As I dusted off my 3DS today and prepared for a rousing hour of Metroid, what did I see? For those clever enough to read the title,, it was nothing short of.... a system update! Indeed, originally slated for late November, Nintendo's happy little elves had previously delayed its release until December 8th - yet here it is, in all its glory. The update took about ten minutes to download, and installed with no problems.
The full rundown awaits after the jump!
Word had been that the new update would include the ability to shoot 3D video, and indeed this is the case. Having tried it for myself - like anyone on the internet, I immediately shot video after video of my cat, Alessa - it works pretty much as one would expect. The only downside is that it requires a bit of adjustment: photos were no problem, but the video's headache-inducing skewed focus - something that will no doubt cause what medical science will call "Super Glaucoma" after Reggie makes a convenient escape to Zeta Reticuli - needs to be manually adjusted with the analog nub. It's not a huge deal, but it is somewhat annoying that the settings are not saved; rather, the skewed focus occurs every time you load up the 3DS camera. There are also a few new shooting types. "Interval" takes continuous shots, with a set delay between each one; "Stop Motion" allows for multiple shots to be strung together, essentially creating a glorified gif, and "Montage" allows users to string together multiple video shots into - well, a montage. The latter two have a unique "ghosting" feature (for lack of a better term), showing you a faded image of the last shot you took, in order to create more precise stop-animation, or to improve the next section of your montage by letting you know where your last shot left off. It's rather clever, and definitely something that those who use the 3DS camera will appreciate.
So what is new on the E-shop? That remains to be seen, given that Nintendo's digital marketplace is undergoing some ill-timed maintenance - we'll have to collectively check back tomorrow to see what goodies await. Of interest to those who own a DSi (or its beefier counterpart) is the new system transfer feature, which allows owners owners to transfer their data (including games and apps) from one 3DS to another -- particularly useful if you need to replace the handheld sometime in the future. Nintendolife.com notes that there are some limits to the feature:
- Not permitted for systems with different region or country settings
- Up to 5 transfers permitted
- Waiting period between a transfer and next transfer (period duration TBA)
- Further restrictions apply
They have a rather comprehensive overview, so for those curious, check out their site for more information on transferring your system.
Lastly (as far as I can tell), we have some renovations to the Mii Plaza. An "accomplishments" section has been added, rewarding you for connecting with fellow 3DS users via StreetPass, as well as meeting certain goals in Puzzle Swap and Find Mii. More interestingly, a "StreetPass Map" has been added to the Mii Plaza, which shows you the regions from where your fellow StreetPass acquaintances hail. I currently have Minnesota and, well, only Minnesota.. As for the games, Puzzle Swap has gotten a few new panels. That's right: all the fun of tiling your bathroom floor, now with more content. More lovely is that Find Mii, which I personally found to be a sincerely fun experience, now has a sequel. More turn-based goodness, presumably more enemies, and of course, the chance to once again prove to your digital You that he or she is loved enough to warrant rescue from a giant birdcage.
So alas, there it is: the skinny on the new system update. Game demos are, by far, the most appealing to me. The 3D video is pretty interesting, and some of the new shooting modes are actually rather interesting, but for the most part I use my 3DS purely as a game system. I'm a bit reluctant to fork over cash for a brand spankin' new (or used, for that matter) copy of a game, so I'm glad to see Nintendo hopping on the demo bandwagon.
Enjoy the frolic!