Well, that’s it, fellow gamers: the portable, interactive 3D gaming race ended before some even knew it had begun in earnest. Sorry, Microsoft and Sony, but your next console gimmick is in another product R&D think-tank.
As with the Wii before it, Nintendo’s latest licensed system has leaped beyond the pack and redefined “interaction” with the Super Mario Bros Crystal Maze Game. Portability? Play it anywhere you can hold the “console” fairly steady! Play it on a desk-top – literally, atop any desk with a little unused space. Try it on your “lap-top” anywhere; whether you’re sitting in a car, on a bus or just getting comfy in an easy chair, if you have a lap, you can set this atop it and go nuts for hours!
Did we mention it’s also very, very energy-conscious? It runs on an awesome, clean-burning energy that recharges easily without a single A/C adapter or outlet. When energy starts running low, charging up for more gaming takes one simple step. We recommend a nap!
What about the visual resolution, though? Well, getting over the Nintendo DSi’s “Augmented Reality” 3D technology didn’t take long. Reach out a hand and try touching the maze’s clear, colored walls. Oh my stars, you say – you can actually feel them? That’s because they’re really there! Really!
But what of gameplay? With responsive controls that tilt the maze with your hand’s every move atop the joystick, you’ll navigate a small ball through three castles en route to the one where Bowser holds your Fair Lady captive. Incredible sound engineering augments the reality – you’ll hear the ball “clack” against the plastic walls with every turn as if it were happening in your very lap. And as you clear each castle, a flag actually rises from each one in tribute to the winner that is you.
Augmented reality? Fad. This sort of technology Nintendo has just now harnessed and licensed needn’t be next-gen, because it’s proven in previous “generations.” Hands-on, challenging gaming that any gamer young or old could handle and find entertaining? The Super Mario Maze Game is it, friends. Your future is now.