Nintendo 3DS & ‘nintendogs + cats’ game Review

When I was at Mom 2.0 a couple of months ago, Nintendo was there showing their new Nintendo 3DS gaming systems. While I didn’t have much hands on time on location, I was eager to check it out with my family, but more eager for myself. See, I am one that has never been able to see 3 dimensional things like movies, games or those 3D pictures that are supposed to pop out at you. When I received it, I had to get it charged and see for myself if this was something that even I could see.

About the Nintendo 3DS & my experience:

  • 3D Screen

    • The Nintendo 3DS system opens up a whole new world of eye-popping gameplay possibilities. The stereoscopic 3D display of the upper screen gives objects within the game world a feeling of space and depth that extends far into the back of the screen. It becomes easier to see the position of characters and obstacles in the world, making many game experiences even more intuitive for all types of players.

Coming from someone that has never been able to see 3 dimensional things like movies where you have to wear the 3D glasses, posters that are 3D and games, this is a huge plus! I am able to see the 3D and boy, is it awesome!

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  • 3D Depth Slider

    • A built-in 3D Depth Slider allows you to immediately adjust the intensity of the 3D settings on the Nintendo 3DS system to your liking. The 3D effect can also be turned down completely—all Nintendo 3DS games and applications can be played in 2D, and look better than any Nintendo handheld before it.

I love this feature! For some games, you may want more 3D ability, or less to show. This is nice to have as well because my kids are under the age of 7. With kids under the age of 7, it’s not recommended that they play the Nintendo 3DS in the 3D mode since their eyesight is still growing. My son is almost 6 years old and he is pretty much a wiz on the DS, so with this, I am able to turn off the 3D ability so that he can still play games on this unit, and for myself – I can use this with the 3D activated, turned off or even halfway in between. Great feature!

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  • overview_0006_gyroscopeMotion sensor & Gyro sensor

    • Portable play control reaches a new level with these amazing features, allowing for new & unique gameplay mechanics. A built-in motion sensor and gyro sensor can react to the motion and tilt of the system, so whether players are twisting their systems side to side or moving them up and down, their motion-compatible Nintendo 3DS games respond instantly.

I love this feature, as I have a son that has always moved his body when playing his games. Who doesn’t move their body when they get all in to a game? I even do it! This motion detector makes it even more fun. When you move your body to the game, the 3DS picks that movement up and integrates it with the game. Super cool!

  • Two Screens

    • Game graphics have never looked better on a Nintendo handheld system, thanks to the two screens of the Nintendo 3DS system.
    • A widescreen display on the top screen shows 800×240 pixel resolution, allocating 400 pixels for each eye to create the 3D effect
    • The bottom LCD touch screen operates at a resolution of 320×240—with both screens capable of displaying a brilliant 16.77 million colors.

The color on both screens is simply amazing! the colors are so crisp, which makes it more fun while playing your games.

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  • Analog Control

    • With the Circle Pad, located above the + Control Pad, Nintendo 3DS offers full analog control in 3D game worlds. Combined with the touch screen, traditional buttons, camera and microphone input, and advanced motion control of the Motion Sensor and Gyro Sensor, the potential is extraordinary.

I love this addition! My almost 6 year old really likes this as well! He can play some of the games easier and keep a better hold of the unit itself.

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  • 3D Camera

    • The Nintendo 3DS system uses its two outer cameras to see the world in 3D, much like the human eye, allowing for the creation of 3D photos—and a similar 3D effect to that seen in Nintendo 3DS games.

I had to show some print screens that I took with my Nintendo 3DS while playing games, as well as unlocking the AR Cards, but first I wanted to show you what my view was before I show you captures from the 3DS itself, here is my kitchen counter.

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View from my phone while unlocking the AR Cards:

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Pretty cool, huh?

The AR Cards is one of my favorite features with the Nintendo 3DS!

Imagine seeing a video game unfold in the real world…right on your kitchen table, or the floor of your living room! AR Games uses the Nintendo 3DS outer cameras and AR Cards included with the system to present an amazing augmented-reality gaming experience.

