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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

Case Closed: Manga Review

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Case Closed is written by mangaka Gosho Aoyama, an avid fan of Sherlock Holmes – and of which his manga seems to be heavily influenced.

Jimmy Kudo with the currently known members of...

Jimmy Kudo with the currently known members of the Black Organization. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The series is about a boy named (En.) Jimmy Kudo, an ace detective at the age of 18. Just as Sherlock Holmes, Kudo helps the professional detectives solve their cases when they are unable to themselves. This, however, inevitably leads to a plot against his life. Upon investigating a particularly dark and puzzling case, he finds himself ambushed and administered a poison called APTX 4869. This drug, designed to kill, results in an unforeseen development, transforming Kudo into an elementary-age student. Realizing that the organization that developed the poison would soon learn of his survival, Jimmy Kudo adapts to the alias of Conan Edogawa (after the author of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) and takes residence in the home of his High School sweetheart (en.) Rachel, and her father, a detective named Richard Moore – posing as a relative to himself. Soon Conan manages to contact a trusted family friend and ingenious inventor by the name of Dr. Herschel Agasa. Although unable to supply a cure, Agasa does manage to supply him with some secret-agent like gadgets, such as a wristwatch tranquilizer gun. With this new asset, Conan begins to solve, unbeknownst to all but Dr. Agasa, Richard Moore’s cases – using a voice modulator as well to adapt his voice to the circumstances. As he covertly aids Richard, he tracks the whereabouts of the mysterious organization in hopes of finding a cure.

Jimmy Kudo

Jimmy Kudo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The series is still continued today and has had a total release of thirty-six tankōbon novels. It’s highly recommended for mystery lovers, especially of teenage years.

The series has, however, some downsides. The series is rated [approx.] age 14+, for some fairly unsavory crime scene illustrations. If the reader is familiar with the Phoenix Wright series, it is of similar relation to that level of graphics. As the rating, I’d recommend the series to teenagers and adults, rather than young audiences. The content is to be expected in it’s genre, and is fortunately not overly gruesome, as some literary and cinematic works have produced tenfold worse.


Travel Review: Ireland

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Introducing a brand-new Adventure Writer feature I’ve come up with, Travel Reviews! Sure, they’re nothing new, but it’s one more thing to add!

Each post will include a gallery of pictures, descriptions, and more!

To start this off, we’ll take a look at Ireland. While there I explored the Southern half of the country, never entering the territory of Great Britain.

We drove along beautiful green pastures – the deepest and most continuous strain of greens I’ve ever seen. Long green hills, quiet countryside, and the ocean crashing up against the cliffs to the edge of the island – creating a thoroughly tranquil atmosphere. It is only until you get into cities such as Dublin, that this image is disrupted, and you enter the city-side of Ireland.

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Artemis Fowl & The Atlantis Complex

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Eoin Colfer [Pronounced OWEN!] has released a new addition to his Artemis Fowl Series. A simply “magical” experience.

Readers may expect the same fast-paced action sequences, memorable character appearances, and moments of peril that have defined this bestselling series thus far. Readers may, once again, enter the world of magic, brilliance, and rollicking mischief of Artemis Fowl. Eoin Colfer’s genius analogies, cultural references, appropriated humor, and emotional conveyances help to make this book an easy and enjoyable read.

Enter Turnball Root, the infamous brother of our deceased friend, Julius Root. Turnball brings a new, maniacal genius feel to the Artemis Fowl series. Enabling even humor, cruelty, and altogether Sherlockian deduction aspects to the usual repertoire of villains. Better yet, an avid hater of Opal Koboi. Turnball promises the thrill of brand-new adventure, an unseen challenge to the LEP… and an “under the weather” Artemis Fowl.

This time around, our favorite child mastermind – Artemis Fowl rather more demented than usual. It seems he has caught a horrible fairy ailment… as a result of his improper meddling in the fairy arts: The Atlantis Complex. With newly found paranoia, split personality, and absolute fascination with the number five, will our hero be able to rise to the challenge?

Read a chapter of this absolutely riveting novel online, and then buy the full version at your local bookstore [or online book outlet.]!