Yesterday ONM readers Marti Bennett, Zain Ilyas and Iestyn Evans shared their love for Nintendo's new handheld having experienced 3DS in Bristol at the weekend. ONM also held a 3DS event in Glasgow at the weekend and today we can discover what Kirsty Logan and Saskia Pilbeam thought of 3DS. Guess what? They loved it!
Going to the 3DS event was a bit like going to see a remake of your favourite film. Are they going to butcher that well-loved classic? Will the new effects and features ruin your fun and taint your opinion? I went with a slight feeling of dread. I'd seen the first incarnations of the 3D TVs in Bangkok and they were rubbish, completely unwatchable. I was worried that Nintendo had just jumped on the back of the new 3D fad.
I should have known better. When in the past seven years has Nintendo jumped on someone else's bandwagon? The company innovated with the Wii and now it has taken it to the next level.
The 3DS is a brilliant wee piece of tech. I have terrible depth perception in 2D games which means I have many unsuccessful and expletive filled gaming sessions, particularly when playing platform games. The 3DS completely removed this problem. I managed to leap from cliff to cliff as Master Yoda, zoomed through the trees as Link and successfully flew my jetpack to safety in Pilotwings (something I've been struggling to do since I owned it on the SNES).
I thought the Street Fighter and Resident Evil set pieces at the start of the event were a bit cheesy, although if Chris Redfield fancies squeezing my waist again I won't complain. Which brings me onto my favourite game!
Favourite game: Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D
I felt completely drawn into Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D and was ducking around and swearing at Claire Redfield to get a move on as the hoards of infected hoodies swarmed in around me. There is something for everyone in the 3DS line-up though: PES 2011, Resident Evil, Zelda and the unbelievably cute Nintendogs + Cats.
Okay, so I'd seen impressive live experiences of Street Fighter and Resident Evil before watching a short video featuring Jonathan Ross but now I was ready for the main event.
The 3DS has all of the charm of my little DS Lite but with way more power. The 3D makes everything seem more real. Admittedly when I first played a game on 3DS, my eyes didn't immediately adjust but after a minute everything was good.
As soon as my group entered the room where the 3DS consoles were I made a beeline for Zelda. This was the game I loved on N64 and I wanted to know if it was as good as the original. I wasn't disappointed. There were three options open to me - I could visit the Kokiri forest, go inside the great Deku tree or battle Gohma. I went inside the great Deku tree as I figured I could get the most gameplay out of the allocated 10 minutes.
I wasn't disappointed as they haven't changed it a bit. The new Circle Pad on the console makes controlling Link very smooth.
In fact this is my favourite thing about 3DS. I prefer games which don't use the Touch Screen and so the slide pad seems like a move in the right direction for me. Favourite game: Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time 3D
I finished my 10 minutes on Zelda and I can honestly say I would get a 3DS just for this game. It was so good I was tempted to play it again for another 10 minutes but I thought I had better play something else!
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