24 Hour Impressions with my Nintendo 3DS

Posted by JJOR64 (18906 posts) -

 Picture not taken with 3DS camera, as you can tell.

I've had my 3DS for over 24 hours now so I thought I would through together a quick impressions list of the things I like and don't like about the games I have and the hardware itself.
 

Hardware

Pros:
  • Actually surprised how good the 3D is.  I was one of those guys who thought I would never use the 3D that much at well.  Then I tried it out and seen how cool it is.  The depth it adds is more significant then I thought it would be.  Ridge Racer 3D at max 3D is the most mine blowing thing I have seen yet on the console.
  • The system had a very hefty weight to it that I like.  It's not super heavy, but it's heavy enough to feel good in my hands.
  • The Circle Pad feels really good.  I feel like I'm in control when I use it unlike the PSP nub.
  • Taking 3D pictures is cool and they actually look really cool when taken right.
  • While the AR Games and Face Raiders may get old fast, at least they are built into the system for free and that's a nice addition.
  • I'm surprised how the friends list works.  Once you get your friends set up right, it's like a mini version of Xbox Live.  You can see what your friends are playing and send them messages.  It's mind blowing for a handheld.
  • Really like the Home Menu.  It's nice and simple.  Just what you want from a handheld system made by Nintendo.  It's also nice that you can access it in-game.
 
Cons:
  • Not a fan of the location of the stylus.  It's like the old phat DS where you put the stylus in the back.  It really grinds my gears is that it's on the left hand side and not the right hand.  I'm right handed and it would have been nice on the right.  What they should have done is did it the same way the DSi did it, have it on the right side of the system where it's easy to take out and put back in.
  • Really wish the Start and Select buttons weren't in the middle of the system.  I wish it was in the lower right hand side or left hand side of the system.  At least the games I have lets you pause the game with the select button.  
  • The cameras are the same quality as the DSi, which isn't a good thing.  Both cameras on the back and the one on the from are a measly 0.3 megapixels.  My old crappy cell phone I used to use had a better camera.
  • Wish the depth slider worked for the 3D pictures that you have taken.  It's either 3D on or 3D off.  No level of 3D to choose from.
  • There are still friend codes.
  • Wish the battery life was better.  Think god I'm always near a wall socket when I play this thing since I don't travel at all anymore.
  • Bummed the eShop and the internet browser aren't at launch.
 

Ridge Racer 3D

 
 Ridge Racer 3D
Pros:
  • Yo dog, it's Ridge Racer.  RIIIIIIIIIIIIDGE RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACER!!  Plays like the other games which is good if you are a fan of the series.
  • The soundtrack is good.  It has some old tunes and some new tunes (I think) which go with the game great.
  • The environments look really good, especially in 3D.
  • The main mode seems like it might have a solid length to it.  It's fun to go through it and get further and further.  Definitely the longest 3DS game I own at the moment.
 
Cons:
  • Yo dog, it's Ridge Racer.  The main gameplay hasn't changed one bit since the last major game, Ridge Racer 7.  It would have been nice to see something new to the gameplay besides the one button drift, which I wont use.  If you are a first time Ridge Racer player, then it wont bother you at all because it's your first Ridge Racer experience.
  • Wish there were more new tracks.
  • While the environments look good, the car models don't look good.
  • No online play.  This is the year 2011 and a racing game with no online play is unacceptable.
 

Pilotwings Resort


Pilotwings Resort
Pros:
  • The game is really color full and the world looks great, especially in 3D.
  • While the missions can be a little straight forward, they are fun to play.
  • The aircraft are fun to use.
 
Cons:
  • There are only two modes of gameplay, both of which seem like there wont be much replay value once completed.
  • This game would have been great with online.  Just flying around with friends or competing in missions would have been fun.
  • Wish the characters from Pilotwings 64 were in the game.  Those guys were great.
 

Super Monkey Ball 3D


 Super Monkey Ball 3D
Pros:
  • The graphics look great and colorful.
  • The main game mode is still fun to play.
  • It's fun using the motion controls for the main game.
 
Cons:
  • From the looks of it, the game seems a bit short.  At least there are some collectables which may help lengthen the game.
  • From what I've played, the main game seems like it will be a cake walk.
  • The other game modes aren't that great.  One is a bad Mario Kart clone and the other one is a bad Super Smash Bros. clone.  They could be fun with other players, but they get old fast by yourself.
 
 

OVERALL

 I am enjoying the system.  The hardware itself is great with a few set backs and the games are fun.  Now I just hope Nintendo and 3rd Parties put out great games for this thing often and not in long stretches.
 
 
 

Well, there you have it.  Hope you enjoyed reading up my 24 hour impressions.  BYE BYE!!
 
  
  
 
#1 Posted by JJOR64 (18906 posts) -

 Picture not taken with 3DS camera, as you can tell.

