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Who Needs A 3D Monitor…?

…when you have a Nintendo 3DS? With Nintendo’s recent update and addition of a web browser, users can now visit 3D websites and view them as such – adjusting their depth sliders accordingly. If you have a 3DS, or a 3D compatible monitor, the images in this post should appear in 3D (for a 3DS to recognize the 3D image, it must visit the source – simply tap the image). That brings up the other feature Nintendo has offered with their browser – graphics upload. Now users may upload their three-dimensional graphics, taken by the 3DS Camera, onto just about any host on the web.

3D Snapshot from the final level of Face Raiders

3D Flower Assortment

Zelda in 3D
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Nintendo DSi vs Nintendo 3DS

Although it has yet to be released in the United States (it’s official release is March – 27th for the U.S.), the Nintendo 3DS seems quite promising, simply from its marketing campaign. Yet will it truly measure up to expectations?

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The Nintendo DSi
The Nintendo DSi, and it’s XL Version as well, brought about a large change to the Nintendo DS line. It started with the simple DS system, and the slightly improved Lite, which enhanced visual capabilities with it’s brightness level feature. Then comes the DSi – the first in its line to introduce duo built-in cameras with corresponding software, a voice-record system with alteration features (such as pitch or echo), and even going so far as to make available the option of a built-in, Opera-based internet browser, along with the animation program Flipnote and its Hatena sharing capabilities – further allowing a SD Card Slot for additional memory. The DSi was certainly developed for personal use, complimented with fun, socially interactive features.

Opera Browser 2.0

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Fun Fact: I’ve recently noticed an increase in web searches relating to DSi Flash player inquiries which have been redirected to this blog. The Nintendo DSi does not support Flash Player on its web browser, nor any other add-on’s. Therefore many online sites such as YouTube, or MMORPG game sites like Club Penguin or Adventure Quest are rendered useless and incapable of operation. This is unavoidable and cannot be fixed.

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The Nintendo 3DS
According to Wikipedia (and now first-hand experiences), which has based its information  on reliable resources, the Nintendo 3DS features push-buttons, D-pad (which operates with similar purpose to the control pad. Allows users to pan through environments, scroll through menu’s, etc.), analog stick, touchscreen, volume slider, 3D depth slider, wireless communications switch, 3DS/DSi/DS and SD Card Slots, and a variety of programs, including Wii-based features, such as 3DS Sound , Mii Studio, PictoChat, Street Pass Mii Plaza, Face Shooting, Download Service, 3DS Camera, Augmented reality games, 3DS Shop, Internet Browser, an Activity Log, and 3D movie playback capability (with movies by Warner BrosDisney, and DreamWorks). As it’s main attraction, the Nintendo 3DS enables 3-D game play for select games, including a slider to adjust the 3-D graphics at any time. The dramatic effects of 3-D gameplay requires no special glasses or additional equipment as it operates on the concept of autostereoscopy. It certainly ups the ante!

Nintendo 3DS Experience Group

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Hopeful Developments

As terrific as all these new and returned features are, there are some updates that could be made – and hopefully will be, such as:

-Increased Web Browser Capabilities (We don’t yet, since Nintendo has yet to release the update containing their web browser): Now we do, the Nintendo 3DS Browser is superior, includes an automatic “word-guesser” which saves time!

-Upgraded FlipNote software with additional, advanced options: Nintendo has now released SwapNote, superior to FlipNote. Send notes to your friends, and even animate the process of drawing, instead of page by page animations (although this is still possible).

-More release-date choices in bundles – such as with Mario Kart 3DS, and others I’ve commonly discussed (a few bundles are currently available from GameStop, though they’re not really big deals): Nintendo carried through in this aspect as well, with Zelda, Mario, etc. bundles!

Check the Adventure Writer Blog in March 2011 for a full review on the Nintendo 3DS  and perhaps one of our first video blog posts! For updates, check: The Nintendo Series [3DS/DSi] category, which is where all  Nintendo 3DS [and related DSi] posts will be added.

