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A More Friendly 3DS

During his company's quarterly briefing today in Japan, Satoru Iwata also revealed more of the Nintendo 3DS's multi-tasking features. Like the Wii, the 3DS has a home button that when pressed, pauses your screen and lets you open up other applications such as a Game Memo and Friend List.

Have you ever played a game where you had to remember something and had to get a piece of paper to write it down? With the 3D's Game Memo, you can pause your game and draw or write anything you want and save it as an image into your system. The example below features a scene from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D where Link needs to remember the correct order to hit the Deku Scrubs. Now you can write it down and save it for later!

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The Friend List feature lets you know how many of your friends are online and what games they are playing. The LED light next to the system's right shoulder will blink orange whenever one of your friends goes online. You also will have the option to hide your status so people don't see what you're playing. Friend List also lets you send your friends messages, and if you get one while your system is sleeping, your system's light will blink and you will see a notification icon on your screen.

The 3DS will also notify you whenever there is a new update for your system. This feature can also use SpotPass to allow the system to search for and connect to Wi-Fi hotspots. Iwata also mentioned that an internet browser will be implemented into the system via a future update in May.

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5 Comments

kanasaurs said:

I will never forget that order.
"Twenty-three is number one!"

wohdin said:

That Game Memo feature is something that the DS sorely needed since its creation. Glad to see they finally smarted up to that fact!

Purplexir said:

I agree! It's like a PictoChat 2.0 with wi-fi capabilities.

Mad Mage said:

Anyone know if the pause memo works with regular DS games played on a 3DS?

Wootini said:

From my experience with the 3DS, I don't see why not. The Home button is part of the system, separate from any game. So whatever you're doing, if you hit Home, you can take the memo or whatever, and then jump back into the game.

And girls who like girls who like rumble packs!

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