At long last, we’ve been given a glimpse of Nintendo’s latest handheld, 3DS. With games from Nintendo 64 such as The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and StarFox 64 being given the 3D treatment, as well as a slew of both new franchise entries and original titles also having been confirmed, there is plenty to keep gamers talking. Is 3DS something for us to get excited about? Or does its future look flat? The Nintendojo staff weighs in on Nintendo’s latest handheld.
……..how many periods is too many? I need to know because I am speechless and don’t want to take up the page. I want one. Right now. 3D or no 3D, I’m sold. I wish I could have been at the show, I should be at the show, so that I could see the 3D effect, but whatever. It doesn’t matter. The hardware is there, the innovation is there, and best yet, the software is there. Nobody knows how to make a handheld like Nintendo, and although I have always loved this darn company and it’s hardware, they have really outdone themselves. You can really tell that they learned from every mistake they ever made.
I mean, there are interviews with developers where they straight up tried out the 3DS and were wowed to the point of asking Nintendo to make games for it. Not the other way around. Not to mention some of the developers were making games ONLY for PSP and non-Nintendo consoles before. This is the start of a great new generation of Nintendo handhelds. I would also like to thank Nintendo for apparently listening to our podcast and bringing classic 2D games like Mario Bros. and Punch Out!! for the NES and showing me that they can be redone in 3D and even look great! Nobody knows if these classic games will be brought to life, but at least they showed the idea is there and possible. This may also lead to my theory of a Virtual Handheld service like Virtual Console, but for old handheld games.
Other than that, Kid Icarus is a must buy and Metal Gear Solid looks fantastic! And that’s without 3D! The best part is, I have always nagged about 3D needing glasses and here’s the answer to it! Even movies can be watched on this thing and the analog slide nub is yet another innovative control scheme. Nintendo, touche. I bow to the king of handhelds. My money, is yours. One last shout out is to Ocarina of Time for being remade… IN 3D!. Awesome, just awesome.
Nintendo’s entire press conference made me feel like a giddy school girl, when they got to the 3DS is was in absolute Nirvana, and as more news about the software started to show up after the show my joy rose to a level just shy of having a heart attack from sheer excitement. To put it lightly, I can’t wait for 3DS.
First, let’s talk about the system. I like the idea of having the 3D slider to customize the intensity of the experience from person to person, I don’t think anybody foresaw the ability to play 3D movies, and the 3D camera was another surprise beyond cool. And then there are the graphics, without 3D you can already tell 3DS is a major step up from DS and even though I haven’t seen the 3D visuals for myself, I’ve heard plenty of first impressions from developers and journalists alike and have yet to hear a single disparaging remark. Every response has been more than simply positive, those lucky enough to experience 3DS in person have been genuinely amazed and excited by this product.
And then there are the games, and let me start off by saying something — never has eating my own words been so thoroughly enjoyable. Looking at it now, reviving the Kid Icarus franchise by making it the killer app for a brand new system is probably the best way to make it immediately viable; and not only does Kid Icarus: Uprising sport amazing visuals, but the gameplay looks incredibly fun. The rest of Nintendo’s offerings also have me excited, especially the promise of remakes of Star Fox 64 and Ocarina of Time, my all-time favorite game. Most important, though, is the third part support, entries from the Resident Evil, Dead or Alive, Kingdom Hearts, Street Fighter, Sims, Tom Clancy, and Metal Gear Solid franchises and the expansive list of companies signing up to develop for 3DS proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that the industry is excited by the system and that there should be plenty of games to prove gamers of every mold.
Now all we need is a release date and price.
I don’t think anybody had any idea how good Nintendo’s conference was going to be. Sure they had their expectations, and even I believed they had an Ace or two up their sleeve… but not three, or four, or five… you get the point. Nintendo’s conference blew expectations out of the water and has already become one of their best ever. Nintendo knew it was all about the games and they revealed way too many to name here. It was totally unbelievable.
It’s also really amazing to see the 3DS getting so much support at launch when the DS didn’t get any. There are going to be tons of hardcore titles right from the get-go. As far as the 3DS is concerned, I’m really looking forward to the new Resident Evil and Kid Icarus games. In 2004 we learned that Reggie was about kicking ass, taking names, and that Nintendo was about making games. In 2010, Reggie kicked alot of ass, took plenty of names, and Nintendo showed that they are still about making games.
Any initial reservations I had of 3DS– of which there were certainly few– flew right out the window. Nintendo is going all out for 3DS, guns blazing at rapid fire, and I couldn’t be more excited. StarFox 64 3D, Paper Mario, and Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time should have any classic gamer’s heart going pitter-patter just as mine is right now.
It’s a shame that those of us at home can’t really experience the 3D effect here at home, because from what I hear it really is all that and a bag of chips. But at this point, I don’t need that: sure, it sounds like it will be awesome, but with Nintendo releasing such amazing software– just the first- and second-party titles are more than enough to have me pumped– I’m already more than excited. It will be nice to know a price point and release date though, so I can know how much I will be spending and when: I’ll be in line for this baby when it comes out.
Nintendo had a pretty simple strategy for both The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and 3DS at their conference: show them off in detail during the press conference and then be certain that the press got a chance to go hands-on with them before they left the auditorium. This strategy probably saved Zelda, because the on-stage demo was a disaster (probably caused by infrared interference from the crowd) and the hands-on session let the media see what the game really could do. 3DS also benefitted from both in that media present got both background on the system but also got a chance to see with their own two eyes the system’s 3D capabilities. So far, the near-unanimous consensus is that the 3D effect works much better than anyone expected, which is astonishing considering that (unlike what Sony showed on PS3 at their presser) no glasses are required.
Clearly there’s a lot to be excited about with 3DS. The system has all sorts of improvements over DS, including more powerful graphics, widescreen on the top screen, always-on Wi-fi, an analog nub that is reported to be better than that on PSP, dual cameras to achieve a 3D effect, and, of course, a 3D display with a slider to adjust (or eliminate) the 3D effect. The Kid Icarus trailer was a bombshell on two fronts, both with the resurrection of the franchise and the graphical improvements it showcases. Just as importantly, the lineup of games coming to 3DS represents the best in the business — Kingdom Hearts, Resident Evil, Metal Gear Solid, Street Fighter IV — and is sure to help Nintendo continue its dominance in the handheld market.
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