Nintendo 3DS unboxed

The Nintendo 3DS arrives at the Shack and we immediately crack open the box to see what's inside and grab some quick snaps.

Nintendo just dropped off a shiny new 3DS here at Shack headquarters. I know a lot of you are looking forward to getting your own later this month (March 27 in North America, March 25 in Europe) and cracking the box open. Here's a quick look at what you'll find waiting inside: Of course, there's the 3DS and its charging cradle. Mine came in Cosmo Black:

Nintendo 3DS on its cradle

Nintendo 3DS next to its cradle

Nintendo 3DS cradle

And then there's the Quick Start Guide, Operations Manual, Street Pass Mii Plaza booklet, and the AR Games AR cards:

Nintendo 3DS box and manuals

Nintendo 3DS manuals

Nintendo 3DS AR cards

From The Chatty
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    March 15, 2011 12:00 PM

    Comment on Nintendo 3DS inside the box, by Garnett Lee.

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      March 15, 2011 12:13 PM

      Pretty much what you might expect. Snap shots from the unboxing of the Nintendo 3DS that just arrived at Shack HQ.

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        March 15, 2011 7:25 PM

        Garnett, please advise:

        Was your first impression of the 3D effect:

        A) Wow, this works and is awesome!
        B) Wow, this is not as cool as I expected.
        C) Wow, this hurts my eyes.
        D) I am indifferent to this 3D effect and I will play with it off.

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          March 15, 2011 7:45 PM

          After playing a round or two of Super Street Fighter, definitely B. But I haven't played all the games yet.

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            March 16, 2011 7:27 AM

            That is exactly what my wife said when she messed around with one on display. But I know someone that imported one and I thought Pilotwings was really, really cool-looking. So I dunno.

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      March 15, 2011 12:17 PM

      Looks great, but why didn't they really comment on anything? Or boot it up and do any playtests?

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        March 15, 2011 12:18 PM

        Too busy trying to figure out if it's a boat or a schooner

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        March 15, 2011 12:20 PM

        well not yet, I just opened it!

        It's charging. Soon as I can I'll have some more. One thing, it feels nice finally holding the damn thing without a tether and anchor point on the back of it.

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          March 15, 2011 12:49 PM

          Haha gotcha. And if you could, do some tests with regular DS games. They're saying it's slow to boot them... If it is, maybe they'll fix it with software updates.

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          March 15, 2011 3:08 PM

          Actually you might want to tether it to your desk before it walks away.

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            March 15, 2011 6:27 PM

            Nice 3DS you got there. Be a shame if anything happened to it.

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          March 15, 2011 6:28 PM

          Does it feel heavy? Does it also feel exactly how the regular DS controls feel?

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      March 15, 2011 12:37 PM

      Man... I can't wait for mine! I finally got to see the 3D in action at PAX East and it was even more impressive than I first thought it might be. The 27th is too far away.

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        March 15, 2011 12:51 PM

        I'm jealous! I have mine pre-ordered and can't wait to see it for myself!

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          March 15, 2011 2:41 PM

          Yeah, I was messing around with Street Figher IV and the 3D is really nice. It's just cool to see 3d without glasses.

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        March 15, 2011 3:19 PM

        ^ This...

        I tried the 3DS first time at PAX and wasn't expecting much... after trying out a demo of DOA I really really really want one right now...

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        March 15, 2011 3:21 PM

        I tried one in a shop and the 3D was completely unremarkable. From a tech point it's amazing but I can't help but feel that 3D isn't actually better in anyway than 2D - just different. Certainly not worth paying extra for.

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          March 15, 2011 6:26 PM

          What game? It actually makes a big difference with the right game.

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      March 15, 2011 12:44 PM

      What's the deal with the charging cradle? What's the point?
      Can you still plug in the charger directly to to 3DS?

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        March 15, 2011 12:50 PM

        As far as I know, yes, you can still plug it straight in the 3DS. Nintendo decided to throw it in, since you'll be charging it A LOT.

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        March 16, 2011 7:45 AM

        fishing a cable in a hole is a lot harder than just placing the device on a dock like that one

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      March 15, 2011 3:21 PM

      I bought Pokemon White ahead of time and didn't preorder any of the actual 3DS games, read through the booklet of Pokemon though and saw it has co-op modes. The 27th is way too far away, and my Gamestop only has a 9am opening event.

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      March 15, 2011 6:46 PM

      I tried one at Best Buy the other day and really didn't like the 3D. It worked okay, but after 2-3 minutes of flying around in pilot wings it made my eyes feel weird and I started getting a weird headache. One of the guys who worked there said the same thing happened to him.

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      March 15, 2011 7:10 PM


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      March 15, 2011 7:20 PM

      does the shit actually pop out of the screen or what

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        March 15, 2011 7:31 PM

        More like IN the screen. Its more 'you can reach in and see the world inside' more than 'oh shit its poping out to mah face'

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          March 15, 2011 7:42 PM

          In is the new Out

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          March 16, 2011 7:30 AM

          I'm not sure why people want "popping out of the screen" 3d, it always looks terrible to me. I'd rather have more depth "inside" the world.

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            March 16, 2011 1:30 PM

            I agree. Depth is always better than pop. Like in a shooter (Especially a lot nowadays that don't exactly have the best color palette) I like to be able to gage the distance that my enemies are before I shoot. Otherwise, the closer ones might get on top of you and take you over.

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      March 18, 2011 8:02 AM

      The AR cards have Nintendo mascots on them. What does that mean? Does the character have anything to do with content on the card?