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10 Best Things About the 3DS That Aren't The 3D

by Jason Cipriano   May 31, 2011 at 9:00PM  |  Views: 27,924

5. StreetPass

Already showcased in a handful of DS games, StreetPass allows you to interact with other players on the street without having to have to navigate an uncomfortable conversation. The new and improved StreetPass transmits data for up to 12 games, no matter what's in your system at the time; all while you stroll to get your morning cup of Joe. As you pass another 3DS you can collect data or score new Miis for your Mii plaza without even knowing you’re doing it.


4. A Rewarding Pedometer

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The Wii was able to get players off the couch with the Wii’s waggle, but the 3DS will get them walking for rewards. Baked into the 3DS' hardware is a pedometer that rewards you with coins for every 100 steps that you take. These coins can be redeemed in games for unlockable content, making it worthwhile to get moving with your 3DS in tow.


3. AR Games

Packed in alongside the 3DS is a very tiny deck of special cards. Upon pointing the 3DS' camera at them, they come alive on your screen (and on whatever surface you sit them on), creating augmented reality games that let you hunt dragons, fish, or play with little virtual toys based on some of your favorite Nintendo characters. If you want to amaze your friends with your new system this is the way to do it.


2. Find Mii

Found within the "Mii Plaza" application included with the device, is a basic, yet entertaining role-playing game where you're tasked with saving your kidnapped Mii. This game hidden inside the system is incredibly addictive as it puts some of the 3DS' new capabilities (StreetPass and Play Coins) to good use, and lets you unlock some fancy new Nintendo-themed hats for your StreetPass Mii. The more times you meet someone else with a 3DS in real life, the more their character inside Find Mii levels up. It's brilliant.

1. The Promise

There's a very good chance that the 3DS' best features aren't listed here, because they haven't been released yet. Nintendo is setting the 3DS up to be one of the most versatile portable platforms on the market by providing regular updates and new extras for its owners. Within the next few months, Nintendo will be offering Netflix streaming, as well as adding the 3DS' own version of the Virtual Console, featuring games for download in addition to demos of upcoming games and 3D videos. These are just a few of the new things that have already been announced, but who knows what else the 3DS has in store for us further down the line.