03. 25. 2011
Nintendo 3DS is released in the UK
Today the highly anticipated Nintendo 3DS has been released in the UK two days before it's set to be sold in the US, but does it live up to the pre-release hype?
Over the past seven years or so, Nintendo has released a range of models including the original DS, the DSi, the DSi XL and the DSi Lite. In many ways the 3DS is similar to the DSi but obviously has 3D capabilities without the need for those irritating, bulky glasses you need to wear to the movies.
As well as 3D capability the device has a built-in motion sensor, so expect lots of games that depend on you shaking, twisting and moving the 3DS around. A lot.
According to early reviews the picture looks spot-on, which is to be expected from a device that is marketed on its 3D capabilities!
Interestingly, the device also has a "3D slider" which means you can control the intensity of the 3D settings whenever you wish. According to the Nintendo website, all games can still be played in 2D and the quality is still better than any of its predecessors. This is a good option considering the warnings that are on the packaging and the device itself that tell customers not to let kids under six use the 3D mode at all as it could affect their sight as they grow up. Although experts have since said this isn't the case, it's something to be weary of if you're buying one of these devices for a little one.
The 3DS also has plenty of other features to shout about, including a built-in pedometer, some great pre-installed games and much more. The only thing that seems a bit questionable is the price, at around $250 it's steeper than a standard Wii or an entry-level XBox 360 which I imagine may put a lot of people off, particularly the younger fans that the DS devices often seemed aimed at.
The Nintendo 3DS will be around $250 when it's released on March 27 2011. Visit Nintendo's list of online suppliers for more information.