6 reasons why the 3DS is the most impressive piece of kit I’ve seen in 20 years of gaming

Graphically, it’s better than the Gamecube…

And, if I’m honest, when you factor in how sharp and detailed the screen is, I’d argue most of the games I saw look better than top tier Wii games. Resident Evil Revelations’ character models were so impressive, they weren’t far off their Resi 5 counterparts. The Mario Kart footage is easily a match for the Cube’s Double Dash. And Snake Eater: The Naked Sample’s demo beats seven shades of purdy shit out of the PS2 original. In a word or… eh, several; the games look stunning.

Above: The character models in Revelations are comfortably
better than those in the Gamecube remake of the original game

Gotta love that stick

I bloody adore it. I can only speak for myself here, I know Brett has a few concerns about it, but for me it feels smooth, responsive and it shits on the PSP’s awful nub from the greatest of heights. During my brief time flying around in Pilotwings Resort, the stick offered me a great deal of control and packs a pleasing sturdiness that made my thumb weep fleshy tears.

It could provide a cheap and brilliant way of watching 3D films

Now, this only comes from watching a trailer for Legend of the Guardians on the machine. But I think the 3DS could provide an affordable and awesome way to watch films in that zany third dimension. The screen gave all the CG owl nonsense a clarity to rival Blu-ray, while the 3D convinced me as much as anything I’ve seen at the cinema.

Above: The movie will probably be awful, but it looks incredible on the 3DS

Nintendo has already confirmed partnerships with Disney, Warner Bros. and Dreamworks to bring 3D flicks to the handheld. It’s not yet clear whether these movies will come on cartridges or if you’ll be able to download them. Regardless, if Nintendo can do enough deals with different movie studios, I might never use my iPhone to watch movies on a train again.

The Snake Eater demo is the most impressive thing I’ve ever seen from Kojima

So impressive, in fact, I’m going to write a separate article on it this week about why it needs to get turned into a full game. The ten minute tech demo sees Snake sneak through some of MGS3’s most iconic locations and gives the player the chance to move the camera about. Basically, it’s the best directed, most exhilarating thing I’ve seen from Kojima Productions. And yes, that includes E3 2000’s Metal Gear Solid 2 reveal trailer.

Above: If Kojima doesn't turn this into a full game I'll <insert stupid, hyperbolic threat>

If you’ve not yet picked up on it: I already love the 3DS to a slightly worrying degree. And this outpouring of unbridled excitement comes from little over an hour with the machine. I shudder to think how much I’ll hyperventilate when we actually get one in the office. Start getting that advert written for those organs now.

July 2, 2010


  • Aletheon - January 20, 2011 11:05 p.m.

    Wankers that whine about the 3DS are truly sad human beings. Pull the stick out......
  • tifanity - December 14, 2010 9:54 p.m.

    This is something I am definitely buying on launch day.
  • AntiGuardian - December 12, 2010 11 a.m.

    I'm gonna get a refund for my Nintendo DSi.
  • robertogamboa - November 20, 2010 1:11 a.m.

    I really want the 3ds but im worried about the cost and i do not want to sell my dsi cuz i have alot of software what should i do??
  • BurntToShreds - October 20, 2010 7:11 p.m.

    I would be excited if it didn't come with 3D. The 3D is without a doubt one of the primary reasons for its price tag. It would probably be a lot cheaper if it didn't have the 3D tech. I would also like to see unique intellectual properties. So far we've seen nothing but sequels and remakes for the main roster. I would like to see some original games at launch.
  • sassyg14 - October 3, 2010 10:15 p.m.

    Now I really do have to buy this even if it is $300. Its just too freaken amazing.
  • jscriber100 - September 18, 2010 3:40 p.m.

    wow.first was the DS,then the DS lite,then the DSL,then the DSXL and now the 3DS.i don't think there's ever been that many versions of any modern many different DS's will nintendo create?
  • mrmorozov987 - August 30, 2010 11:43 p.m.

    @FrozenGhost Dick. Seriously, this does actually look pretty awesome. If I held it in my hands, I'd probably be salivating all over it like he is. That Mario Kart screenshot sure is purty.
  • thefreakysurgeon - August 26, 2010 8:50 p.m.

    the 3DS is going to be so good that Nintendo will sell over 9000 of 'em!
  • Spybreak8 - August 9, 2010 4:53 a.m.

