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. Like the original DKC trilogy, Returns had a slew of tough stages, great music, and tight controls.
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. Not being a video game player at all, I agreed with a bit of hesitation hoping the GK would bring a younger person’s perspective to the review. I will be bringing the (boring) older non-gamer, parental point of view.
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. I would remind my fellow American readers that here in the U.S. of A.
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
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. There’s a new joystick-like feature which is great, but the D-Pad is placed slightly awkwardly in order to accommodate it.
Conclusion: Cette première découverte de la Nintendo 3DS s'est révélée sympathique. On regrettera la nouvelle place du stylet mais il s'agit là du seul nouveau détail perturbant de la console. Bien sûr, nous aurions aimé entrer dans le vif du sujet et nous lancer sur un titre phare du lancement , mais il faudra encore faire preuve de patience. La 3D, domptée selon les besoins du moment, est réellement bien rendue.
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.
Summary: The 3DS is a slick and worthy successor to the DS, but I can’t faithfully recommend it right now on account of its weak battery life, poor selection of launch games, and hefty $250 price tag. Launching without a Super Mario game was a mistake (my eyes turn to the GameCube). As it stands, the 3DS is a good peek at the future, but it’s missing all the goods (at least until a firmware update comes): web browser, eShop, Game Boy Virtual Console games, 3D movies and trailers,...