Nintendo 3DS: a Hands-On Impression.

I found myself in midtown Manhattan today at Rockefeller Center, and the Nintendo Store was beckoning me to come in and play with the 3DS. So I had to comply of course.

Now I am not a DS game player at all so this was sort of my first time with any DS let along the new 3DS. I do play some Wii games so I am already familiar with the friendly interface and easy to use graphics. The 3D of the 3DS is pretty amazing. You activate it with a slider on the right side of the screen to control the depth of the 3D or to turn it of completely. I knew they were using lenticular technology to achieve the 3D, and wondered if you’d see lines or something else, but the image was very clear and I found the 3D really fun to play with.

The game that was loaded on this demo device was Steel Divers a scrolling submarine game. The 3D on this screen really made the depth of the ocean feel expansive and I think it added to the over all gameplay. The game itself is a little boring, but the novelty of 3D made it more compelling to stick through it. I am an iphone user (and gamer) so using the stylus was a little new to me but I got more used to it as I kept playing.

So hardcore DS’ers are you all planning to plop down 250 bucks to get one this weekend? You can try it out before you buy at some launch day events that are happening this weekend in many major US cities including New York, LA and Miami among others.

Let us know what your impressions of the 3DS are.

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New internet browser for 3DS to be done by Japanese software developer ACCESS

While it hasn’t come out in the US yet, many gamers are already anticipating the 3DS, Nintendo’s newest portable. The device has some nice new features including a glasses free three dimensional main screen, an SD memory card slot, and a three dimensional camera. Recently, however, a brand new deviation from the previous models has been revealed: Nintendo will not be using Opera’s internet browser for the 3DS. Instead, they have opted to go with the Japan based company ACCESS, planning to use their web browser, called NetFront.

Tabbed browsing is only one of the new features ACCESS plans to implement in NetFront 4.1

Owners of the PSP or PS3 may be disappointed to hear the news since Netfront was the browser Sony chose for those game systems and there were some frustrating problems associated with it. Luckily, the NetFront browser that will appear in the 3DS is said to be an improved version, sporting new features such as support for HTML5, Flash, and high speed JavaScript as well as some convenient bells and whistles like tabbed browsing and smoother pan and zoom features. All in all the change seems to be a good one, but gamers will just have to wait until May when the new browser is scheduled to be released via a software update to see for themselves.

Activision and Sega: Recipe for Success?

Activision and Sega have agreed to work together to create a new video game called Wappy Dog. Wappy Dog is a plastic pooch toy which can be used as a toy on its own or can be used in conjunction with the Wappy Dog software for DS.

This is a prototype of the game and of the wappy dog toy. I think that it is an  Impressive looking toy and will be a successful game in the children’s toys market.

The game is like Nintendogs, the main part of the game is to train Wappy Dog tricks and playing mini-games. The thing that really impressed me was the outing mode on the game, more information on this will be given in my preview of the game in the coming months.

Wappy Dog isn’t necessarily an original concept – virtual pets have existed in both the real and digital worlds for years – but if pulled off could be very engaging when released this Fall.

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Final Fantasy III: Coming to Iphone??

A Japanese manga magazine V-Jump recently announced that Square Enix have plans to bring Final Fantasy III to the Iphone. This will consist of two games, one is supposed to be released some time in the spring, this is going to be called Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions. I believe that the second game will be a IOS friendly version of the original Final Fantasy III game.

For those who don’t know Final Fantasy revolves around Four orphan children who are drawn to a crystal light, see picture above. The crystal grants them some of its power, and instructs them to go forth and restore balance to the world. Not knowing what to make of the crystal’s pronouncements, but nonetheless recognizing the importance of its words, the four inform their adoptive families of their mission and set out to explore and bring balance back to the world.

The original game was released in the April of 1990 in japan. The first time it was released outside of Japan was November 15, 2006 when Square Enix made a DS compatible version which was sold across the world.

Once the game is released it will be reviewed on the site by one of our staff members.

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