Sorry for the lack of photos and what not but my phone camera is now kaput and I would use the camera on the 3DS except I wouldn't be able to take a picture of the system. I have the Cosmos Black model, along with Pilotwings Resort, Super Street Fighter 4 3D Version and Ghost Recon Shadow Wars.
The 3D factor
It takes a few seconds to find that "sweet spot", but when you do it's actually pretty amazing. The depth and layer work going on is really impressive. I can't wait to see what the developers do with it! If you get the update for it, it also downloads a sort of 3D trailer to showcase the possibility of 3D movies and what not. It's pretty cool. I was expecting the "sweet spot" to be a bit more lenient though. It's very easy to lose it and make everything double. But on the whole, it's certainly a way hey moment.
Pretty much the same as the DS Lite (which is the closest in size, which I'm happy with). The D Pad feels a bit off to me though. A little too stiff and awkwardly placed, probably the first area they'll work when the inevitable 2nd model comes out. That and the 3D "sweet spot". Shoulder buttons are a tad too small. My main gripe are the start, select and home buttons. I like protruding buttons and pressing them can be a nightmare, in my experience. Maybe it's just me. The circular pad actually suprised me by being pretty cool. Imagine a bigger PSP nub and you're half way there! It just feels right. Plus it works with DS games! :D
DS Backwards Compatibility
Yep, backwards compatible with any regional DS game. The only problem is the screens are a bit blurry. It's not that bad to be honest. It has slight borders but it's not too much. However, you can correct the ratio of the screen by holding Start and Select as you select your DS game from the Home Menu. Trouble is, the screens are even smaller and the borders, to me at least, are extremely off putting. Kinda disappointed :( Least it's there, but I won't be retiring my DS Lite any time soon.
The AR Games and Face Raiders
Awesome. They're small, but they're incredibly fun little diversions and show off the functions of the 3DS wonderfully. Definitely worth playing! I hope they do more AR cards in the near future, this one has lots of potential.
The 3 3DS games
Super Street Fighter 4 3D Version
A great port of a game. Slightly awkward with the layout of the buttons and the touch screen buttons do feel cheaty but other than that, it's pretty cool. Not been able to get a solid connection online though :evil: The 3D is okay, it only really comes alive when you play in Dynamic Mode, but definitely won't be playing in that mode for too long. Worth considering as a first 3DS launch title.
This one is pretty good. The visuals are basic, and the gameplay is light but servicable. Lacking a bit in variety such as change of scenery, multi player and proper characters. I do have to say the 3D is good. The models of the vehicles is particularly awesome! It's like playing with a real 3D toy. However, with this game I find it takes a bit too long to find that "sweet spot" for the 3D to work. Landing is definitely easier with the 3D on.
Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars
My favourite launch title. It may not use 3D too much, it's very subtle in the enviornment and menus, but it works fine. The gameplay is turn based (one of my all time favourite genre) and is really fun. My favourite Tom Clancy game by far.
So is it worth rushing out and getting one?
Not at the moment. While I'm glad to have mine, you can afford to miss out on this for a while, well until the much stronger titles come out later at least. The 3D is cool and the technology in it is very impressive, but if you're after games (personally speaking, I probably have the best of the launch titles), wait until June time onwards. Or if you can, wait until the next 3DS model.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask them. I can't think of anything else to add!
The 3rd Birthday out next week! :D Can't wait.
Resident Evil Director's Cut on PSN. Yay. Late, Capcom/Sony - but never mind hey. I'll forgive you if you can manage to slide 2 and 3 into out European store as well. Oh that and the first Parasite Eve. You release 2 and 3 over here but not the first one? What gives!? :evil:
Anyways, typed far too much and my eyes hurt from the 3D.