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Apr 12th, 2011

I got myself one as well. I'm very happy with it, and I'm looking forward to the updates myself, but I wish I didn't have to.

Not ecstatic over the current line of games available, but it got me to play Street Fighter again, and June is filled with a good bit of awesome.

The AR games work much better than I thought they would.

Apr 15th, 2011

I tried a demo yesterday and it was better than I expected, but I'll wait until I've tried actual 3D games (Street Fighter doesn't count) to form a definitive opinion. I'm still looking forward to June because holy shit look at all those games, so I'll probably buy it then.

Apr 15th, 2011

I actually haven't paid much mind to the 3D feature, though it does work great (considering it works for me, and I have next to no depth perception). I'm glad they included a means of turning it off, as the battery life is abysmal as is.

I'm also pretty crazy for the StreetPass (and to a lesser extent, SpotPass) feature, too. I've always liked the idea of tag mode, but never lived in a heavily populated area, or knew many people who played the same games as me, so having a consolidated and multipurpose way of connecting with other players in passing is a definite improvement.

Apr 23rd, 2011

I don't think turning off the 3D has much effect on the battery life. It looks like all it really does is deactivate an LCD overlay that creates the parallax barrier. The color LCD is still rendering every pixel. Granted, it's not doing the extra transform per vertex, but I don't think it's doing a full transform for each eye anyway.

I have all of the hats and all of the puzzle pieces. I'm working on collecting all the king-size fish. (I have them all at regular size.) I have way more figure points than I know what to do with in Super Street Fighter IV (somewhere over 200,000) and 500 figures. Eventually I will clear out the weaker ones and try to collect one of each character on each level.
I agree that Street Fighter isn't the best franchise to show off the 3D, but it does an admirable job of showing off the other features of the 3DS. I'm waiting to see what DOA looks like, with people being thrown through walls (BOOBIES!) and off cliffs (BOUNCY TITS!) and stuff.

Apr 28th, 2011

AR games are ace, I bought mine for Ghost Recon Shadow Wars though, as they hired the guy who wrote XCOM, Julian Gollop, to oversee it, and Ive not seen a Turn based strategy game in a while. Its a brilliant game, though does crash the system occasionally.

Battery life is so-so, improved if you turn the wifi off, but don't expect more than about 3-5 hours at a time.

Im looking forward to seeing what they do with Ocarina of Time in 3D, as well as Mario Kart as Ive heard the 3d really works well in racers, may pick up ridge racer and see.

Apr 28th, 2011

So I couldn't wait and bought it now, along with a copy of Pilotwings Resort. The AR rocks, but there's not a whole lot to do for now, but knowing that holy shit this technology exists is enough to make me happy and looking forward to games that use it. I also printed a 8˝x11 card, and once I change my printer's cartridges, I'll print characters as well. Faceraiders was also neat. One thing I didn't like was how fast you hit the coin cap when walking around. I hit the 10 coin limit by going down to my (large, I'll admit) building's laundry room, and days where I walk some 4000 steps seem wasted.

Now, Pilotwings. It's pretty much the plane mini-game from Wii Resort, but with 5 new vehicles (rocket plane, jetpack, turbo jetpack, glider, "bicycle glider" (I have no idea how that is translated into english, it's Véloplane in French)), a mission mode and a few more collectibles in free mode. There are only 75 area markers (there were some 120 in Wii Resort I believe), but white balloons you have to bust for extra starting time and things depending on your vehicle (trick rings for planes, trophies for jetpacks and golden rings for gliders). If you like the plane game from Wii Resort, you'll probably like this, but the free mode seems a bit more shallow than the original, maybe because there's a lot less rewards for collecting things.

Apr 28th, 2011

I'm also waiting until the better titles fall in June, as I've heard the new Star Fox remix will have motion controls, and I'd like to see how they turn out, as the motion controling in Faceraiders is pretty damn impressive.

I've heard that the next system update should be in May, so we're close. Also just heard about Megaman Legends 3 and reminded of Professor Layton vs Ace Attorney, so I'm already satisfied with my system (though I wonder how the Mega Man game will be now that Keiji Inafune has left Capcom...).

Apr 29th, 2011

They look pretty badass.. I purchased a GBA on release.. pawned it.. Same with the DS.. I am bad with money :) So it'll be awhile before I buy and pawn this bad boy. If it had been around in Feb. when I got my tax return, I may have grabbed it then. But the lack of tons of games would have let me to pawn it probably. I have a short attention span.

