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Sunday, 10 July, 2011 2:57 PM
Nintendo 3DS brings a spare ruckus to the Vans Warped Tour
DETROIT -- The 2011 Vans Warped Tour definitely felt the heat (and likewise smelled the burnt rubber) when it came to Comerica Park in Detroit on Friday, its eleventh stop over the summer. In a parking lot adjacent to Comerica along Montcalm Street, meanwhile, game ambassadors representing Nintendo invited attendees into two tents to get cool and drool over new features and games coinciding with the 3DS.
The difference from the original likely evident in the title, the Nintendo 3DS is highlighted by a 3D screen adjuster that allows players to operate the console in any view from normal 2D to maximum 3D. The effects are appealing based on how much of a glare’s given off by surroundings. Yet the chance to have a choice in viewing abilities is an innovation where “Just like the Wii, you have to see it to believe it,” according to Assistant Manager of Public Relations David Young. It’s a capability that Ambassador Jayson Harrison perhaps alluded to as “Augmented reality.”
One of the more captivating applications built into the console involves is the use of six AR cards that can upload several characters into the backdrop of any video or photograph, along with providing special AR games. Elsewhere around the tent, select booths were fitted with two consoles at most while featuring a specific game recently released or updated to 3D from older versions.
The most acclaimed example of the former is the Nintendo 64 classic The Legend of Zelda: the Ocarina of Time. In addition to the 3D toggle adding an edge, the availability of two screens allows for the player to check on the map or observe Link’s equipment capabilities while lessening the action delay.
The draw to such a retro favorite (which can be referred to as such since it’s now 2011), eventually became condensed to the point that all non-playing visitors had to be thrown out. “This is a non-pressure demonstration,” said Jared Slater, who was referring to the absence of sign-up contact sheets yet now seems to have foreshadowed the oncoming traffic. Elsewhere, another title was revealed as offering capabilities only a regular computer could provide.
While demonstrating and dominating at Street Fighter IV 3D Edition, another ambassador named Brandon explained how the game connects to all available wireless services to find and select players around the country playing at the same time. “You can do it either [as a] regional or national [connection],” he added.
Being reacquainted with these older games (another being Excite Bike) was skillfully disastrous, but the gold Skulltula of what Nintendo continues to achieve amid the tour attractions is a continual jump ahead while retaining a thorough and respectful link to the past.
For more information about the Vans Warped Tour, visit www.vanswarpedtour.com.
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There were so many excited fans it was ridiculous! Some of the bands that performed included We Came As Romans, as well as Attack Attack! and A Day To Remember.
Video courtesy of the Vans Warped Tour
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