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DISCLAIMER! My Review Has Been Eaten by a Collosal FAQ

A FAQ, Guide, whatever you want to call it – my writing has once again carried me away into a project of mass proportions.

While writing my review on the Nintendo 3DS, I decided to follow my usual critiquing format. Brief description, public opinion, explanation, personal opinion, and thoughtful conclusion. However, as I followed this process, I felt something was missing – rather, that it wasn’t enough. After all this talk of a 3DS Finale Review, only to release a measly paragraph or two? No – it had to have more information, as well as intriguing content and visuals – this is what I hope to pull off tomorrow!

Be sure to comment on my review and let me know what you think – even more important, if it answered any questions you have (and you can feel free to ask any questions I didn’t answer)!

After this collosal monster-review is posted, I have two more average-sized reviews to post! Fun fun fun. Well, I joined the PostADay challenge for practice & competitive motivation and I’m definitely getting plenty of both!

Tomorrow’s Plans

 

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Getting "Kreative" with Kirby!

I have had very little time today, so I’ve set what time I have on WordPress to drafting posts!

 

Tomorrow look forward to reading my “finale review” of the Nintendo 3DS, followed by the Scorpia Rising book review!

One of the shortest posts I’ve made in awhile…

Thanks for reading!
-Adventure Writer.

3DS Photography (3DS Series #004)

Today we’ll take a look at all the creative things players can accomplish with the Nintendo 3DS – with a simple gallery of pictures I’ve designed with the system itself. It’s amazing what you can do with AR Games and the 3DS Camera!

Tomorrow you can learn how to make your own graphics such as the ones displayed!

It’s a World of Mii (3DS Series #003)

For Nintendo Wii owners, Mii should be nothing new. Now the wonderful

Mii screenshot taken with Nintendo 3DS Camera.

world of Mii will be available to owners of the Nintendo 3DS! Take a picture of yourself, choose a few options, and let the Mii creator figure out the rest! Or develop everything manually yourself. Once your Mii avatar is created, you can participate in the preinstalled 3DS game, Mii Plaza. Here you may gather other Mii’s into your plaza via street pass, and trade your Mii with others through the same way. Once you’ve collected enough Mii’s, you can participate in the puzzle game (through which you collect puzzle pieces from play tokens and Mii’s which have visited your plaza)- or my favorite, Find Mii.

Find Mii is a mini-game within a mini-game, with somewhat of a story to go along with it. Your Mii – which you worked so hard to create, has been kidnapped! Hire warriors with Play Coins (coins earned from jogging/walking with your Nintendo 3ds – while in sleep mode, up to 10 per day. Earn one every 100 steps) to fight off the ghosts holding your Mii, or invite visiting Mii’s from your plaza to join the fight! As hired warriors will be your primary asset in this game, you should no doubt look into their abilities! Each colored warrior (shirt color) has a different power, such as – purple for poison, white for light, green for strength, etc. As well as special abilities, warriors are also organized into rank – Rank 1 & 2. Rank 2 are the most powerful, and should be saved for last. Rank 1 warriors should be used for magic and risky attacks. As a sound note of strategy, I’d recommend using a purple warrior immediately when you begin your battle, to navigate to one, simply select “Next Warrior.” Then use his poison magic! This will damage the ghosts each turn during the fight – very handy. Save up your play coins for two days and you’ll have the maximum number of 10 warriors which you may control. More warriors means more variety, so I’d recommend this approach!

Top Applications (3DS Series #002)

With the speedy arrival of the Nintendo 3DS comes a fairly lengthy wait-time

Mii!

It's Mii! One of the Mii's I've created, and the one I primarily use! This photograph was taken using one of AR Games many features! Have fun interacting with the 3D World, but don't forget the ever-present, real-world!

for games, as well as features. The 3DS Web Browser is not yet available, relying on a future update to begin operation. That leaves users with the choice of preinstalled applications, and whatever else comes along with the next update – which goes to say, update your system regularly!

How to Update your 3DS

To update your system, first turn on the 3DS, via the bottom right-hand power button. On the menu, use your stylus or control + pad to navigate to the wrench icon called System Settings. Select it by pressing the “A” button, or simply tapping the icon with your stylus. From the System settings menu, tap the other Other Settings icon. Now that you’re on the Other Settings menu, simply tap the right arrow navigator with your stylus, until you see the System Update option on the fourth tab – or simply click the number four at the top of the touch screen. Tap System Update, and then tap “OK.” If you agree to the Terms and Conditions listed, select I Accept. Otherwise, if you cannot agree to the terms, select I Decline, and the update process will be cancelled. Now tap okay, and leave the rest to your 3DS system, until another “OK” prompt appears. Tap “OK” and your system will automatically restart, no other action is require on your part to return to the Main Menu.

