Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Face Kart Tilt-Steering Facts

The Austin Chronicle posted an article about Face Kart, here, saying “Turn off the 3D and play the game by tilting the handheld system. Amazingly, the screen tilts as you turn so the game world always looks right-side up. A small detail that makes all the difference.” Some folks have taken this as meaning that Face Kart is not a 3D game or that we encourage players to turn the 3D effect off for some "artistic" reason. This is incorrect.

First off, the stereo 3D effect of the Nintendo 3DS is amazing. It’s magic. I have been lucky enough to spend each day for the past several months ogling at the wonder of its stereo 3D power, and I love it. Oh, and my eyes are still fine btw. :) Face Kart fully supports the 3D effect – and it looks fantastic. However, the stereo 3D effect tends to get displaced when tilting the 3DS unit to the side (like a steering wheel). For this reason, having the 3D effect on while the tilt-steering option is active can make it difficult to view the 3D effect properly if the unit is tilted too far. Therefore, the tilt-steering control option works best with 3D turned off. Tilt-steering is a lot of fun, and it feels great to turn your 3DS like a steering wheel. If you want to fully experience the amazing 3D effect that the game has to offer, you’ll want to stick with the default standard Circle Pad control option instead.

5 comments:

  1. Thanks for clearing that up. I'm definitely looking forward to the 3d effect and slider controls.

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  2. After Excite Truck/Bots and Mario Kart Wii, I can't help but be more excited about tilt steering a new fangled analog stick.

    The article mentions that the screen tilts when you do, and I'm thinking about the logistics of using tilt controls with 3D active.... I dunno if you've ever tried rotating your head while you're driving a car, but it's a bit disorientating, so I'm wondering if there's an option to turn off the screen titling?

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  3. Yes, the tilt-steering is an option. The default control option is steering with the Circle Pad. You have to turn tilt-steering on to try it out. It does feel rather awesome tho.

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  4. Interested in this title definatly, but I'm more interested in ATV Wild Rides real release date. The last 3 months were supposed release time frames and nothing solid has been heard or seen since the initial announcement that it atleast exists(And a few reviews). With not much promotion and 3DS out this week, is this game DOA before it comes out. I own Dementium 1/2 and Moon, so I'm all for supporting you guys, but I'm worried that all the effort has gone to Face Kart now and ATV is forgotten about before it see's its way into peoples hands.

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  5. @Anonymous I'em looking forward to both games as-well & have in joyed countless hours of Moon. Amazon has the release date @ march/30/11. I'em getting 2, 1 for a gift & 1 for myself.

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