Nintendo 3DS Quick Review

Posted: Jun 30 2011, 2:47pm CDT | by , in I4U Gadget Reviews


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Nice console with good graphics and no compelling games


The Nintendo 3DS is sized in roughly the same dimensions as the Nintendo DS. You can get the portable in blue or black colors. The blue version is more teal than blue. It has a 3D screen on the top section that can be adjusted and you can also turn the 3D effects off. No glasses are needed. The bottom screen is a normal LCD. The device has a 2GB SD card for storage, an adjustable stylus, and analog controls. You can pick one up for about $250 right now.

In Use

We aren’t tight with Nintendo here at I4U so we didn’t get hands on the Nintendo 3DS until I bought one for my son. For purely scientific reason I spent some time playing the 3DS over the last few weeks and it’s a very cool little portable console. I wondered how the 3D effects were going to look and I am happy to say that they look really good.

The slider on the side is something you can't do without. All the way up to the top range of the slider, the screen was blurry to me and I could not see the 3D effects. Adjusting the slider about half way down put the 3D content into perfect focus. I also wondered if my eyes were going to have problems with the 3D games and I had no issues at all.

I suspect if you can watch a 3D movie without feeling ill or getting headaches you will be able to play the Nintendo 3DS without any issues. The stylus on the 3DS collapses down. That is all fine and good, but it means that the hoards of stylus pens my son has from the DSi will not fit into the storage holder on the 3DS. You can use those old styluses to play, they just won't dock.

Playing games from the DSi on the Nintendo 3DS is just as it was with the DSi console with nothing better or worse about them. The biggest issue for me right now with the 3DS is that Nintendo put the console on the market before there were any compelling games to go along with the console. The only game that looked cool was the Ridge Racer 3D game.

That game looks really cools and the graphics are surprisingly good. The console has plenty of speed and will last my son through a full day of playing video games without a charge. I think the game that will send a lot of fans of Nintendo to buy a 3DS will be Mario Kart 3D. I think that game is supposed to land in August. For now there are some interesting looking games like Ridge Racer 3D, Pilot Wings Resort, and Lego Star Wars. The Nintendo download center is also now available so you can download games and you can download 3D movie trailers and even Netflix as well.



  • Cool 3D effects
  • Plays normal DSi games


  • No overly compelling games are available
  • Expensive


If you can find something to like in the current 3D games out for the 3DS the portable is worth the money. I also suspect that games will catch up with some compelling titles offered in time for the holiday season.


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