Thursday, April 14, 2011

3DS Review (continued) - 4/14/2011

Hey guys! This is just a quick follow-up to my last blog post about the 3DS. I just wanted to announce that Ocarina of Time's release date for the 3DS was literally announced the day after I made my blog post. XD So The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D will be released on June 19th, 2011. =D I am so happy! Finally, a game I want has a release date! Woo!

Also, I just wanted to say something else about the 3DS. The little round control pad that has replaced the spot where the usual "+" used to be on all other DS systems is fantastic! It is like a miniature joystick and is really pimp to direct with. I like using it better than the + control pad, and I realized after I made my review that I had not said anything about it. So yeah, keep in mind that the new control pad is pimp, and for those of you who disagree, the standard control pad is right below it to make things less complicated for those who do not like change. =P All right, that is all I have to say, but I just wanted to put that out there. =]

-MW

Monday, April 11, 2011

3DS Review - 4/11/2011

Hey guys! It's MadameWario, and I am here to tell you all about the wonderful, newly released Nintendo 3DS system! As you have probably seen, Nintendo released their brand new handheld console, the 3DS, on March 27th, 2011 (in the USA anyway). The 3DS system features 3D graphics without 3D-glasses....and they are NOT KIDDING! =D I wondered how well the 3D element of the system would actually look, and whether it would be kind of like a holographic Pokemon card, or something more legit. Oh, it's legit, and way more legit than I was expecting. It literally looks like you can reach into the screen, and pull out whatever is, not on the screen, but inside the screen. It's fantastic! I really love the use of the technology provided. Nintendo is always so ahead of the game.

As for the built in functions of the system, I LOOOVE the Mii Channel. =3 =3 It is so cute and so real! They have added so many new hair styles and features too, so it's a great update from the Wii version. I also love the concept of the Mii Plaza option, which is basically just a program for associating with other people's Miis. The reason I say I love the concept over the actual function though, is because the way it is set up is kind of iffy. It's like the PokeWalker. You know how you have to find someone else usuing a PokeWalker to take advantage of some of the functions within it? Yeah, well the Mii Plaza is the same thing only with little Mii stories. You have to have you 3DS turned to sleep mode (bottom line, you have to have it on) and you simply have to walk by someone doing the same thing. ...In my opinion, that's not all that common. XD So yeah, that could be better. =P Moving on, just like the DSi, the 3DS has a camera function, which I have not really used much yet because I want to save storage space for epic pictures, but the cool thing is that it does enable you to take pics in 3D, and from what I have taken, it actually works. =3 I'm not sure if the DSi had this function as well, but the 3DS has a sound studio to record sounds and audio, so basically you can just record yourself saying something and then edit it to sound funny haha. So far, I have recorded myself saying "Woo!" which is about the most uncreative thing ever...but oh well. XD As for the other basic functions, there is a health and safety log, an activity log (just like on the Wii), a download play function (just like on every other DS system available), and then of course the settings option. So far, the Virtual Console function is not yet available for the 3DS system. I'm sure it is well in the works though, and will be available soon. I can't wait to have that as an option!

Next, I would like to talk about the two brand new, built in game-type functions of the 3DS system. First there is the AR Games function. Basically, the 3DS comes with 6 character cards. There is a card of the "?" Box, Mario, Link, Kirby, Samus, and the little dudes from Pikmin. All you do is place a card down on a flat surface and hold the 3DS where the camera can recognize the card (which it easily does so there aren't any complications there). The "?" card holds all of the options inside of it and offers, seriously, the coolest 3D minigames. It is so epic, because it uses whatever surface it is on in the game, and looks like it is actually programmed that way. That function is just incredible. Secondly, there is the Face Raider function. Face Raider is a minigame where you take a picture of your, or someone else's face and the 3DS warps it into a minigame filled with floating heads that you shoot. Your face basically mocks you and you take care of some business! XD It's really fun, but absolutely ridiculous. There is an extremely attractive (sarcasm) picture of me displayed in that function as we speak. =P Also, this funtion makes use of the background around you too, so it's really cool to play. I love both of these built-in functions of the 3DS. =] PIMP is all I can say.

So I know the question most of you have is "Should I buy the 3DS now, or wait?" Well honestly, I would highly recommend getting the 3DS at some point in time, just because the technology within it is incredible. However, getting it now, when there are hardly any 3D games out yet is not what I would call necessary other than the "cool factor" of the system. =P I, personally, am waiting for Animal Crossing, Paper Mario, Mario Kart, and Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time to come out for the system. Unfortunately though, none of those games have even been given a release date yet, and with Japan in such a crisis right now, (whether that really effects the company or not) who knows how soon it will be before those games actually come out. For me, I NEEDED a new DS system since the only version I had was an original. Therefore, the battery life of my original DS has gone way down and now only lasts about 45 minutes when fully charged before I have to plug it in again. So of course I pre-ordered the 3DS system, purchasing it at launch. But yeah, now that you know all the functions of the 3DS, that should help you decide whether or not to get the system now or to wait. The most talked about games are not out yet, so you have some time.

Wow, that took a lot longer than I expected. XD Well pimps, I hope all that information was helpful! This has been MadameWario updating you on the 3DS. Until next time, peace out! -MW