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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

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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!

The Nintendo 3DS (3DS Series #001)

Welcome to the Nintendo 3DS Series! Your source for in-depth information on the Nintendo 3DS!

Introduction: An Instant Hit

The Nintendo 3DS, released yesterday for North America, has already found its

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way into many homes in Japan, Europe, and some lucky pre-order’s that were made before the release date. This latest system, abounding with features, is already a hit, and it’s select video games are at the top of Amazon’s bestsellers in their respective categories. My 3DS shipment arrived earlier today, and I must say, I’m thoroughly impressed, having finally been able to experience the proposed 3-D gameplay for myself. The one question I have wondered, as well as many others, is the legitimacy of the systems 3-D capabilities.

Experiencing 3-Dimensional Graphics

The key to the Nintendo 3Ds’ graphics is it’s depth slider. As you raise the slider upwards, the depth increases, until – at it’s peak, you experience the graphics as they were meant to be seen. Everything, from it’s menu to any of it’s menu features, is in 3D – which may be overwhelming to a first time player.

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The whole package! Nintendo 3DS and AR Game Cards, though there’s more than meets the eye…

It’s highly suggested that you start off with 2-D and slowly move up as you go, letting your eyes adjust. It’s like waking up with 3-D glasses on during an action-packed 3-D movie (which someone has placed you in, from your bed to the theater) and the first thing you look at is the screen – you’ll be heavily disoriented. Move the system an arms length away from your sight and work from there – even standing with it until you feel comfortable would be an option. It takes time to adjust to the graphics, but when you’re comfortable with it, the results are astounding. The Nintendo 3DS truly does let its players experience 3D without glasses, with the same exact same effect as a 3-D movie (debatably, even greater). After playing the game a second time, hours later, my eyes have adjusted to the graphics quite well, without any discomfort whatsoever.

If the above tips don’t work for you, then an alternative method may prove more effective. When you get the system, ensure that the 3D depth slider is raised as far up as it may go – providing the greatest level of depth. In my own case, I discovered the previous method to work quite well, but become a bit disoriented when I adjusted the depth slider. Either utilize the full 3-D effect, or switch to 2-D, the middle is quite pointless and ineffective.

Next on the 3DS Series…

Applications! Get an inside look at all the games and apps available on the system the moment you buy it!

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Graphic by Adventure Writer, made using the Nintendo 3DS AR Games App.

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.

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

AW Classifications

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Lately I’ve been wondering how I may organize all my posts. There’s so many topics, that individual pages would be chaotic. As a result, I’ve started using WordPress’s Category option. I’ve classified nearly all my posts (which I deem  “readworthy”) via this option.

To avoid any confusion, I provide below a description of some of my top, or less explanatory, categories:

-Uncategorized: Default, everything was uncategorized before I started adding additional specifications.

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-Good Eats: Great food or drink I’ve found, and decided to review!

-Culinary Arts: Unlike “Good Eats,” culinary arts typically has to do with the actual art of cooking.

-Christianity: Contains content relative to Christianity, such as Chris Tomlin or Louie Giglio – the Chronicles of Narnia as well.

Adventure Writer Favorite: Something I really like, still working on this category – one of the latest.

-Adventure Writer Landmark: Something new I’ve tried or am trying on my blog. Like Tech Reviews, my first movie review (Iron Man II – which was recently updated), or something else…

Coming up on the Adventure Writer Blog…

I’m currently drafting a few movie and book reviews, along with some video game series and “deep topics.”

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!

Professor Layton and The Unwound Future: Video Game Review

I found Professor Layton and The Unwound Future in a pleasant discovery

Professor Layton: Unwound Future

Perhaps one of the greatest puzzle games of all time!

upon a shelf in the Electronics section of Target. It was my first time playing the series, and I must say I was duly impressed. The series, by Level-5 Inc., may be called one of the greatest puzzle games of all time, enhancing the experience as an RPG, and following parts of the plot with anime-sequences. For any age, the game can have universal value with it’s riddles, puzzles, and various sorts of trivia. With various levels of difficulty, the player may find themselves stuck at times, but it’s no problem with the hint feature! Though, it is regretful when you must give into this temptation.

The game’s storyline is a fairly typical one – yet effective and amusing nonetheless. Professor Layton, the main character, and Luke, a young puzzle prodigy and Layton’s apprentice, investigate the disappearance of their mayor after a time machine demonstration gone awry. While investigating a local clock shop, they find themselves teleported to a new time, 10 years in the future, where an evil Professor Layton has taken over London! Will the riddling duo thwart Layton’s evil counterpart, or be lost in the future however? It all depends on your ability at solving the puzzles! Wow, no pressure.

Also look for the upcoming review for Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright!


WordPress comes to Nintendo DSi

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WordPress has come to be available on a wide variety of platforms – but did you know it is also compatible with the Nintendo DSi?

In fact, right now I’m typing this post up on the very system mentioned.

The Nintendo DSi operates on the Opera web browser, without any add-ons like Flash Player available. Yet it appears Word Press still functions, having even more advanced capabilities than if you were to make a post by e-mail.

One thing I haven’t experimented with, however, is Zementa. Let’s do that now…

It appears that although Zementa is available, you cannot use it, as the HTML & Visual mode buttons do not appear. Yet it would seem we are in HTML mode… only one way to find out:

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Amidst a fair amount of errors, Word Press still operates exceptionally well, and a member of the Support Team notifies me that they will look into the errors (but first they’ll need to find a Support Member with a DSi).