Do you hear that? It’s the sound of a new videogame system launching. It’s the sound of happiness (or disappointment, if you’re a kid and your parents don’t love you enough to buy you the newest toys)
“Give me a Tickle-Me Elmo or else we’re going to have words.”
Because I’m cool, I like to go to the midnight launch of the latest Nintendo systems. I did it for Gamecube, I did it for Wii… and I did it for 3DS.
This was the best launch I’ve dealt with, in terms of waiting. Unlike Gamecube and Wii, the 3DS went on sale right at 12:01. This means I didn’t have to wait until 6 AM. It also means I didn’t fall asleep as soon as I got home. Yay for me!
That’s right, multi-ethnic crowd of people… Applaud for me.
For as much crap as I talked about GameStop in my review of their stores, they actually handled this really, really well. The doors to the store opened at 10:00 pm and customers were allowed to pay for everything right at 10. This meant that they could just grab their stuff and leave at 12. It also meant that we didn’t have to freeze to death in the frigid night.
Goddammit Michigan… STOP SNOWING
You see some weird people at these things. For example, at the GameCube launch, I got to sit next to two guys in black hooded sweatshirts, hitting a cardboard X-Box with a hammer. They were creepy.
But mostly, the crowd is just nerds. Nerds everywhere. The 3DS launch was no exception. The 10 other guys in the store look like they’ve collectively touched one boob over the course of their lives. I don’t think they could do a push up if their lives depended on it. But, I bet they’d kick your ass at World of Warcraft.
So these guys give videogame fans a bad name, but dammit, I wanted my shiny new toy. Speaking of which…
The 3DS is Nintendo’s newest handheld system. It’s much more powerful than the DS, but that’s not the most important part. No, the most important part is: The 3DS showcases 3D graphics, without the need for any special glasses.
It’s amazing. And it works. It really works. The effect is nothing like I’ve ever seen before, and while it might still be a novelty, but I’m seriously tripping balls. I’ve read the details of how it works, but I’m still not convinced it’s not magic.
Nintendo’s R&D department
Final Verdict: I got an awesome new toy.
I know, I know… I’m great.