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Nintendo 3DS

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Release Date: Mar 27, 2011

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The Nintendo 3DS is a portable game console by Nintendo, which can produce "3D effects without the need for any special glasses" via a process called autostereoscopy. It will be released in Japan on February 26, 2011 for ¥25,000, and will succeed the Nintendo DS series of handhelds,which primarily shares the handheld console market with Sony's PSP. The Nintendo 3DS will feature backward compatibility with Nintendo DS series software, including Nintendo DSi software.

The 3DS will be released in North America on March 27, 2011 for $249.


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Trade-In Offers

Amazon:

Prepare for the next generation of handheld gaming. Trade in your used Nintendo DS and get an Amazon.com Gift Card that can be used to pre-order the Nintendo 3DS. (This can be done from home and Amazon will pay for the shipping.)

GameStop:

3DS Trade Up Offer

Trade your DSi XL and get $100 in-store credit toward the reservation of a 3DS, trade in your DSi and get $75 or trade in your DS lite and get $50. (This requires you to leave your house.)

DSiWare downloadable content and point balances are not currently transferable to Nintendo 3DS. Full trade value amount must be applied toward the pre-order of a new Nintendo 3DS. Net savings is after trade. Offer not good on cash trades. Trades must be in full working condition to receive full value. Hardware must have all necessary components for trade. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Trade-ins subject to manager approval. See store associate for details. No dealers. Offer valid in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam only. Offer valid 01/24/11 - 04/03/11.


 

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3DS xl System overview

By: Daisymare Sep 2, 2012 | 3 Comments

90% bigger screen, nicer design, better feel in hand but what's not perfect with this new version of the 3DS? Well there are a couple issues I've noticed but I'm not sure if they matter to the hardcore gamer.

Pros

  • Bigger screens
  • Nice feel in the hands
  • Awesome for playing DS games
  • Quick and responsive
  • Price is good
  • Controls are good and touch screen is nice.

Cons

  • 3D isn't as good as I'd like on the bigger screen
  • 3D video recording is blurry and hard to look at
  • 3D photos are hit and miss
  • Built in games suck 
  • Size and weight wears on the wrists.
  • Doesn't come with any 3DS games
  • Wi-Fi doesn't seem to connect with the net.

If you don't have a DS or a 3DS then I recommend this system but I don't think it's that much better than the others.

Buy It.

Below is a detailed editorial of my impressions of the system. Yes most of this is known on the standard 3DS so you may not get much insight on the system other than the physical layout and feel in the hand.

Physical body of the system:

First off, the system design and shape is pretty good with rounded corners that fit nice in the hand though the size and weight of it can be fatiguing to your wrists.

 

 

The color choices are okay, sort of like an homage to the old pokemon blue and red. It sort of makes me think of a male female color palette though.

Once you open the system you are treated to a nice layout with direction tab, analog nub, X,Y,B,A buttons and Select, Home, Start buttons at the bottom of the touch screen. The power button and lights in the lower Right corner of the control face. The R and L buttons are where they should be, volume on the left and Wi-Fi & SD card slot on the right.

On the display screen panel you have two weak speakers which I feel are not useful unless you’re in a very quiet place on the right is the 3D slider switch and the two cameras are on the back. 

They changed the charger plug again making it look more like a large compact USB port. I’m wondering if they are planning to do other things with it.

 

 

The new stylus is nice and easy to use and fits nicely in the system.

It has a mic on the lower right of the touch screen and possibly one on the back of the display screen next to the two cameras

 

Firmware OS & built in Apps:

 

The OS boots up nice and quick and all the controls from the touch screen to the directional pad and buttons respond nicely.

Everything in the OS and the built in Apps run in 3D as expected and has the same Apps as in the normal 3DS. That said there are a few issues I’m having with this version of the 3DS that I didn’t see in the regular one.

The display screen is beautiful in 2D but the 3D is a little off. I think the larger the display the harder it is for your eyes to adjust. You have to hold the system farther away to get a similar 3D effect to the standard 3DS thus making the screen look smaller anyway. In 2D mode however, this system is a joy. I’m playing Chrono Trigger right now and having a blast.

The Camera App is fun and the camera itself takes okay pictures though in 3D it’s really hit or miss as to how 3D it will look. 3D video is pretty useless and hurts my eyes. You can do some fun things with it though. Running the video backwards and changing the audio pitch. All of which I believe is in the original version.

The Sound App has a few fun little Bird mimicking functions and lets you record hours of audio on your SD card. You can edit the audio by slowing it down speeding it up and changing pitch. It also has a couple of effects settings for parakeet and others.

