News Article

Round Table: Let's Talk About the 3DS

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Tom: Looking at the longer picture, do you think the 3DS will sustain its momentum (which will surely spike with X&Y/Zelda et al) and have a 5-6 year lifespan, or is the current market and advance of rival platforms making that unlikely?

Mike: If Nintendo keep the games coming and the Japanese third parties stay on board — and why wouldn't they, with the sales as they currently are? — I foresee a good few more glorious years in 3DS yet.

Jon: If nothing at all changes then sure, a long life-span is definitely in the cards. Since the industry is in a really strange state of evolution that we can't predict where it'll go, it's really hard to say. I think Nintendo has made a really strong argument for portable dedicated gaming hardware and as long as they can convince people to stick around with quality software I think 3DS will do just fine.

Gaz: Well until Nintendo develop time travel for the anticipated 4DS, they're kinda stuck with what they've got .

Ken: 5-6 years is well within the system's capability, given the numbers it’s posting worldwide right now.

Stephen: I’m a rubbish analyst, but my heart says “the 3DS will go far”. It already has a solid list of games, and that’s taking the rocky start into account. Big-name Nintendo hits will keep it afloat at the very least.

Ron: The only thing that could rival a 3DS is a 3DS with two thumb sticks. Excuse me, Circle Pads.

Ken: Ron has it there - that'll be the next "innovation", and we'll see yet another 3DS version which will extend the platform's life.

Andy: It should easily make six years, by then there'll be more 3DS systems in Japan than the actual amount of people populating the place...

Ken: Nintendo 3DSXLTwoSticks.

Orla: I think we'll get a great 5-6 years out of it, keep bringing out the big guns, Ninty.

Dave: I certainly think the 3DS could have another solid 3 years of life if Nintendo continues doing things the way they are now. Does the console really have any direct hardware competition? It doesn’t seem so to me.

Gaz: 5-6 years is spot on. We're in the best period of the console's lifespan right now, but there's plenty more to come. The console doesn't end with a Pokemon title!

Martin: It's certainly feasible. My only hope is that it doesn't trail off like the DS and Wii did (especially the latter).

Katy: Animal Crossing NL has us set for the next 5-6 years easily!

Morgan: I definitely think so! And like Katy said, I'd be happy to spend the next 5-6 years on New Leaf, personally!

Gaz: We're still waiting for the 3DS's big casual breakthrough.

Tom: Do you feel that the 3DS is missing any key components, still? Miiverse is one, but what about things that aren't confirmed?

Jon: Miiverse is really it. Animal Crossing would be such a better experience.

Dave: Miiverse will make a fantastic addition, though I’m not sure it’ll help sell consoles. I would like to see voice chat become a feature in the near future, although I don’t think it’s a necessity with handhelds this generation. Maybe next.

Ron: The moment I can yell at my 3DS and it'll turn my TV on for me, that when I know it has reached its peak.

Ken: Is Miiverse important?

Tom: Yes.

Gaz: Very.

Katy: Extremely so.

Miiverse is definitely the thing [that's needed], alongside a proper account system across both Wii U and 3DS — it doesn't make sense that you have to buy Virtual Console games twice, for example, when you have cross-buy titles fully active on PS3 / Vita.

Mike: I agree, Miiverse is definitely the thing, alongside a proper account system across both Wii U and 3DS — it doesn't make sense that you have to buy Virtual Console games twice, for example, when you have cross-buy titles fully active on PS3 / Vita. Also, an eShop layout update. And more StreetPass games!

Martin: I know it'd never happen, but I'd love to be able to install my games from the card to the SD card. It'd just make the system even more portable!

And I know you can download the games, but some of us have already built up a big library!

Tom: Swapnote and the friend list will go, and Miiverse will be better, I reckon. Plus it can be a link to Wii U communities, maybe give the console some magic 3DS pixie dust.

Gaz: Installable games would be great, the best of retail and digital in one.

Ken: I would eat my hat if Nintendo made games installable to the SD card, but it’s a nice idea.

I will literally eat a hat. On camera.

Tom: I think you're safe Ken!

Gaz: Overall I'm fairly happy with what we've got right now. Miiverse is the big one for me.

Martin: Come on, Nintendo, you heard the man! Don't let us down!

Stephen: I don’t see any gaping holes. I mostly value my 3DS for its pick-up-and-play appeal; I can be playing a game in seconds. Extra features and functions aren’t high on my priority list.

Ron: Expanded Virtual Console, including N64 games, some type of connectivity between 3DS and Wii U, a cup holder.

