- I know I'm seriously going against the grain by not being impressed by the 3DS. Maybe this is a chance for the Nintendo fanboys to get as ticked off as the Sony ones did when I ridiculed the Move, but I don't care.
Reasons I'm not yet sold on the 3DS:
1. It looks just like a DS. We've already seen four different versions of the DS (five if you count the original E3 prototype), and I'm honestly more than a little tired of slight stylistic changes. At least with the three GBAs there was evolution, but the DS, DS Lite, DSi and DS XL - and now the 3DS - all look pretty much the same. Maybe I shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but if the book, for example, has a rose or an apple on a black background, I'll know to assume the book isn't for me. I hope you understood the metaphor. Hopefully this 3DS model we've seen is itself a prototype and the real thing will look more swish, but I might just wait a year or so for the 3DS Lite to be released instead.
2. It doesn't live up to the rumours. Rumours claimed that Nintendo were going all out in competition against the iPad/Phone/Pod Touch and that the 3DS would feature two touch screens that seemlessly folded out into what appeared to be one big screen (see the artist's impression in the comic). Instead we get one slightly bigger screen, and one touch screen about the size of the DS Lite's.
3. Did anyone actually ask for 3D graphics? Because I'm still bitter about the time I took my little brother to see Spy Kids 3D and got a huge headache. I know the tech has advanced now to the point that you apparently don't even need glasses, but I honestly care a lot more about fun gameplay than having some kind of "deep" perspective. Besides, the thing we all seem to be ignoring is that 3D doesn't actually make things look 3D, it makes them look kind of fuzzy and standouty and we have to force our brains to pretend it's 3D. I don't want to have to do that on the bus. I'll be sick.
In other E3 news, I'm impressed that Microsoft managed to keep the details of their 360 "Slim" (it is not slim) a secret so well when they're launching it around about tomorrow. Not that I'll buy one - we already have three 360s in my house, all lined up in a nice row in front of the TV so that if one dies (again) we can quickly switch. Don't ask why we have three, it's complicated.
The Sony keynote was boring to the extreme. They spent half the time making subtle jabs at the "Kinect" (for so it is now called) - my favourite line was "The Move has futuristic things called 'buttons'!" - and the other half of the time showing us innovative new games like Tiger Woods (wow!) and Gran Turismo (how exciting!) - oh, and detailing the new ad campaign for the PSP which features an annoying eight year old. If I were them, I'd say what the PSP need is more good games, not a new ad campaign. But whatever.
So, I've ticked off every denomination of fanboy. Commence your hate comments.
PS Wii Zelda is unimpressive too. If Miyamoto, the guy designing the game, has trouble getting the Motion Plus to work for him, what chance do the rest of us have?
Well the 3DS is a new system altogether. I wasnt expecting it to look too different, though i was hoping for a bit more. I never heard iPod killer rumors but w/e. I'll wait to see 3D but the graphics themselves are supposed to be much better. Oh also OCARINA OF TIME REMAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!
Well, I do agree about Miyamoto having a hard time with the wii remote, but he was doing something that many of us do, myself included. We jerk the wii remote as if the actual sword had the approximate weight of a feather. The technology is great, certainly, but with how most of us use the wii remote in other wii motion plus games, it's like trying to track down a fired bullet without any help.