Nintendo 3DS Hands-On Preview - PAGE 1

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tekmosis Feb 18, 11
so the 3DS' weren't tethered on to people this time XD I guess Nintendo doesn't have to worry about snatch and runners in Canada ;D
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Icekickseverything Feb 19, 11
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The 3DS will only use one Friend Code this time around, tied to the handheld itself instead of requiring different ones for different games.
I read that somewhere else, that's great news. Well I wish they went with Gamertags like every other Console but at least they are improving.

Also that Augementing Reality sounds really cool.

Great Article, just wondering if you got to play any of the release title games or just mini games?
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Wolfwood Feb 19, 11
quote Icekickseverything
Great Article, just wondering if you got to play any of the release title games or just mini games?[/size][/color]
Heya! I did indeed manage to play with the several of the actual game titles Nintendo they had available for the preview, the ones I wanted to try the most were Kid Icarus and Super Street Fighter IV 3D (just to see if they actually did manage to throw in the whole game onto 3DS!).

Kid Icarus was probably my favorite of the bunch, but it's not designed for left handers like myself; you need your left to use the circle pad, but that's the case for a lot of games. Oh wells. The aerial portions are sorta like on-rails shoot 'em ups were you move around Pitt to dodge attacks or reposition yourself, while the ground portions have both shooting and melee actions.

The ground control is kind of a weird mix of FPS and action-adventure; you use the stylus to control Pitt's viewpoint while the circle pad moves Pitt around, and you attack with the L shoulder button (if my memory serves me correctly).

Plus I liked how the goddess broke the fourth barrier by saying how everything was easy for Pitt because he was just in a demo version of the game.
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Reenee Feb 19, 11
quote tekmosis
so the 3DS' weren't tethered on to people this time XD
Little-known fact: one of the female presenters from Nintendo's E3 presser was blind in one eye. She was still able to see the 3D effect though she had to hold the unit in a very precise manner.
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Icekickseverything Feb 19, 11
Wolfwood oh cool, cheers mate.

Hand held games don't really favour the left handed.
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bbb7002004 Feb 21, 11
One thing I'm curious about and never seems to be mentioned in the previews I've read are details about the charging cradle. Specifically, whether it is an inductive cradle or whether their are metal contacts that have to dock into the system.
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Wolfwood Feb 21, 11
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One thing I'm curious about and never seems to be mentioned in the previews I've read are details about the charging cradle. Specifically, whether it is an inductive cradle or whether their are metal contacts that have to dock into the system.
That's a great question, unfortunately Nintendo didn't actually show us the cradle despite mentioning it. From the looks of the handheld, it might be something you'll have to actually "plug" into it since I didn't notice any contacts, but that might just be me overlooking something at the time. Honestly I surprised enough that Nintendo is actually including an SD card with in the package.
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bbb7002004 Feb 21, 11
quote Wolfwood
quote bbb7002004
One thing I'm curious about and never seems to be mentioned in the previews I've read are details about the charging cradle. Specifically, whether it is an inductive cradle or whether their are metal contacts that have to dock into the system.
That's a great question, unfortunately Nintendo didn't actually show us the cradle despite mentioning it. From the looks of the handheld, it might be something you'll have to actually "plug" into it since I didn't notice any contacts, but that might just be me overlooking something at the time. Honestly I surprised enough that Nintendo is actually including an SD card with in the package.
Man, that's a shame.
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Reenee Feb 21, 11
bbb7002004, Wolfwood: It's a plug. The 3DS uses the same power adapter the DSi/DSi XL use.



The cradle:


Not sure how easily you could remove the 3DS from the cradle if you had to insert it at an angle.
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Rabla Feb 21, 11
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Through these network features, Nintendo is hoping users leave their 3DS handhelds on (or in Sleep mode) so that they'll be ready to receive and review these notifications often. That's why Nintendo has opted for a new cradle design for the 3DS power charger, as opposed to the trusty ol' power adapter. Users can drop in or pick up the 3DS off the cradle easily, and they'll be less inclined to shut the 3DS off for stretches of time.
Does this mean that leaving the 3DS on while in the cradle charger won't reduce the battery lifespan?
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Freeze Feb 21, 11
It will probably use the common Lithium battery, which has a recharge value of around 1000 full charges before significantly shortening it's battery life. Also if charging is complete, it will not over-charge to shorten it. I do not know how true this holds up for the 3DS, but that's the common thing these days though. It would be weird it it were to be otherwise.
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GoldenDarkrai Feb 22, 11
Anyway.....
The 3DS will be amazing, period. Sony(Satan) is gonna have a hard time topping this.
Im hoping for a Neopets the Darkest Faerie Remake for this, I can't play my copy on the piece-of-s*** PS3 which lacks backwards compatibility.
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LZ Schneider Feb 23, 11
Hmmm, seems promising. I just hope that the 3DS gets plenty of good 3rd party support and of course plenty of M-rated games with tons of blood and guts (And boobs).
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ProfessorMaple Feb 23, 11
quote Reenee
Not sure how easily you could remove the 3DS from the cradle if you had to insert it at an angle.
Well do those nubby-things on the back of the cradle look more like metal contacts or rubber bumpers? I'm finding it hard to tell. But if they are contacts, that'd make it a lot easier to take out of the cradle (though, the potential for it becoming a fire hazard is greater).
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