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Games Guru previews Nintendo 3DS and games

It’s like science fiction, but it’s real. The Nintendo 3DS arrives March 27!

Forget those goofy glasses. The 3DS lets you play games in 3D without them. It lets you watch movies in 3D, too.

Why is the 3DS so cool? Let’s take a peek under the hood.

First, the system has a computer processor that’s more powerful than what’s in the Wii. You can see this in the games’ graphics, everything from Super Monkey Ball 3D to Steel Diver. People have said that what you see is as good as what you see with an Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3. It’s not that good, but it’s close!

With this system, more than games come to life. You can take photos in 3D. Word is, they’re even working on letting you take video in 3D. It’s really a brand-new world.


You can use the round stick on the left to control many games. Or use the gyroscope inside and tilt it back and forth the way you control an iPhone or iPod Touch game. You can try out augmented reality, too. With six included cards, you can see 3D creatures and manipulate them. I fought against a dragon that sat on my table. It was so detailed, I almost forgot it wasn’t real.

Take time to create your own Mii, too. It just might pop up in the games you choose to play. (Unfortunately, the Mii it creates based on a photo you take doesn’t really look like you.)

The 3DS is also a pedometer. It tracks how far you’ve walked and gives you virtual gold coins that let you unlock rewards in games. There’s even a graph that tells you how many steps you’ve walked and how much time you’ve spent playing.


When the effect of depth works well, the 3DS shows itself to be the best handheld machine ever made.

There’s a downside, though, when you get too excited during play. There’s only one viewing angle for the 3DS – straight on. When you use the tilt controls, you have to move your head exactly at the perfect angle or you lose the 3D effect. With super-fast games, this happens a lot. The solution? Turn off the 3D via the slider on the right side. And, like the instructions say, don’t play too long at one sitting. You might get a headache or nauseous.

The best use of 3D will probably be with role-playing games like the reimagining of The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time, which drops later this year. That’s because in a role-playing game, you’re moving more slowly. The slower you move with the 3DS, the more you experience the joys of three dimensions.

Let’s get to the launch game reviews!

STEEL DIVER (Nintendo)
Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older

Steel Diver looks like a simple submarine shooting game, but it’s more complex than that. The console uses its gyroscope as the sub’s periscope. You have to move the 3DS all around you in a circle to find the enemies targeting your vessel. At first, it’s easy. But when the water gets murky and you’re being targeted from behind, things get frantic. The sub springs leaks when hit, and you have to tap the touchscreen to fix it. Plus, there’s Mission Mode, in which you have to get from point A to point B. Sound easy? Just try it.

How’s the 3D? Cool! Realistic-looking water flows dramatically like something out of the movies.


First, there’s the trademark banana collecting as you move through maze-like chutes that always increase in difficulty. Plus, there’s a racing game. And there’s a platform-type fighting game that’s really addictive. Get punched by another monkey and you’ll lose your bananas. The key to winning? Use defense to avoid getting hit.

How’s the 3D? Pretty impressive. But you sometimes lose the 3D effect when you get excited and move the console out of your viewing angle.


Wow. This arcade flier has elements of a flight simulation game. With a plane, rocket pack or hang glider, soar around the island in timed missions. You’re scored on accuracy of flying through rings and your soft, careful landing in specific spots. Later, you get bigger planes like souped-up jets. And there’s a cool surprise: a suit that lets you soar without a rocket pack, like a flying squirrel.

How’s the 3D? Great. Volcanoes, waterfalls and clouds all make for a visually thrilling experience. You might need to turn down the 3D with a speedier jet, though, to prevent dizziness.


You know what they say when a team loses the Super Bowl? “Wait til next year.” That’s what you should do with Madden for the 3DS. This football game just isn’t ready for full 3D experience. There’s no online play, no multiplayer and no Franchise Mode. You don’t really seem to control it as much as watch it. It will be better next year, though.

How’s the 3D? Not great. There’s depth. But a lot of it is played from overhead, like a bird looking down at the field. It needs better camera angles to make the 3D pop out at you.

Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older

Near perfection! It’s a lot more than building vehicles and collecting studs. Immersed in the Clone Wars universe, you get to play three characters at first, including Yoda. Later, you can unlock a half dozen or so characters, including R2-D2 and Darth Vader. Unfortunately, it has one of the worst instruction booklets I’ve ever seen for a game. But that’s a small thing compared to the highly detailed weapons, characters and weird space worlds you’ll encounter during play.

How’s the 3D? Amazing. As far as 3D goes, this is the best game out there among the launch titles for kids. You can tell the 3D is carefully created, and the science fiction worlds are strangely beautiful. You want to stop and look around every few minutes to check out the environments.

