Old-school and new generation gamers can both feel that the new 3D wave is simply another marketing ploy to galvanize consumers into a spending fit. But, once you pick up the new Nintendo 3DS portable system, you’ll wonder how you ever got by with its predecessor. The unique screen’s 3D look is quite remarkable and highly effective, complete and without the aid of any glasses! Additional menu functions include the 3DS Sound option to record and play with audio, such Wii functions as the creation of Mii characters, on-line connectivity and syncing with other players. And, you can take incredible 3D pictures! The touch screen stylus is now a more compact telescopic one. Face Raiders is an in-system game placing anyone’s face in the 3D action, your surroundings the background. More software can be added down the line, as with iPod apps. Another built in blast is the phenomenal Augmented Reality Nintendo (used in co-operation with the supplied cards). The software recognizes the card and from it sprouts totally 3D objects anchored in your real surroundings and reality popping up or sinking into your real world. You can move 360 degrees around these objects as they make a part of your surroundings.The health warning is not there to annoy you, as children under 6 can get vision damage. After my first bash, I had a bit of a dizzy result (not taking the recommended breaks!) The 3D effect can be adjusted to 2D. With so much encapsulated in this system even before you get cracking on a game, the possibilities are far-reaching. Which brings us to RESIDENT EVIL – The Mercenaries 3D. Being one of my all-time favourite survival horror games, I was pretty damn excited to take the 3DS on its maiden cruise with this one. After some training levels to get to know your characters movements, interaction & weapon handling, you’re off on a new eye-popping trip with this terrifying franchise. Series veterans like Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine are in the character roster (with more to unlock), and the expected range of firepower and villainous zombies & freaks are on hand to blow away, the creepy factor as high as always. Duo-play with another 3DS gamer has many advantages including resuscitating your partner and Internet play takes you global. (18 for violence).