1up: Has it really been six years since Nintendo debuted the DS hardware at E3 to a hesitant press and grim forebodings? How far we've come. The 3DS's public debut last week at E3 was a far cry from its predecessor's first showing back at my very first E3. The new machine is a slick, solid piece of gaming hardware that wowed everyone. Seriously, I don't know a single person who wasn't impressed, and most of those people don't even like handheld gaming. Compared to the E3 2004 prototype DS, a sorry-looking piece of cheap plastic whose value was difficult to communicate, the 3DS might as well be from a different company altogether.