Gaz: Rack and peanut steering... (Simpsons reference for you there folks)

Tom: I want more than one letter to show on the folders, and choices of colours. Seriously, I do.

Ron: Yeah, Tom. Better sorting would be great.

Ken: I can't think of a single time where I would have used Miiverse on my 3DS, other than maybe to play Mario Kart 7 with the Nintendo Life clan. But if you say it's important, then fair enough. I think Nintendo have more important things to work on. On other systems. That aren't portable. And that I own and am not happy with.

Orla: A choice of colours would be nice, yeah. And it'd be bliss if N64 games arrived to the VC.

Gaz: I was playing LM2 today and wanted to post to Miiverse, it's quickly becoming engrained in my mind as something I just do while playing.

Tom: It's a gift of Nintendo that we start asking for more VC. Give us old games, you damn fools!

Morgan: Oh man I can't wait for Miiverse on 3DS. Almost every time I play I feel like posting something, and then realize I can't. Anyway, I hope that Miiverse integration comes with a unified Nintendo account system. That is a big one for me! I've had my Wii stolen and Ninty gave me all my downloads back, but it was a pain in the butt during a stressful time and I would've much preferred to just redownload them.

Also, while we're wishing for VC goodness, I'm still holding on for Neo Geo Pocket Colour games!

Ken: I think maybe I'm immune to that as I haven't really been enchanted enough by the Wii U to actually use Miiverse on it for more than 2 minutes.

Katy: Aside from the Miiverse aspect, I reckon the 3DS is perfect just the way it is!

Andy: Yeah, I don't know how I'd fix it to be honest... 3DS XL kind of addressed everything (apart from the extra Circle Pad).

Orla: If it's not broken, don't fix it...

Gaz: I'd quite like that White 3DS XL solo unit that Shibata said would be released in Feb to come out... But that's my personal vendetta.

Ron: I'd love to see a better internet browser. If I need to look something up, I immediately go for my phone rather than my 3DS, even when playing a game on the 3DS that is already in my hands. I'd also like to be able to have multiple applications open at once.

Tom: So we all seem pretty happy with it right now, and are pretty confident about its future. If you had to sum up the system in just five words, what would you say?

Mike: Only just getting started.

Gaz: Less TV than Xbox One?

Martin: Getting better all the time.

Ken: I want it in purple.

Andy: A simply brilliant little console!

Stephen: Doing what Nintendo does best.

Tom: Saved by the price cut (engages flame shield).

Jon: It's been a strange ride.

Orla: Perfect portable for the pocket!

Andy: It's more fun than gardening.

Gaz: Only console with Kid Icarus (Uprising).

Ron: It's perfect for portable fun!

Morgan: Best thing in my backpack!

Andy: Fire Emblem: Awakening - enough said.

Katy: Needs some more Level-5 loving.

Ron: Altered Beast. Japan wins.

Katy: Haha!

Dave: Best system on the market.

Tom: How about everyone name their favourite 3DS game right now...

Jon: You can't make me!

Ron: Code of Princess? Or Super Mario 3D Land.

Ken: Fire Emblem Awakening - by far.

Stephen: Not counting the Ocarina of Time remake, that would be Fire Emblem: Awakening. It’s actually my favourite game since Skyrim!

Orla: Right now? Luigi's Mansion 2. Overall, Ocarina of Time 3D until LttP2 is out...

Gaz: Kid Icarus: Uprising.

Mike: Fallblox!

Morgan: Style Savvy!

Andy: I won't even bother telling you what my favourite game is…

Katy: Animal Crossing NL!

Ron: Andy is a big Gummy Bear fan.

Ken: Is it Imagine Party Horsez, Andy?

Martin: I'm going to have to go with Luigi's Mansion 2 for the moment!

Gaz: Andy's favourite game is DSiWare Mario Calculator.

Andy: I can't get enough of Gummy algebra!

Tom: I'll go for Super Mario 3D Land, I can't help it, to hell with the critics.

Gaz: I still rank 3D Land as the worst Mario game (sorry Tom!)

Dave: Miracle Mask is probably my favourite overall, being my first Layton game, but Uprising is my jam right now.

Ken: When they bring out a game based on Columbo, it'll be the best console ever made. Until then, the Dreamcast wins for me!

Gaz: He was in Lego City!

Ken: Doesn't count.

Katy: That's it, I'm ordering Fire Emblem. Right now.

Ken: DO IT

Ron: DL it from the eShop!

