Nintendo have a long history of exciting handheld games consoles and been the market leader for many years with their range of DS consoles. First there was the DS, then the DS Lite followed swiftly by the DSi and the DSi XL, every console being an improvement on it’s predecessor. Next in line is the Nintendo 3DS which is going to bring handheld gaming to another level.
When the Nintendo 3DS is released in March, it is going to be packed with features, some old and some new but the main selling point is going to be the 3D gaming experience without the need for 3D glasses but you will still be able to play your old DS and DS Lite games in 2D using it. The console will be initially released in either Black or Blue and some of the games that will be released for the launch of the console include Mario Kart 3DS, PES 2011 3DS, Ridge Racer 3D and The Sims 3.
At first glance, the first thing you will notice is that the 3DS has a Circle Pad analogue control above the + Control pad, this offers you full analogue control in 3D worlds. You combine this with the touch screen, the usual buttons, cameras, microphone input and the advanced motion control of the motion and gyro sensors and the results will be extraordinary.
Obviously most people will buy the 3DS for it’s gaming potential, and some will buy it just because it’s Nintendo but what other new features does the 3DS have? Well, not only does the 3DS have an inward facing camera but it also has two outer facing cameras positioned along its upper edge when the 3DS is open which sees the world in 3D which allows you to take 3D photos.
The 3DS comes with a 2GB memory card which you can use to store your 3D photos, recordings made with the 3DS system and also music from your PC. Also, use the memory card to store games downloaded from Nintendo’s eShop. The 3DS has SDHC card compatibility so you can increase your storage space even further is you wish to.
A couple of other new features are Streetpass and Spotpass. With Streetpass, set your 3DS to Sleep Mode and carry it with you when you go out and exchange game data like Mii characters, custom characters and high scores with other users that you simply pass on the street, exchanging only the data that you want to exchange. Spotpass is a feature which allows the 3DS to detect wireless hotspots and obtain free software, game data and videos etc, even when the 3DS is in Sleep Mode.
A couple of welcome additions are adjustable stylus and cradle charging. If, like me you have large hands, you would have found the usual DS stylus to be rather small and fiddly but now it can be adjusted to your liking with a simple push or pull. The Cradle charger is a docking system that allows you to charge the 3DS when not in use. Using the Spotpass feature means that if you leave it on the cradle dock in Sleep Mode it can still comunicate with other 3DS devices that pass near.
I for one am excited about getting the new Nintendo 3DS games console on its release and I’m hoping that it’s everything that Nintendo claim it is going to be. Nintendo have always came up with the goods in the past so I know they will have done so again. The only question that I have left is, “what are Nintendo going to come up with next?”