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Everything the ds should have been!,
This review is from: Nintendo 3DS Handheld Console - Aqua Blue (Console)
The ds is old. This is the next generation of gaming. The sumptuous 3d widescreen is beautiful, the casing is gorgeous (especially on the blue one) and all the new features like the analogue slider and inbuilt accelerometer and gyroscope just add up to make a highly proficient piece of gaming equipment. The inbuilt software is genuinely good fun, and the augmented reality (putting video game things into the real world using the cameras and motion sensing tech) is genius. The unit itself is built with Nintendo trademark sturdiness. Don't worry about theft, cause if someone tries to nick your console you can whack em with it and the 3ds wouldn't be a mark worse for it.
At launch there weren't really any games that could be described as 'killer apps', but there was the brilliant street fighter IV and almost-as-good ridge racer, and these really show off what nintendo's new handheld can do. It is capable of graphics surpassing those of the psp, and the 3d imagery really adds to the gameplay, adding a sense of depth and immersion to the worlds.
Unfortunately it plays DS games a bit blurred, but the ability to control the DS's d-pad inputs with the analogue slider more than makes up for that.
The 3d camera is fab to play with, and I have spent many hours creating interesting and artsy shots of the world around me with the two outer facing cameras.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. I could go on and on about how all of it is fantastic, but you really have to see it for yourself. The 3d screen works a treat, and speaking as a confessed hardcore gamer I can only say that this is the Nintendo system I have been waiting for since the wii came out and revolutionized how we played games. Buy it now.