Our First Few Days with the Surprisingly Joyful Nintendo 3DS

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The Nintendo 3DS is the next big thing in video games. The new portable gaming system from Nintendo lets you play games in 3D, without the need for special glasses, but there's much more to it than that.

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We've had two of the first North American 3DS systems for several days and we've discovered a host of mostly excellent surprises. Our favorite discovery made our desks come alive. (You'll see.) We're sharing as much about the 3DS with you as we can, in advance of the $250 system's North American launch on March 27.

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DISCUSSION

I headed out to my local Best Buy to test out the system yesterday. I loaded up the AR cards onto my phone, and planned to use the button combo to test the AR out while I was there.

First picking it up, I slowly moved the 3D slider up, and my eyes began to cross. After a few moments, the 3D popped, and it was awesome! After a minute or so tho, I started feeling nauseated. Maybe it was the fact I was surrounded by bright lights, that I was standing, or maybe the 3D will always do that to me.

So, I turned the 3D off, and attempted to use the button combo Kotaku posted awhile ago to get into the main menu. I tried a good 20-30 times, and couldn't get the DS to boot into the menu. The AR was actually the thing I was most excited to try out.

Overall, the graphics were great, the screens were nice and large and bright, and I loved the control nub.

The only thing I really disliked (besides the the nauseated feeling), was the placement of the power button. It felt like I was going to hit it by accident while playing. Really odd placement in my opinion.

Even without using the 3D, I'll be wanting to upgrade to the 3DS, as I still have the old Silver Brick.