Andy: I knew I'd get you eventually Katy! Yes, I already see it as one of the best ever consoles.

Tom: There's a final question. I've seen community posts and chat about "10 years from now we'll look back at the 3DS as one of the great consoles". Do you agree?

Morgan: Definitely! I already see it as one of the greats, and I think it'll always have a special place in our hearts!

Mike: I don't think I'll look back on it as fondly as DS based on its life so far, but I've no doubt it'll have carved out a nice little hole in my memory when all's said and done.

Katy: I think the DS innovated the handheld gaming sector, but the 3DS refined and defined it.

Orla: I agree, of course!

Gaz: After the DS, I always said the 3DS would be hard-pressed to beat it. But at current pace it's beginning to overtake it. After this year we can talk best ever, but by the looks of it, yes it will be; it needs Advance Wars to beat the DS).

Martin: I think we'll look back on it in a very positive light, so long as it continues to impress!

Jon: If it keeps up this momentum then it certainly has the potential.

Dave: Absolutely – I can confidently say that it’s already my favourite handheld console of all time and I even prefer it to a couple current home consoles – won’t mention any names!

Ken: I think it will be, yes, although it hasn't had as much of an impact on the industry as previous handhelds.

Stephen: I honestly think the 3DS will be remembered as a legitimate great. It already has several legendary games, and if all goes well, it’s just getting started.

Ron: 10 years from now I will look back and see it as one of the best, but I'm not sure about the gaming community as a whole. I still feel like there's a huge market of gamers who don't understand it, or they think it’s gimmicky. It has, without a doubt, some of the best games from the current generation, but I don't know that enough people appreciate it.

Andy: I agree with Katy! 3DS is like a fine wine!

Ken: Agreed with Gaz, Advance Wars is required!

And the ratio of dross to quality in the software library is extremely high, as it was with the DS, and the Wii. If people overlook that, then it'll be one of the greats.

So there are some of our team's thoughts on the system right now. There's plenty to think about, so by all means sound off in the comments section below.

From the web

User Comments (98)



JayArr said:

I haven't touched my 3DS in almost a year. >.>
I hope they reveal something I can't resist buying at E3.



Dizzard said:

3DS is finally coming into it's own this year....and it's not even finished with the great games either: Animal Crossing, New Leaf, Shin Megami Tensei, Ace Attorney, Pokemon XY, Bravely Default, Phoenix Wright vs Professor Layton (?), Fantasy Life (?), Youkai Watch (?) and those are only the ones I'm personally interested in.

The ? are because I'm not sure if we'll get them...but they're more possible because Nintendo said they wanted more Japan made games to make it across + the eShop makes it easier to localize games that wouldn't otherwise.

It's hard to keep up with them all, kinda annoying how the first two years were so quiet and now everything is coming at once....



Shadow100 said:

I've had tons of hours of fun on my 3DS, and know I will get plenty more in the rest of its life



stealth said:

3DS is doing great

2014 has

bravely default
smash bros likely

thats enough



Shadow100 said:

@stealth I doubt Smash Bros. will release next year, unless they rush its release.
Brawl was delayed quite a bit, iirc.



Collision_Cat said:

@JayArr I don't know how you've managed that my moogley friend, when there are so many great games being released for it this year!



Cotton said:

I'm with Orla and Martin I have put about 90 hours in monster hunter but I'm not even half way done (I really like free hunting)



cbkummer said:

I am SO GLAD I purchased a 3DS. My only regret is I didn't get it before the price cut, as playing GBA games on it would turn it into gaming Nirvana for me. I've been gaming since the NES days, and my 3DS has the largest library I've ever owned (It helps that I don't have to ask my parents to buy me games anymore). I will own and use this thing well past its life cycle, I'll probably play it until I break it, like my poor beaten up GBC.



Ralizah said:

"Stephen: If the 3DS’ full library was on the PSP Vita, would there really be a good reason to not jump ship? When push comes to shove, it’s all about the games!"

PSP Vita, the DS3's major handheld competitor!



MAB said:

I haven't played anything on the XL since getting the WiiU and nothing else has sparked up any interest like RE Mercs/Revelations online & Heroes of Ruin... The next game will be Cult County for me



Aloth said:

I am really happy about my 3ds, what I hate is this week release of old titles, they should release more gb, gbc even snes every week. Why cant I play castlevania 4 on my 3ds?
I havent got the altered beast on the japanese 3ds, it doesnt interest me, but I will get hang on or sonic.



