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CNN's expert 3DS reviewer has no idea what he's talking about, 'grew up on Halo'

If you want an opinion on the 3DS, would you trust a kid who thinks that there hasn't been a portable device which used a stylus since the days of Palm Pilots, the last system to use cartridge games was the Game Boy Advance, and that the 3DS design belongs in the 1990s? Apparently, it's good enough for the organization that calls itself "the most trusted name in news."

JP Mangalindan, a gamer who says he grew up on Halo, provided the official 3DS review for CNN.com, and although he seems to do a pretty good job reading off the teleprompter, he clearly doesn't know a lot about video games.

Comparing it to the iPad and iPod Touch, Mangalindan said it was "funny to come across the 3DS, which does one thing." Of course, we all know that down the road it will be able to play 3D movies, browse the Internet, and download future upgrades for new features.

Mangalindan also slammed the 3DS for using cartridges, saying that's "something we haven't seen since the last Game Boy, pretty much." Either he's talking about the DSi, which wouldn't be that big of a deal ("Wow, we haven't seen this kind of technology since, well, the thing that's on the market right now"), or he's actually referring to the Game Boy Advance.

Then, he exclaims, "To add insult to injury, it also features a stylus, something we haven't seen since the Palm devices of the early 2000s." We'd like to point out that the entire DS family of systems, on the market from 2004 - 2011, uses a stylus, and has sold 47 million units in the US alone.

He finished the review saying, "With the iPhone and iPod Touch, will it sell as well as other Nintendo devices?" That is a good question, except the 3DS has already garnered more than twice the amount of pre-orders as the Nintendo Wii in the UK, and people are waiting in line as much as five days to get one in the US. Doesn't sound like the kind of device where we have to be wondering if it'll sell.

It's almost as if Mangalindan believes Nintendo was just in a black hole for the last seven years. So if you're curious as to why cable news is going down the gutters these days, here's a taste.

Mar 25, 2011