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I am finally going to get my first Nintendo handheld since the gameboy, I know long time ago lol well I just got a 40 dollar best buy gift card. Should I get the regular 3DS or the XL and which game should I buy to start. Any recommendations also any good cc games? Lastly what is streetpass I always hear about that. Thanks Nintendo gamers :)

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VC games not CC lol

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Get a normal 3DS. Unless your eyes are mildly to significantly impaired you don't really need it.

Some good games are Kid Icarus: Uprising, Fire Emblem: Awakening, and Animal Crossing: New Leaf. They are all quality games that were worth my time and money. Other than that you don't really need any of the Mario games. They are essentially watered-down iterations of previous titles in the series, with the exception of Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, which I've heard is a great game

Streetpass/Spotpass were initially difficult for me to understand as well. They are both wireless services, both activated when you press up on the Wireless slider on the 3DS. Spotpass is the Wi-Fi service, i.e. when connecting to the Internet, playing against people online, buying games on eShop, receiving software updates, etc. Streetpass is a local wireless service, which has more to do with connecting with other 3DS's and service locations. If you pass another 3DS system who also has Streetpass turned on, you can exchange certain data, such as Miis or Mario Kart racing data, depending on which games have Streetpass services on. Streetpass, but not Spotpass, can still operate with the 3DS closed and in Sleep Mode. If you don't get it now, that's fine. It was a lot easier for me to understand it by playing rather than reading.

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You should at least try out the demos at retailers to see which one you like.

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I think the normal 3DS will do unless you really need the extra battery life. I've had no problem with the 3DS battery while I am out.

If you are going to get just one 3DS game, here's a good criteria to go by:

If you want something that you'll rack up hours of play with, go with Animal Crossing: New Leaf or Mario Kart 7.
If you want something to show off the 3D, go with Mario 3D Land or The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time.
If you want a hardcore gaming experience, go with Shin Megami Tensei IV or Fire Emblem: Awakening. Those games push gameplay beyond what I've seen in recent years.

If you have never played any of the old NES games, I highly recommend those. Go with Super Mario Bros. You can't go wrong. Tetris is also a good bet for the Game Boy.

StreetPass is a communications system on the 3DS which picks up Miis from other 3DS you walk by. As long as your 3DS is on and wireless is enabled, it will work. You'll use StreetPass to be able to play the games in Mii Plaza. Many games like Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Mario Kart 7, Fire Emblem: Awakening, and New Super Mario Bros. 2 are StreetPass Enabled. So, when you walk by someone and get a StreetPass, you'll get to see their house in Animal Crossing, their ghost racer in Mario Kart 7, their team in Fire Emblem, and get to go against their Coin Rush record in NSMB2. It gives my games extra value since I'm a high score nut and love going against people in Coin Rush.

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Standard 3DS is great for portability unless you always have a bag or backpack, or big pockets. XL is worth it for its bigger screens, especially if you will just play at home a lot.

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guys, i dont wanna ruin this thread or anything but i just wanna confirm if buying a brand new 3ds unit comes with a free $20 credit with it for eshop? is that true?

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Get the XL, definitely. The standard just feels to small for an 8th generation portable, to me.

As for a game, I have only played the demo, but I hear Mario & Luigi: Dream Team is a great game. Anything Kirby on the VC is excellent, BTW.

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Thanks everyone! I appreciate the tips. I am excited that I'm finally going to get one. Money is tight these days so I will get a 3DS now and a Wii U later when I get a much better paying job. Obviously I love the Mario and Zelda games. I am really interested in fire emblem and the Tlus games. Those seem right up my alley. I am on my cell phone too much when I am at work on my lunch break or out about so I figured iight as well get a 3DS. I can't play casual games like candy crush too long lol

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You'll get your money's worth out of a 3DS with one or two physical games and one or two VC games. You can easily put in 100s of hours into a game like Mario Kart 7, Animal Crossing, Shin Megami Tensei, or Fire Emblem: Awakening. Coupled with the Mii Plaza games, you've got a lot of entertainment at your fingertips.

If your intent is to play the 3DS on your lunch break, then you might as well go for the standard size 3DS. Save yourself some money and use that for games. The battery will be more than adequate. It may not look like much, but the standard 3DS is a well designed system and survives getting tossed around in my backpack all day where many other devices have failed.

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dniw9 wrote:

guys, i dont wanna ruin this thread or anything but i just wanna confirm if buying a brand new 3ds unit comes with a free $20 credit with it for eshop? is that true?

I haven't heard of this deal specifically; maybe someone here knows the answer?

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dniw9 wrote:

guys, i dont wanna ruin this thread or anything but i just wanna confirm if buying a brand new 3ds unit comes with a free $20 credit with it for eshop? is that true?

I haven't heard of this deal specifically; maybe someone here knows the answer?

