(E3 2010) Nintendo 3DS – Hands-On First Impressions

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.

About the author:

Steve has been a Nintendo fan since the NES. He currently owns a NES, SNES, N64, GameCube, Wii, Wii U, GameBoy, DS, DSi, 3DS, and 3DS XL. His favorite types of games are action platformers and multiplayer “party” games. Overall, he loves a game that is pure fun and pulls him in for hours, and if that can be shared with friends, it is even better.

Steve has been blogging for NintendoFuse since April 2008. He started off as an avid reader, and eventually was asked to jump on the team. Currently, he enjoys writing game reviews and sharing breaking news with the fans and readers. You will also find him on the forums as an admin.

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  • Yousuke Fullbuster Uzumaki

    You can actually see some sort of depth in the video, mainly depending on the angle.


    • Qwerty

      yeah i saw that 2 i thought i was going mad lol

      • Awsome Bransen

        me to

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  • Chaorace

    at 1:20 you can see three pikmin is this pikmin 3?!?!?!?!

    • http://wiinintendo.net/ hattrick

      @Chaorace – No, it is just a tech demo, showing the capabilities of the 3D screen with an image of Pikmin….unfortunately.

    • http://www.wiinintendo.net/ hattrick

      No, just a demo screen with Pikmin

  • fetoslokos11

    wuau lo que veo no lo puedo creer esta jenial esta nueva consola portatil de nintendo
    solo esperare a que salga en mexico y la compare pero tamvien los graficos
    estan jeniales pareecidos a los de gamecube esto no puede ser esta super jenial esto

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  • Awsome Bransen

    When does it come out?

    • http://wiinintendo.net/ hey_suburbia

      No official release date. Things hint towards 2011

    • http://www.wiinintendo.net/ hattrick

      By the end of March 2011.

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  • Finn the Human

    I wantz.

  • Riolu192

    on the part with mario it looks 3d!!!!!

  • Cutygirl_nadia

    Hmmm i will wait for the nintendo 3ds. Forget about nintendo dsi xl ;O

    • Cutygirl_nadia

      But after the 3ds is there an other nintendo ds coming out?

      • http://wiinintendo.net/ hattrick

        No one knows the future…

  • MarkMario

    I bet a lot of people will be getting a DSI XL for Christmas then find out the 3DS releases 3 months after…

  • Dandork

    i wanna steal one of the girls!

  • Eva romero

    is the 3ds the same size as the nintendo dsi xl?

    • http://wiinintendo.net/ hattrick

      We do not know the price yet. Stand by for a possible announcement on that at the end of September.

  • hattrick

    It is closer to the size of a normal DSi (not XL), but a bit thicker.

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  • Supercyber1mds

    does the 3DS have basically the same functions as a DSi

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  • Edoscher

    I’m a little scared of the pricing range that they might put on this gadget,but i love the console and hopefully i’m patient enough for it to come out haha 😀

  • anonymous222

    hmmm they didnt explain why it doesnt show up on camera in 3d….

  • http://www.wiinintendo.net/ hattrick

    3D is created for human eyes to perceive. Your 2 eyes see different angles. A video camera has only 1 angle; therefore, a video camera cannot pick up a 3D effect. Instead, it shows up blurry, because it sees both angles from one stationary point. Your eyes will see them from both angles.

  • Anonymous

    The startup menu will be much more different

  • http://Deviantart.com/avatarjasmin Kh_fangirl101

    Wow, this is so cool! And if any body is a kingdom hearts fan, i heard they are gonna make a kingdom hearts 3D!

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  • Pinkmarshall

    Can you buy a 3ds game card and use that on a dsi

    • http://www.wiinintendo.net Jeremy Hardin

      No you cannot.  The 3ds game cards are shaped a little differently.  However, the 3ds can play all ds games.