Out of all the applications currently available, I already have my favorites. Practically acting as stand-alone games themselves, these apps are sure to keep 3DS users busy until their copy of Street Fighter, Lego Star Wars III, and whatnot arrive.

Adventure Writer’s Top 5 3DS Applications

(All Free & Included)

  1. AR Games: The Augmented Reality Games feature could have been marketed as a separate video game entirely, with its vast selection of primary features, and subfeatures.
  2. Mii Plaza: A fun, street-pass based application with an entertaining “Find Mii” MMORPG.
  3. Face Raiders: Take a picture of yourself, friends, whoever! And let the fun begin. The picture will instantly find itself blasted into the 3rd Dimension and snugly fit into a battle helmet. Players may be further entertained by blasting the 3-dimensional likeness of the photographed person into oblivion in the Face Raiders mini-game, which has been further brought to life with various animations and moments of maniacal laughter.
  4. Nintendo 3DS Sound: For players familiar with the Nintendo DSi, they may find all the old features of DSi Sound and many new additions! Now you can organize your music into individual play lists, shuffle your music, let your 3D parakeet companion pick a song for the day, and more!
  5. Nintendo 3DS Camera: With all the fun features of the Nintendo DSi camera comes the 3DS camera! Now with the ability to take 3-D photography, and linked to dozens of applications such as AR Games, this app dominates its predecessor!
  • For complete details on all these applications and more, continue reading the Adventure Writer Blog for daily posts and reviews!

Back-to-Back

This month, all sorts of things seem back-to-back – and the Adventure Writer Blog may be likewise in the next few days. Tomorrow (delayed till’ Monday), expect to see two Weekly Photo Challenge responses, then shortly afterwards, the review for Anthony Horowitz’s latest novel – Scorpia Rising.

Towards late March & early April, we should start to see the Nintendo 3DS Review Series at last come to fruition.

As always, thanks for reading the Adventure Writer’s Blog.

29 Days till’ 3DS Release

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If you don’t know about the Nintendo 3DS, but tend to like 3-Dimensional graphics, video games, and films, augmented reality games, 3-D photography, photo manipulation, graphics design, high-resolution graphics displays, and more… you certainly need to read up on it. Luckily there’s an overview of the 3DS on the Adventure Writer Blog, which you can read here.

Estimated shortly after March 27th, there should be a plethora of 3DS-related reviews and overviews on the AW Blog – along with a look at some 3-D Photography produced from the system.

Unfortunately the 3DS will cost $250, which is a hundred more  dollars than many of it’s predecessors – luckily there’s a variety of trade-in offers available.

Upcoming Events

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Upcoming Adventure Writer Blog Events

This week, look forward to the reviews for some of December 2010’s latest films. One provides comedy relief – while the other seems to try a bit too much…

Post-A-Day March will introduce the brand-new Nintendo 3DS (check out my preliminary review)  and our lengthy, in-depth series thereof. Hopefully along with Scorpia Rising, the latest novel by Anthony Horowitz (which may go into April)!

Post-A-Day May through December will introduce back-to-back movies, such as Sherlock Holmes II and Transformers III.

Thanks for keeping up with the Adventure Writer Blog!

Cordially,

Adventure Writer

DP: What are you looking forward to this year?

I always find questions like these fairly difficult – after all, who knows what the future will hold (that is, but God)? I look forward to all the terrific new movies coming to theaters later this year (as well as books and music!), and the opportunity to review many of them. I also look forward to posting every day for the Post-A-Day 2011 challenge, and hopefully I’ll be able to get a similar blog to partner up with mine!

In addition, the new Nintendo 3DS interests me – a console I’ll be sure to thoroughly review!

As for more personal developments – I look forward to talking with friends, and achieving the goals that I have set for 2011.

 

 

DSi Art

Ever wonder just what you can do with a Nintendo DSi? What’s the difference

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Simply some distorted letters!

between it and it’s predecessors? The answer would simply be: Two built-in cameras, and SD Card Slot, higher memory capacity, internet access capability, a DSi Shop where you can purchase games on your system, and various artistic programs to mess around with!

Today I want to take a look at what the Nintendo DSi is capable of – art wise.

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A distorted photograph - of a human no less - gone abstract art.

Art may come difficult to some, but with all the advanced features, you can make graphics like these in minutes or even seconds!