Nintendo 3DS review roundup
Nintendo 3DS hits store shelves this week. We take an early look at the reviews.
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"When it comes to 3-D in other games, the most impressive title is Pilotwings Resort," writes Gieson Cacho of the Contra Costa Times. "It gives players the sensation of flying. At certain angles, they may even get vertigo. The 3-D doesn't really help with Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition but it's almost indispensable when throwing passes in Madden NFL Football. Players have a better idea of depth and where the open receivers are downfield.... As for the graphics, they're a leap above the predecessor and rival that of the Wii."
"We don't play our video games with a stop watch in our hand, but even in casual use the battery feels inadequate," note the folks over at Ars Technica. "Under normal usage conditions you're going to get the blinking battery light frequently, and the system takes over three hours to fully charge in our testing. Nintendo was nice enough to include a charging cradle, and a charging cable with an extra-long cable, but it's frustrating how often I felt like I was chained to an outlet... [a battery pack] is going to almost a mandatory purchase with the system if you're going to be playing [the 3DS] out of the house."
The bottom line, part one
"The controls are an improvement from the DS, both with addition of the analog stick, and the better buttons," says Ryan Fleming of Digital Trends. "The biggest issue with the 3DS though is the battery, which will drain away quickly if you are using the 3DS at its most power hungry settings. The 3DS is no doubt bound for success. It takes what worked with the DS and it improves upon it. Many people might be slightly disappointed on launch day, but given time to grow, the 3DS could once again solidify Nintendo’s first-place hold on gaming."
The bottom line, part two
"Eighteen months from now, Nintendo will release the inevitable 3DS Lite and take us for another $250. Until that day arrives, I’m pretty comfortable saying that the Nintendo 3DS is the best gaming platform the company has ever created: The user experience is quite polished in a variety of ways, and its forward-thinking core feature really does make gaming better," writes Chris Kohler of Wired. "Nintendo will sell a lot of them, and glasses-free 3-D will be a big deal in the next generation of gadgets, just like an avalanche of touch screens followed the first DS."
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