI agents wet dream in fingerprints. But anyone who even owned a Nintendo product knows allready about build qualities so i wont go waffling on about that. Open the thing up and once again it looks like a DSI, the buttons have moved about, theres a joypad nub thingy and the top screen is much larger. So far an updated DSI, right ?

Wrong.

Because when you turn the 3DS on it suddenly strikes you that your beloved DSI will never get used again. The first thing that happens after you have set up date/time/etc is the first experience you will hav with glasses free 3D. You are greeted with a flat looking Nintendo logo with some crosses dotted around. Then there is a countdown from 3 to 1. And then it happens. In a split second the Nintendo logo is now bobbing about through what appears to be a window, the crosses now taper backwards into the distance, everything has depth. Its stunning and almost a little scary that something is happening that seems impossible. Its at this point that the 3DS becomes a gamechanger. The 3D effect is better than you could have ever dreamed of, it works. Yes there is a rather small window to view the 3d, but this is not anything as bad as you may have heard. Moving your head or the machine around too much will spoil the 3d, but it becomes second nature how to hold your 3DS to have great 3D without worrying too much about the sweetspot.

Once you have picked up your jaw from the 3D you can delve deeper into the other joys this machine offers. The touch screen interface works very much like the Wii. All the icons you will need appear on the screen at once, this makes it very easy to find the app you want. Its much neater and sreamlined now, its the best version of an operating system Nintendo has offered to date. Even someone unfamilar with the DS system will be able to work out how everything works. The preinstalled software is all very high quality, there is no real bum app on offer here, they all do the job well, fast and are fun to use. The only app that really fills up space is Miimaker, which is pretty much what you get with Wii, you make a Mii you can use in games. You will use this app once, to create your Mii, and thats it, from now on it will just fill space. Wereas the cameras on the 3DS are not stellar by any standards the Photo App more than makes up for this when you can tinker around with photos so much, and yes said photos are in glorious ( if a little grainy ) 3D. There is a strange AR game where you shoot your own floating head called Faceraiders, Mii Plaza where you can meet all the people you've interacted with via streetpass, Ar games where you use little cards and the 3ds camera to play some games, finally there is a barebones Audio App. All good stuff and a great bonus considering what came preinstalled on your DSI ( pretty much nothing ).

There is very little wrong with the machine itself, apart from pretty terrible battery life everything is hunky dory. Well there is one minor problem too....

At this moment in time pretty much every 3DS game available sucks. There are 3 good titles, Ridge Racer, Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Shadow Wars and Street Fighter. The rest are dismal. Beyond dismal. This is the real thorn in the 3DS side. While writing this the first wave of high quality titles are just starting to hit. But even these titles are not original games, they are remakes. Yes they are good remakes but simply tagging on 3D is gonna get pretty old pretty quick. Its still early in this consoles lifespan so for software to be a little thin on the ground is expected ( the DS too was a slow starter ). But for people who bought this product at launch and played through the only 3 decent titles, they have simply had the console sat around collecting dust. A great breathtaking piece of tech became a very expensive paperweight. If you are the patient type who can wait for high quality AAA titles to appear then none of what i just said will be a problem.

Overall the 3DS is a fantastic product. The 3D is amazing no matter how many times you see it. The only thing that lets everything down is the available software. When you buy a 3DS you are getting a very special piece of kit, just make sure you dont tarnish it with some terrible games that make you want to take your eyes out with spoons.
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Initial post: 28 Jun 2011 03:43:34 BDT
Brilliant review. I was going to leave one of my own, but I cannot add anything that isn't in this one here.
I completely agree with the sweet-spot thing too. At first I was thinking I love the effect but I can't keep it in position... but after a few hours of game-play you hold it there naturally.
Easily the best handheld console out. And with the huge price on what looks like a slightly improved PSP I think depending on available titles Nintendo have won this round... again! But then again Nintendo have always been king of the handheld consoles.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jul 2011 13:58:21 BDT
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Posted on 25 Jul 2011 13:59:10 BDT
Interesting angle on this review, really hammered home how significant the 3D effect is which is something most consumers simply can't understand until they get a decent amount of hands on time with the device (and I don't mean fiddling with it in a shop for a couple of minutes with music blasting in the background).

I disagree with the view that all the games except for 3 (up to June 5th) are 'dismal'. Pilotwings Resort, Nintendogs and DOA: Dimensions are all sound titles, they just clearly aren't to the reviewers taste. Even Steel Diver is worth a look if you want something different (a criminally underrated game for the more mature player).

Since writing this comment Zelda OOT 3D is available and there are plenty of great looking titles slated for 2011, so lousy games the 3DS won't suffer from for long.

Posted on 29 Jul 2011 09:02:18 BDT
Last edited by the author on 29 Jul 2011 09:02:56 BDT
Harrison says:
I dont think that calling it the 3DS will make people think its an updated DS, Like the Gameboy Advance or every one of Sony's consoles. No one got confused about them.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Aug 2011 01:18:49 BDT
Octavian says:
Yes. I agree with Harrison. Nothing confusing with the name.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Aug 2011 11:12:17 BDT
Match says:
I disagree with Harrison for one simple reason: I got confused by it and I'm not exactly new to gaming or hardware.
Playstation 1, Playstation 2, Playstation 3... easy to get that each is the successor to the former. XBox, XBox 360, okay. DS, DSi, DSi XL, 3DS... that's about as intuitive as Intel's naming scheme for their i7 CPUs, sorry. Their entire DS line consists of models that have a letter or two attached to DS. Now, having a 3 in front of DS means a completely new line of devices... yeah, everybody will get that immediately.
I see what they tried to do with 3DS, it's a "nice" pun, but as far as making clear that it's not just an updated DS goes, it's a very poor choice. The name just screams "DS with 3D", sorry. People aren't used to the addition of "3D" to the name meaning a completely different device, but an upgrade of the same thing by the addition of 3D.
Also, the naming shows one big problem with Nintendo's advertising strategy for the device: They push the 3D effect way too much. Heck, until a few weeks ago I thought it really was just a DSi with 3D built in and a few games that use that. Why? Because that's the only thing they advertise. In their German ads you see some of our most infamous wannabe celebrities being wowed by the 3D effect, that's about it. Why don't they advertise the other stuff that differentiates the 3DS? Even on their official page it's kind of hard to find out what's so different about it.

Simply put: The name together with Nintendo's lacklustre advertising makes it very understandable that so many people are confused by the 3DS.

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Last edited by the author on 13 Jan 2012 04:38:01 GMT
ToxieDogg says:
I disagree with what Harrison said. It never confused me (I've been buying and playing games for years) but I had a heck of a job explaining to other family members and even some friends that it was much more than just a DSi with tacked on 3D. Nintendo should have goine with a slightly different name that distinguished it more from the 'old' DS and indicated more that it was a whole new, more powerful console capable of running much more advanced games with far superior graphics. I've personally witnessed that an alarming amount of people simply don't get it.
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