There’s the Mii Maker, Mii Plaza for StreetPass, the eShop and other crap.

It comes with a video sample called Dinosaur Office that is cool to watch but is short and pointless.

I couldn’t get it to connect to my Wi-Fi so I couldn’t use Nintendo Zone or Download Play. I don’t know why it wont connect either. It says that it connects but then just gives errors.

The AR games look cool but like with the camera App the 3D is spotty especially when you’re moving the system around.

Face Raiders and the same issues as above.

I find it funny that the 3DS xl Operations manual is heavier than the system itself. At 314 pages long it’s a freaking novel of an instruction manual.

 

 

I haven’t yet had a chance to try an actual 3DS game on it because it doesn’t come with any.

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Bigga 3DS DennaMutha - XL Version Coming to the US in August

By: goukijones Jun 22, 2012 | 4 Comments | Updated: Jun 22, 2012

Well this is great news for blind Jimmys. Nintendo announces today that a larger version of the 3DS is official. It's called the 3DS XL.

POW!

It's big now. I'm thrilled about this. Maybe now I can get into some Mario Kart. Here's the details from Nintendo.

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A big year for the Nintendo 3DS system is about to get even bigger. In a Nintendo Direct video on June 21, Nintendo revealed plans to launch Nintendo 3DS XL, a new version of Nintendo 3DS with 90 percent larger screens. When it becomes available across North America on Aug. 19 at a suggested retail price of $199.99, the new system will create even more immersive entertainment experiences for users, delivering a wealth of games and video content that can be enjoyed on the go.

“No other hand-held entertainment experience compares to the fun of Nintendo 3DS”
Nintendo 3DS XL features an updated form factor and will be available in Red or Blue. The new system’s battery life outperforms that of the original Nintendo 3DS, and it comes bundled with a 4 GB SD card, which owners can use to store content such as downloadable games and videos from the Nintendo eShop. Nintendo 3DS XL launches on Aug. 19, the same day as New Super Mario Bros. 2, a new installment in the fan-favorite Mario game series.

“No other hand-held entertainment experience compares to the fun of Nintendo 3DS,” said Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. “With the launch of Nintendo 3DS XL on Aug. 19, consumers will be able to enjoy the great lineup of current and upcoming games on an even grander scale. Plus, Nintendo 3DS XL gives owners even more real estate on their screens to enjoy entertainment applications like Nintendo Video and Netflix.”

To view the latest Nintendo Direct video, which contains more news about upcoming Nintendo products, visit www.nintendo.com/nintendo_direct or www.youtube.com/nintendo.

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Editorial: Giving Nintendo a Second Chance (Plus 3DS Unboxing)

By: jalexbrown Nov 24, 2011 | 3 Comments

Jalexbrown discusses his giving Nintendo a second chance with the 3DS.

I must admit something: I went into this whole thing with an extreme bias against Nintendo.  My Wii was a huge waste of money; my DS was decent, I guess, but it didn't blow me away like I expected.  But one thing surprised me, and that's that it did hurt when it decided to break.  So, I thought with a lack of enthusiasm, now's as good a time as any to check out the 3DS.  It's sort of the DS but with less games, crappier games, and a headache-inducing gimmick.  Goody.  I wasn't really convinced that I should get one until I saw a sale at Target selling them for $145; the deal was sealed, and I bought a 3DS.

Now that I have the 3DS, I struggle with being skeptically optimistic about its future - which is completely unfounded but shuddup and let me pretend my money wasn't wasted.  Snake Eater and Resident Evil Revelations should be awesome, and I can't wait to find a copy of Devil Survivor Overclocked.  I bought Ocarina of Time 3D, although at the time of this writing I haven't had any time to play it yet.  And I got Legend of Zelda: Four Swords as a free download, so that's kind of cool.

I suspect how nice retail is the 3DS this holiday season will have a huge impact on how much developer support we see over the next year in terms of AAA releases.  Right now the 3DS library is pretty slim pickins, and I suspect right now a lot of developers are putting off to see how well this price drop plays out of the holiday season before they invest too much in a 3DS game.  Really what I want to see is what Nintendo's going to do with it.  Will we get a new 3DS Zelda game?  Metroid?  Donkey Kong?  Super Smash Brothers?  How about a freaking Earthbound sequel already?  Maybe try something new like you did with Eternal Darkness and Geist?  The possibilities are endless.  Who knows...maybe the 3DS will end up being worth it after all.

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