Nintendo 3Ds software- Part 2

Hello and welcome to part 2 of the Nintendo 3ds software. We will continue where we left on the last blog talking about my experience with my 3Ds and how I had  fun just using the applications available in the system and some that are free to download.

Face Raiders must be one of the funniest games included on every 3Ds. The game starts requesting you to take a picture of a face be it yours or friend/family. It will be very picky while taking the picture but just follow the instructions and the 3Ds will automatically take the picture, crop it, and add especial effects. Now the fun begins! This game is also a AR (augmented reality) game as it uses both front cameras of the 3Ds and turns your surrounding into the stage where the Face raiders will attack! The point of the game is to aim with your cross hair  and look around to shot the face raiders who will kiss you, throw pieces of shattered dimension to you. The game starts to get challenging as you progress and you even get to fight bosses who will be more protected against damage or will have certain weak points that require timing to hit. You do have a hit point bar and any damage you withstand will remain until you finish the stage or find power ups. At the end you get to see a hilarious animation which I will not spoil for you :).

This application even though is not a game it is still quite fun to use. I have always wanted to know what titles I have played and also how long I have played each one of them. This application keeps track exactly of this and even more. It also keeps count of how many steps you have taken since the Nintendo 3Ds has a built in pedometer. It has been a whole year since I purchased my Nintendo 3Ds and it still has a record of the first application I used and the games I have played. This is the last of the most awesome built in software the Nintendo 3Ds when you purchase a device.

The next applications can be applied after you update your Nintendo 3Ds and also I will speak of some free of charge that you can download and take advantage of the Nintendo 3Ds capabilities.

This application it is more like the App Store from Apple or the Android Market. This is where you go to get more applications and games from Nintendo. Most of the applications I will be talking at this point will need to be downloaded for free from the Nintendo eShop and do require an internet connection.  But Nintendo does offer a wide selection of games for a fee including Demos for upcoming games, 3D games, Game Boy games, NES, and many more.

This is free software that you can download to your Nintendo 3Ds. It is really amazing because I am a huge Pokémon fan and I have actually always wanted to have a Pokedex. Thanks to this amazing software you turn your 3Ds in a functional pokedex with all the information of the pokemon you have selected. The pokedex will display the pokemon in a wonderful 3D model that moves and has a especial animation. It will also display what attacks it can learns, a brief description, and what abilities, and type it is. Best of all if a friend of yours has a Pokedex 3D and has pokemon you have never seen before you can interchange them via QR codes.

Swap note is a really interesting application as it allows you to create and receive “notes” that are in 3D.  You can save several message and share them to any user with the same device that comes close to your device via Street Pass ( a connection system used to share information between Nintendo 3Ds) or Spot Pass (the wireless connection to the internet). The messages can be customized with several options from sounds to stationary cards. I have not used it that much myself but I have received a lot of messages from friends.

Many of you have probably heard or already know about Netflix and as you know it can be downloaded or comes in many handheld devices. Nintendo 3Ds is not an exception as Netflix has already reached the system and is available for free download, of course to use Netflix you will need to have an account with them and pay for the monthly fee. The reason I wanted to talk about this application is because Nintendo has promised that there will be 3D videos.  For the moment I have yet to see one of this programs or videos that are to be in 3D but I do think it would be amazing to be able to see a whole movie in 3D.

Finally the Nintendo Video this application it is quite interesting. It does require you to have an internet connection as it downloads different videos in a weekly fashion.  Most of this videos downloaded are Trailers for upcoming movies, video game shorts such as Kid Icarus anime, Music videos, and many more. The videos get deleted as new ones come in so it is quite a short time to view them.

I really enjoy my Nintendo 3Ds and I am actually happy that I purchased when it came out even though the initial price was somewhat high. But it was really worth it especially since Nintendo offered free games to the people that purchased the Nintendo 3Ds when it was released to make up for the price change. Even though upon its release there were not that many games available I was still having fun just using the 3D apps that were available on the system and also had fun playing my Nintendo DS games. So far I have 5 Nintendo 3Ds titles and my favorite one is the Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D. I am also very excited of the new titles that will be coming especially Luigi’s Mansion 2 and recently it has been announced of a Nintendo 3Ds XL.

The Fountaindale Library does offer a wide selection of Nintendo 3Ds/DS games and I have checked out some of them before I purchase a copy to myself.

That is all for the software for the Nintendo 3Ds  Please comment and let me know what has been your experience with your 3D and what games have you played or are looking forward to. 😀



Nintendo 3DS Software Part-1

It has been a year since the release of the Nintendo 3DS and many of you may have had come upon the game system. I decided to talk about my experience with the Nintendo 3DS. I purchased mine when it first came out paying the $250 dollars for it and did not purchase any games since there were not any games that  interested me in the meantime. In the meantime I used the other applications of the built-in software and actually had fun using it.

