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Nintendo 3DS Review

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the_kille4 24th March 2011, 08:54 Quote
I was quite upset that the 3DS sold in singapore did not follow the US pricing ~SGD320 instead it followed japanese ~SGD399... and it still be released on the similar time to the US launch... and i still do not know the full list of games which will be sold here...

So...i'm just going to wait until the retailers deop their price :(
Tasslehoff 24th March 2011, 08:57 Quote
Cool item, but I doubt i will buy one as I haven't touched my DS lite since owning my iPhone!

If it was a lot cheaper it may of been worthwhile :(
docodine 24th March 2011, 09:35 Quote
Not one mention of battery life?
leveller 24th March 2011, 09:41 Quote
Apparently battery life is dire. I heard recharging was pretty crappy too.

The cost can be addressed by trading in your old DS model to HMV and getting the new handheld for £110 (apparently). Seems a lot better than hanging on to an old model and forking out nearer £200 for the 3DS.

Mine arrives tomorrow ... I hope I get more enjoyment out of it than you guys did. Gaming on my iPhone has fallen off the chart completely since I got the iPad, but even then I seem to spend most of the time reading forums and tech site news than playing games on the pad ... I'm hoping the 3DS will re-ignite some sofa-gaming while the missus watches her TV.
Ph4ZeD 24th March 2011, 09:43 Quote
Meh. iPod Touch / iPhone / iPad are superior gaming devices imo.
CardJoe 24th March 2011, 09:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by docodine
Not one mention of battery life?

I'll look into it today. Don't know how I forgot that!
Ph4ZeD 24th March 2011, 09:46 Quote
Arstechnica were not impressed with the battery life.
Snips 24th March 2011, 09:57 Quote
Yet another homerun by Nintendo. The ONLY company forcing innovation in the gaming "console" industry as everyone else is just following their lead. The iProducts don't even come close.

This will put even more money into their developements and it will eventually benefit us all.

Well Done Nintendo.
Ph4ZeD 24th March 2011, 10:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by Snips
Yet another homerun by Nintendo. The ONLY company forcing innovation in the gaming "console" industry as everyone else is just following their lead. The iProducts don't even come close.

This will put even more money into their developements and it will eventually benefit us all.

Well Done Nintendo.

Um, yeah. Did you actually read any reviews of the product?
tonyd223 24th March 2011, 10:01 Quote
not sure that this type of device has any life left - surely mobile gaming is a smartphone thing now? Just look at the economics - good games on android (what I got) are only £3-5 a pop if not free...
Grape Flavor 24th March 2011, 10:16 Quote
My impression reading your review is you were like "Wow, this is neat." until someone pointed out:

"Wait a second, don't we hate 3D?"
"What? Oh crap. Yeah, we do, don't we?" (turns console off)
"So it's rubbish then."
"Yeah, I guess it's rubbish."
"And don't forget to call it a "gimmick" in your review."
"Okay."

Interesting how 3D is a gimmick because it doesn't work well and you have to wear those stupid glasses. Then when those concerns are alleviated it just sinks even lower into a Double Gimmick, apparently. This does nothing to dissuade me from my theory that the anti-3D "backlash" is at its core more rooted in some kind of obstinate luddite ideology than in practical concerns.

Also I predict most of the comments about how the 3DS's launch is lackluster will be about how it's all the fault of dirty rotten 3D, ignoring the fact that the launch titles simply aren't that good as games, were they on any console.
leveller 24th March 2011, 10:21 Quote
Tesco just threw a curveball and reduced their launch price to £175 from midnight ...

Added:

Currys now selling 3DS for £179, and something to do with a £75 voucher book ...

(source: MCV)
memeroot 24th March 2011, 10:35 Quote
It's jsut not that exciting - sorry ninty
Omnituens 24th March 2011, 10:57 Quote
SF4 Is the best of the launch titles. But it still won't get me to let go of my DSLite, the best version of the console so far.

Maybe when Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright comes out, or the next Pokemon game I might look into getting one. Might.
Cei 24th March 2011, 10:59 Quote
No score? No battery life mention, despite it being the talk of the internet for months? Actually, you reviewed the whole system in 2 pages? (1215 words...)