I've had my 3DS for over 24 hours now so I thought I would through together a quick impressions list of the things I like and don't like about the games I have and the hardware itself.
 

Hardware

Pros:
  • Actually surprised how good the 3D is.  I was one of those guys who thought I would never use the 3D that much at well.  Then I tried it out and seen how cool it is.  The depth it adds is more significant then I thought it would be.  Ridge Racer 3D at max 3D is the most mine blowing thing I have seen yet on the console.
  • The system had a very hefty weight to it that I like.  It's not super heavy, but it's heavy enough to feel good in my hands.
  • The Circle Pad feels really good.  I feel like I'm in control when I use it unlike the PSP nub.
  • Taking 3D pictures is cool and they actually look really cool when taken right.
  • While the AR Games and Face Raiders may get old fast, at least they are built into the system for free and that's a nice addition.
  • I'm surprised how the friends list works.  Once you get your friends set up right, it's like a mini version of Xbox Live.  You can see what your friends are playing and send them messages.  It's mind blowing for a handheld.
  • Really like the Home Menu.  It's nice and simple.  Just what you want from a handheld system made by Nintendo.  It's also nice that you can access it in-game.
 
Cons:
  • Not a fan of the location of the stylus.  It's like the old phat DS where you put the stylus in the back.  It really grinds my gears is that it's on the left hand side and not the right hand.  I'm right handed and it would have been nice on the right.  What they should have done is did it the same way the DSi did it, have it on the right side of the system where it's easy to take out and put back in.
  • Really wish the Start and Select buttons weren't in the middle of the system.  I wish it was in the lower right hand side or left hand side of the system.  At least the games I have lets you pause the game with the select button.  
  • The cameras are the same quality as the DSi, which isn't a good thing.  Both cameras on the back and the one on the from are a measly 0.3 megapixels.  My old crappy cell phone I used to use had a better camera.
  • Wish the depth slider worked for the 3D pictures that you have taken.  It's either 3D on or 3D off.  No level of 3D to choose from.
  • There are still friend codes.
  • Wish the battery life was better.  Think god I'm always near a wall socket when I play this thing since I don't travel at all anymore.
  • Bummed the eShop and the internet browser aren't at launch.
 

Ridge Racer 3D

 
 Ridge Racer 3D
Pros:
  • Yo dog, it's Ridge Racer.  RIIIIIIIIIIIIDGE RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACER!!  Plays like the other games which is good if you are a fan of the series.
  • The soundtrack is good.  It has some old tunes and some new tunes (I think) which go with the game great.
  • The environments look really good, especially in 3D.
  • The main mode seems like it might have a solid length to it.  It's fun to go through it and get further and further.  Definitely the longest 3DS game I own at the moment.
 
Cons:
  • Yo dog, it's Ridge Racer.  The main gameplay hasn't changed one bit since the last major game, Ridge Racer 7.  It would have been nice to see something new to the gameplay besides the one button drift, which I wont use.  If you are a first time Ridge Racer player, then it wont bother you at all because it's your first Ridge Racer experience.
  • Wish there were more new tracks.
  • While the environments look good, the car models don't look good.
  • No online play.  This is the year 2011 and a racing game with no online play is unacceptable.
 

Pilotwings Resort


Pilotwings Resort
Pros:
  • The game is really color full and the world looks great, especially in 3D.
  • While the missions can be a little straight forward, they are fun to play.
  • The aircraft are fun to use.
 
Cons:
  • There are only two modes of gameplay, both of which seem like there wont be much replay value once completed.
  • This game would have been great with online.  Just flying around with friends or competing in missions would have been fun.
  • Wish the characters from Pilotwings 64 were in the game.  Those guys were great.
 

Super Monkey Ball 3D


 Super Monkey Ball 3D
Pros:
  • The graphics look great and colorful.
  • The main game mode is still fun to play.
  • It's fun using the motion controls for the main game.
 
Cons:
  • From the looks of it, the game seems a bit short.  At least there are some collectables which may help lengthen the game.
  • From what I've played, the main game seems like it will be a cake walk.
  • The other game modes aren't that great.  One is a bad Mario Kart clone and the other one is a bad Super Smash Bros. clone.  They could be fun with other players, but they get old fast by yourself.
 
 

OVERALL

 I am enjoying the system.  The hardware itself is great with a few set backs and the games are fun.  Now I just hope Nintendo and 3rd Parties put out great games for this thing often and not in long stretches.
 
 
 

Well, there you have it.  Hope you enjoyed reading up my 24 hour impressions.  BYE BYE!!
 
  
  
 
#2 Posted by RE_Player1 (7549 posts) -

Obviously there is no text or voice chat at launch but from the feel of the friend list do you think that stuff will be implemented well or sluggish like the Wii's setup? 