    Yup I like
  • Defguru7777 - August 6, 2010 4:27 a.m.

    I honestly can't wait for this. The only problem I ever had with 3D was the glasses, and now that those are out of the picture, I couldn't be happier.
  • Octoboy - August 4, 2010 11:38 a.m.

    Two words: Virtual Boy.
  • Hotdiddykong - August 3, 2010 6:10 p.m.

    @JohnnyMaverik 1.its Nintendo get over it 2.your argument is invalid there's only two n64 remakes 3.casual and hardcore are overused words that mean nothing, most games arnt hardcore or casual rather a little of both 4.don't underestimate them, Nintendo knows when its serious and the 3ds has allot of things seperating from others, there's gonna tons of new stuff shouldn't be talking about what they have, when it comes to typeof games Nintendo has the most variety so don't just think you know what type of games are gonna be out. I didn't mean to attack you, your argument just has no reason to be agreed on
  • sleepy92ismypsn - August 3, 2010 6:05 p.m.

    How can you compare the 3ds stick with the 5 year old psp nub. Just wait til the psp2 is revealed. Gawd I hope it has a similar 3d slider effect. If not I will probably have to get both. So your saying it's not an HD handheld? I thought Nintendo would have learned to jump on the bandwagon after failing to with the wii. Still there is no way you can compare it to blu-ray. but still If they can have 3d games and 3d movies for $200 thats crazy and I don't see why companies charge so much for 3d tv's.
  • GameManiac - August 3, 2010 4:40 p.m.

    That's it for the PSP. Game Over, Sony. Everything about the 3D-in-your-face handheld is to be appraised, from the quality of the graphics, to the kick-ass games already being made for it. If March 2011 is when it comes out in America, then I've got myself set economically. I hope I can get one on opening day though. I love how people always have a good vibe from the 3D magic of Nintendo's new handheld.
  • Elementium - August 3, 2010 4:15 p.m.

    Nintendo always has and always will rock. Whether it's the gimmicky Wii (whose motion controls I DO NOT use) or their handhelds, they always impress.. I mean.. the Wii's Virtual console is worth the money in itself.. I've played Ogre Battle 64 more than my Xbox 360 games. The DSi is also fantastic.. once again because of the Downloadable games.. Photo Dojo is a riot and Flipnote Studio is absolutely amazing. So chances are even if the 3DS's gimmick hype dies down it will still be a solid system.
  • JohnnyMaverik - August 3, 2010 1:57 p.m.

    Well for me it'll all be based on whether Nintendo themselves can put out some interesting NEW ip's out on this thing. A couple of worthy old school names is welcome but looking at the line-up so far it's a whole load of N64 re-skins... typical fking Nintendo. Naturally there will be third party stuff but naturally it'll be aimed at a slightly more casual crowd, and will be the same old puzzle adventures and RPG's. Maybe we'll get a couple of interesting JRPG's out of it... but they're JRPG's, so the writing will most likely be 1/2 of the quality I could produce if you performed a c-section on my arse hole and asked me to write a poem in one minute with my own blood and shit on a wall, an I'm not even a particularly good writer. Tech sounds impressive, games sound like the same old same old.
  • milkmanallday - August 3, 2010 9:33 a.m.

    fuck 3d i'm skeptic about the 3ds i'm also not that impressed by the graphics, and shame on me but i liked the psp's nub better than the ds stylus, the only game on 3ds i've seen that looks appealing is the resident evil game (note:i am not a fanboy, i play everything from atari 2600 - turbografx-16 - pc so dont flame) *buys new psp*
  • WillisTron - August 3, 2010 7:42 a.m.

  • Hotdiddykong - August 3, 2010 7:39 a.m.

    @chickenfoot A fad? I'm sorry but Sony started the fad on their tvs and Nintendo is perfecting it, you sound like an obvious fanboy whose only argument is the amount of ds's, give up and face the fact that Nintendo isn't gonna stay below Microsoft and sony forever, when they get serious their fucking serious

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