RAYMAN 3D (Ubisoft)

This humorous adventure tale takes Rayman through lands full of awe and wonder. Try to capture the glowing lums, all 1,000 of them!

How’s the 3D? Superb, although turn it down when animals like butterflies get in your face. Check out the awesome waterfalls and swim in the underwater locales for a real 3D fantasy.


The latest edition of the arcade racing sim puts you behind the wheel in 3D, and when you use nitrous to speed up – whoa!

How’s the 3D? More subtle than in the other games. See it best by changing the camera angle to behind your racecar.

53 Comments on Games Guru previews Nintendo 3DS and games

  1. Believe me, it is.

  2. mikey1234567 // June 18, 2013 at 4:59 pm // Reply

    I really want one because it sounds cool and my brother has one

  3. 12345678987654321 // March 17, 2013 at 9:11 am // Reply

    I have it!

  4. I have a black 3DS. I have a ton of games. IT…IS…AWESOME!!!!
    (I have a 3DS XL, too. It’s red.)

  5. wow i wish had it

  6. I got it. There is also an E shop (online shop of games on 3DS, in which they suddenly come on). Note: It must be downloaded.

  7. MinecraftMiner99 // November 22, 2012 at 10:47 am // Reply

    Could you do a review over minecraft? all my friends want to see a review of it in this magazine. They just need someone to tell them it is a good game.

  8. I’m saving up my Money.

  9. // August 24, 2012 at 7:55 am // Reply

    I have it! It is amasing!

  10. sounds cool think i should get it?

  11. for all you haters out there who think its cheap you’r wrong its pretty awesome and lots of fun

  12. i want it so bad

  13. mr. weirdo // June 24, 2012 at 8:16 pm // Reply

    it is a bad system. I know everybody likes tv, Nintendo games ect. but for those gamers out there watch out. Because i tryed it at target and everything was blury for the rest of the time is was there.i agree with nintendo dude. i know by the end of this comment you will think i’m crazy but i am ten years old and like tv, computer, video games ect. but is it really worth all that ?

    • toxicmonkenKEY // August 24, 2012 at 10:10 am // Reply

      That’s because your supposed to play on the lowest 3D setting for half an hour then play in 2D the first time you use it. The next daaay halfway for half an hour, and finnaly the next day you can use it as you wish.

    • Dude, you don’t have to have the 3d on.

  14. Nintendude, the 3ds is pretty durable. My little cousin managed to toss it up in the air, in which it smacked on the wooded flooring, and opened up. that was 4 months ago, and it still works like I just bought it. Its worth every cent, believe me.

  15. I have it but,I NEED MORE GAMES

  16. LEGO Universer // March 18, 2012 at 2:56 pm // Reply


  17. do any of you guys have ocarina of time
    and know how to beat the shadow temple

  18. i have read that it hurts your eyes.i’ve also read that if you play for 15 min. you can get sick.

  19. i’ve read about it ,seen it, and played it but it does not seem as good as they say it is.i agree with nintendude.i have an ds lite it droped on the concrete and it did not break.i am going to stick with the regular ds

  20. I have Tetris Axis for my 3DS, AND I’m writing on my 3DS. Tetris Axis is a MUST HAVE!!!

  21. Im getting it this week

  22. The 3ds is awesome peeps! i got one and 3d is great!

  23. Sorry. typo. I was just going to say it may look good in the pictures, but it looks terrible in real life. Wait until the ps vita comes out and buy that.

  24. Whoever has a 3ds, is it really all that good? I saw it at target and it looked small, cheap, and not at all durable like my dsi. I felt like if I dropped it, it would shattered into a million pieces. I’ve dropped a dsi before on a tiled floor and there wasn’t so much as a scratch. I guess the game demos were okay, but I’m not impressed.

  25. I hope i will get lucky enough be able to afford it someday

  26. i suck my name is 3ds and i dont have one

  27. its seams cool i like it 🙂

  28. luckman555 // July 17, 2011 at 7:58 pm // Reply

    i got the 3ds 🙂 !:) ! 🙂 !

  29. luckyman555 // July 10, 2011 at 2:08 pm // Reply

    my mom might let get a 3ds with credit card points!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

  30. those 3D games are awesome

  31. I really want it, but my parents are still thinking about it.

  32. i love it and i need one of my own.

  33. MAN!!! iwish i saved more of my money i would end up bout 150$ but i didnt i got the nintendo dsi… but still i wish i had one 🙁

  34. The Man with the Banjo // June 22, 2011 at 9:41 am // Reply


  35. can you use regular games to?

  36. It looks amazing wish I had it

  37. THE COOL GUY // June 11, 2011 at 1:23 pm // Reply


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