Jun 7th, 2011

I am writing this on the new 3DS browser! No Flash makes it kinda dull, though.

Jun 8th, 2011

I haven't downloaded the new update yet. Does it at least support images? The DS browser didn't...

Jun 13th, 2011

The 3DS browser supports images, but apparently no Flash, Java, or Javascript. I put bookmarks to Wikipedia and Wolfram Alpha, but that's about it.

The shop is pretty nice. I never had a DSi, so I got a few DSiWare games, including one I had worked on a few years ago. Excitebike 3D is free until July 7th, and there's a free Pokedex 3D app where you can get Pokemon "stickers" from AR markers. I wrote a program to help me find all the markers, and here they are. :-)

Jun 19th, 2011

Dead or Alive Dimensions is a very cool game. It records your fighting style and passes it to other people via StreetPass so they can play an A.I. opponent that fights the way you do.

You can also shake the 3DS and make boobies jiggle.

Jun 21st, 2011

I liked what they did with Excitebike, made even cooler by the fact that I never owned it myself, but I don't quite get the Pokedex AR business: what's the point in creating unique codes for each Pokemon for the player to find and scan if they don't appear anywhere but on the internet? If they were on the packaging of toys, I would understand, but I can only find complete lists like the one Barg posted

Jun 23rd, 2011

Well, you can trade the Pokémon with other 3DS users. Everyone gets three random ones each day. The AR markers are for collecting the stickers for Pokémon that are already in your Pokédex. I've been trading at work and am up to 128 now. One of the designers on my project has been out sick this week, so she potentially has fifteen that I don't, and the company's owner hasn't traded in a while, so that's maybe another fifteen to twenty. I may have "caught 'em all" by the end of the week.

Meanwhile, I've unlocked all the system voices in DOAD, which means I can have any character from the game (even minor ones) shouting, "Get ready... FIGHT!" I only wish more people had the game so I'd get more StreetPasses. I blame Super Street Fighter 4: 3D Edition, which is not half as cool, but came out at launch.

Jun 30th, 2011

i got one recently. been playing zelda, pilotwings and street fighter. i'm a lot more familiar with the street fighter controls than i am with doa. i do feel like i'm missing out on 3d boob jiggle though.

Jul 3rd, 2011

All I need is the autumn form of Sawbuck and my Pokédex is complete.

Jul 4th, 2011

So I bought OoT some time ago, and rushed through the normal version to get to try Master Quest, which has harder dungeons, enemies that hit twice as hard and a mirrored world. I'm currently at a point where I ran around in circles in a dungeon room trying to figure out what the hell I was supposed to do until my batteries finally ran out. In the Deku Tree. I should also mention that, to my great shame, I also almost died in there too.

In short, Master Quest is awesome.

Jul 5th, 2011

do you get anything for completing it on master quest? not sure i can be arsed going through twice

Jul 16th, 2011

I guess there would be the Master Quest Boss Gauntlet, which is exactly like the normal one except with damage X2, 3 hearts and no way to recover. I think the idea is that playing the game with new-ish dungeons is the reward.

Jul 19th, 2011

Megaman Legends 3 is cancelled :(

Jul 20th, 2011


This and the new Paper Mario were the two titles I was the most looking forward to.

Aug 4th, 2011

The 3DS' price is being cut by $80, with a bunch of free Virtual Console games going to the early adopters. I really think Nintendo misstepped by releasing the console with only a few lackluster launch titles. They probably should have waited until nearer the Christmas season and built up buzz (and titles) until then.

Aug 4th, 2011

I had a notion that they released it premature to give fans something to soak up for the coming months, to cover the fact that they've given up on the Wii in favor of the WiiU.

As far as the Ambassador program goes, I heard that early adopters will get credit for 20 games from the eShop, 10 NES games that will go on sale later on, and 10 GBA games that will only be available to Ambassadors.

I wanna believe the intentions are good (the President of Nintendo took a %50 pay cut to make this all possible), but I get the feeling that some of this is geared towards getting people to buy the 3DS before the price is cut

Aug 4th, 2011

Sorry, I meant to imply that the 10 NES games and the 10 GBA games will make up the 20, not that you get 40 games free.

Aug 13th, 2011

I am waiting for actual 3D content on Netflix before I start my free trial. Starfox 64 3D looks pretty good. At least it isn't a fighting game.

