E3 2010 Hands-On First Impressions with hattrick
System: Nintendo 3DS
I got some hands-on with several Nintendo 3DS titles and demos. The basic tech demo shown after Nintendo’s press conference was really cool, and it did a good job of showing the basic features of the new top screen and its 3D abilities. The best of the screenshots they showed was Zelda. After trying it on the show floor, I got my hands on ten more titles. Samurai Warriors was good. It did not go overboard with the 3D, but it felt natural. The controls were not the best, but it is only a demo. Kingdom Hearts was only a video, but it looked all right at best. Ridge Racer allowed me to actually race, which felt pretty good, but it played with my eyes a bit. I used the analog slider, which felt great. I was also able to briefly check out Resident Evil, Animal Crossing, Metal Gear Solid, Paper Mario, The Sims 3, and Kid Icarus demos. They all looked great, but because of time, I had to move on to other titles. I cannot wait to see the final products. The last demo I was able to try was an augmented reality shooter. It reminded me of System Flaw, as I was moving the 3DS around in real life to shoot spaceships with my face on them. While this was just a demo, it did prove that the 2 cameras on the front work great together to create a wonderful looking 3D environment, despite their 0.3 megpixels.
Overall, the 3DS looked great, and it felt great too. The 3D slider on the side was able to scale the intensity of the 3D effect. I was amazed how the picture popped out at me when changing from 2D to 3D. Speaking of the graphics, they looked on par with the GameCube and some Wii games, which is excellent. As stated earlier, the analog slider felt great. It was not as stiff as I would have wanted in Ridge Racer, but it is much better than the analog nub on the PSP. It also felt great at the top, while the control pad felt natural under it. Even reaching for the control pad did not cramp my hand. Knowing that the design is not final, I was pleased with what I saw at E3. With other games like Mario Kart, Starfox, Pilot Wings, DJ Hero, Professor Layton, BloodRayne, Nintendogs+cats, Sonic, Dead or Alive, Ninja Gaiden, Assassin’s Creed, Ghost Recon, Splinter Cell, Saints Row, and Driver, the Nintendo 3DS is shaping up very nicely. With some very minute tweaks, I believe Nintendo will have a great handheld product on its hands that might even be a threat to its own home console.
Above is our exclusive hands-on with the 3DS video from E3 2010. Many others have copied the video and passed it off as their own, but the original can be found above and already has well over 1 million views. By the way, I’m the one with the blue Mario shirt at the beginning, if you could not tell.