I'm really feeling left out without a 3DS so I have to live vicariously through all of you! If you had to choose one feature that really makes the system shine, which one would it be? I've only listed features that are currently being used.
3D screen haha, which pretty much governs the AR games, no?
The 3D is more jaw-dropping than I initially though, for sure. When you go into the rocketbelt in PW and you go directly above you character you can see his head, hands, and legs on different layers all dangling below him, and it looks fantastic.
So its just the screen that does it for the majority? I thought it would have been some of the installed software. I was really bummed to not be able to try any of it out at Best Buy. I only got a shot with PWR.
Something that sort of took me by surprise is a combination of things. The pedometer, Activity Log and Street Pass all combine to create a very awesome social aspect to the system. Activity Log and Pedometer allows players to track their progress with number of steps taken and encourages other players to do the same. In doing so, Street Pass is then more likely to be effective... although I do live in a crappy small town and haven't even run into anyone else with a 3DS yet. It's still very cool I think
I really want to vote StreetPass, I love the feature and it sort of makes me want to go out on my own adventure and venture to new places to increase my chances of meeting up with other people's 3DS's.
But I have to say the 3D screen is definitely my favorite feature. It just looks soooo good, I can't wait to see how it's incorporated into different games.
Seriously, the 3D screen! Of course that is what most people would say, so other than the 3D screen, I would have to go with the circle pad. That was the one thing I thought the DS lacked and esp. for games like Super Mario 64, trying to play that game with the directional input really ended up ruining the game...or at least for me it did.
Don't get me wrong, the directional pad worked very well for alot of games, but in today's gaming world all systems, either handheld or home console needs a joystick control, circle pad, ect