Posted by Brad J. (IanAugust)
What’s up everyone? We’re back with an exciting second installment of our Dual Strike Article series that feature our real time discussions on a particular subject. If you couldn't tell by the Miis riding the hype train, we’re discussion the Nintendo 3DS. Amado and I both rode this train all the way to Nintendotown and bought the system on day one. Now that we’ve had some time to play around and ponder the amount of money we spent on the device. We discuss what we like, what we hate, and where Nintendo should improve our 3D snuggle bunny.
Amado why did you pick up the 3DS?
Secondly probably just because I actually got to check it out at E3. I’ve always liked the idea of 3D video games. I just never wanted to use glasses, so the glasses free really caught me by surprise.
If all they did was upgrade the DSI’s CPU and add all the features the 3DS has minus the 3D I would have bought it anyway. After all it is Nintendo and it will have good games on it.
I was really surprised about the Mii Plaza where you can collect Miis via the StreetPass and use them to play two mini games, Puzzle Swap and Find Mii. But I haven’t had time to dive into them too much yet. Wherever you look on the system there are little surprises and touches of Nintendo, both good and bad. LOL.
Second thing is the awesome Music application itself. It’s a game all on it’s own. You can add songs to your “Top 10” or just your “Street Pass” playlist. Yes I said street pass playlist. So when it’s active it’ll seek other 3DS and exchange info about other peoples street pass music info eventually developing a “top street pass” music area where you can check out what is most popular by other 3DS owners in your area. You can check your compatibility with other 3DS owners too... assuming of course people in your area own 3DS’ and you pass them sometimes :(.
Best of all though are the “Visualizations” :D. That’s all I’ll say about that.
I would say it's a major kink in the ass!
You mean it got shitfaced and its poor judgment made it knock up a few hookers? :-0
Yeah, I think Nitnendo thought things would go out smoother. It is funny that they have a ton of games for launch but nothing particularly noteworthy, the games are coming right? Another fact that makes it seemed rushed is the fact that the eShop Channel, Internet browser, and possibly a functional friends list are not even coming until a future firmware upgrade in June. I hope it doesn’t brick systems like the PS3 3.60 Firmware... ziiiiinnnnggg.
About the launch games though. When I was at E3 I met a couple developers. I asked them about the 3DS, and if they had gotten any dev kits or anything like that. Apparently Nintendo hadn’t shown them anything up to that point. So literally most if not all developers didn’t even get a dev kit until after E3. That’s less than 1 year between now and then, of course these games aren’t going to be fully developed! It seems they had a choice. “Should we focus on the systems bells and whistles or should we focus on game play?” Games like Puzzle Bobble could have been much more fun if they had more time, and maybe with more time Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars could have utilized ANY of the 3DS’ features besides the 3D lol.
We’ll be chatting some more about this on the episode 44 of the podcast coming up on Monday.
If you have a 3DS what are your thoughts now that you've had the system for almost a week?