Nintendo 3DS: Give It A Chance
There's a lot to love about Nintendo's handheld.
Over the past couple of days, we've seen complaints about Nintendo's 3DS, from its lackluster launch games to the dangers of playing with the 3-D slider at maximum power, which gave an untold number of people headaches.
That said, it's too early to declare Nintendo's latest handheld a dud. We've had the system for roughly a week and use it on a daily basis, whether this involves playing a game, taking some photos or checking to see if we encountered another 3DS owner via StreetPass.
Meanwhile, some of the launch titles have some legs. Ridge Racer 3D is the same arcade experience we know and love, while Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition is a marvelous technical achievement. We've also had fun with Pilotwings Resort and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Shadow Warrior. Buy those four games with your new 3DS, and you'll enjoy hours of quality gaming fun.
On that note, we can't help but think of the DS. When it first debuted in 2004, we didn't know what to make of Nintendo's touch screen device. The original design left a lot to be desired, the strange thumb pad didn't substitute for a true analog stick and the screen resolution was horrid. Don't even get us started on the launch games. We'll gladly take the 3DS lineup over Ping Pals, Spider-Man 2, The Urbz: Sims in the City and Sprung. Sure, DS had Super Mario 64, but come one. It was a port of a nearly ten-year-old game.
As for the headache claims, it's the Wii all over again, with consumers accidentally pulling a muscle or developing tennis elbow from swinging the remote. People's eyes need to adjust. Besides, they can always nix the 3-D.
The point is this: the DS eventually blossomed into the greatest handheld of all time, thanks to a series of hardware revisions and a library of quality games. Considering the 3DS already looks sexier and has a handful of entertaining titles, this first generation piece of tech is much better than the 2004 DS.
So don't take our criticisms too personally. Nintendo made some questionable decisions, but 3DS has a bright future. Bottom line, it'll only get better with age.
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