Just place one of the AR Cards on a table or floor, and the Nintendo 3DS camera will read the card and initiate game stages or characters right before your eyes. AR Games features different modes, from a wild shooting gallery to an interactive photo shoot with your Mii™ characters—plus more.

Now that you saw MY view with the AR Cards, here are some pictures that I took with  my Nintendo 3DS to show you how COOL this feature is. My characters seriously popped out at me!

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I was able to unlock my ‘Mii’. Meet Tanya. Isn’t she cute? Winking smile Looks like she needs to get started baking or something with her in front of my mixer.

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  • Adjustable Stylus

    • The adjustable Nintendo 3DS Stylus takes the idea of touch control to a new and even more user-friendly level. Once removed from the holder, the stylus length can be adjusted to your liking with a simple push or pull. Now anyone can achieve the optimum level of comfort while playing games that use the stylus.

The stylus on past Nintendo DS’ have been one length, and are usually stored on the site of the unit. With the 3DS, it is retractable and stored on the back side. This stylus is the best yet! You can use it small, or expand it.

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  • Charging Cradle

    • Dock your Nintendo 3DS system whenever you are not using it in the included Charging Cradle to keep it powered. You can then leave the system on in Sleep Mode while charging, so that it can communicate via the SpotPass feature at any time of day or night.

I think it’s safe to say that we all have multiple cables for things in our house. I like that you can leave this set up wherever you please and to avoid the cables being everywhere on your table or countertop, you can plug in the charging cradle, hide the cable from the plug in charger, and when you want to charge the 3DS, all you have to do is set the 3DS unit on the cradle, charge and pick up. I have this set up in my armoire  where we keep all our charging units and cables hidden from the rest of our house and electronics. Great addition to the DS!

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  • 2GB SD Memory Card Included

    • Every Nintendo 3DS system comes packed with a 2GB SD Memory Card. You can use this SD Memory Card to store your 3D photos, and sound recordings created on the Nintendo 3DS system, and music* from your PC. You can also use it to store games downloaded from the Nintendo eShop. The Nintendo 3DS system has SDHC card compatibility to increase your storage space even further. * Nintendo 3DS is compatible with MP3 and AAC file formats.

Just like the past Nintendo DS’, the volume is a toggle type button. Right next to this is the DS card slot and what makes this great is that the DS card is included with each Nintendo 3DS! This SD card is where all your saved images and games are stored on so that your device memory stays clear.

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There are several games that are within the memory of the Nintendo 3DS.

  • Wii maker
  • Street pass Mii Plaza
  • AR Games
  • Face Raiders

You can even download so many more within the device itself, as well as you are able to play ANY Nintendo DS game on the unit, not just 3D games. One game that I was able to play in 3D was nintendogs + cats. I have had so much fun with this game!

  • nintendogs™ + cats

    • nintendogs are back in the palm of your hand in 3D, with even cuter puppies and now, kittens! Using the built-in Nintendo 3DS camera and facial-recognition technology, your puppies and kittens to react to real-life movements, even jumping up to lick you as you lean in. Take pictures of your puppies and kittens in-game, and share them—or with the Nintendo 3DS augmented-reality feature, watch your puppy play on your own dining room table!

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With this game, you can choose a cute puppy (or kitten!) from many views available. Once you decide on your pet, you take him or her home, name him/her, and teach her tricks, dress them,but also you are able to feed and play with your pet.

Once your puppy comes home with you, it’s time for some bonding and training! Speak into the Nintendo 3DS microphone to teach the puppy its name, and how to sit. You’ll be able to teach it lots more too.

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My kids would love a dog… so I just tell them to play nintendogs + cats; less clean up. Winking smile

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One of my concerns was wondering if only 3DS games were compatible with the Nintendo 3DS. You can play ANY DS game, not just 3D games. Huge plus! I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to play any of our current games and that we would have to start buying new games just to be able to play. You can use any Nintendo DS games, but in order to see 3D, the game itself does have to be a 3DS game.

