Community Review: The 3DS

So, I'm assuming that a bunch of you guys have had the weekend to check out the 3DS. You've heard me ranting on about it all last week, so now it's your turn - what do you guys think of the 3DS so far?

Honestly, my opinion tends to switch rapidly back and forth - as evidenced from my 3DS Diaries - at times I found myself completely in love with the device, at other times I wondered how such a limited handheld could compete with the ubiquitous nature of the smartphone as a convergence device.

I'm curious about a couple of things - first off, are you enjoying it? Is the 3D effect making anyone feel dodgy? Anyone having difficulty with it, or wondering what the big deal is? My personal experience with the 3D has been hugely positive. I've no headaches, no problems viewing it - in fact I've really enjoyed how subtle the effect is.

What about the games? I think the lack of quality at launch is the 3DS's biggest issue. At the moment it's selling on its gimmick alone. Super Street Fighter IV is a top notch game, but not enough - in my mind - to convince a broader public to give it a chance. That said, I'm really loving the AR Games.

How about other experiences? Anyone busted out the Street Pass? This has (bizarrely) been one of my favourite aspects of the 3DS so far. I think I'm starting to get a strange attachment to checking my 3DS after a train journey, and finding out how many hits I've gotten. How are people finding the social aspects of the device?

Anyways - let us know in the comments below. And feel free to drop 3DS friend codes - I've left mine at home today, but I'll try and add you all when I get home.


    My code is 9278-3636-6639 :P

      Can't get this one working... tried a few times and it keeps coming up as "invalid".
      Probably you typed it wrong (unless its a region issue; but everyone else has worked...)

    No-one seems to have their 3DS on or something when they're driving into work in the morning :(

    Maybe I'm up too early? 6:30-7:30am on the road. Today and Friday, picked up nothing via StreetPass.

    Oh well. I'll keep on hoping ;P

      I've noticed something similar - no-one walking/driving past my house ever has theirs on... :(

      Ah, and here's my friend code:

    I'm loving it. I didn't get any 3DS titles. Ghost Recon was out but the pre installed games are excellent. Have had plenty of fun with the Mii maker, AR games and face raiders.

    Friend code: 0602-6283-6287

    So far I am quite liking mine. Got a black, with rabbids and star wars. Both games are deeper than the reviews implied. Love the camera, but needs to be much better resolution. Havent seen any street pass notifications yet, which is dissapointing. AR Games are great, but doesnt respond well in poor liighting such as indoors at night, again due to a very cheap camera setup. So a thumbs up from me. Lets hope some deeper games come out! And just for a the record, portables need a second thumbstick, I will also buy the NGP.

    I'm lovin' it so far.
    The 3D is mostly fantastic, though in any games where you tend to move a bit (mashing buttons in street fighter... or god forbid the motion controlled mode in Super Monkey Ball... even Pilot Wings has me moving my hands sideways a little bit...) causes problem =(

    It's a real shame Australia didn't get Pilot Wings and Steel Diver; because those are the two games I'm definitely enjoying the most (though I did enjoy flawing my mate in SFIV about 20 times over the weekend). Those two plus SFIV for me means a "good launch".

    I haven't run into anyone on street pass yet which is really disappointing =( I'd have thought the morning train would have uncovered one or two since surely everyone who got one at launch would be trying out the feature.

    Random notes:
    PAL SFIV works with NTSC SFIV for multiplayer (this is good news!!)
    PAL 3DS works with NTSC NDS for StreetPass (Mii passing), didn't get to try the SFIV trophy stuff.
    No problems friending people from other regions
    My favourite game (on my friend profile) is "Steel Diver", but when my friend friended me and got my account card; it displayed as gibberish (his was SFIV and looked fine).
    Cross-region download play for Steel Diver does NOT work =( Didn't try any other DL play, so don't know if this is a publisher lock or if dl-play is region locked entirely.

    Friend me up: 4038-6024-8907

    PS. Kotaku; why can I never log out of this damned "Facebook" thing on Kotaku? The "here" button does nothing!!!!

      The only way to stop Kotaku auto-logging you in with your Facebook account appears to be to remove it from your approved applications in the FB privacy settings.

        Thank you thank you thank you thank you.

    I think it's awesome! Lovin' the 3D effect overall, though it it does annoy me a bit that it has to be viewed at a certain angle. I wouldn't use it on the train or car though as any bump or movement when viewing the 3D screen for me sends my vision "swimming" slightly.
    Other then that, I've had no problems with viewing the screen for prolonged periods of time.
    I'm liking the AR games so far but am hanging out for more decent games. I only have shadow wars at the moment which is awesome but there needs to be more AAA games!

    went out around the city on the weekend to test streetpass. Met 3 people randomly. Got two medal for street fighter for win the battle which is awesome.

