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My Nintendo 3DS review and speculation

Aug 22, 2010 1 comments
Nintendo DS revolutionized the way people played games. It topped the chart as the best selling among the portable handheld gaming devices. With it's first generation Nintendo DS announced on November 13,2003 due for release the following year, it created hype and so far delivered it. After it's huge success, Nintendo released the Nintendo DS lite, a redesign on March 2, 2006. It was slimmer and brighter than it's predecessor with added features. Then on October 2,2008, Nintendo came up with another version of Nintendo DS known as Nintendo DSi. Few Unique things about it was two cameras and DSi shops for DSiwares. And not so long ago, on October 29, 2009, they announced Nintendo DSi XL which was also sold as Nintendo DSi LL in Japan. The most intriguing feature of this particular model was massive screen. It packed in all the improved features from it's older models but with significant huge screen and audio capability. I happen to own two models on my possession; Nintendo DS Lite and DS XL. So far I've to admit I'm happy with my buy.
 my Nintendo DS XL and DS Lite

Now, Nintendo 3DS is the latest incarnation of Nintendo DS. They announced it on March 23rd, 2010 in Japan. After few months, on June they demoed the prototype how it would look and feel at E3 Expo. It drew lot of attention and lately it's on many gamer's waiting list. This new gaming handheld will bring all the 3D games into your pocket. Unlike old 3D roaming in some of DS games, this new Nintendo 3DS will have totally new 3D dimension to experience. Let me list few of those unique features than it's predecessors:

  • 3-D effects without using 3D glasses
  • 4" screens with 800 x 240 resolution depth, able to produce a stereoscopic three-dimensional
  • Added Analog sticks,stable Wi-Fi support, built-in vibration and extended battery life.
  • Slightly jacked up 0.3 megapixel camera
  • 3D movie playability

Alright, these are some of the unique features I've noted so far. As you can see, the screen is gonna look much crispier than before. Battery life is said to be go more than 17 hours on low bright settings.

My HTC phone features gyroscope. It keeps up with my orientation while handling it, kind of motion sensor. Similar feature can be found in Nintendo 3DS. It's more focused towards user control this time. It's dynamic in a sense it even lets you adjusts the intensity of the 3D effect depth. So, guys you can set your own preferences. It also has a round nub analog input called the 'Slide Pad', an accelerometer. I'm sure some games will utilize these features in full. I was kind of tired of using 4 ways directional keys and this 'slide Pad' will definitely gonna ease up while playing games. Especially useful for combo moves in fighting games.

If you've been envying 3D console games, Nintendo 3Ds is gonna end that soon with what I've seen and I strongly believe that all those 3D titles like Grand Theft Auto,Metal Gear Solid,etc will soon be inside our pocket. I still wish I could play games like GTA 4 in real 3D on my Nintendo DS, not the one I've been playing like ChinaTown wars from top isometric angle view. It simply sucks like I'm playing 90's games. During the keynote presentation, Nintendo chief promised a huge number of real 3D titles coming up on its way.

Impatiently, I'm waiting for Nintendo 3Ds due to release next year on March 2011. I got my last Nintendo DS XL for approx $180. The estimated price for this new Nintendo 3DS is between $199 to $299.

Nintendo if you are reading this, I've a suggestion for you (Sneakingly, companies are as part of a growing trend recently looking towards what bloggers are saying about their products.), get your next Nintendo DS prototype up with TV out option. Most probably, HDMI or any sort of connectivity to 3D TV/HD TV would be stepping up into future. It's time to marginalize and converge. We'd be ready to pay little up for that extra added feature. You could still make profits if you are fearing loss in sales on your other consoles Or may be you guys are already working on it Or may you are not yet ready for that.

Thanks for reading my post.

Check the video below from IGN crew sharing their Nintendo 3DS hands-on experience:

Pre-order some of these Nintendo 3Ds games:

Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3DS

Contra 3DS

Click this link for Official Nintendo 3DS news and updates:

Few 3DS game list developed / under-development:

  • DJ Hero 3D
AQ Interactive
  • Cubic ninja
  • Shin Megami Tensei
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Persona
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor
  • Resident Evil Revelations
  • Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition (name not final)
  • EA FIFA Soccer
  • Madden NFL
  • The Sims 3
  • Asphalt DS
  • Music Game
Hudson Soft
  • Bomberman franchise
  • Deca Sports franchise
  • Kororinpa franchise
  • Baseball franchise
  • Contra franchise
  • Frogger franchise
  • Hideo Kojima's Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D "The Naked Sample"
  • Pro Evolution Soccer franchise / Winning Eleven franchise
  • Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle (name not final)
Majesco Entertainment
  • BloodRayne: The Shroud
  • A Boy and His Blob
  • Face Racers: Photo Finish
  • Lion's Pride: Adventures on the Serengeti
  • Martha Stewart
  • WonderWorld Amusement Park
  • Bokujyoumonogatari (Harvest Moon) 3D (name not final)
  • Dragon Ball franchise (name not final)
  • Gundam franchise (name not final)
  • PAC-MANTM & GALAGATM (name not final)
  • Ridge Racer (name not final)
  • Super Robot franchise (name not final)
  • Animal Crossing
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising
  • Mario Kart
  • nintendogs + cats
  • Paper Mario
  • PilotWings Resort
  • Star Fox 64 3D
  • Steel Diver
  • Crash-City GP
  • VS-robo
  • Sonic (name not final)
  • Super Monkey Ball (name not final)
Square Enix
  • CODENAME: Chocobo Racing
  • 3D Dragon Quest franchise
  • Final Fantasy franchise
  • Kingdom Hearts franchise
Take-Two Interactive
  • Carnival Games franchise
Tecmo Koei
  • Dead or Alive 3D (name not final)
  • Dynasty Warriors (name not final)
  • Ninja Gaiden (name not final)
  • Samurai Warriors 3D (name not final)
  • Lovely Lisa 3D
  • Naruto Shippuden Action
  • de Blob 2
  • Kung Fu Panda
  • Kaboom of Doom
  • Marvel Super Hero Squad
  • Infinity Gauntlet
  • The Penguins of Madagascar
  • Puss N Boots
  • Saints Row: Drive-By
  • Assassin's Creed: Lost Legacy
  • Battle of Giants: Dinosaur Strike
  • Driver Renegade Hollywood 61 (name not final)
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon
  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory
Warner Bros
  • Batman franchise
  • LEGO franchise


Janene Murphy said…
My kids are absolutely chopping at the bit for this to come out. I can't believe the amount of excitement this has caused in my family. Their Christmas lists are ready and it's only August!

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