So the 3DS is released in Australia this week, but we received one last week. So partly to inform, but mostly so I can mix business with pleeaaasure, I’ve been running a daily diary of my experiences with Nintendo’s latest exercise in wizardry. Ladies and gentlemen – welcome to the final entry into the 3DS Diaries.
Taking It To The Street Folks. If you see me walking down the street, and I start to cry each time we meet - it's because no-one has bothered to turn on their frickin' Street Pass functionality yet. Jeez folks - get a move on will you?
Today was the day I had longed for - the 3DS has been released in Australia. I was looking forward to taking a gentle stroll at lunch, with my 3DS fitting snugly in my pocket, and having Mii after Mii drop like some mystical ninja sorcery onto my 3DS. That did not happen.
Here's what happened...
I wandered around Circular Quay, looking like an absolute idiot, waving my 3DS around in vain, in an attempt to try and connect to someone via Street Pass. It was crazy. I'd scan the street for large groups of people aged 18-30, stealthy approach them and try and blend in Ezio-style, blindly hoping to get some Wi-fi action from those fools.
Thankfully I had the common sense to leave before the cops arrived. I walked up to the food court and attempted the same thing in that area - twas once again a fruitless endeavour. I wandered around, waving my 3DS in the vicinity of everyone's burgers, but nothing.
Maybe it's for the best. When setting up the Street Pass functionality it asked me what message I would like to deliver in prospective Street Pass encounters. I tried to type in 'Avocado is my life', since I feel it best represents where I'm at in my life journey at the moment - particularly around lunchtime - but it wouldn't fit. Then I tried 'Granola is my life', because that's another culinary passion of mine. Since both didn't fit in the limited space Nintendo had allowed, I settled for 'What's up cutie'.
I expect much better results on the train later this afternoon.
The Drought Is Over Regular readers of the 3DS Diaries may remember that yesterday I got more than a little stir-crazy waiting for new games to arrive. Finally, today, Ubisoft pulled through with copies of Ghost Recon Shadow Wars, Splinter Cell 3D, and Asphalt 3D. I've only had the remainder of my paltry lunch break to sample these wares, and focused most of that time on Ghost Recon, since early reports stated it was one of the best titles available at launch.
After 30 minutes of play, I'm hardly qualified to provide an in-depth review, but my first impression was one of surprise. I wasn't expecting a turn-based strategy effort from this series, and I was taken aback at first. 30 minutes later I really began to enjoy the experience, which worked as a nice change of pace - it's almost Advance Wars-esque enough to be successful on handhelds.
Signing Off Well folks, this has been fun. Now that the 3DS is in the wild, I see little point in continuing on with this folly. You may or may not have your own 3DS now - this is your time to shine!
Poopy is looking down from heaven, he wants you to live. He doesn't want you to mourn him.
[Yes, I've become one of those people.]
Check out the rest of the 3DS Diaries here.