The first thing you may notice is that the Nintendo 3DS has 3 cameras (two outside and one inside). The two outside cameras allow you to take 3D pictures! Once you have your pictures you can also add more special effects all in 3D. The effects are really ranged and can go from simple colors to puppy paws and hearts, or even allowing you to select depth in the picture allowing you some amazing 3D effects. Another amazing feature about the Nintendo 3DS camera is that it allows you to take up to 10 minutes of 3D Video! You cannot really make changes to your short film but you can control how fast or how slow you show your projects to your friends.

Moving on to a different feature we have the Nintendo 3DS sound which is a Music player. You can record and edit sounds but it limits you to 10 seconds. Otherwise you will need to provide your own music and save it on the SD card that comes included from the system. You may have to convert your files from MP3 to AAC format to be able to play your music. Whenever you play your files you are given the option of using one of the different 8 animations that go along the music. Some of them are even minigames that keep your score! My favorite ones are the game and watch skin which let you play an old school game and I also like the excite bike skin where two bikes go along the tracks of your music is quite funny to see them move along the tracks of your favorite music and even fall if the beat is too fast.

The Mii Maker application allows you to create your own Mii avatar. This little guy will take the shape or looks you desire if you decide to customize him or you can take a picture with the camera inside of your face and the Mii Maker will create a Mii as close as the image provided. Most of the time it creates a full replica on others it just misses a couple of features but nonetheless is pretty fun creating avatars of your family or friends. You can also create a QR code and share your Mii with your friends. Best of all your Mii or Miis can be used on different games. Which takes us to the next application.

The Mii Plaza my favorite of all the built-in software. The Mii Plaza like its name implies is for your main Mii character. At first you will not find many things to do but when you go take a walk to the mall, maybe the park, or even the library if you come across with someone with a 3DS both systems will sync and share their Miis. Next time you open your Mii Plaza a new guest will have arrived bringing gifts for your Mii. You can receive up to 10 guest at a time and once they arrive to your plaza they will give you a piece of a puzzle for a small minigame. Once you complete the puzzle you will unlock the image in 3D which is a really nice feature. So far I have only completed one puzzle and I am about to complete another one. The Miis you meet they will also take part of a small and hilarious Role playing adventure called Save Mii. In this mini game your Mii is a king that has been kidnapped and its up to your friends you meet to rescue you defeating several type of enemies with sword attacks or magic. The game moments are pretty quirky and funny and at sometimes it can be tough to advance to a different floor because the monsters get stronger or have a lot of hit points. But a good tip is that if you meet the same Mii again their power raises and makes going to the next level easier. To keep you playing the mini game rewards you with several hats that you can use for your Mii my favorite one is the Cap used by Link from the Legend of Zelda.

The built-in game AR Games it’s a pretty simple but fun application that allows you to play games using your surroundings! Pretty much the whole world is your gaming field using AR cards and the Nintendo 3DS camera. With the character cards you can put the Nintendo Characters anywhere either your notebook, maybe on top of an apple or even in a diorama and take a picture of them. The best card of all in my opinion is the question mark card. This one will create mini games for you where you actually move around the card to either shot targets, find clues and more!

The library does offer many games for the Nintendo 3DS check our catalog to see our games!Keep reading XMeetsY for the second part of the Nintendo 3DS Built in Software.

– J.R.-

Nintendo 3DS… I know I’m getting one

 I’m sure everyone has heard about the awesome new handheld gaming system that is coming out by Nintendo. The 3DS is a DS but with 3D capabilities, and the best part is you don’t have to wear those annoying glasses. The 3DS is going to be released on March 27th, for  a total of about $250. They have finally announced the first 18 games that they will release when the 3DS is released. Although they did raise the price for these new and improved 3D games. Instead of the usual standard $35 for regular DS games, the 3DS games will be $40 which isn’t that bad considering they are in 3D. The games list are as fallows:

  • Pilotwings Resort (Nintendo)
  • Steel Driver (Nintendo)
  • nintendogs + cats (Nintendo)
  • Super Street Fighter IV 3D (Capcom)
  • The Sims 3 (EA)
  • Madden NFL Football (EA)
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D (Konami)
  • LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (LucasArts)
  • Ridge Racer 3D (Namco Bandai)
  • Super Monkey Ball 3D (Sega)
  • Bust-a-Move Universe (Square-Enix)
  • Samurai Warriors: Chronicles (Tecmo Koei America)
  • Asphalt 3D (Ubisoft)
  • Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D (Ubisoft)
  • Rayman 3D (Ubisoft)
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars (Ubisoft)

-Jake L.-