3DS First Impression

Today I stopped by an electronics store in Shinjuku hoping that they would have the 3DS on display and possibly have a demo model to play with.  Luck was on my side so I did get some time with the unit and can offer some initial thoughts based on my play time.

First off- the 3D works.  I had mentioned previously that I was a bit unsure that it was anything more than a gimmick.  My suspicions seemed to be wrong though, as it works quite well.  I got time to play around with Nintendogs + Cats and the 3D effect was definitely noticeable and unlike the regular graphics on the current DS(i).  You have to be standing still and keep your eyes focused on the screen to make it work.  Turning off the 3D produces a game experience that is the same as the current DS (besides all the new upgrades).

The graphics seem to be better, but it was hard to tell by how much without my DSi open next to me.  Since the handheld is just about to launch I also have to take into account the fact that this is new hardware for developers to toy with (even first party ones).  I expect that we’ll get a ‘wow’-factor soon enough.  The graphics *were* an improvement, don’t get me wrong.

One of the hardware aspects that excites me the most is the analog stick.  Although I’m sure the mechanisms work similar to the PSP’s analog “nub”, it works well and control feels smooth.  The hardware upgrade is worth purchasing just for this little guy.  The material is also soft, similar material as the Wii’s nunchuck has on its analog stick.  The top screen’s size boost also benefits the handheld and offers more real estate for developers to take advantage off.  The touchscreen seemed the same as the 3DSs predecessors, save for the addition of the three buttons bordering the bottom.

Thanks for reading :]  Glad to be the first pkmn fansite to give you actual hands-on impression of the DS ;D

<3 pokejungle

  1. It’s things like this that make me love PJN more than other websites 🙂 Keep up the awesomeness PJ!

  2. I’m lucky I finally turned the age where I can earn some money for myself, rather than have my parents buy me everything.
    How many parents are willing to spend 250 dollars on ‘another revision’ of the DS? However, I know some parents who buy iPads and iPhone 4 for their children (and an iPhone costs €650+, no contract available)

  3. still though, $250 is what the wii cost. why charge that much for just a handheld? seems a bit steep to me, no matter what your situation is.i truly hope that the pokémon title isn’t from the main series. i really don’t want one of these gimmicky systems, especially at that price tag. nintendo themselves said 3d technology is bad for you, so i really hope this system fails.

    1. Sorry, but why do you want it to fail. Is it because you don’t want it? If a product gets enough attention so the developer can iron the kinks out of it, it becomes more attractive. You just sound like fanboys who always want that things fail and who have a limited view on everything. And you look uninformed, like believing nintendo nevers brings their main franchises on their main system.

    2. The 3DS actually isn’t “just another handheld”, it’s the next handheld generation to be released. The games planned for the 3DS are going to be exclusively for it. Plus, certain games usually exclusive for Sony and Microsoft are planning to release 3DS titles, like Street Fighter and Splinter Cell. I don’t think it’s going to fail at all.

    3. Dude what are you doing??
      Wanting Nintendo to fail talking on a Pokemon site for shame.
      Why would you want the NGP to win?

  4. Put a deposit on the 3DS today. 😀

    To be perfectly honest, if I absolutely had to choose just one…..I’d sooner pay 250 euros for a 3DS than for a Wii.
    My original DS has gotten infinitely more use than my Wii has

  5. Oh and glad to hear that the 3D works well!

    That’s one of the big things I don’t know much about yet (obviously), I’m a bit worried it might hurt my eyes…..3D has done that to me in the past. However I got so much use out of my original DS I still have a lot of faith in the 3DS regardless.

    1. RUMOR=EPIC, real game… = SO AMAZING!!! R&S had so many cool things, like the ability to cut grass, do tricks on your bike and get three hidden legends.

  6. Cant wait to see the new pookemon game on the wii and hopes its not something dumb like rumble >.>

  7. Didn’t I tell you that I forgot my AIM login info? >:l We have news to share.

    PS the 3DS is a fun device, already have two on pre-order.

  8. You know how cool it would be to choose what kind of pokemon you play with- full render vs Mii Pokemon.

      1. He can still feel special imo, since Japan is the only country so far where normal people (not only the press) have the opportunity to try out the 3DS, so it’s still rather exclusive.

  9. cant wait for my birth day!!

    also,for everyone,the secret password is….. mattres..remember it 🙂

    also got a timid drought ninetails,its so cool 🙂 does anyone have ideas for a team based from a drought ninetails(im going to put sewaddle final evo i got on the team,it has that cool ability with sunlight=double speed)but looking for suggestions,so please let me know

  10. My biggest concerns are the battery life and as to whether or not it will be lefty friendly. 3-5 hours is absolutely unacceptable, and only one nub means no touch screen + analogue stick gameplay for me. This may be the first time I wait for the upgraded version. I really feel like Nintendo dropped the ball on this one, they lost me as a launch purchase, I’ll need to wait and see what people think :/

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