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Decently priced fun.
on May 29, 2013
I had this product for about a week now as well as a DS lite to compare.
The plastic its made out of feels a bit cheaper. I have only used a DS lite before which I think felt more sturdy. The buttons just dont feel as crisp and the volume and 3D sliders are really loose and can easily be hit and changed on accident. Also the hinge while opening the screen seems a bit loose as well.
The size of the 3DS is basically the same size as the DS lite. For anyone with normal size adult hands, playing any type of game where you need to be quick can be a challenge with the smaller size. The buttons are quite close together sometimes making it difficult to press the button you want. The added feature of the analog stick is very nice and feels great. The home button was a nice feature to suspend the game and be able to check a message or change the brightness without having to leave the game. This definitely helps when you are not at a save point.
This was something that was featured in the previous versions of DS but still have to say that it is an awesome feature sometimes only requiring 1 cartridge to play a game. The downside of the 1 cartridge download play is that the features are usually limited. More features are available for both players who have the game.
I am quite impressed with the 3D without glasses. I thought I had seen an earlier version of it and was not impressed. What makes it good is that you can adjust your viewing distance as well as a 3D slider which is not found in other 3D applications. Nintendo did good work here. But with that said, I can only play it for about an hour before getting fatigued and possibly a headache. The best part here is that you can turn the 3D all the way off and not even tell that it is any different from a regular screen. One pro or con (depends on how you look at it) is that when the 3D is on, you need to pretty much be looking at the screen straight on. Otherwise you will either not see the 3D or the screen will all together be blurry. Also to note, 3D is not meant for children under 7 as a warning by Nintendo. It may permanently damage their vision.
The camera quality reminds me of cell phones when they first had cameras. The quality is low and I wouldn't ever consider using it. I would always use my iPhone camera over this. The pictures/video it takes in 3D are much harder to see and doesn't get any better adjusting your viewing distance and the 3D slider. I am assuming it would have been better if the two cameras were placed further apart, closely matching the average human eye separation.
The battery is said to last about 3-8 hours. That is a pretty large gap. I have found it to last about 4-5 hours depending on what I'm doing. If left in sleep mode, the battery will die surprisingly fast, 3 days about (or maybe I have a defective 3DS). The good part is that there are many options out there. Battery packs or USB chargers can be used to extend the fun time.
One thing that makes a gaming system is of course the games. The 3DS has been out for a couple of years now and really only has a handful of good titles worth playing. New Super Mario Bros, Mario Kart 7, Luigis Mansion to name a few. Hopefully there are more noteworthy games that come out before the next DS type system comes out.
In all, the 3DS is a very affordable and entertaining system that is simple to use for the kids but has lots of games enjoyable by adults. I highly recommend this system for those on a budget or with kids to keep them (or yourself) busy on a long flight or car ride.