AR Games Impressions – Facing The Dragon

By Alex Aniel . January 15, 2011 . 3:01pm

AR Games

Developed by Nintendo, bundled with Nintendo 3DS

Demo time: 8 minutes

Estimated wait time: 20 minutes


AR Games, which stands for Augmented Reality Games, is one of the default applications built into in the Nintendo 3DS hardware. I tried the same application as what was demoed by the two Japanese comedians on the first day of Nintendo World 2011. With the help of the Nintendo kiosk attendant, I used the 3DS’s camera to take a picture of the AR Card set onto the small, white table. This sets up the environment to be used in AR Games, and will be different every time.


image After the photo of the AR Card appeared on the top screen along with the background, it suddenly became a rudimentary fortress, and I was playing a simple shooter. In this shooting game, I had to utilize the 3DS’s accelerometer and smoothly move the system around to shoot the targets that popped up. The targets would emerge faster and faster, before a boss fight occurred in the form of a giant dragon.  I had to shoot various parts of the dragon (the lower body, torso, head) in order to defeat it. The game is timed and can be completed in about three minutes.


The 3D effect was quite pronounced, especially when the dragon boss appeared. With the 3D dial set somewhere close to the highest setting, the dragon convincingly emerged from the screen and noticeably away from the surface of the table. The visuals were otherwise very simple, while the audio was nothing special or memorable. Being included in the standard 3DS package, AR Games serves as a way to give every 3DS buyer a taste of what the system is capable of with respect to augmented reality.

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  • GamerKT

    Sounds awesome.

  • onilink888

    Oh, the possibilities!

    Augmented reality breast augmentation; think about it.

    It’ll turn those plain DFCs into bodacious double Ds!

    • PersonaBull

      Don’t you mess with my DFCs :(

      • onilink888

        Different strokes for different folks.

        I’m not really putting them down, but I, myself, prefer busty women.

        In the interest of serious discussion, though, the possibilities of augmented reality really are quite grand. Imagine: a Mario platformer in which you would take pictures of, I don’t know, say, your desk top, and it would appear on screen. Mario would appear a couple of seconds later, being able to interact with the desk top and the objects on it. Mario platforming in my very own house? I love the idea.

        Now, I can’t say for sure if something that advanced is within the cards, but if it is… Well, needless to say we could have something very special on our hands.

        • PersonaBull

          I don’t have a preference, so long as they look good <3

          But also in the interest of serious discussion, that's what I'm most looking forward to with the progression of AR. I'd love to be able to build a small world on my desktop to interact with. It's a similar idea to Little Big Planet, really, just using real-world objects and backgrounds instead. What would be even cooler would be certain objects that a character could actually interact with, not just stand on or run into like a brick wall. An example could be something like a pool accessory that an AR Mario could jump into and swim around in.

          The future is cool <3

  • Vino (Tim N)

    All this makes me think about is the future of Love Plus games. And thats really something I rather not think about thank you very much. D:

    I hope developers can really bring out the most from the AR functionalities.

  • A good diversion. If the AR card packs are really cheap then it could be a very successful feature.

    • The AR cards come packed with the 3DS…

      • I know that six come with the 3DS, but I could have sworn I read somewhere that packs were being sold? If not my bad.

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