LET ME START THIS OFF BY SAYING THAT I AM A HUGE NINTENDO FAN, AND HAVE BEEN GAMING SINCE THE DAYS OF WIND WAKER!!!!!!
As you can see, I am not biased. I never was. You claim I was, but I always wasn't.
Now, the first thing about the 3DS is the 3D. Um, hello? 3D isn't new, people. Jurassic Park was screened in 3D worldwide back in the 80s. Also, and Iwata even said this himself so you know I'm not lying, Mario 64 was 3D even before the 3DS.
This leads me to my next point. Why doesn't Nintendo ever make anything new? I've played Mario before. They just keep making Mario again. Look at Metroid. Yeah, they called it Metroid Prime, but you can't fool me Nintendo, it's still the same game but a little bit tweaked!!! However, even I can admit that Metroid Prime is a pretty good game for its time. But that's the thing!!! It was released back when Nintendo still cared!
What has Nintendo brought us recently? More Metroid Prime, this time with stupid waggle. READ MY LIPS: I DON'T WANT TO STAND UP TO HAVE TO PLAY METROID!!!! I want to sit and play Metroid Prime, because that's the way it's also been. Metroid Prime was a revolutionary game that pioneered the way, and now guess what, it's linear and casualized.
That's another thing!!! All that ever comes out on the Wii is shovelware for the casuals!!! Just Dance 2 sold a million copies! WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU NINTENDO!?!!?
But back to my point. A while later we got Mario Galaxy 2. Woo, a sequel to a glorified remake. Really hitting it out of the park there, Nintendo.
So what has the Wii brought us? A sequel with waggle, and a sequel that I played 30 years ago. This just proves my point: Japanese developers are dying. Maybe the earthquake will open some disillusioned fanatics eyes that the time of the West has risen.
Nintendo, all I want is to play a great Mario game in HD and online. Imagine, Metroid in HD!!! OR ZELDA!!!!! We want new experiences, Nintendo. You've just been shoving your massive junk down our throats, making us suckle your crap from the innards of your corporate landscape. Bring me back, Nintendo. Bring me back to the time where the Seal meant something.
So, what are your thoughts on the 3DS? I'll probably pick one up when Ocarina of Time comes out.
@Jargon No way, there are tons of top-tier 3DS games:
Super Mario 3D Land Ocarina of Time 3D New Super Mario Bros. 2
well there are at least 3 top-tier handheld games, and plenty of good (if not great) games like Street Fighter IV, Ghost Recon Shadow Wars, Ridge Racer 3-D, Resident Evil Revelations, Dead or Alive Dimensions, Mario Kart 7, Rhythm Thief, etc.
I started Kid Icarus. I'm pretty convinced already that the controls will hold the game back in a serious way for me.
Of course I haven't played every game on the 3DS so I can't say for certain that there's no top tier games, but I'm pretty good at identifying games that I think will resonate with me. Those are the games I make sure to get as soon as they come out and so far none of those games have lived up to my hopes.
I don't really think it sucks, but it has "kind of sucked" because it has really disappointed me in a lot of ways. Maybe my expectations were too high after the unveiling at E3 2010, but it definitely hasn't lived up to them, in a variety of ways that I've voiced in many posts so I won't really rehash them (online, communication, comfort, form, etc).
But also, I expected the games I was most excited about to have come out by now. Still no Paper Mario and Animal Crossing. I also expected Mario Tennis to live up to its handheld predecessors and though I'm sure it's fun (I haven't played it), the lack of an RPG mode really disappointed me. So it comes down to a lot of personal things, but my experience with the handheld has definitely kind of sucked so far.
Ocarina of Time really doesn't count to me since I've played it so many times and it really doesn't add anything new for me. Super Mario 3D Land is solid and I 100%ed it but it definitely was lacking in ways for me that keep it from really being something I'll ever go back to. And admittedly I haven't played NSMB2 and I'm sure it is very good, but having to buy a second copy to play multiplayer has kept me from getting it immediately. I might well consider a top-tier game once I play it, though, that is true.
@Jargon Well OoT 3-D is a very good remake, the re-drawn artwork is gorgeous, the improved graphics and widescreen are wonderful, the 3-D is well done and looks cool, the touch screen stuff makes the menus much more manageable, and even the gyro makes aiming better (for fine tuning shots). It's the best version of a classic masterpiece. The only way it could have been better is if they would have added CPP support for the camera, but when they were making the game the CPP didn't exist yet!
@Jargon What exactly are we talking about here, games that resonate with you, or top tier games? Those aren't exactly the same thing. I mean, let's say the worst happens and you die today... do top tier games stop existing?
We're about to get into the whole objective/subjective thing again aren't we? Ug.