CATHERINE WAS RELEASED TODAY !
I’ve been stoked to play this game for awhile now. I’m on the torture floor right at the moment, I’m stuck on the level where you are being chased by the baby who talks through his ass, or whatever the hell that might be! This game is crazy and I defiantly recommend it so far. I’m pretty sure I’m rooting for Catherine with a C. But I do pity Katherine. However, I pity Vincent the most! Good luck buddy, hopefully we can get through this.
Nintendo E3 Press Conference
I know I am fairly late on writing about this but bare with me since I have been pretty busy.
So Nintendo finally announced their new system at this year’s E3 expo. The successor to the Wii is the Wii U a new system with a touch screen controller and other really cool features. I’m not going to go off on a rant about it like I did with the Nintendo 3DS especially since I’m not able to have one in my hands to give it a test drive. But if you check out this link http://e3.nintendo.com you’ll be sure to find enough information there.
Based on my opinion I pretty much agree with everything Nintendo Fangirl on Youtube had said. (You can watch her video here -> http://tinyurl.com/3zy5wkf) And she probably said it a lot better than I would have. But pretty much she talks about how some of things Nintendo has been saying about the system has been pretty iffy and how they are trying to get real gamers back onto their system. However a lot of specs about the Wii U look very promising like how the friend code system wont be part of the Wii U so there should be better online multiplayer gaming. Nintendo also plans to release a new Super Smash Bros. game for both the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS with hopes of somehow having the two consoles play together in the game. I will trust Nintendo’s words and have faith for this system. I’m really excited for its release. (Around March 2012)
The games I look most forward to be released since E3 are…
(* = Not mentioned on the Nintendo E3 Website)
- Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
- Mario Party 9
- Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games
- *Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny
- Professor Layton: The Last Specter
- Kirby: Mass Attack
- Mario Kart
- Luigi’s Mansion (I’m surprised that they’d make this LOL)
- Kid Icarus: Uprising
- Animal Crossing
- Super Mario
- Star Fox 64
- Paper Mario
- Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
- *Harvest Moon: The Tales of Two Towns
The 3DS is the new released successor of the original Nintendo DS, (DS Lite, DSi, DSi XL, etc.) It is known for the system’s ability to produce “3D effects without the need for any special glasses.” It was first released on February 26 in japan and a month later it came out in Europe, North America and Australia. The 3DS does have backwards compatibility so Nintendo DS games can still be played.
Built in Software
- Street Pass/Mii Plaza: This is software that can be left activated when the 3DS is on sleep mode. Its purpose is for your Mii to communicate with fellow Miis created by other 3DS owners if you have come close in contact with one. You can exchange Mii data, gameplay info and more. Once meeting another Mii, you will be able to see them in the Mii Plaza the next time you start playing. This is great and all, but I have had my 3DS for a month and have yet to experience this.
- Mii Maker: This is a more in depth Mii creator than the one available on the Wii. It has a lot more features, especially the one where you can create a Mii from taking a photo of you or a friend with the 3DS built in camera and make any final adjustments. Its not exactly accurate but its a good laugh. I really like this, it gets a thumbs up.
- Face Raiders: Is a fun game where you use the built in camera to take a photo of you, a friend, family member, whoever and have fun literally shooting them in the face! To play you have to physically get up and move, turn, lean, etc. to hit the targets. It’s really cool seeing the photo placed right onto the range of shooting targets; it even changes the face’s emotions.
- Activity Log: The log tracks both your game play (even regular DS games), noting which game has been played and how long it has been played for, as well as how many steps you have taken while carrying your 3DS. However, it only works if your 3DS is in at least sleep mode which is a problem with such a short battery life that when the 3DS is not being played, it should probably be turned off. It’s an issue with Street Pass as well. Nonetheless, it is still pretty cool. It tracks all your data and organizes it by date. The more you walk, the more Play Coins can be earned, which are compatible with games and apps on the 3DS. However, a very limited amount of 10 Play Coins can be earned per day. So that’s a bummer.
- Nintendo eShop: This application has yet to be released; however it is something I am pretty excited about. Like the Shopping Channel included with the Wii, you can purchase older games from older systems like Game Boy and others. You may also choose from a variety of new downloadable games, some that were previously available for the Nintendo DSi with its eShop. You can also receive updates on upcoming games that will be available in retail. However, you will need a wireless connection.