Aug 23rd, 2011

I was looking at Cave Story 3D recently, as I've never played any of the other forms of it, and I think it's looking good, especially for a portable. Unfortunately, it lands two days before Skyrim, so I probably won't mention it again until 2012

Sep 1st, 2011

Got the 10 nes games today, pretty much as you'd expect, mario, the zelda's, metroid, donkey kong jr, etc. They have thrown in nes golf which is great as it is the perfect office time waster. I don't begrudge them a price drop but I wish they'd release some bloody 3ds games. Still sort of have a forlorn hope that they may release that prof layton v Pheonix wright game outside of Japan. Id also say the way they handled excitebike in 3d made me hope they'd do at least something similar to these virtual console nes games, imagine a little depth in SMB for instance. Will probably check out Starfox next week.

Sep 1st, 2011

I'm liking the updates to Starfox, especially the revamped multiplayer that can support 4-player local on a single card.

Kid Icarus is looking good, too, though I haven't seen much gameplay. Same with Both Layton games (vs. Phoenix Wright and Mask of Miracle), but mostly, I just want Animal Crossing to come out this year

Sep 1st, 2011

Considering the hectic schedule I have right now and the fact that my school year will only begin mid-September instead of end of August as usual, I had forgotten that the first few days of September are part of September and not some weird prolongation of August. I'm off to download my games, thanks for the reminder.

Sep 21st, 2011

I picked up Bit.Trip.Saga. It's six in one, but the games are quirky, fun enough, and work off a high-score system, so you can always pass it around amongst your friends, since they probably don't have a 3DS

Sep 29th, 2011

Also tried Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked, which was described to me as the Japaneseiest of JRPGs. It's a neat mix of old-school turn-based combat and RTS arrangement. Navigation requires an inordinate amount of knowledge of Tokyo's districts, though

Nov 25th, 2011

Going for the triple post here to mention Cave Story 3D, which I guess was a freeware 2D Metroidvania style game made by one guy before getting the 3D treatment by NIS. The game itself is stuffed with classic NES-era fun, but the difficulty curve is a steep one, and lots of trial-and-error deaths. The 3D actually takes away from the experience, and makes it harder to see hazards and land on platforms accurately. Great music, though.

Also picked up Sonic Generations 3DS, and found it to be the most enjoyable Sonic since Dreamcast times. Each Sonic plays to his strengths, the levels are familliar but reimagined (City Escape in 2D? Mushroom Hill in 3D? Yes!), and the story is easy to skip. The remixed music is alone worth it, better than Cave Story even. Screw you, Cave Story.

The streetpass feature is neat as well, as it lets you create a gamer card that shows the world how inferior they are for never having played Sonic CD

Nov 30th, 2011

I'll second Cave Story (the original anyway) being rather difficult. I've never beaten the bonus level, and not for lack of trying. And yeah, +1 for the great music too. Running Hell is the catchiest song ever and probably one of the most iconic pieces of music in the indie game world. That's pretty impressive considering it's not even in the main game itself but in the bonus level I mentioned.

Also, on a regular DS note, has anybody played Solatorobo: Red the Hunter? I heard the name in a comic and was curious, and from its Wikipedia page it doesn't look too bad.

Dec 2nd, 2011

I recently beat Solatorobo, and I adored it. They gameplay itself is actually quite easy, and the combat never really evolves beyond what you can do at the beginning of the game, but the story is gripping enough, and I fell in love with the characters; I was never able to dislike the bad guys, and the whole cast is just too entertaining. It helps put a poignancy on the drama, but highlights the comedy as well.

Internet tells me there are a lot of references to Tail Concerto on the PSone, but I've never played it, so the cameos were lost on me

Dec 20th, 2011

I picked up Super Mario 3D Land, which I heard described as the next greatest 3D Mario game, but I feel pretty indifferent towards it. It feels like yet another iteration of the New Super Mario games that have been coming out, that simply rehash another 8 worlds of jumping, running, sliding, and falling.

Jan 23rd, 2012

Well here's something I should have thought about sooner:

My friend code is 4811-6939-5739

Go ahead and send some Swapnotes or lose to me in a race on Sonic Gen

Apr 13th, 2012

If anyone is still reading these, Kid Icarus: Uprising is a pretty fantastic shooter; it's original, loaded with cheesy humor, and has all the extra crap you'd expect from a game from the Smash Bros. pedigree.

But your hands will hurt something fierce after a while

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