Mollutje said:

I'm a big fan of my 3DS, lovely little console. I'm taking a little break from it at the moment to finish up the titles I still had lying around for Wii U, but I'm certainly going for the "too many games"-promotion. Now all I need to do is get my girlfriend one as well, so I can finally experience some local multiplayer fun!



Xjarnold said:

The 3ds is here to stay and will be going strong for a long time, once pokemon x and y get here, there will be absolutely no reason to not pick up a 3ds. Not to say that fire emblem and uprising aren't killer apps themselves



Zach777 said:


You must be a tough one to please, good sir. Either that or your taste for video games is so out there that not even your genre of choice has been breached by the gargantuan 3DS library as of late. Perhaps you might reconsider, sir, your video game values?



hYdeks said:

lol, I don't think you guys really needed to re-introduce yourselves. I haven't beaten Skyward Sword either, I feel terrible

I love the 3DS' game library, I had an original 3DS and didn't like it and sold it, but than the 3DS XL came out and now I'm jealous of people I see with one lol Instead, I own a Vita and so far, that has been a big waste of money. I have 7 games for it, and all I ever play on it is Sonic and All Star Racing I miss playing Super Mario 3D Land, alone

@Cotton love your icon! GIR!!! They need to bring Invader Zim back...



Dpullam said:

The Nintendo 3DS is easily becoming one of my favorite gaming systems of all time due to one thing that some of the editors mentioned as well. This system reminds me of the Nintendo 64 days when games were purely about the gameplay and having fun. I was just recently playing some of my games on the N64 and I was thinking to myself, they don't make games that are this fun very often anymore. At least for me they don't.

There are some recent games that still use that tradition, but they are far less frequent than they used to be. As a result, the Nintendo 3DS is a godsend for my gaming time. I would be pretty happy if Nintendo kept up the killer amount of games that they have released thus far for the indefinite future. At the very least, this is going to be one incredible year for gaming on my Nintendo 3DS.



Dpishere said:

@Dpullam I agree with everything you said, especially the N64 comment. Other than Nintendo, most companies don't make games designed purely for fun, and that is why I have always had more fun on Nintendo consoles than any others.



Parasky said:

I like my 3DS, but I wouldn't say I love it, as it's build quality is rather poor. The d-pad is horrible and chipped and there are lots of scratches on the system. I'm waiting for E3 for a 3DS plus.



Prof_Elvin_Gadd said:

The 3DS is swiftly becoming my favorite handheld console of all-time. I think I'll even use it for my new Dual-Scream design. The ghosts will pop out and scare that skinny Italian brother! Hehe. He is brave though, or more brave than he looks! King Boo was no slouch.



P-Gamer-C said:

I love my 3ds too but its kind of sad that nintendo's handheld is more relivent than there home console



DualWielding said:

3DS is the best console ever, Nintendo should give up on the Wii U and concentrate on the console that'll be putting food on their table for the rest of this generation



Kirbybrawl said:

Im always playing starfox 3d trying to beat my high score atleast once a week, play mario tennis with my brother online, mk7 and i just picked up donkey kong last night. I still havent finished luigis mansion yet so i have a good amount of games i can play for a while.especially when animal crossing comes out. Im having so much fun playing 3ds this year and i still have games like kirby mass attack and super star that i want to replay again when i finish donkey kong.



Sakura said:

Nintendo consoles rule the roost for me. Most games are essentially puzzle-solving of some kind or another - where to jump, who to target with which weapon, where the secrets are in a level, more traditional brain puzzles like in Professor Layton, who to form an alliance with, what you need to collect to complete a task...etc Nintendo are always, in my opinion (and it's only an opinion), the best at finding new ways to innovate gameplay. I love that you can play games like Trauma Centre or Phantom Hourglass using the touchscreen, Fire Emblem and Mario with the buttons, rhythm games, RPGs, text-heavy games like Hotel Dusk and Phoenix, open world games like Animal Crossing, collection games and shooters. There's something for every taste at every age. And most games (with a few exceptions) are a perfect fit for the console whatever their genre.

And there's spotpass and streetpass connectivity that generates a sense of community in the way that no other console can. I take out my console in my bag and get (perhaps lamentably given my age) happy when the green light flashes. I get puzzle pieces and enhancements for games from other players. It's a great system.

Only thing that lets it down is the lack of special mii releases! When, o when, Nintendo UK?



AltDotNerd said:

Nintendo needs to develop some connectivity between the 3DS and the Wii U. I liked Mr. Miyamoto's idea of using the 3DS as a controller for the Wii U.



