The 3DS Diaries: Day Three

So the 3DS is released in Australia next week, but we just received one on Friday. So partly to inform, but mostly so I can mix business with pleeaaasure, I’m going to be running a daily diary of my experiences with Nintendo’s latest exercise in wizardry. Ladies and gentlemen – welcome to day three of the 3DS Diaries.

Introducing Missile

With Poopy gone – RIP little buddy – it was time to get a new dog. I had fully intended to get a boxer but, having just finished Ghost Trick on the DS, the minute I saw Nintendogs+cats had Pomeranians, I knew what had to be done.

So, this is ‘Missile’ folks. He can sit and give a paw. That’s about it.

Street Fighting Man
After getting to grips with the AR Games, and messing around with all the built-in software on the 3DS, I thought it might be a good time to give Super Street Fighter IV 3D – the game most would call the must have launch title on the 3DS – a bash.

I’ll be honest – I found it hard to get motivated for this one. I have Street Fighter IV, I have Super Street Fighter IV with a Mad Catz Arcade stick and I have it for my 360. I’ve played it to death, and I have a good television in my living room. I couldn’t help thinking that I’d rather play Street Fighter IV on my TV, with a control system tailor made for it, than play what is essentially a stripped down version of the same game, albeit in 3D.

I’d love to say that I spent some time with Super Street Fighter IV and had all my misconceptions challenged – but I didn’t. The fact is, if you have any copy of Street Fighter IV on your home console, you’d be better served sticking with that. The 3D does not provide a big enough point of difference to justify playing it with a control system that works, but is hardly ideal.

It’s still a great game, and I think Capcom has done as good a job as possible given the limitations of the 3DS and handheld gaming in particular, but the fact is, the game works better on home console.

Alright, it’s a Sunday folks – and I’ve got to go and make lunch, to make up for my abject laziness yesterday.

See you all tomorrow for day four.

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