Overall, I am madly in LOVE with the Nintendo 3DS! I may be in my 30’s, but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying some family gaming.

What I love about the Nintendo 3DS:

  • the size of the 3DS unit itself.
  • that it has a charging cradle.
  • the multiple cameras.
  • the games on the unit, even prior to having an actual cartridge game.
  • that you can turn the 3D feature off completely, or adjust the 3D as to your likings.
  • that is has an SD memory card included.
  • that you can play regular DS games, as well as 3D games.
  • I am impressed with the quality of the screens.

I can go on and on about the features that I love about the Nintendo 3DS,  but overall, I love everything about this! To be honest, there isn’t one thing about the Nintendo 3DS that I don’t like. I would highly recommend this to anyone that asks me. The retail price starts just under $250.00. Which I might say that is a bit steep for a gaming device, I would pay that for all that you get. With as much as my family travels, our gaming devices and electronics save those hours in the car. The price is definitely worth it!

Last month, Nintendo made an announcement that they are teaming up with JetBlue to give air travelers some hands-on time with the new Nintendo 3DS™ system, which lets users enjoy video games and other entertainment in 3D without the need for special glasses. I wanted to share this information with you all!

Nintendo and JetBlue Team UpPassengers who visit JetBlue’s award-winning Terminal 5 in New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport through May 30 will have access to an interactive Nintendo 3DS grandstand where they can play games, enjoy 3D photos and videos, and participate in daily prize giveaways. Reflecting the two companies’ shared commitment to delighting consumers, Nintendo and JetBlue aim to deliver a new dimension of entertainment for travelers of all kinds.

JetBlue’s Terminal 5 at JFK is already known as a special location, featuring more than 40 food and retail outlets that provide a fun, relaxing atmosphere for busy travelers between flights. The addition of the Nintendo 3DS grandstand will give visitors a chance to sample a variety of games, including Pilotwings Resort™, Steel Diver™, nintendogs™ + cats, Super Street Fighter® IV 3D Edition from Capcom, LEGO® Star Wars® III: The Clone Wars™ from LucasArts™, Asphalt™ 3D from Ubisoft and Madden NFL Football from EA SPORTS. Participants can also use the system to take 3D pictures, play with eye-popping AR Cards and try out built-in software such as the Mii Maker™ application, which lets users create customized Mii™ characters. Nintendo Brand Ambassadors will be on hand to guide people as they try out Nintendo 3DS games and features. Additional sampling opportunities will be available at Gate 10 of the JetBlue terminal for passengers waiting to board.

“Experienced air travelers know the value of portable entertainment,” said Charlie Scibetta, Nintendo of America’s senior director of Corporate Communications. “By teaming with JetBlue to bring Nintendo 3DS demo stations into JFK airport, we will give consumers an especially fun way to pass the time while they wait to board their flights.”

“JetBlue’s T5 at JFK has delivered a superior ground experience since day one, with great shops, restaurants and entertainment,” said JetBlue Director of Concessions Mitch Nadler. “We are always looking for exciting and innovative ways to entertain our customers. Through this partnership, we have succeeded again by giving our JFK customers a chance to experience Nintendo’s amazing 3D technology.”

Nintendo 3DS Purchasing Information

The Nintendo 3DS system launched March 27 in the United States at a suggested retail price of $249.99.

Remember that Nintendo 3DS features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://nintendo3ds.com.

Mommy Goggles gives this product: [rating:5]

Why this rating? This is a star rating (1-5) that is based off our opinion on the product itself, use, wear & tear, price and how it fits in to our family’s lives (at home or on the go).

All opinions in this posting are 100% my own.

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Comments

  1. It’s nearly impossible to find knowledgeable people on this topic, but you seem like you know what you’re talking about!
    Thanks

  2. This looks absolutely amazing! My little brother was going crazy telling me about this thing and I can see why! Maybe big sister and Mom will have to come up with a plan so he can get one 😉