Seriously, what happened to the enjoyably long Bit-Tech reviews that were in-depth? I used to value your opinions over every other site, but if you maintain this trend of superficiality I'll be going elsewhere. Your hardware reviews are still spot on, informative and detailed, but software is just going downhill - and somehow that's justified the spin-off Bit-Gamer?
mi1ez 24th March 2011, 11:03 Quote
All that talk of face raider and no screenshot? It was the only thing I was hoping for!
Ph4ZeD 24th March 2011, 11:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by Cei
No score? No battery life mention, despite it being the talk of the internet for months? Actually, you reviewed the whole system in 2 pages? (1215 words...)

Seriously, what happened to the enjoyably long Bit-Tech reviews that were in-depth? I used to value your opinions over every other site, but if you maintain this trend of superficiality I'll be going elsewhere. Your hardware reviews are still spot on, informative and detailed, but software is just going downhill - and somehow that's justified the spin-off Bit-Gamer?

Agree. Arstechnica review 5 pages.
Blademrk 24th March 2011, 11:23 Quote
I've not looked at any other reviews yet but this one still leaves a number of questions:

Battery Life?
Is it still compatible with DS games?
If so, do they look any better/worse with the higher res screen?
Does it still have the SD card slot of the DSi/DSi XL?
weeman1985 24th March 2011, 11:43 Quote
It seems that if Nintendo didn't make such a big deal about the 3D aspect of the 3DS the reviews would have been nicer all round, only complaining a little about the battery life and the poor quality of the initially released games. The screens are higher resolution, the menu is nicer (flashier), and the control system is improved. It just happens to have the ability to show the games in 3D if you want.

Maybe future releases will be able to take better advantage of the 3D effect, but for now I'm sure early adopters will be happy with the improved resolution and control stick.

Still, I'll be waiting for the 3DS XL.
Cei 24th March 2011, 11:55 Quote
Complaining a little about battery? 3 hours is pathetic, and even if you turn off all the radios and 3D you get 5. My DS Lite is still happily putting out 12-14 hours of playtime on a single charge.
leveller 24th March 2011, 12:04 Quote
The battery charge is an issue but when you think the 3DS is powering 2 screens it makes a little more sense. Not much comfort in that I guess but I'm not sure I want to have that cross-eyed 3D feeling for 3 straight hours anyway. Maybe an hour at a time at most with breaks ...
CardJoe 24th March 2011, 12:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by Cei
Seriously, what happened to the enjoyably long Bit-Tech reviews that were in-depth? I used to value your opinions over every other site, but if you maintain this trend of superficiality I'll be going elsewhere. Your hardware reviews are still spot on, informative and detailed, but software is just going downhill - and somehow that's justified the spin-off Bit-Gamer?

Nothing happened to them. As it was five years ago, it's still just me doing nearly all of the games coverage. There's only so long I can sustain staying in the office until 11PM to do a 10 page game review every other day (which will be rendered obsolete by the first week-one patch and essentially restates information that we know nobody was actually spending time reading), especially when my personal life is taking the brunt of the damage - and believe me when I say it's taken a lot of damage.

We operate better now. There's no '5-page minimum' for every game we cover. We say what we think needs to be said, rather than waffling to fill a wordcount. Games that need it can have 10 page reviews, while simpler ones can have less. Chime is a great example of a game we covered and loved recently, but wouldn't otherwise have written about five years ago purely because I wouldn't have had enough to say about it.

If you look back at those 'old game reviews' you seem to like so much you'll see they weren't written any better and often spoke in obvious genericisms. Is 5 pages of 'BioShock's water effects look better if you set the Water Quality to High, but you shouldn't do this unless you have a good graphics card' really new, essential information? We'll cover that stuff when it's warranted (as we are doing now with Crysis 2), but not otherwise. The absence of battery life testing is, as I said above, an oversight.
Omnituens 24th March 2011, 12:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by Blademrk

Is it still compatible with DS games?
If so, do they look any better/worse with the higher res screen?

Almost all games work, bar any that need the GBA slot on the DS/DSL - basically if it works on the DSi it works on the 3DS.

The 3DS's top screen is wider than the DS - the system deals with this by adding back bars to each side of the top display. The colour depth seems better, but I can only compare DSL screen quality as that is what I have, the DSi might have already made the improvement.
CardJoe 24th March 2011, 12:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by Blademrk
I've not looked at any other reviews yet but this one still leaves a number of questions:

Battery Life?
Is it still compatible with DS games?
If so, do they look any better/worse with the higher res screen?
Does it still have the SD card slot of the DSi/DSi XL?

It does run existing DS games, but not in 3D. I couldn't notice a difference in visual quality, but as the review mentions the colour depth has been upped.
It does have an SD card slot (apologies, I thought that was clear from the images on page one).
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