>Hands-On With The Nintendo 3DS

13 03 2011

>As a car fan and a Top Gear viewer, I had to get myself down to Top Gear Live at the Showgrounds. I was fortunate enough to get my greedy little hands on Nintendo’s new little baby – the 3DS.

One of the walls of the booth. Features three 3DS systems with a demo video running.

The booth consisted of The Legend of Zelda: Ocerina of Time 3DSuper Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition, nintendogs + Cats, Pilotwings Resort, Steel Diver, Resident Evil: Revelations and Kid Icarus: Uprising. Also running were two demo videos, an Argumented Reality game (the Target one, FYI) and the Mii Maker.

Want to get on video? Then enter the 3DS Zone!

Also part of the booth was the 3DS Zone, a room featuring two 3DS systems and two video cameras, where you can be recorded and be used in promotions and so forth. As I couldn’t be bothered, I didn’t go in.

But what about the games? Well, I’ll start clockwise with Mii Maker.



Image: game.co.uk

The Mii Maker features some nice features. For starters, you can import an existing Mii from your Wii. As well as that, you can take a photo of your face with the 3DS camera, which will turn your face into a Mii. And if you think that Nintendo will add anything more, you can turn your Mii into a QR code, which you can read with a QR Code reader.
It is a great adaptation of the Mii Channel on the Wii, and I couldn’t think of anything to make it better!



Image: Capsule Computers

If you haven’t played the original on the Nintendo 64, then don’t worry, because the 3D remake has similar elements, as well as great new ones. You use the circle pad to move around, with A doing different things. As I haven’t played the original, I felt like a noob, but after a couple of minutes I felt like a pro. Expect big things from this game.

Image: Wagon Whale

The phenomen that was nintendogs has continued in nintendogs + cats. You can choose between a puppy or a kitten, and play with them, take them on walks etc. Due to the fact I was playing a demo all I could do was pat both a kitten and puppy, but I enjoyed the detail of the 3D. A great game.

Image: Wagon Whale

The Argumented Reality cards that come with the 3DS launch a whole new world. The game that I played, a target shooting game, started with a forest jumping out, where I had to shoot the target. It continued through multiple levels until I had to shoot a dragon. My final time was 1:18, which I am quite proud of. If you can beat me, let me know in the comments.

That’s all I got up to. I really believe that the Nintendo 3DS will be a great hit.
Personally, you have to see it to believe it.

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>GDC 2011: The Wrap-Up

7 03 2011

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The 25th Game Developers Conference (GDC, for short) wrapped up on Friday. If you are not familiar with the event, the website describes it as “the world’s largest professionals-only game industry event”.

Anyway, lots of new gaming & tech related news came out of the conference, and so we have made a list of all the big going-ons at the conference.

Nintendo unveiled some details about a new Mario game for the 3DS. The logo seems to have a tail, resembling that Racoon Mario or Tanooki Mario may return. They also showed four screenshots, with the levels being similar to Super Mario Galaxy 2, and some like Super Mario Bros. 3. We’ll have to wait until E3 in June for more….

Electronic Arts released this Battlefield 3 trailer. It looks EPIC
Activision & Bungie have confirmed that they are working on a MMO, which, for once is not fighting related…

But the best news was Apple with the iPad 2. OMG, it has a camera! All that we know is available here.

What did you think of the GDC news? Have your say down the bottom!