Rayman 3D

Here's a review of a new Nintendo 3DS game: Rayman 3D! Wait, did I say "new?" I misspoke -- the game is new in that it's entirely in 3D, but according to our reviewer Jason D'Aprile, Rayman may look familiar:

"We appreciate Ubisoft for throwing out some kind of gaming personality. Rayman 3D, however, is definitely not the resurgence of the company’s awesome, limbless icon that players were hoping for. This is a straight port of Rayman 2: the Great Escape, an 11-year-old game first released on the N64 and Dreamcast, and since released on many other platforms."

That having been said, it's still a worthwhile game. Check out the entire Rayman 3D review.

Nintendo 3DS

Updated: 12:42 PM EST: It is always best to be skeptical of British tabloids, especially when they're reporting on video games. In spite of The Sun's claims of "record return levels," British retailers say they've received very few requests for returns of the Nintendo 3DS handheld console. GAME told MCV that is has received "fewer than five" returns, while mega-retailer HMV reports no returned 3DS systems. HMV issued a statement saying:

"Contrary to a report in today's media - which has since been corrected - we would like to make clear that we are not aware of any manufacturing fault with the 3DS console - which we have seen huge demand for, and that we have not issued any refunds for it and nor are we doing."

Orignal Story:

British tabloid The Sun is reporting "furious users" and "record return levels" of the Nintendo 3DS in the U.K.

Since the release of the 3D handheld, some gamers have reported headaches when playing with the device, and apparently some British folks are not only having headaches, but are also having trouble getting full refunds of the purchase price of the device from some retailers.

Overall, The Sun's report seems misleading. The article mentions "record return levels" but doesn't offer any evidence of these records, and in fact goes on to quote Nintendo as saying returns are "in single figures per retailer." Also, The Sun reports that "thousands" of gamers have headaches and dizziness, presumably from the device, without offering any actual backup of that statement. Plus, British tabloids are notorious for overly sensationalizing stories.

Source: The Sun

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Super Monkey Ball 3D

G4 has a twofer of Nintendo 3DS reviews for ya. Just in: Thoughtful evaluations of Bust-a-Move Universeand Super Monkey Ball 3.

While neither game is a gotta-have-it title, both have impressive 3D visuals, and really, isn't that why you wanted a Nintendo 3DS in the first place?

Here's a taste of our Super Monkey Ball 3 review.

"Fans of monkeys in balls will know just what to expect here. Given the slim pickings for the 3DS, this isn’t the worst choice for your launch title library, but it’s clear that Sega cut a few corners to get the game out with the system."

And a little bit of our Bust-A-Move Universe review:

"Aside from the lack of multiplayer, Bust-a-Move Universe is a fine example of the game. Admittedly, if you already have any of the other versions, the mere addition of shiny 3D visuals is hardly a reason to purchase yet another copy. If you’re hunting for a good puzzler specifically for the 3DS however, this is it."

E3 2010: Nintendo 3DS Images

In spite of the reported sales success of the Nintendo 3DS handheld, Nintendo says the next console the company releases won't be in 3D.

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said in a recent interview with CNN, "Glasses-free is a big deal. We've not said publicly what the next thing for us will be in the home console space, but based on what we've learned on 3D, likely, that won't be it."

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With the launch of the Nintendo 3DS following the launches of both the Kinect and Playstation Move, there seems to be an influx of new gaming technology. While sales of these new pieces of hardware seem successful, the question is do they enhance our gaming experience? In this week's Soapbox, Adam expresses his confusion over these new gadgets and his fears that the gaming industry is putting technology before creativity.

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E3 2010: Ridge Racer 3DS Screenshots

The Nintendo 3DS has been out since Sunday in the US, and first-day sales are looking very good for Nintendo. According to the company, "US day-one sales numbers for Nintendo 3DS were the highest of any Nintendo handheld system in our history."

While no specific figures were given, this statement means the 3DS outsold the original DS, the DS Lite and the DSi, which is pretty amazing, given the amount of hype and interest there was in those systems.

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Nintendo Responds To Error Reports, Headache Complaints

The day after the launch of any system is usually marked by complaints -- things just don't work out quite as advertised in the real world. The Nintendo DS is no exception. So far, there have been two major complaints about the system: A widely seen error and headaches.

As we reported earlier today, some corners of the internet are abuzz with reports of freezes of the system, dubbed the Black Screen of Death. According to a statement just issued by Nintendo, there is a simple, time-tested solution to the problem: Make sure your software is up-to-date.

"If anyone is experiencing any problems with their Nintendo 3DS console, we recommend that in the first instance they download and install the latest system update, now available online... If the problems still persist we recommend they contact their local Nintendo Customer Service center to investigate the problem further."

The second problem, headaches, is a bit trickier to solve.

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Sexy Nintendo 3DS Pictures: You Knew It Had To Happen

Well, that was fast. The first ever 3D sexy pictures have become available for the Nintendo 3DS! These are not an official Nintendo release, of course, but instead are the product of Japanese photographer/artsy-gamer-girl Julie Watai.

