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What Do You Want To Know About The 3DS?

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As I've mentioned on my video podcasts and Tweets, I'm going to be attending an exclusive press event on Wednesday, January 19, for the hotly-anticipated Nintendo 3DS. As soon as Reggie finishes speaking, I'm going to basically spend the rest of the time I have there playing every single demo unit as many times as I can before they turn on the ugly lights and send me home. They're literally going to have to ask me to leave. It could get ugly.

But I'm also going to try and find out as much as I can about the system. I've already called for questions in my video podcasts, but wanted to do it here, too, in case you don't all watch them. (I'm sure you don't!) I have a lot of things that I want to know about, such as how long you can play before your eyes melt out of your head, what the battery life will be and how to extend it without losing the 3D effect, and what games to expect in the near future. But what about you guys? Is there anything that you're curious about? I've already had suggestions to ask about whether it will be region free or if F-Zero is going to make the jump into handheld 3D. Anything else? Drop me an E-mail or just throw it in the comments if that's easier. I'll see what I can find out!

11 Comments

Chris said:

I know this is the space to be posting questions, but I had to make a comment on that picture.

That dude looks absolutely delighted that he's about to be torn to shreds by King Koopa.

WonderbreadUSA said:

After recent rumors, I would like to know if Friend Codes will be making a return to the 3DS. If so, are we going to have one easy, universal friend code, or is it going to be business as usual?

Nugget said:

It is rumored there is going to be an easy way to manage people in the 3DS, still based around friend codes, but you'll be able to add people for multiple games and easily add people you just met, who knows if this is true at all! I highly doubt it, these were rumored Wii features at one point too.

Trimbletoon said:

Since I'm sure the 3D gaming aspect will be covered to death by all outlets, I'd like to know whether more about the non gaming aspects of the new console. Since the console will always be online will Nintendo be overhauling its online store? Maybe something more akin to Apple's App Store? Also, with regard to the virtual console, are we going to see GBA games available, would N64 games be downloadable? Perhaps even DS games as the machine does have some built in memory ( 1.5 gb according to the rumours).

Wootini said:

@WonderbreadUSA: I would guess that the code would have to be universal, because they've been touting the automatic connectivity of the 3DS. Sort of like Wii Connect, where it's always on. So as you're leaving your house and going to work, you could pass by people who also have a 3DS and your systems are supposed to exchange info and trade characters or whatnot. Obviously you're not going to have friend codes for complete strangers, so that would have to be open to everyone. As for multiplayer gaming or other purposeful communication, I'm really hoping for a universal code because otherwise it's going to be as annoying as the Wii. More so, even! God, I hope Nintendo learned their lesson there!

Praxus07 said:

Not really interested in the new system, but curious as to wether the 3D aspect is similar to 3D movies in theaters and on tv's? Both of which give me an intense headache if I watch for more than 5 minutes.

Shin Gallon said:

@ Praxus07 Same here, I hate 3-D mostly because it causes me to have head-splitting migraines, but also because I find it an annoying, distracting gimmick. Personally I refuse to watch movies in 3D and will more than likely leave the 3D slider on the 3DS firmly in the "OFF" position.
What bugs me is the "always online" thing. Wi-Fi is a battery killer, I do hope there will be an option to turn that off as well, because frankly if I want to play games online, I have a PC for that. When I play stuff on my DS or PSP, they're offline games, and nothing announced for 3DS makes me go "Wow, I want to play that online". So being able to turn off the Wi-Fi will add hours to the battery life.

CPFace said:

What is the distribution model for movies going to look like? What kinds of studios are getting involved? Is it just kids and family movies (Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks animation)? Is there any chance of Netflix streaming or something similar?

michael said:

Will the 3D effects work for people who wear glasses? Will my Amblyopia ("lazy eye") prevent me from seeing the 3D effects?

NaviFairy said:

I can confirm that it works for people with glasses, since I wear glasses and it worked beautifully at E3.

CPFace said:

Oh! Another thing I just thought of. What is the battery life when the DS is in "tag mode" or whatever they're calling that anonymous data transfer feature? If I take this to a convention to hunt for data, how often will I have to juice up again?

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