E3 Day 1
Day one really only consisted of one thing for me. Getting my hands on the 3DS. Which, unsurprisingly was the goal of many who attended the event. The problem with the 3DS is that you really can't record the device with any justice. You're camcorder isn't going to capture the 3Dness of it, so at best I can give you my interpretations. Also, Nintendo was a punk about recording in that area. Footage will probably be added when I get back from LA, but enjoy some random pics.
Without further ado, some bullet points!
- There's a lever off to the side to turn on and off the 3Dness. it was a slider, so that implies there are varying levels of depth you can achieve, but i didn't really see any difference except for on and off.
- The 3D picture capabilities were pretty impressive. I'm curious if there will be a function that will allow it to be sent to other 3D devices. Otherwise, you'll have a bunch of pictures that only you can see.
- There's a chance that the 3D will cause headaches after prolong viewing. I wasn't given enough time with it to tell and the three hour line may have caused some of what I was already feeling at the time of trial.
- There's a very specific viewing angle, and I mean very specific. Otherwise it goes blurry. It almost seemed to go blurry on me when I moved my eyes left and right.
- I didn't see everything, I got kicked out after ten minutes. Lame.
An aside: All the demo people were women. Pretty, but professionally dressed. Way to go classy Nintendo.
Kid Icarus (movie only):
- This movie reminded me of act raiser. There seemed to be a clear distinction between the flying levels and the land levels. Flying bits appeared to be an over the shoulder shmup, while the peasents on the ground sections looked more like and adventure game.
- The woman from smash bros makes a return. she seemed to be the narrator/side kick/originator of his wings. She kept giving KI orders. Things like, "I can only give you wings for five minutes, then thy burn up (guess she draws her power from the sun)", "save the peasants!"
- At one point, KI flys up to the screen and says something along the lines of "Sorry for being late." I could have sworn he also winked. Some fan service from the people at Nintendo.
- They're still adorable, I'd have to go back and look at the original ones, but they appeared to be the same level of polygons/qualities as the original, just in 3D.
- The woman kept talking about wigs/afros you could put on the dogs. that capability was not featured in the demo i played with. All i was able to do was call the dog over (with a button) and pet it.
- Included in the demo were a beagle a yorkie and possibly a retriever. There was a third dog, but I'm not sure of the breed.
- This game seemed to take place on a 3D boardgame, butIi only got about 30 seconds with it before they started pushing me towards the exit.
Paper Mario (movie only):
- Not very impressive. It looked like a 2D game that got converted later to 3D. It seems like it would have a ton of potential in 3D, but I didn't really see it. Also, they've pretty much stopped messing with the graphics of that game. No new tricks that i could see from the demo.
- They had the wiggly catapiller guy walk from the background to the foreground, very casually while mario watched... it was slow.
- They also did that old 3D cliche of the wall in the background moving further into the backgorund. it's simple but shows off 3D well.
To be honest, I hadn't really given the thing much thought until I got my hands on it. I'm interested in it now, and with a release date of August, it won't be too long before we all get a chance to get some extended time with it. This is a definite buy, for the Nintendo software alone. read