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.
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
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 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 StreetPass and SpotPass services, and it comes with a drop-and-charge dock. Internet connectivity includes the eShop, Virtual Console, video marketplace, Internet browsing func...
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.
Excerpt: We’ve had our 3DS for a while now, we’ve spent some time with it, played all the games we could get hold of, and we’ve gotten to know Nintendo’s the 3D capable portable console. Is it a gimmick? Or a portable revolution? It’s somewhere in between. Read on for our full 3DS review. When Nintendo announced the 3DS, people mainly fell into two camps: the ones saying it was a gimmick and that Nintendo is just following the new hot 3D trend.
Pros: 3D effect is wonderful, Powerful hardware, great looking games (for the most part), Lots of potential
Cons: Pricey at $250, 3D effect has limits and requirements, Poor battery life
Excerpt: Whether you love the company or hate it, it is hard to deny that Nintendo is currently the king of gaming systems. Arguments can be made against them, especially when it comes to pushing the boundaries of the industry, but it is hard to overlook the insane amount of success the company has had recently with the Wii and the Nintendo DS.
Pros: 3D works well, Much more powerful than the DS, Incredible amount of potential.
Cons: Very short battery life, Low-resolution camera, Missing a lot of software
Excerpt: What’s so appealing about 3-D, anyway? A while back, I saw two landmark 3-D movies in the same six-month time span: Avatar and the revival of Captain EO at Disneyland. The latter, a 1986 Michael Jackson flick, used 3-D in the sort of ham-handed ridiculous way it had always been used: Asteroids flew into the seats. Evil monsters poked their claws and spears into your face. Cue screams and laughter from audience.