It works like this: You go to Watai's site, and download the file there. Then, you unzip it, put it on an SD card, put the SD card into your 3DS and enjoy fine, fine 3D sexiness. Judging from the samples on Watai's website, the pictures aren't incredibly lewd or nude, more cutesy than anything else.

So what do you think? Are you goign to be downloading this stuff?

Source: HobbyMedia


Gamers lined up outside Best Buy in New York City's Union Square last night to be the first in the country to get their hands on the new Nintendo 3DS handheld, which promises to bring glasses-free 3D gaming to the masses. The unseasonably cold weather saw everyone arriving bundled in winter gear, but the plummeting temperature did nothing to chill the spirits of gathered fans.

The turnout was small, no more than a few hundred people, but it was an enthusiastic bunch. Instead of waiting in a traditional line, fans were allowed to mill about in a fenced-off area that was highlighted by several 3DS demo stations and a taco truck. In a classy added touch, Nintendo had people walking around handing out free hot dogs and bottles of water to the gathered attendees.

That said, it was hard to avoid noticing that the crowd was a light one overall. While fans lined up along 4th Ave just south of 14th St, another area to house additional buyers had been erected around the corner, complete with 3DS demo stations and a serve-yourself hot dog-and-water buffet station. But wait... there's more!

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Nintendo 3DS Guide

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Posted March 25, 2011 - By Dana Leahy

The launch of the Nintendo 3DS is just around the corner. As a public service, we've put together this Nintendo 3DS guide to tell you everything you need to know if you're in the market to buy one, or if you've just picked one up at the store.

Nintendo 3DS
Release Date: March 27th, 2011
MSRP: 249.99

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What Is It?

The Nintendo 3DS is the newest iteration of Nintendo's handheld console, the Nintendo DS. Arguably only a little less powerful than the Wii when it comes to graphical horsepower, the 3DS boasts 3D graphics without the need for any stupid glasses. The console was first announced at E3 2010 during the Nintendo Press Conference when women with the device strapped to their belts wandered through the audience. While the pretty ladies were nice, the real star of the show was the 3DS, wowing the gaming press with its glasses-less 3D and powerful graphics.

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Steel Diver

During the Korean war, I was a submarine captain, so I think I know a little bit about submarine video games. That's why I was chosen to play Nintendo 3DS title Steel Diver, a sub simulator that takes place in three dimensions! 

Sadly, it's not very good. From my review:

"Like many launch titles released with new game systems, Steel Diver is more like a fattened-up tech demo for the 3DS than a full game. As a demonstration of what your new Nintendo handheld can do, it’s neat. As a full gaming experience, Steel Diver is thin, showing tantalizing possibility but ultimately not delivering enough"

Read the rest of my Steel Diver review, right here!


E3 2010: Animal Crossing 3DS Preview

I know we Americans like to think we're better than our brothers and sisters in Europe, but today, The Old World Wins: The Nintendo 3DS is out over the sea, meaning that us yanks are just sitting around on our thumbs until Sunday, playing with our antique, two-dimensional handhelds. But it's not all tea and crumpets in England. There are reports coming in that Amazon has messed up people's 3DS pre-orders, and many gamers have taken to the internet to register their displeasure. Here's a thread of English belly-achers.

Sample post:

"I paid for expedited, ordered on the 19th Jan and I'm still sitting on "Not Yet Dispatched". I cant imagine they are going to manage delivery for today, like they say. Extremely disappointed, last time I pre-order hardware with Amazon."

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Nintendo 3DS Adds OK Go Video

If you're lucky enough to be holding a Nintendo 3DS right now, days before the official release date, you'll note that an update went live today that added something cool: A 3D video from internet-favorite indie-rock band OK Go.

The video, "White Knuckles," features the band interacting with a bunch of trained dogs in an insanely choreographed dance routine. It's very impressive, especially with the added dimension provided by the 3DS.

You can watch the 2D movie under the cut, or just wait until Sunday, when you'll be able to watch OK Go in glorious 3D, once you download and install the update.

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The Nintendo 3DS comes out this Sunday, and that means gamers will be wanting to trade in their old, busted Nintendo DS for a spiffed-out new system. But where can you get the best trade in deal? Read on, and we'll give you an idea of how to trade your old DS in for a Nintendo 3DS.

GameStop has a tremendous deal: According to the company's website, the retailer is offering $50 worth of trade-in value for a DS Lite, $75 for a DSi, and a heaping $100 for a DSi XL. So if you hand in a DSi XL, you're basically getting a 3DS for only $149. Gamestop is also offering $300, online-only bundles which include a 3DS case and a game (either Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition or Samurai Warriors Chronicles).

More trade-in deals are under the "Read More" tag.

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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time goes 3D 


The Nintendo 3DS version of classic video game Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time will feature the Master Quest for the game. The news was dropped in an interview at GDC last week.

If you're anything like me, you played the original Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on the Nintendo 64 and your view of what a video game could be was forever changed. Sadly, though, I never played the game on the GameCube, which means I missed the "Master Quest" that came with that version. The Master Quest basically re-arranged the dungeons and items in the game to provide a greater challenge for the hardcore.

The Nintendo 3DS will ship in the U.S. on March 27 for $249.99. Ocarina of Time 3D will be out some time in June.

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