Yesterday I did something that I am finding myself doing increasingly often these days – I made a completely random, but somewhat expensive, technology purchase!
This time, it was the turn of the newly launched Nintendo 3DS, and I have to say, it’s turned out to be one of my favourite impulse buys to date! 😀
T’other half, Mister Karl, and his friend Craig, went to the midnight launch event at HMV Oxford Street and were within the first 10 or so people in the queue, which is pretty epic, and as the weekend has progressed, I found myself wishing I’d picked a console up too! (by sheer co-incidence, I also could have been like 15th in the queue if I’d taken a wristband when they were passing them out as I was visiting them at the same time, bringing some supplies at lunchtime to keep them going!).
I’m still getting to grips with many of the aspects of the console, as it is absolutely feature packed, however thus far I have found that I really love the Augmented Reality functionality (big AR fanboy, and it’s great to see this ‘new’ use for it!) and the StreetPass functionality is superb – really helps to keep you feeling ‘engaged’ with your console, even when you’re not playing.
HMV turned out to be the best place for me to purchase on the high street as I was trading in my pristine old DS Lite to help get the price down (albeit with a small expense to buy a new charger from GAME so that HMV would take it!). All in, I managed to pick mine up in a bundle with the EXCELLENT game, Ridge Racer 3D, for a terrific £194.
If you are reading this blog and have an intention of buying, please do shop around as prices are subject to change drastically after launch weekend, and with so many deals, bundles and the trade-in options, you really do need to shop around both on the high street and online to get the best one!
If anyone is interested in adding me as a friend, my friend code is 0989-1731-1176 (please use the ‘contact me‘ functionality on my blog to let me know your friend-code so that it gets validated on the system and whatnot!).
Also, if you’d like to download my Mii on your system, please feel free to scan my QR code as below – please click to make full size if it’s not working for you at the current size:
As you can tell from the pictures that Karl snapped above (we went to Starbucks for a coffee and to have a play with my new console) I went for the black console in the end. The blue one was kind of enticing, however at the same time it was a bit of an odd colour choice I felt – it’s certainly not a conventional shade. Had it been red, or a nicer blue, I’d probably have snapped that one up instead. As is though, I do like the black console, even if it does look perhaps a little more formal than I’d like from a games unit!
Just as an aside about the 3D aspect of the console, I happen to think that this has been done really nicely (despite what you may have heard) – sure, it’s not perfect, as one would expect, but certain games (such as Ridge Racer 3D) *really* benefit from the use of this technology!
On consideration, I will most likely keep the 3D aspect just to gaming, as I am not too fussed about having menus etc in 3D – especially as when you flick between applications there are varying degrees of intensity in the 3D, so you may find you keep having to adjust to meet your comfort levels.
If you have just purchased one and are looking for the first thing to do on it, you totally need to hit up the AR application and then catch your eyeballs as they fall out of your head in amazement! 😉
Would be interested to hear what others who own the console think of it, and do please remember to add my to your Mii collection / friends lists folks!! 😀