|Next to the box we see the charging dock, AC adapter, system |
documentation, and just A LITTLE bit of a baby seat in the upper
right-hand corner (NOT INCLUDED).
|Close-up of the documentation... Why? Because it's 3/4 of the total weight|
of the box! There are pages, and handouts, and quick-start guides galore!
It's like Nintendo packed in a copy of Toadstoy's "War and Peach".
Bits I like:
-AR Games (and accompanying unlockables... work that pedometer to save up your coins!)
-OK Go's dog video is a fun way to show people glasses-free 3D
-Those little Nintendo touches - I was getting ready to play "Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars" as I sat near a door in a public place, and was on the home screen with the "Ghost Recon" channel highlighted. This screen features 3 futuristic soldiers with a variety of weapons standing back to back in a circle as your view slowly rotates around them. As I was preparing to launch the software, the door was opened by a passerby, and a gust of wind blew across my 3DS. To my surprise, this caused the three characters and the "Ghost Recon" logo to spin furiously! Upon discovering this, I spent the next few minutes blowing on the screen of my 3DS just to see how fast I could get the three guys to spin, and hoping, just a little that the centrifugal force would cause one of them to fly off the screen. Upon further investigation, every logo on the home screen allows you to blow on the microphone to spin it progressively faster the harder you blow on the microphone! I undoubtedly looked like a complete fool whose handheld system must be bursting into flames as I blew furiously on the screen, but I also undoubtedly enjoyed doing it. (See video embedded below for reference!)
-Playable "Game and Watch" visualizer in the music player is a charming bit of light fun when you want to play something as you listen to music.
-StreetPass - It's fun the first time you find out that you just had a connection with a fellow gamer who was, like you, incognito. You are part of a larger community, and StreetPass lets you feel that.
-The Circle Pad - Precise, grippy, and just enough resistance. I can't wait for a game that truly puts this little beauty through its paces (Mercenaries 3D, anyone?)!
Bits I Don't Like:
-Also, the Circle Pad - There's a slight rubbing noise that sounds like plastic on plastic (a grating noise, rather than the expected sliding noise, if that makes sense) when I push it, and that unsettles me...
-Stylus location - WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?! I actively avoid doing things that need the stylus for precision just so I don't have to fight it out of the hole on the back, as you can see here:
-Launch Lineup of Retail Release Games - It's not that there's anything inherently wrong with the games in the launch lineup (especially if you like Street Fighter), but there just wasn't anything that set my world on fire. I've been enjoying "Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars", and feel that it's a solid game, but it's not mind-blowing.
Well, there it is. This is, in my estimation, some of the good and the bad of the Nintendo 3DS hardware and built-in software.
Those who have handled or purchased the hardware: Do you agree? Disagree?
What things do you like and dislike about Nintendo's new handheld?
Let us know in the comments!