On march 24th the Nintendo 3DS was finally released. Okay, that was already a month ago. But still here are my overall thoughts of the 3DS:
Now I am really happy to say that the 3D effect without glasses looks awesome. Now the 3D effect also depends on the game you play with, but in the main menu of the 3DS the 3D effect looks absolutely awesome. Now, in Rayman 3D the 3D effect is just fine but looks a bit flat and wishi washi, so that it can hurt your eyes even a bit. The 3D effect in Pilotwings Resort and Super Monkey Ball however looks absolutely awesome. I can't wait to see a Zelda or Mario game in 3D! However, there are as you know the restrictions to see 3D. Moving out of your view point makes the 3D disappear and doing that more often can hurt your eyes. Sometimes when playing a game it did get frustrating, but just try to stay in the right view- point.
The graphics, well they still aren't in HD and aren't even quite as good as the Wii's graphics, but they are way better than on the DS. The graphics are pretty crispy and have some strong colors, but the overall contrast is a bit lower than on the Wii. At least, that's what I read. But the graphics still look pretty good and have way higher resolutions than the DS graphics.
Now, the 3D effect is the most noticeable feature of this new platform, but there are more new, welcome additions here. Next to the D-pad there is also the joystick, luckily, so the next 3D Mario game will probably not suffer because of bad controls. The Nintendo 3DS also has that glossy color in blue and black, both look great. The 3DS also is almost as small as the normal Nintendo DS light, only a bit thicker and has a somewhat bulky design, but it still fits in my Nintendo DS bag, which is great.There is also a button where you can turn the wireless on and off, pretty neat.
Now the 3DS also has some new channels in the main menu. The Mii- channel makes a return again, but there are also nice little additions. There is a music maker channel, for example. There is also a Mii-lobby where you can get new Mii's from people all over the world via street pass. The street pass is an impressive inclusion to the 3DS, it lets you do lots of stuff world wide. I already heard that some launch titles have street pass functions, especially Super Street Fighter 4: 3D Edition. Now I don't have the game and I am not looking forward to buy that game, so I don't exactly what it's all about in Super Street Fighters 3D, but it sounds like it would be really good. Now, enough street pass, there is more the Nintendo 3DS. There is the 3D camera that can take 3D pictures, sounds cool what? Sadly the picture quality is the same as the DSi had, which isn't that great I suppose. And then there are some little reality games called AR games that have you playing a game in real reality. It uses the two cameras and then lets you play some short games in your house. And although it is quite fun and very unique, it suffers from stuttering framerate and some serious slow downs.
Now the last thing I have to point out is that the battery life of the Nintendo 3DS only lastes like two and a half hours with the 3D on, while it lasts like twice as long without te 3D. That means no 3D on longer rides or flights, which is kinda disappointing.
So there you have it, though the 3DS is far from perfect, it's a great step forward and a great begin for future gaming in 3D. Even though the 3D is restricted, it looks awesome and it's glasses free. The joystick I think is a really good addition to the D-pad and I think this console will support way more online play than the Wii did thanks to street pass. And with some awesome upcoming games( Zelda Ocarina Of Time, Super Mario 3DS and more) there is plenty of reason why to buy Nintendo's new console. And the launch titles are also pretty okay, though nothing to special. Just be sure to have a 3DS when E3 starts and awesome games like Zelda get released. My overall score would be 8 out of ten for this new console, but it's a bit hard to actually score a console, it's all about the games.