- Internet Browser: Just like the eShop, you will need a stable wireless connection to access the internet using the Nintendo 3DS.
- Nintendo 3DS Sound: This is an application that lets you record your own voice and play with the sounds using the built in microphone with a variety of filters to tinker with. You can also listen to music saved on files on an SD card (Must be in MP3 or ACC format)
- 3D Camera: With the built in Nintendo 3DS cameras (inner and outer), you will be able to take three dimensional photographs and utilize a variety of lenses and tools. However, I find the quality of the photos to be not that grand.
- 3D Videos: In addition to 3D games and photos, the 3DS system has the capability to show videos in 3D. Also, I have heard that Netflix will be coming out for the 3DS and when it does, you can watch 3D movies directly on the system.
- Adjustable 3D Screen: There is a stereoscopic wide screen 3D display on the upper half of the 3DS. You are able to adjust how much 3D you’d prefer in your gameplay with the 3D Depth Slider on the right side of the screen.
- Motion & Gyro Sensors: These react to the motion and tilt of the system to make whatever you are playing go up and down, side to side, however you wish, it responds instantly.
- Analog Stick: A circle pad has been added above the traditional gameplay buttons. This is a big plus in my books.
- Adjustable Stylus: I actually don’t care for this, I find the stylus when it has been expanded it slowly reduces its self after a period of time while playing, I preferred it when it didn’t adjust at all like the stiff old plastic styluses but I know this is a plus for most people so I put it on the Pro list.
- 2GB SD Memory Card Included: Pretty self-explanatory, a memory card is included with the Nintendo 3DS system to hold onto music, photos, etc. to transfer from your 3DS to your PC or vice versa.
- Charging Cradle: I don’t really understand this feature. I know it’s a docking system for your DS but I don’t see why it is needed. However it is a nice cradle to put on your table. But, I don’t see myself using it since you can’t really play the 3DS while it is on the cradle. Thankfully, the cradle does not need to be used to charge the 3DS.
- Backwards Compatibility: I have so many older DS games that it would be such a shame if I could not use them on the 3DS system. So if you want to chuck your old DS system and get the upgrade at least you know you can still play your old games. However obviously the 3D capabilities cannot be used on regular DS games.
- Graphics capability that is on par with Wii: I was blown away with the graphics, especially after watching the trailer for Kid Icarus Uprising, I was so disappointed with the graphics on some of the original DS games that makes this so much more refreshing.
- Large list of games to be released: There are a lot of big names that will be released such as Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Paper Mario. Tons of games that will be very much worth buying the system.
- Poor Battery Life: It has a known battery life of 4-6hrs but I find sometimes even less.
- Poor games released on launch date: There were not very many games at all that were worth buying when the 3DS came out. I thought of picking up either Pilot Wings Resort or Nintendogs but even then they are pretty iffy too and not worth purchasing the system for but alas I did anyway.
- Price: I didn’t find the 3DS price to be too bad, but a lot of people do. Considering I probably bought the original DS (The Brick, which I like to call it) for around $200, I didn’t find $250 all too bad.
- No more Alarm Clock: I find this a con, seeing how I used the alarm clock feature on my DSi to wake up for work in the morning.
Games to be Released:
(At least the ones I look forward to Not in any specific order.)
Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor, Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle (name not final), Animal Crossing, Kid Icarus: Uprising, Mario Kart, Paper Mario, Star Fox 64 3D, Sonic, 3D Dragon Quest franchise, Final Fantasy franchise, Kingdom Hearts franchise, Dead or Alive 3D, Naruto Shippuden Action and more.
My Overall Thoughts:
I found that the 3DS wasn’t exactly worth buying right away, actually I knew this when I purchased it. However, I had been excited about the system for almost a year, I just couldn’t help myself. I could of waited for them to release a 3DS with a wider arrange of colours, a longer battery life and I could of waited for them to release better games. However I didn’t but I will be ready when they do come out with my future favourite games. I do enjoy the 3DS, I love a lot of the built in software and I find it a great system. I do get headaches every now and then from the 3D, that gets annoying but it’s not like it can’t be turned off for a bit. I have yet to experience Street Pass but that’s probably because people are waiting for the 3DS. Pretty much I’d say to wait for better games and for them to update with the eShop, unless you are like me and would just rather have it right away. :)