Originally published in The Daily Toreador.
It’s been about a month since Nintendo’s 3DS portable gaming system debuted in the U.S. I’ve spent a lot of time with the system and have reviewed several of the launch titles for The Daily Toreador. Now, I feel more than comfortable reviewing the hardware itself.
The 3DS is Nintendo’s successor to its immensely successful DS, and the relationship is immediately apparent. At first glance you might mistake the device for a DSi, with its two screens and inner- and outer-facing cameras. Both systems share the same number and placement of buttons.
But there are three primary differences here. One is the circle pad, which operates like a console controller’s analog stick. This works astoundingly well, and feels great on your thumb while giving you much more control over character movement than just a d-pad gives (though the 3DS also has a d-pad below the circle pad). Continue Reading…