Lostog said:

for me the e-shop is fundamental. ok, i didn't even know of its existence when i got it, didn't even have a wifi connection, but once i got one and discovered the eshop, and later eshop cards, it became fundamental, as i'm more at ease spending 15 euros for two games than 40 for one. if i was more stable i would buy more retail games, but for now i'm ok with an eshop game once in a while (and once in a wider while, a retail one that really interests me, if there's good wind)



daggdroppen said:

the 3DS is my favorite of all handhelds of all time!!

and it has only lived for 2 years. count 4 more fruityful years =)



Funny_Moblin said:

@ferthepoet Never. Remember the people who also like large flat screen TVs, and sharing gaming experiences with family and friends. I suppose I could understand your point of view since you must be a lone gamer.
And don't forget how the 3DS was selling poorly at the beginning just like Wii U is at the moment. Wii U will eventually put food on the table too. Why focus on one handheld console, when you can get double the money in the near future.



BossBattles said:

I had no doubt the 3DS would have a great library of games.

Same goes for the Wii U. Just wait....the Wii U will have the same article written about it after its been out 2 years.



crazyj2312 said:

I'm just glad capcom decided to use the 3ds as a platform for MH3U and allowed the audience for the game to expand in the west with nintendo. and it was successful enough to get MH4 exclusively on the system too.



Silverbullet89 said:

I just bought a 3DS XL along with Fire Emblem: Awakening and soon to be Ocarina of Time 3D. Needless to say I'm already in love with it



Tasuki said:

I have to say the 3DS is quickly becoming one of my favorite consoles of all time.



Ispheria said:

i got mine on the first day and i've gotta say that i have much more hours on my 3ds then i do on any other system. over 300 hours on monster hunter, and 200+ on KI:U. didn't spend much time on oricarina of time, after i beat it i sort of got bored, and fire emblem was too easy on lunatic because of how OP kellam and and the dragon girl was, though their conversations were pretty entertaining. personally though, what i would like more than anything on the 3DS is another Tales of game, and not a straight up port like Tales of the Abyss. i'd really like a completely new Tales of game exclusive for the 3ds



idork99 said:

Excellent round table!

Page 1 - If I were a stranger to NL, I would write off the website as a bias, Nintendo-loving bunch! But since I visit the site regularly, I know that the comments are honest .

Page 2 - I'd have to disagree with the majority of you as I personally feel the eShop is an essential success to the 3DS. Yes, I was one of the few that said I'd never buy digital over retail but my 3DS tells the story. Out of all the games I own and all the time that I spend with the system, the eShop is in the top five of apps played! Why?! Because I was one of those snobby kids in the retail store that retailers hated: the kid that would want to look at every game and not buy a single one. Let's admit it, we all love window shopping. And with the eShop, it's giving my ten year old self a fix. I was the kid that loved to read the back of the boxes and look at the still images to give myself a taste of what the game was like. With the eShop, not only do I get to read and look at still images, but also look at videos of gameplay which help me better decide my gaming purchases. So, yes, the eShop is good and can be better with more games: both old and new.

Page 3 - In regards to the trajectory of the 3DS's lifespan, reading on this matter actually made me think of the past. It reminded of the DS phat and DS lite days. When the first DS came out, people were not all into it. Once the DS lite came, the DS was in full stride and didn't make any hardware changes for nearly three years (DSi). I see the same thing happening now. The first 3DS did not "Wow" people because of the small screen and the difficulty of finding that sweet spot for the 3D. Plus, many were confused that it was just another DS! Ever since the XL model came out (along with NSMB2), the 3DS has been in a better trajectory and people are more comfortable with the new size for both ergonomic and visual reasons. All in all, I see no new model for a 3DS for at least another two years. Not a new system, but a new model (with one circle pad ). If all goes accordingly, I don't expect to see a new portable from Nintendo (3DS+) until the year 2017-18.



bassoongoon said:

I would love to hear about F-Zero coming out on both the Wii U and 3DS.

Man, I can't wait to buy a 3DS.



zool said:

Jon: Apart from stereoscopic 3D and StreetPass there really isn't anything that 3DS can do that virtually any other console can't

......try putting an xbox in your pocket.



Doma said:

If SMT4 actually gets released in EU before 2014, i'll be satisfied with the year's output. Much better than last year's 2 worthy games, at least.

I'll be praying for surprise Metroid and Advance Wars E3 announcements... otherwise those series can probably officially be declared as dead (to be buried beside Fzero and Starfox, R.I.P.)