    I am absolutely loving my 3DS - I just wish there were games on it I loved just as much. I got SFIV and Rayman, both I enjoy but they don't keep me hooked. Have taken my 3DS to 2 different shopping centres down in Melbourne and both times I picked up another Mii using streetpass. As for smartphones, as good as they are for casual games, I MUCH prefer a dedicated handheld for my gaming needs. I definately have room for both in my life :)

    It took me a while to get used to the 3D. I had headaches after 10 mins of playing :-( I figured out though that for some strange reason, I have to consciously think about focusing my eyes on particular objects to get 3D vision.

    It's strange having a handheld with no games, but the pre-installed software is keeping me occupied until Samurai Warriors comes out (Thursday I think).

    I bought a blue one (which I love the colour of, btw) but didn't get any games. I'm waiting for Pilotwings, but the AR games/Face Raiders are fantastic. I hope Nintendo offers more of these type of things when the e-Shop rolls around.

    I also really like the IDEA of the StreetPass, but apparently I'm the only person in my area with a 3DS, because I haven't got a single hit after walking around all weekend. :P

    Pretty much the only thing I don't like though, is the limit on the number of play coins you can earn each day. 1000 steps/10 coins maximum is far too little in my books. I mean, I was getting over a 1000 steps without leaving the house, so anything extra just kind of seems wasted. I know it's to prevent people from shaking their system to get unlimited coins (and to promote Streetpass), but still.

    I've had no problems with the 3D affecting me. And that was with a couple of few hours sessions. The game selection is limited. But aren't most platforms when they are first released? It's new tech after all.
    I also have been enjoying the pre-loaded software. AR is fantastic. Haven't had any street pass, but then I haven't actually been out, besides to work.
    The screen moves too easy, even just hitting a bump in the road when in the car it tends to fold back too far. It'll be interesting to see what games come out for it in the future, I think it's got a lot of potential in the long run.

    after getting mine on launch day, i've had nothing but good experiences with the 3DS so far..

    i was really hoping for steel diver as a launch title, but with that not happening, i went for ghost recon and ridge racer.. both of them totally entertaining, but as with everyone else i was depressed about the cut list of launch titles.

    i'm strange with the 3D: on launch day i played 9 hours straight, with no problems.. next morning i woke up after sleeping 10 hours, and it took about 30min to get used to the 3D again. i'm strange, i guess..

    streetpass is an awesome feature, and more people need to try it out. working at a major department store at the entrance, leaving my console there all day to capture every 3DS that enters the store racks up a nice number of hits. =)

    so, i suppose once we get a decent library of games in aus, i'll be perfectly content, but for now i'm happy chilling with the console, impressing people with the AR games and whatnot.

    I'm enjoying the console even though it seems a little unnecessary right now until there are more games out, I just wanted to get in on those launch deals.

    I've experienced a little dizziness and headaches when using full 3D but having just a tiny amount of 3D on seems to be enough without causing me problems. However I've mostly been playing with the 3D off completely and I think I'll only switch it on when I require some depth or want to watch some crazy cinematic sequence that can take advantage of it.

    I only have Rabbids at the moment and am enjoying that, with Pilotwings in the mail heading my way too.

    I'm really enjoying it, paticularly for a few of the built in features.

    I like the idea of being rewarded for just carrying the console around. I haven't had any streetpass hits, but that's probably because I've been going to the wrong places.

    My one complaint though is that the play coins limit for each day is far too easy to reach. I registered 6000 steps on friday but only 1000 counted. I think they either need to take it up to 200 steps per coin or increase the daily cap beyond 10. Very nitpicky on my behalf, but it's a bit irritating.

    Other than that, the controls are comfortable, the AR stuff is awesome and the 3D is pretty neat.

    FC: 5327 - 0924 - 5029

    I've been loving it so far. Didn't get any 3DS titles myself, but the built in stuff has kept me entertained. I can't wait until the eShop opens, that's when this thing is gonna go absolutely off the hook.

    I had it on me all weekend, went out and about both days (but not into the city mind you, where I guess I'm more likely to find people) and only got one StreetPass hit. Hopefully as the months go on more and more people will carry it with them. I'm treating mine like I do my iPhone - it comes with me wherever the hell I go.

    I'm really looking forward to a game like Animal Crossing, where this StreetPass functionality and internet connectivity is really going to shine. Even the huge games we know are coming (Ocarina of Time, Mario Kart, Super Mario, Star Fox, etc) we still know so little about in terms of these awesome new features of the 3DS, so I can't wait for E3 (or sooner) to find out more.

    Friend Code: 3609-1053-6905

    I haven't connected mine to the net yet so can't really comment on street pass. I grabbed two games for it at launch, SSFIV and Ravin Rabbids.

    The initial unboxing of the 3DS, the thing I didn't like was the plastic used for the 3DS itself, like the iphone, it easily gets this greasy feel to it which I can't stand. I never had that experience with the DS or DSi. So I've now got to try and track down a rubber protection cover of some description.

