Too much 3DS yesterday, lol.
I love the 3D so much. And am glad it doesn't give me any headaches or eye issues. I played a ton yesterday for long periods of time, and so no issues there. However, today my thumbs are sore playing and even my arms are sore from playing the Face Raiders game.
So, I did my settings, set up wifi connection, made my Mii, and toyed around with the other preloaded software. Checked out the 3DS Sound App, but its pretty much the same form the DSi, and don't think I'll ever go into it again truthfully. I never did much with taking photos with my DSi either, but I thought the temptation of taking 3D photos would be greater. So, I took a few photos, and its cool enough, but nothing I'll spen much time doing. I made my Mii, used the camera option, so it took my photo and made the Mii, and then I made a few changes to it to make it better. I also checked out scanning the QR codes from others here on Gamespot to load in the Miis, and thats simple enough.
Then, in the Mii Plaza, there is a game where your Mii is kidnapped, and you have to find other hero Miis to save you. You do this with the Street Pass feature, so when you cross by others with a 3DS, you can pick up a hero that can then fight ghosts to save you. I don't think I'll be passing anyone though, so that's a shame. But you can also unlock a hero using the points your gain from the steps counted. The other mini game thing in the Mii Plaza is a puzzle thing. You can get puzzle pieces with Street Pass or by unlocking with the points. These seem to just unlock an image when you get all the pieces. They are nice additions, but not sure I'll get much use out of them as I don't typically take my handhelds many places.
Download Play option is there and it has two options, one for 3DS Download Play and one for DS Download Play. There is an activity logger that keeps track of your games played, time played, steps, etc. There is a note function, so when playing 3DS games, you can suspend and go to the note app to take notes if needed. There is a friends list and a notifications section. Also the web browser icon, which will be functional after the May update.
And then there is Face Raiders and the AR Games. These are big pluses. Face Raiders has you take photos of faces and then it plops then in helmets, etc and float around your room where you have to shoot them. The face get animated, and that just works so well, its crazy. Its awesome seeing your rooms walls get blown out and busted up while playing. There are different levels and bosses. Nothing too in depth, but just enough to keep you interested and going back for more. Then there are the AR Games which use the AR cards. The games are all activated with the question block card and you'll end up fighting lots of dragons throughout. The Target Shooting was fun and so was the Cue Ball game. I didn't;t care much for the Fishing game though. You'll also be able to unlock additional levels, etc with the points you earn on the system. The other cards are all just character models that you can rotate through different poses and sizes. They could be used for some fun photos.
So, I got Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Shadow Was, Samurai Warriors: Chronicles, and Super Monkey Ball 3D.
I played a couple stages in Shadow Wars and really look forward to rest of the game. This is a solid strategy game that stands on its own two feet. The setting is not my typical cup of tea, but I think it'll suck me in enough. I also really loved the 3D depth used with this game, its nothing flashy, but to me, this is how it should be done most of the time. It just makes the game look much nicer.
Samurai Warriors is the game that has occupied most of my time thus far. I'm not that familiar with the series but this game may make me a fan. Its a little hectic during battles with switching between warriors and different objectives with time limits, etc. But it keeps you on your toes. I usually prefer English dubbing, but its no biggie that its Japanese audio only with English text. I think the game looks great in 3D, and think this may be favorite of the games really.
I've played a bit of the Monkey Ball games here and there but they never really hold my interest. But I thought I'd give Super Monkey Ball 3D a shot anyways. I thought the 3D may be cool and the option to control it with the tilt controls may be good. Plus the other two game modes, a fighter and a cart racer were pluses. I've gotten pretty much what I expected out of it. The cart racer is good enough to last a little while, but not as polished as a Mario Kart game obviously. The fighter reminds me a simplified Smash Bros like fighting game. Very simplified. I'm not much for any fighters, but I'll go back to it for a little bit. For the main game of tilting levels and getting bananas, I tried both the slide pad control and the tilt controls. The 3D is no good with the tilt controls. But I think I prefer to play with the slide pad control and with 3D. But this game really won't hold me for too long and will probably get traded in quite soon.
Speaking of the slide pad, it is very nice. It feels great and works like a charm. The other slider on the system would be the 3D adjuster. I definitely want to play with 3D on as much as possible, but it is beneficial to mess around with the slider to find the best position for your eyes. Each game had me adjusting it a little for the best image for me. And this is usually about in the middle.
Well, here are my initial impression after the first day. And I am certainly glad I picked up the 3DS. It is a nifty piece of hardware and I highly recommend it. Highly recommend.