#3 Posted by Malphye (413 posts) -

Nice read. Your first Pros and Cons for Ridge Racer made me laugh.

#4 Posted by JJOR64 (18906 posts) -
@RE_Player92:   It's hard to say right now.  I really hope Nintendo improves on it over time.  Voice chat and video chat online would be a fantastic feature.
#5 Posted by Hailinel (23868 posts) -

"It really grinds my gears is that it's on the left hand side and not the right hand."
 
Racist!

#6 Posted by Management (596 posts) -

I am waiting to pick up a 3DS until some software that I actually want is released, but  I still can't wait. 
 
From what I can tell most of your cons with the system is your personal opinion like where the stylus should be. It is great to hear that the only real bummer with the system is its battery life.

#7 Posted by JJOR64 (18906 posts) -
@Management:   I agree with you.  The launch lineup isn't that great.  The hardware itself is awesome.
#8 Posted by JJWeatherman (14557 posts) -

Coolio. The camera quality is disappointing. How much could it possibly cost to  implement a halfway decent camera? Oh well.

#9 Edited by wolf_blitzer85 (5250 posts) -
@JJOR64 said:

" @Management:   I agree with you.  The launch lineup isn't that great.  The hardware itself is awesome. "

I think I've been playing with the 3DS itself (and it's included software) a lot more than Street Fighter or Super Monkey Ball. Although I've been having a blast with both titles. Super Monkey ball could stand to be a little harder, but damn does that circle pad feel perfect for that game.
 
Totally agree about the stylus placement. It is not in a very convenient place and I keep on grabbing for it on the side.
 
Also, 3136-6568-0562
 
Do it.
#10 Edited by Aureoloss (60 posts) -

I have to say, the battery life with the wifi turned OFF is significantly greater than when it's turned on. do yourself a favor and turn it off if you're not using it. 
 
also: having the 3D on at min uses the same amount of power as having the 3D on at max. having it on max simply offsets the 2 images more.  while having it off doesn't produce a second image at all
i've found it useful to adjust the 3D slider to each game. in SSFIV i play with the 3D on at max, while in ghost recon i have it at 60% or so

#11 Posted by JJOR64 (18906 posts) -
@Aureoloss:   I always have the wifi off.  Not point in my using it right now.  Have no games with online support.
#12 Posted by Pessh (2454 posts) -

Good read. The ds game shit is a bit of a bummer, I'll probably wait for the 3DS light or whatever they call it.

Online
#13 Edited by TheMustacheHero (6655 posts) -

I've shut off the system like 3 times trying to press Start and ending up hitting the power switch.

#14 Posted by LordAndrew (14424 posts) -
@JJOR64 said:

"

Pilotwings Resort

Cons:
  • Wish the characters from Pilotwings Resort were in the game.  Those guys were great.
  "
I think you broke something.
#15 Posted by JJOR64 (18906 posts) -
@LordAndrew:   I did break something.  Meant to say Plotwings 64.
#16 Posted by Aureoloss (60 posts) -
@TheMustacheHero: how? you have to hold it down for it to ASK you if you want to turn it off, and then touch "Turn Off" for it to actually turn off
#17 Posted by keyhunter (3207 posts) -

I like the 3DS so far too. Especially how shiny it is. Though the screen is still a little small for non 2D gaming, and I gotta agree with you on the stylus location. It actually makes me angry that they put it there.

#18 Posted by TheMustacheHero (6655 posts) -
@Aureoloss: I never found out how to actually go back from that screen that asks "sleep mode" "power off", so I just powered off. >_> 
 
Do I just press it again to go back?
#19 Posted by JJOR64 (18906 posts) -
@TheMustacheHero:   When you are on the Power Off screen, hit the Home Button to go back.
#20 Posted by TheMustacheHero (6655 posts) -
@JJOR64: OOOOOOOOHHHH SHEEEEET
#21 Posted by Knutsi (8 posts) -

Good read.  I've been playing it since it launched here in Europe (got it right after midnight on a release party), and I'm still very impressed by the 3D.  Or, rather, I feel it adds so much to the depth of the game.  I've been playing Pilotwings, and it truly makes the world so much more alive.  Nintendo did something cool with this system, so lets just hope the games start flowing (and that they are not just ports).

#22 Posted by Daniel_Newton (1166 posts) -

FUCK YEAH ED, EDD N EDDY!

#23 Posted by RJay_64 (631 posts) -

I agree with you about Pilotwings 64. I'm a little tired of looking at Miis...

#24 Posted by m0rdr3d (474 posts) -

I was disappointed in a few things, but I can't say I expected perfection from Nintendo out of the gate.  One drawback I wasn't expecting though is the squeaky D-pad.  I'm pretty bummed about that.   
Aside from that, the cameras are so bad it's really not funny.  However, I thought they performed well enough for that Face Raiders game.  The tilt controls were shockingly responsive too.

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