E3 2010: Hands-on with Nintendo 3DS

Paper Mario

Another N64 game reborn, this one only had a trailer that ran through various areas from the original. Again the 3D doesn’t come across in screens, so showing you images is basically like traveling back to 2001. Not sure how the 3D tech will really benefit a slow-moving RPG, but I’m willing to wait and see.

Nintendogs + Cats

Oddly enough, there were no cats! The dogs on display were expectedly cute, especially their body language as you pet all over their faces, backs and bellies. Sounds silly, I know, but remember that this was one of Nintendo’s biggest DS games and it’s bound to sell millions more now that the fur looks that much better. (Did I actually write that?)

Most of the touted new features (face and voice recognition, cats) weren’t on display. Just a basic room with a dog. 3D was still nice though, especially when you toss a ball deep into the back and watch the dog slowly get smaller as he trots around. And yes, so cute.

Kid Icarus: Uprising

No new gameplay, sadly, just the trailer from Tuesday in 3D. Still completely floored by this so far, as the Sin & Punishment/Space Harrier/Panzer Dragoon laser-o-rama action seems like a perfect fit for Pit. That scene in the trailer, with all the red lasers darting around the screen? Farking brilliant in 3D. Can’t wait for this one.

Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (The Naked Sample)

In my opinion the best use of 3D on the platform thus far. Kojima’s return to the Snake Eater story tosses mud in your eyes, rustles grass past the screen and has an alligator park its snout right in your face in a truly “whoa” moment of 3D amazement. Another standout: a soldier reaching through a hole to find his lost smokes. His hand keeps popping out at the screen while Snake quietly avoids the probing appendage. Not sure exactly what the game is all about, but the tech on display was undeniably awesome.

There were tons more demos going on, such as a trailer for Kingdom Hearst, plus Dead or Alive and a new Resident Evil game, but with only so much time in the day I just couldn’t get to them all. Keep on the lookout for more!


  • secretsearcher - June 20, 2010 7:27 p.m.

    I am so frickin excited. GAHHHHH. That Kid Icarus trailer looked beast. Between that, and Golden Sun DS, I have plenty to look foward too. one disappointment: the "ports" of Paper Mario and Star Fox 64. I thought we were getting new titles...bit of a letdown...
  • camelfro - June 19, 2010 12:07 a.m.

    looks pretty awesome kid icarus and MGS are gonna be crazy
  • D0CCON - June 18, 2010 5:15 p.m.

    I heard people wanting SSB for DS. I didn't think that would go over well, but I think it would be great to get SSB for this. Now I have to choose between picking up a few awesome games coming out this year (COD, Medal of Honor, GT5, Fable 3, possibly even Halo Reach, defaintly Portal 2) or getting a new handheld. This is like a new 2007, so much good stuff to choose from, not enough money to get it all.
  • Genius - June 18, 2010 7:48 a.m.

    now THIS is the kickass Nintendo I know and love.
  • jmcgrotty - June 18, 2010 6:29 a.m.

    Wow the FSAA on these things is horrible. Worse than the PS2 release problem.
  • GoodGuyWithACrappyJob - June 18, 2010 4:58 a.m.

    Albert Einstein himself said that play is the highest form of research, and it looks like you did quite a bit of research, here, Brett. Anticipating this one with a vengeance, and with all these games with such high potential, it's going to be very difficult to wait so long until it is released. But I will. Binding my time working to save up for all these phenomenal looking new [old] games.
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  • lymanzaar - June 17, 2010 4:48 p.m.

    I'm praying next E3 will show of Super Smash Brothers for 3DS.
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  • markshell - June 17, 2010 12:24 p.m.

    I don't think the 3D problems you pointed out are such a big issue, since you can turn off the effect at any time through that side slider. Nintendo knows it's not perfect (the 3D in movie theaters has the same problems) so you can turn it off if it bothers you. These guys sure put a lot of thought in this console.
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  • SumthingStupid - June 17, 2010 11:28 a.m.

    The laucnh titles seem so good I want this!
  • philipshaw - June 17, 2010 10:32 a.m.

    Sounds awesome but the problems with controls have me worried about it
  • Conman93 - June 17, 2010 9:33 a.m.

    This just keeps getting better and better! Kid Icarus looks great, although his voice brings back memories of a certain blue hedgehog
  • HeroOfLegend - June 17, 2010 8:31 a.m.

    I can't wait for this. Not only are they finally bringing back Kid Icarus, but they're putting Metal Gear Solid 3 on it. That's my third favorite game of all time, and my favorite Metal Gear. So awesome.
  • reeperskull - June 17, 2010 6:32 a.m.

    glad i waited on geting a ds never was that intrested in nintendo and buying a wii was the worst gaming decision ever. but this seem interesting and definatly a cheaper alternative to buying a 3d tv lol
  • Spybreak8 - June 17, 2010 5:20 a.m.

    The lineup and the 3D are great but I just hope the battery life is great with that big ol' screen. First I got a DS Phat, then Lite and now I'm grabbing this sucker. Sold my Fat version but don't know if I'll do that with my Lite. I have emulators, music and movies I can use with the Lite so prob will not work with 3DS.
  • JeffGoldblum1 - June 17, 2010 4:59 a.m.

    The paper mario game is not a port. You never had a chain chomp as a companion in the N64 version. Other screen show more evidence that this is not just a port.
  • JeffGoldblum1 - June 17, 2010 4:52 a.m.

    Finally a hands on with the 3DS!

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