Satoru Iwata espousing the “other” features of the 3DS, in an investor briefing. It’s basically Nintendo’s own fault the 3D has taken precedence — marketing and communication with press has heavily favored “glasses-free 3D” as the marquee feature, and the damn thing is called the “3DS” — but as one of those “actual users,” I feel way more impressed by these features.
Few things about the hardware are more exciting than receiving a new inappropriate Swapnote and seeing that blue light come on, or capturing a horde of Miis.
Nintendo is (maybe?) acknowledging the importance of networking, finally, with things like demos, decent eShop games, and the upcoming Nintendo Network, and though it’s not one-for-one with other systems in that department, interesting things happen when Nintendo does care about connectivity stuff.
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