My First Impressions of the 3DS
by, 19th February 2011 at 11:24 PM (211 Views)
So yesterday I went to see the 3DS that was on display at the shopping centre. I saw the Nintendogs+Cats through a display window as well as holding the 3DS and viewing the Resident Evil trailer and Metal Gear Solid trailer. I would have seen more games but I didn't really want to wait in the queue.
So from what I saw I have to say I was a little under-whelmed. That isn't to say that it was bad, it's just that I felt it needed more oomph. I think this is partly because I had raised my expectations from reading online articles and videos. The top screen wasn't as big as I thought it would be. To me it felt like just another DS, although that isn't necessarily a bad thing.
The 3D works well, it didn't detract from the action which I think is best, but I had trouble really telling the difference from having the slider up and down besides the characters feeling a bit more solid and having a little more depth. (Although since I was watching trailers this may be different in game play.) In a way I believe this is good since it will lead to the 3D emphasising the experience and not the other way around.
The 3DS itself feels pretty solid, although one thing that I thought was awkward was the directional pad. It is placed on the bottom left of the 3DS and I had trouble finding a way to use it comfortably. The only way I could use it in my default hand position is resting the middle joint of my thumb on it which wasn't very comfortable. But hey, when I tried out the DS Lite that was on display for the first time I felt my palms being dug into by a pointy protruding part of the base, but it turns out that it was only that display model. For reference, imagine the control pad was at the bottom left of your DS and see how you would use it.
It may just be my thumbs, however.
The control circle was pretty comfortable though and I'd imagine that I would use that over the very awkwardly placed control pad. The start and select buttons were a bit hard to reach for me, I think I just need to get used to it. Maybe a bit of design over function?
All in all, it is a solid piece of hardware and I want one. However, I think I can wait until some games that I'm truly interested in come out. I would get Nintendogs+Cats but I was disillusioned from the first Nintendogs when I become bored of doing the same things continually and the lifelessness of the puppies.
I also noticed through the reflection in the 3DS that my default 3D viewing face is a death glare.
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