When you turn on your Nintendo 3DS, what kind of software will you find?
Nintendo's 3D handheld comes with a hefty serving of pre-loaded software. These programs are meant to enhance your play experience while simultaneously demonstrating what the Nintendo 3DS is capable of.
Get ready to familiarize yourself with your 3DS!
Where the magic happens. This is where the user selects games and programs from a stacked "fridge" setup that should look very familiar for Wii owners. It's a little more streamlined than the Nintendo DSi's menu.
Photo Editing SoftwareThe Nintendo 3DS can take 2D and 3D pictures. You can play with the pictures via built-in photo editing software, and save your masterpiece to an SD card.
Activity LogNintendo hopes the 3DS will encourage users to get active. The Activity Log works as a pedometer to count how many footsteps you take while carrying your 3DS. The resulting data can be converted into "Play Coins," which open up bonuses in certain games. The Activity Log also keeps track of which games you've played, and how long you've played them.
Mii MakerYes, you can make your very own Mii to hang out with you in your Nintendo 3DS. The 3DS's Mii Maker lets you create one from scratch, or you can take a photo of yourself with the built-in camera and let the Mii Maker do all the work for you. Note that you can also transfer a Mii you've made on the Wii to your Nintendo 3DS (but not vice versa).
Street Pass Mii PlazaWhen the Nintendo 3DS is closed, but still powered-on (a.k.a in "Sleep Mode"), it garners the Miis and player information of other 3DS owners who have their systems in Sleep Mode as well. This gathered info can be picked over via the 3DS's Street Pass Mii Plaza.
Nintendo eShopRelive handheld gaming's roots by purchasing classic Game Boy and Game Boy Color games (eShop will be available on May of 2011).
Augmented Reality (AR) GamesThe Nintendo 3DS is packed with six "AR" cards. By putting the cards on a hard, flat surface and focusing the camera on them, you'll activate numerous 3D minigames that warp reality and turn the nearby environment into a game field--within the range of the 3DS's camera lens, of course!
Face RaidersA shooter-based minigame that uses the Nintendo 3DS to turn the faces of your loved ones and pets into your ultimate foe.