My Thoughts: The 3DS XL

Hey guys.  Sorry that I haven’t been posting nearly as much as I should.  I’ve just been very busy lately.  Anyways, I decided to add a new category to my blog named “My Thoughts”.  This section will include my opinions on anything that’s happening in the video game world.  This post will include what I think about the 3DS XL.  Anyways, let’s get on with the show!

The 3DS XL was just announced a week or so ago during a Nintendo Direct conference.  If you haven’t guessed, the 3DS XL is just an enlarged version of the original 3DS.  The 3DS XL has a more DS Lite look to it rather than the previous glossy look.  It also has a 90% larger screen.  The one feature that I’m really excited about is that the stylus is now on the side of the system rather than the back of it like before.  Also, the 3DS XL has a longer battery life.  It’s battery can now last from 3.5 – 6.5 hours, comparing to the previous 3 – 5 hours.  The new system will also come with a 4 GB  SD card, comparing to the 2 GB one in the original 3DS.  A few news people in Europe got to test out the system and they said that the 3D is much more natural and the 2D looks much better.  Nintendo didn’t change any of the hardware specs on the system, they just made it bigger.  Apparently a bigger system is what we needed.  The 3DS XL will cost $200.00, just $30.00 more than the original.  I personally cannot wait for the 3DS XL and I will hopefully get enough money for it when it launches on August 19.  Check out the video down below for a comparison between the 3DS and the 3DS XL.

Source: http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/06/25/breaking-down-nintendos-3ds-xl

New Retro Gaming Console

Hey all you retro gamers out there!  Have you ever wanted to play your old NES, SNES, and Sega Genesis games all on one console?  Well now you can!  The Hyperkin RetroN 3 is a brand new retro game console made specifically to play NES, SNES, and Sega Genesis games.  This slick console has 3 cartridge slots for each of these types of consoles.  It even comes with two wireless controllers.  Or you can hook up you old SNES, NES, and Sega Genesis controllers and play that way.  This new console is very affordable at $70.00.  However I found one of the consoles on Amazon for about $50.00.  Buy one online if you’re interested!

Official Site: http://hyperkin.com/retro-gaming/retro-system-retron3.html

Source: http://www.gamezone.com/products/e3-2012/previews/e3-2012-new-retro-gaming-console-plays-nes-snes-famicom

Mass Effect 3 on Wii U will Feature an Enhanced Storyline

EA has just confirmed that Mass Effect 3: Take Earth Back on the Wii U will have an enhanced storyline from the PC, Xbox 360, and PS3 version of the game.  We don’t know much of the enhanced content, but hopefully it’s not just the reworked ending that will be DLC on the other platforms.

Source: http://gamingunity.com/news.php?id=275

Metroid Prime Hunters First Impressions

Metroid Prime Hunters is a first-person shooter and an adventure game developed by NST (Nintendo Software Technology). I have played through the first two planets that you visit in the game. The first thing that impressed me as soon as I powered up the game were the graphics. Metroid Prime Hunters has possibly some of the best graphics on the Nintendo DS system. The environments are just so detailed for a Nintendo DS game. The gameplay also controls pretty well. It really feels like you’re playing a Metroid Prime game. The other games in the Prime series were developed by Retro Studios. NST knew exactly what the gamer was looking for when developing this game. However, there is a steep learning curve with the controls. They are kind of awkward to say the least. The developers give you four different control options, however each of them will take some time to master. I selected the control option that allows me to control Samus around with the d-pad and move the camera around with the A, B, X, and Y buttons. My hands still cramp up though. Like I said earlier, the planets that you traverse around are very detailed. However, they don’t take that long to beat, about a half hour or so. The final bosses at the end of each planet is when you put your first – person shooter skills to the test. They are pretty challenging to beat, and each one I fought took me at least a couple tries before defeating them. So far, Metroid Prime Hunters is the only first-person shooter on the Nintendo DS that really shines. I’m looking forward to playing the rest of the game, and make sure you guys check out my full review once I finish the game.

Top Ten Games I Can’t Wait to See at E3

These are the top ten games that are going to be at E3 2012 that I am the most excited to see.

 

10. Heroes of Ruin (3DS)

 

9. Tomb Raider (360, PS3, PC)

 

8. Halo 4 (360)

 

7. Assassin’s Creed III (360, PS3, PC, Wii U) 

 

6. Star Wars 1313 (TBA)

 

5. Rayman Legends (Wii U)

 

4. Kingdom Hearts 3D Dream Drop Distance (3DS)

 

3. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow — Mirror of Fate (3DS)

 

2. Pikmin 3 (Wii U)

 

1. Super Mario Wii U (Wii U)