    As far as showing this thing off to family and friends, I've only really fired up a couple AR Games which seems to get the wow factor happening every time. I've played Street Fighter a fews times but I find it hard to get motivated enough to play it because I played it so much on the PS3. I started playing Ravin Rabbids this morning though and quite enjoying it so far, mainly because I enjoy side scrolling platformers and this (i think) is the only 3DS platformer so far.

      Street Pass works on local wi-fi (no need for internet) so as long as your wireless switch is on and your in a busy city centre or shopping centre you will get some hits (I got 3 today at my local Westfield shopping centre!). Spot Pass is the one that needs the internet connection and of course any games that utilise online features will need to be connected to the net. Also, Rayman is another platformer for the console.

    I am really enjoying mine so far, got a black with Street fighter and Ghost Recon. Haven't even opened Ghost recon yet cause I am too busy having online matches with street fighter. 3D is really cool but I need to get a game that takes advantage of it like pilot wings or something, whats the best looking 3D game you can get now?

    Definitely enjoying it so far. Ghost Recon beats out SFIV for me. I enjoyed the later at first, but soon realised that getting frustrated at Seth was not going to do my 3DS any good. GR has been really fun, although I do have a very soft spot for turn-based tactics games.

    The 3D in both games has been used well, but I've only spent about 30 minutes or so with it on for each game. I'm really looking forward to a game where turning 3D on, or switching between off and on has some real impact on gameplay. I can see Paper Mario and Metal Gear Solid 3 really using it in this way (especially MGS; I look forward to a number of codec conversations about 3D), possibly even Layton.

    I've had my 3DS with me since Thursday and had my first StreetPass detection only on Sunday. I met "Joe" who has been playing Star Wars and had set up Street Pass, but not much else.


    My US unit arrived on Thursday but I only got my hands on it today. So damn glossy! GAH!

    Love it kind of. The camera is very average and the lack of online content sucks. I want to download games like the wii shop does. I also have SSF4 which is good fun but thats the only good game I can find. I want 3D Mario Kart (which is coming) but god knows when. I've finished all the AR games and now getting board with it. I expect more for the $$. I've had my iPhone for nearly 12 months and it still keeps me more entertained than my 3 day old 3DS. Software is all it would take for me to love it again. COME ON NINTENDO you should be BETTER than Apple at this stuff.

      The shop for DSi-ware games as well as Virtual Console games will be available in an upcoming software update. This is mentioned in the (thick) operating manual and on other sites.

        Awesome. That makes the 3DS a whole lot more appealing all of a sudden. Thanks for the info. :)

          I don't mean to sound rude but it will be hard not to...I am very surprised about some peoples lack of knowledge about the consoles features or lack thereof. A few comments have complained about lack of features or games, but surely if you are going to spend upwards of $350 on a new purchase you would know what you are buying? It has been well documented what things are included with the system, what games are available on launch or during the "launch window". Add in the fact that most console launches have a very limited range of software titles, you would have to be weary of any console launch.

          I for one think that the 3DS has great value for money straight off the bat. No other console I have ever bought has kept me so intrigued before I have even popped a game in. The 3DS is becoming like WoW I feel like I have daily "quests" to do each day before even getting into any games. The spot pass feature is brilliant. My fiance and I spent a few hours at the shops today getting lunch and buying a few things and in that time we got 3 hits each! So as soon as we got home we looked at the hits and then went on the quest with the mii characters we met. Also got the puzzle pieces and a Street Fighter battle just for carrying our consoles with us!

          I've got a week holidays and can see myself spending most of it with my 3DS!...and my fiance :P

    Whenever I see that photo I become accutely aware of potential pickpockets...

    It would have been nice to have tried one out, but there are 0 in-store demo stands.

      I'm very mad at the 10 coin limit per day. I really really wanted to beat the inbuilt Mii rpg so I went for a walk. 10,000 steps later I return home only to learn that there is a 10 coin limit per day. Needless to say, I'm not interested in getting my little Mii out of his cage anymore.

      I don't live in a densely populated area so it's very unlikely that I will pass anyone with street pass on; because of this I'm finding myself turning wifi off to extend battery life. Also, since I can only accrue 10 coins per day I just shut it down all together to save my 5 hour battery. Other than that the system could be great but at the moment there are no good games out. LEGO star wars is okay but I don't like street fighter because it's just an arcade game. For $40 I want a story mode.

      I have recommended to everyone who has asked if they should buy one to wait until it gets updated with a web browser and a virtual game store. Hoping Zelda, Star fox, Super Mario, Mario Kart, and RE Revelations come out soon. -Just revealed Revelations will not release till 2012. Oh well, stuck with LEGO star wars for now. Everyone I've shown the AR games to have said that they were awesome. They're Pretty much all the 3DS has going for it at the moment.

      I want 3D pictochat

    Still have no 3ds games, but I'm loving Pokemon Black... But I was very excited, walked around civic on the weekend and picked up a few streetpass hits, which was pretty much the highlight of my day.

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