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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

3DS stylus not good?

This is a bit of a weird complaint, but... is it just me or is the new stylus for the Nintendo 3DS not as good as the ones for the Nintendo DS Lite?

I was a bit hesitant about the new 3DS stylus from what I'd read/seen of it. It's telescoping & I wondered if it would feel solid enough. I'm happy to report that even though it does telescope out, it doesn't feel hollow or particularly weak-- it actually feels pretty good to hold.

Of course the most obvious problem is the placement of the stylus holder in the 3DS body. It's so awkward... I can't tell you how many times I either reached for it or tried to return the stylus to a non-existent holder hole on the right side of the console. Normally I don't even think about it... until now.

But here's an even bigger problem I've noticed.... it feels like the new stylus isn't as responsive or accurate as the older stylus. I'm not sure why-- whether it's the touchscreen itself or the shape of the tip:

It seems that the tip of the 3DS stylus is wider, rather than a small more rounded tip on the DS Lite stylus. With crappy resistive touchscreens like the DS ones, it probably makes a difference.

I was playing Brain Age 2, and you need to do a lot of number writing... right away I noticed with the 3DS stylus the numbers I was writing weren't registering properly. And for Brain Age 2, I write big-- I try to make each number at least 1.5 inches tall. Dragging the 3DS stylus across the screen felt... ugh. Felt bad. Not sure if it's because it's new or if the screen is new or what. But I switched back to the DS Lite stylus and that feels better.

But just playing touchscreen dominating games in general on the 3DS, the touchscreen doesn't feel quite as precise. I've been playing Plants vs. Zombies which is all touchscreen and have a bit of inaccuracy on that game as well.

All the 3DS reviews never really spend much time with the stylus, and don't mentionhow it feels using it on the screen a lot. With simple pokes at a button or whatever type of stylus action-- it's fine. But if you need to write/draw or drag stuff around the screen with it, jeez.... I dunno.

Is it just me experiencing this?


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yes, you're the only one with this problem, me thinks. *shrugs*

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