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A week with my 3DS - Day Four: Walking the Dog (edited)

I came to a shocking realization today while taking my Nintendog out for a walk; Iím a 33 year old man having a lot of fun taking care of a digital dog. This revelation crept up on me because the more I thought about it; the more I realized that I had been smiling ever since I picked out my dogís color. The ability to take Mr. Fantastic out for a walk via the Pedometer option and having him earn rewards for how many steps I take is addictive. The whole concept of earning rewards for walking around with a 3DS in your pocket is absolutely brilliant and itís easily one of my favorite things about the system, as small as it may be.

Longer battery life? Yes, please.

At first, I praised Capcom for including the Lite control option on Super Street Fighter IV: 3D but now Iím beginning to think it wasnít such a good move. I fought against someone last night using Guile that abused the control set-up extensively. How do I know? I know it because he wasnít required to charge his Flash Kicks or Sonic Booms. He was standing still, in one spot throwing booms. Not crouching with a down and back charge or jumping and charging in mid-air. No movement at all, just tossing them out. Now, Iím not a great player, and I certainly have no issues with getting beat by someone better than me but this infuriated me. From now on, all my online matches will be with the Lite control scheme disabled.

EDIT: Why didn't someone tell me that the video wasn't viewable? :) Fixed!

Yeah, not a good design choice even for casual players.

I keep reaching for the 3DS stylus on the right side of the system then I remember that itís on the top. Itís a small change in design over the DSi and itís funny that something so small makes such an impact on your brain that it is extremely hard to break the habit that reaching to the right side for your stylus over the course of a few years can make. I pre-ordered the 3DS Charge Kit by Nyko today from GameStop (I hate ordering from them but Amazon doesnít have it listed yet). Itís supposed to extend the 3DS battery life. If it lives up to that claim, itíll be a smart purchase for the price.
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About Portable Nerdone of us since 9:12 AM on 03.24.2011

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4.19.2011 - Nyko Charge Base for 3DS Review
4.20.2011 - Dead or Alive Dimensions Preview
4.21.2011 - Hori Nintendo 3DS Screen Protector Review
4.22.2011 - 3DS Features Detailed
5.5.2011 - The Southern Tornado

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My name is Dallas and I was born a gamer, well, at least in the sense that Iíve been playing video games since my stubby little child fingers could grasp a controller. Believe it or not, as a child I was prescribed video games by my pediatrician as a way to help deal with ADD. Back then though, it wasnít called ADD, I just heard my parents tell people I was ďhyperactiveĒ. Well, getting me that first games system (it was an Intellivision because it was a little cheaper than the Atari at that time) worked. I learned to sit still for longer periods and it improved my hand/eye coordination substantially. I fell in love with portable gaming from the moment I first saw the original Gameboy. Despite it's greenish screen and horrible battery life. I carried it, and about two huge packs of AA batteries, with me wherever I went. At some time or another I have owned every single portable system, with the exception of the Neo Geo Pocket Color. I have plenty of nerdy gamer love for both Sony's and Nintendo's handhelds.

Almost as long as Iíve been a gamer, Iíve been a fan of gaming publications. It started with the first issue of Nintendo Power (which I still have) and grew from there. Iíve always enjoyed reading and writing so the desire to enter the crazily competitive world of video game journalism seems a natural fit for me. I have done freelance work for various websites, both paid and voluntary, and enjoyed all of it. I am currently the National Nintendo 3DS Examiner for Examiner.com.

I am married, and have been since 2006. We met in middle school, went our own ways and married other people, then ended up back together. Funny how stuff works out like that, isnít it? My wife had a stroke the day before Valentineís Day of 2010 and we spent a large amount of time in physical rehab. Since that point, she continues to make a little progress all the time and goes to outpatient therapy regularly. Other things about me; I'm a recovering MMO addict, Iím fairly patient, have a great sense of humor, love a good beer (one or two a day is good for you!), Iím an introvert by nature but will be outgoing with people that share the same interests as I do, and I hate discussing politics or religion with friends. Iím also a huge Penny Arcade fan with a lot of respect towards Mike and Jerry for what theyíve accomplished and support the Childís Play charity whenever I can.