If you liked this, be sure to check out…

Upcoming Nintendo 3DS Games

Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney {Level-5 & Capcom}

Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle

Nintendogs + Cats

Mario Kart 3DS

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Kid Icarus: Uprising



Tron: Legacy 3-D

Tron: Legacy

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“Man, I’m all over this!”

Tron: Legacy is one of those movies that you can’t judge by it’s Preview – but if you do, you’ll get something you never expected – unless you typically have dramatically high expectations. It has the critics raving, the audience dazzled,  and it’s box office sales thoroughly secured. Afterall, this is by Walt Disney Pictures.

As for the story – Tron: Legacy is the sequel to Tron (1982), which I had not heard of before now (whoops!).  The movie starts off with it’s focus on Kevin Flynn, a brilliant engineer and CEO of ENCOM International, a company which, since his disappearance, has strayed from it’s founding principals. The events prior to his absence play out before the movie-watching audience, taking a look at his family life and near-obsession with a project called The Grid – the new frontier, in a digital sense.

Kevin leaves behind a son, Sam Flynn, to whom he told stories of The Grid and had, of which, promised him a trip there the day before his disappearance. With a mysterious atmosphere well established, we find Sam, a troubled boy with neither mother nor father – for his mother had died a time long ago, seeking out a life for himself, while fighting mixed emotions about his father. The movie portrays his development from the point where his father disappears, showing him left behind with his grandparents, then making the decision to seek out his father, going out on his bike into the rain – this transitions to Sam Flynn 20-years later, this time on a motorcycle, speeding down a highway in a sort of Tony Stark fashion. He, at once, gains a bad-boy – vigilante perception, evading the police, infiltrating his father’s company (which has since fallen from it’s founding principals, charging for their software, instead of providing it for free), and stealing their latest software which he proceeds to upload to the internet for all to have.

The redesigned Light cycle as featured in the ...

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When he arrives home, Sam discovers ENCOM executive Alan Bradley already there, whom he promptly ignores until grabbing a drink – both for him and his guest. Mr. Bradley, who has already learned of Sam’s night’s activities, tells him he has received a page from his father’s old office – an office which has remained abandoned for years. Sam takes up, though at first hesitant, this new opportunity to find his father. At his father’s arcade, he finds a hidden passage behind an old Tron game, leading him to his father’s hidden workshop where he developed The Grid. After tinkering around with his father’s computer, and finally solving the program, Sam finds himself zapped into the world of The Grid. Here he must fight for his life against Clu, his father’s clone, who has  established a sort of tyrannical leadership over the world – in response to his initial programming of creating a perfect world. Accompanied by Quorra, an apparent female “program” loyal to his father, can Sam find his father, stop Clu, and get back home in time?

Tron: Legacy is filled action-packed with thrilling suspense, a few psychological complexities, human emotion, and an inevitable and complementary touch of romance. While the movie may not explore the depths of the human heart so as to touch it’s audience, and instead focuses a great deal on breath-taking special effects, and beautiful graphics, it is certainly a wonderfully crafted film. If more time were spent focusing on the storyline, a much greater movie would have been the result. It is a thriller that will appeal to action-movie lovers, and to other general movie-watchers. It is fitting for ages around 10+ (for which Common Sense stipulates as well).

As for it’s 3-D aspect, unlike some critics and reviewers, I must insist that it should very well be seen in 3-D. It brings out the graphics tremendously and heightens the entire movie-watching experience. The effects are not too distracting, and rather compliment everything within the film, though if you’ve had bad experiences 3-D, you may wish to stick with 2-D.

If you liked this movie, be sure to check out…

In order of relevance, recommendation, and other factors…

National Treasure III (Christmas 2011)

Adventure Writer Favorite: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader [In Theaters]

How to Train Your Dragon II [Summer 2013]

Disney’s A Christmas Carol [Available on DVD]

Despicable Me [Available on DVD]

Kung Fu Panda 2: The Kaboom of Doom [May 27, 2011]

Kung-Fu Panda [Available on DVD]

How to Train Your Dragon [Available on DVD]

Iron Man II [Available on DVD]

Iron Man III [May 3rd, 2013]

Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World [August 19, 2011]

Captain America: The First Avenger [July 22nd, 2011]

Green Lantern [June 17th 2011]

Sherlock Holmes II [December 16th, 2011]

Ice Age: Continental Drift [July 13th, 2012]

From Wikipedia: Movie Release Dates.


