CNN is a respected source for regular news, but I'm starting to think that they're not as reliable with their tech beat.JP Mangalindan from Fortune gives us his review of Nintendo's new 3DS handheld here, but unfortunately, he's a little... off on a few facts, which makes his opinion, well... less-than-useful.
The first thing that cracked me up was when he described himself as a hardcore gamer who "grew up on Halo." Really? Well, we're so glad that a handheld gaming device finally has graphics good enough for you, even if it's no PlayStation 3, as you note. Those of us who grew up with Atari 2600 or even NESes remember when playing a green-tinted Tetris in the palm of your hand was amazing.
I also enjoyed when he describes the AR Games as "part real world, part... make believe, I guess." Yeah. I guess part of them aren't real.
He calls out the price tag as being $50 more than the Wii, which is true. But to then also say that the iPhone and iPod Touch are technically cheaper and do more? Well, of course they do. One's a phone and both can run a multitude of apps. But they're not dedicated gaming systems with these kind of graphics, and they're certainly not in 3D!
I will grant him the poor battery life. But why does he insist on comparing the 3D to the iPhone and iPod Touch? Saying that the 3DS only does one thing is also way off. It can also play music and movies 3D movies, even and as soon as Nintendo gets that eStore up and running, just wait and see how many little downloadable games show up. And the style being retro? It's pretty much the same as the standard DS, which came out just seven years ago. Is seven years retro now?
But clearly, this guy is not aware of the existence of the DS, because he complains about how the 3DS takes cartridges, "something we haven't seen since the last Game Boy." Game Boy? Are you being serious right now? And I guess he isn't aware that the eStore is coming because he claims you can't download games and grassroots developers can't develop for it. Mr. Mangalindan, I'd like to introduce you to a little something we call DSiWare. Look it up.
But maybe my favorite part is when he says "to add insult to injury, perhaps, it also uses a stylus. Something we haven't seen since Palm devices in the early 2000s." Seriously? The various incarnations of the DS have sold almost 150 million units worldwide, and every single one of them came with a stylus.
Wow. Just... wow. You have to laugh. Because the alternative is too sad to consider.