With the 3DS release just over a month away for the non-Japanese population, what all will come in the box with the 3DS console? Well, as we saw in a previous news post, we took a look at the hardware. Now to look at the software! Hit the jump to see what new features the latest portable gaming console has to offer!
In this nifty feature, you can swap data with others that are carrying their 3DS along with them. If you pass another person with your 3DS on in “Sleep Mode”, you can swap data such as Mii characters and high scores with others with their 3DS in “Sleep Mode”. Of course, you can change your settings to allow which data to be transferred and which to be hidden.
Like Street Pass, you can exchange data with your 3DS in Sleep Mode. However, this method of data exchange happens when the Sleep Mode 3DS passes by a wireless hotspot or wireless LAN access point. This application may not be available for use until after the software update in late May.
Nintendo 3DS Sound
This application lets you listen to your favorite music saved on an SD Card in MP3 or AAC format. You can even record and play with sounds via the Nintendo 3DS microphone with a variety of fun filters. This looks to be an expanded version found on the DSi.
This is the virtual console for the 3DS. In it you’ll find the Virtual Console service, featuring a selection of games from classic Nintendo systems like the Game Boy and Game Boy Color. You will also find exclusive games only found on the eShop as well as titles that were previously available on the DSi store.
The Activity Log tracks both your game play activity, noting which games you’ve played and how long you’ve played them, as well as your physical activity, counting every step you take while carrying your Nintendo 3DS. Track your data by day, week, month, or year—and walk more every day to earn Play Coins, which can be used with compatible games and applications to acquire special content and a variety of other benefits with the system’s built in pedometer. (like with Street Pass).
This is just like the Wii counterpart but with a few little extras. One of them is having the Mii Maker make a Mii from a photograph you take with the 3DS cameras. There is also the Mii Plaza where Mii information will be exchanged with Street Pass.
Placing one of the AR Cards on a table or floor, the 3DS camera will read the card and initiate game stages or characters right before your eyes. AR Games features different modes, from a wild shooting gallery to an interactive photo shoot with your Mii characters—plus more. With this augmented-reality gaming experience, you can interact with your environment and play your game at the same time.
Using the camera, you can take a photo of yourself, a friend or family member, which is then placed right onto a range of shooting targets. To play, you’ll need to move with your Nintendo 3DS system, physically leaning and turning to search all around and aim high and low, taking out your targets.
There you have it! As the online features are updated around the end of May, even more features will become available. These will come pre-installed on the 3DS as soon as you pull it out of the box. Even more eager to get the 3DS now than you were before? Tell us your excitement in the comments below!