How to Train Your Dragon

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How to Train Your Dragon is about a boy named Hiccup, an out-of-sorts viking, who lives in a world that sees strength in line with respectability. But he’s more of the creative type… so while his father, Stoick the Vast, the viking chieftain, is out with his fellow men hunting dragons, Hiccup is putting his imagination to work. His sight is set on catching Night Fury, the most elusive and dangerous of all dragons – to gain the admiration of the viking community, and his crush – a tough viking girl named Astrid.

His plan to catch the most infamous Night Fury? Intense studying! And the creation of ingenious traps! Who would’ve thought that one day he would actually catch something? None other than the prized dragon itself. Yet, as Hiccup’s viking nature would otherwise demand, he does not kill the dragon but instead keeps it as a pet – feeding it fish, and gradually gaining it’s trust. Soon, he learns more about the world of dragons, and becomes a sort of Dragon Rider, (*cough* Cornelia Funke & Christopher Paolini reference *cough*) gaining enough of Night Fury’s trust to finally ride him (though at first somewhat unwillingly). A hero is born!

Amidst these fortunate developments, Hiccup finds himself in a dilemma. First of all, he must constantly keep Night Fury hidden, or risk exposure and his dragon’s capture… and ensuing demise. Next, his father has registered him for dragon-killing lessons – during which, he defeats the dragons by anatomical means, knocking them out without any harm. This fact is, however, unknown to anyone else, and they believe Hiccup to be a skilled warrior, rather than who he really is – a unique viking boy who has, with an acute intelligence, found a benevolent position among dragons.

It is inevitable that an intense competition is to take place – Hiccup vs a fierce breed of dragon – to the death! While Hiccup refuses to kill the dragon, the dragon has other plans – putting Hiccup in a life-and-death situation, in which Night Fury (named Toothless), comes to the rescue!

At first the villagers respond negatively, capturing Toothless and taking him to the home of all dragons, in hopes of a successful crusade against them. When, however, the vikings find themselves overpowered by an enormous Godzilla-size dragon – Hiccup, along with his persuaded friends (and crush), mount upon dragons of their own and come to the rescue! Successfully defeating “Dragonzilla,” Hiccup becomes a true hero and finally gains his long-desired respect. Dragons become incorporated into the community, and everyone lives happily ever after! Or do they? Find out in the sequal, coming out in 2013! (and a threequel coming later)

 

As many of the other movies I’ve reviewed recently – this movie is also a great choice for the family setting. Enjoyed by the young and old – that’s the magic of DreamWorks! (no, not Macy’s) It shares a similar “heroic, adventure, comedic” feel to it, that most DreamWorks movies appear to contain – which provides for a relaxing and most enjoyable movie atmosphere.

Fun-Wikipedia-Fact: “…the writer-directors of Disney’s Lilo & Stitch, took over as co-directors”

No wonder it reminded me of Lilo & Stitch!

If you liked this movie, be sure to check out…

In order of relevance, recomendation, and other factors…

Adventure Writer Favorite: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader [In Theaters]

Tron: Legacy [December 17, 2010]

How to Train Your Dragon II [Summer 2013]

Disney’s A Christmas Carol [Available on DVD]

Despicable Me [Available on DVD]

Kung Fu Panda 2: The Kaboom of Doom [May 27, 2011]

Kung-Fu Panda [Available on DVD]

How to Train Your Dragon [Available on DVD]

Iron Man II [Available on DVD]

Iron Man III [May 3rd, 2013]

Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World [August 19, 2011]

Captain America: The First Avenger [July 22nd, 2011]

Green Lantern [June 17th 2011]

Sherlock Holmes II (December 16th, 2011]

Ice Age: Continental Drift [July 13th, 2012]

From Wikipedia: Movie Release Dates.