I haven't heard of anything. I'd imagine it would be on the front page of Nintendo or NL if it was true or even on Amazon under the product listing where they usually have special deals. So, no, it's not true.

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I haven't heard anything about that free $20.00 Dollar promotion. Probably just a lie.

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If you can, get ahold of both the XL and regular, then hold them in your hands like you would if you play them. Whichever feels "right' should be the one you want. The larger screen size for the XL is great, but the entire unit is larger as a result, meaning a different size of hand. What sucks is that my hand size is between the two, so I just went with the larger screen and color preference. Regardless of which you get, you will not regret it.

As for games ... that's a bit more complicated.

If you love pets and just want a game to get a feel for the system as your first, I recommend Nintendogs + Cats. Nintendogs is my tradition series for that one reason. If you have problems with the 3D at first, it's also a good game to get use to the 3D because it's mild in there.

RPG and strategy game fans should all have Fire Emblem: Awakening. This game will keep you entertained for a very long time, even the tedious portions of the game will not push you away from it. The stereoscopic portions are almost perfect, with few flaws in them.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf is a really popular one, if you want a social game that's your game. However, be warned, many will find it boring.

Mario Kart 7 is still big, and still the best of the racing games because you can race over wifi.

But here's the thing, you don't have to worry about getting a game right away. There are a lot of demos in the eShop, and those are free. They give you a taste of the game, so you can find out what you want to buy before buying it. I recommend holding out until you get to try some of the free stuff available, and a couple Streetpass games are free as well. This really is the best game system at this time, you can't go wrong with it. Consider setting it up and then letting it update the first time you plug it in, updates do actually add and repair stuff.

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I played with a normal 3DS and I myself have an XL, if you can, I would rather buy the XL. It is bigger which means that the 3D experience is better (the specs are the same). As for the games, I only have 2 games right now which is MH3U and ACNL. I would recommend Animal Crossing: new leaf as it is very very VERY ADDICTING. Once you start playing ACNL, it'll be hard to take it off your hands. If sandbox and hard-earned stripes type of game is not your thing, then stay away from ACNL but if you would love to make your own town and ranging from shirts to house, then ACNL is the best one for you.

Edit: I was very troubled myself when I was about to buy a 3DS because I don't which one would be better, but if you can DEFINITELY PICK THE 3DS XL Trust me, the XL will not easily strain your eyes as the normal 3DS will.

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I say get the XL.
There is a product defect on 3DSes that makes the 3DS screens have these lines or scratches on the screen.
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These can get annoying, if not properly taken care of. The 3DS XL doesn't have this problem.

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I have both the 3DS and the 3DS XL. I play with my 3DS XL much more because it's more comfortable to hold and play with for longer periods of time imo. I bought the 3DS at launch and my hands would cramp a lot so I eventually upgraded to a 3DS XL. Also, that glossy finish on the 3DS drove me insane. Huge fingerprint magnet. LOL. But that's all preferences I guess! :P I would suggest getting the 3DS XL if you can since screens are bigger and it just feels more comfortable if you don't have small hands, but 3DS is more portable than the 3DS XL is I guess if you don't carry around a bag or anything. Good luck on deciding which one to get! :)

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Kyloctopus wrote:

I say get the XL.
There is a product defect on 3DSes that makes the 3DS screens have these lines or scratches on the screen.
These can get annoying, if not properly taken care of. The 3DS XL doesn't have this problem.

i made myself some custom black bumpers that protect my launch-3DS :)
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later standart 3DS systems dont have that problem. nintendo fixed it a few months after the launch. i think it started with the realease of the red 3DS in europe. they dont have that problem

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6ch6ris6 wrote:

Kyloctopus wrote:

I say get the XL.
There is a product defect on 3DSes that makes the 3DS screens have these lines or scratches on the screen.
These can get annoying, if not properly taken care of. The 3DS XL doesn't have this problem.

i made myself some custom black bumpers that protect my launch-3DS :)
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later standart 3DS systems dont have that problem. nintendo fixed it a few months after the launch. i think it started with the realease of the red 3DS in europe. they dont have that problem

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get the XL, definitely.
it's WAY better, anyone recommending the normal 3DS is just doing so because they're still stuck with it and don't want to be left alone (sorry :p) - or just don't want to admit to themselves that there's already something better available

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Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Fire Emblem: Awakening, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, Resident Evil: Revelations, Street Fighter IV 3D, Kid Icarus: Uprising, Star Fox 64 3D, Luigi's Mansion 2, Super Mario 3D Land, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Etrian Odyssey IV... and WAY MORE

some good games from the eShop: Mighty Switch Force 1+2, Liberation Maiden, Gunman Clive, Steamworld Dig, Mega Man 2, Mega Man 3, all the Zelda games, etc. etc. etc.

there are really lots of great games for the 3DS available... and more are on their way: Pokemon X/Y (october 12th), Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (november), Super Smash Bros. (2014), etc.

enjoy! :)

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