Nintendo 3DS

Yesterday the Nintendo 3DS I had bought for the daughter arrived from Amazon – and even though they listed the shipping time for their free shipping at 10 days it only took 8 days. So thank you Amazon!

Along with the 3DS I bought a basic carrying case (that unfortunately doesn’t have a good way to store the game cartridges) and 5 games:

So far the games that have been most popular have been New Super Mario Bros and Nintendogs + Cats. Super Scribblenauts is also great fun and she enjoys solving the puzzles but (at least for now) we play it as a two-player game where I read the puzzles out loud and help her spell – I have a feeling that it won’t be long until I am not needed, though.

Pilot Wings Resort has by far the best use of the new 3D effect. It just works, creates a great sense of immersion and it actually makes it easier to navigate the little plane around.

Super Monkey Ball 3D is also a fun little game even though the daughter has only tried out the puzzle mode – which she thinks is most fun when played using the internal gyroscope of the 3DS to control the playing field. Super Monkey Ball 3D also contains a racing game and a fighting game but due to the fact that the daughter is pretty much glued to the little screen I have been unable to try out those modes.

The augmented reality games that come with the 3DS are fantastic to play around with. They aren’t particularly advanced but they do show that augmented reality games can work. I was playing with the AR stuf with the son to show him what it was and then the daughter placed a Mario card on her and held it in front of the 3DS. On the screen Mario appeared to stand on her hand. The cautiously looked around the 3DS to see what was in her hand and when he show nothing was actually there he kind of shrugged and went back to thinking how cool is was to see Mario standing there. Who knows – he may be the first generation that ends up considering augmented reality to be a basic thing.

So in conclusion the Nintendo 3DS is a great little box. Sturdy build and the 3D works. The charging dock (while being really simple) just works. The main drawback is the battery life at 3-5 hours – however this has not been an actual problem yet as long as she remembers to place it on the charging dock. For long trips we will have to buy a charger for the car.

As we didn’t already own a Nintendo DSi I think it made a lot of sense to buy the 3DS. But if you already have a DSi you might want to hold out a bit. The really great games aren’t there yet (we need a new Mario or Zelda game) and by then they may have released a 3DSi with better battery life. There will also be a major firmware update coming as the 3DS doesn’t have a browser or the ability to use the DSi Shop right now.

Unboxing pictures

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