Excerpt: Two and a half years ago, Donkey Kong Country Returns hit the Wii with a gorilla-sized thud and delivered not just one of the system’s best platforming experiences, but also one of the most enjoyable (and frustrating) of the generation.
Excerpt: Julie asked the Gadgeteer Kid and me if we would like to do a joint review of the Nintendo 3DS portable gaming system . As many of you may know, the 3DS is Nintendo ‘s latest and greatest handheld gaming device.
Pros: - 3D gaming experience is surprisingly good, - Sound build quality, - Ability to turn 3D off, - Large games selection, - Can play DSi & DSLite games, - Can create your own and keep others Miis, - Nintendo eShop, - Parental controls
Cons: - Games are expensive, - Picture quality is poor, - Advised not to use 3D more than an hour, - Advised not to let anyone under 7 use device in 3D mode, - Have to get just the right distance & angle for 3D to look correct
Conclusion: I found the Nintendo 3DS to be the most enjoyable, and most comfortable, in small doses, which is perfect for the casual gamer, or anyone with a lot of other stuff going on in his or her life. The quick levels of the titles I tried helped to stave off encroaching headaches and eyestrain.
Pros: Glasses-free 3D here today!, Backward-compatible to DS/DSi games and DSiWare, Bonus: Built-in 3D camera for sweet stills and more
Cons: Expect some eye fatigue over long stretches, Limited titles at launch
Summary: The Nintendo 3DS is a unique handheld game console that offers some of the best gaming experiences with glasses-free 3D technology. However, now that other consoles exist in the 3DS family, this version does little to set itself apart in the mobile gaming landscape.
Pros: The Nintendo 3DS offers glasses-free 3D gaming, and the variety of gaming experiences means that there is something for everyone.
Cons: The 3D effect drains the battery fast, and you have to look at the screen at the perfect angle to get the effect.
Conclusion: A time-tested game system design coupled with innovative, convincing 3D technology, makes the Nintendo 3DS a force to be reckoned with. It's not only the most advanced Nintendo DS yet, but a solid first in a new generation of handheld game systems.
Pros: 3D works surprisingly well. Bright, beautiful screen. Analog thumb pad is comfortable. Compatible with DS game titles.
Cons: 3D can be hit or miss; requires watching the screen at just the right angle. Mediocre battery life.
Excerpt: The Nintendo 3DS boasts 3D graphics (optional) without the need for special glasses, and it’s quite stunning. It’s backwards compatible, which we love, and virtual items bought on your DSi can be imported into the 3DS.
Summary: The Nintendo 3DS successfully offers a glasses-free 3D experience that needs to be seen to be believed. A weak start out of the gate has been all but forgotten thanks to a bevy of compelling releases on online downloadables since launch.
Pros: The Nintendo 3DS provides an impressive 3D gaming experience without the need for special glasses. There's a 3D effect slider, it shoots and displays 3D photographs with its dual back-facing cameras, and it has a single front-facing camera. The 3DS comes preinstalled with a bevy of software and S...
Cons: The disappointing low-resolution lenses on the 3DS provide grainy photos. The 3D effect can cause headaches for some, and it can "snap out" because of sensitive viewing angles and games that encourage movement. The 3DS also has a very short battery life.