Yoshi3DS said:

am i the only one that prefers getting a game with its case rather than from the eshop



blackknight77 said:

I'm happy with the 3DS library. I have a good collection and there are still titles like DOA and Castelvania which I have yet to pick up



thepitt said:

I've been watching this little system since its incarnation and though I'm not too thrilled about the "3D" aspect (it gives me motion sickness which is a precursor to a seizure), the New Mario Bros 2 and Donkey Kong Country games look fantastic. It wasn't until I saw videos of a new Zelda - Link to the Past (one of my favourite SNES games - I stayed up night/day and went to Middle School at the same time until I beat it) that I actually started getting interested in the console.

With Mario, Donkey Kong and Zelda I think my wait has paid off as I can now get a 3DS XL for less then the price of the original 3DS. It does pay to wait to buy these thing you know



Gregor said:

Jon: Apart from stereoscopic 3D and StreetPass there really isn't anything that 3DS can do that virtually any other console can't
...I think they are forgetting WHY the system has DS in its name...



Bucbanzai said:

I have been amazed at how many games I have bought for my 3DS as well as how much I play it just when I have 10-20 mins here and there. I don't need the 3d to play any of the games but it ands so much to the immersion when playing I can't imagine being without it. The depth makes me feel more a part of the action. The battery is the biggest disappointment of the whole thing. My whish list of games that are out is huge and the new ones coming out are simply going to add to it.



Will-75 said:

I currently have a little more than 170 titles downloaded from eshop to my 3DS , and I have 20 titles I've purchased in hard copy form I've never owned a system that I had that much software for in a year and ahalf time frame as well I play mine daily the 3DS simply ROCKS ! I love mine , Fav system of all time for me ..



gavn64 said:

No real love for RESI's raid mode from the team shame.

next year give me Advance wars, Smash bros., a sequel to 3D LAND, Pikmin Portable™, Miiverse 3DS, Donkey Kong Crash Course 3DS as a small eshop title with more boards and i would be set.

P.S to Ken stop being a troll leave the Wiiu alone



Zodiak13 said:

As an owner of almost every system that a decent amount of games, I have found that I have played more hours on my DS/3DS than any gaming system, with a possible excepetion being the SNES. Even than I still think the DS/3DS wins out. Favorite system ever?? No, that will always be the DC for me. but my 3DS comes closer than I would have though a year or 2 ago.



Lin1876 said:

MiiVerse, unified accounts and Neo-Geo Pocket and GBA games on Virtual Console and my life will be complete. It's a great wee system right now.



sinalefa said:

What I don't agree with is mentioning new Nintendo IPs on 3DS as something so rare. So far we have seen Pushmo, the Rolling Western, Sakura Samurai and I could even include Harmoknight. Wii U is an entirely different thing, though....

I am very happy with my 3DS and I haven't picked up things that seem to hook people so much like MH or Fire Emblem. I may get the latter, though. Don't care about Miiverse on Wii U and don't care about it here, although I like having more sales on eShop as of late.



Giygas_95 said:

The 3DS is one of the best Nintendo consoles since the SNES in my opinion. It has so many incredible games!

About the eshop, I think it's an important part of the system at least for me. I have a lot of download only and retail download games (which I do wish could be backed up by some sort of account system). A lot of great titles on the 3DS might not exist without the eshop so it's an important part of it for me. I can't wait for Miiverse. About streetpass, I just wish that puzzle swap didn't allow you to get the same puzzle pieces over again, and especially I wish it didn't have the pink pieces. I get so few streetpasses where I live that it's virtually impossible for me to finish a lot of those puzzles, and I really want to finish some of them like LMDM or The Last Ranger.

@zipmon "Hi! I'm Morgan, I review games and drink an awful lot of tea." I hear you on the tea. I drink unsweet every day, it's so good!



Arcamenel said:

I'm definitely getting a lot more use out of my 3DS than I did my DS lite but to be fair I only got that for Pokemon. I don't own a Wii U but Miiverse does seem like something I would get a lot of use out of so definitely hope that comes to the 3DS soon.

side note: I wish people would stop asking for a second circle pad. 30 million+ units sold at this point with at least a couple million more to be bought once big titles like AC:NL and Pokemon X/Y come out, I don't see Nintendo turning around and releasing a new handheld(because in my mind that's what it'd be) and give a big eff you to those who bought one early.



andjahiam said:

having a wii u and a 3ds, i have to say that i am equally pleased at owning both. the wii u is a baby still and needs time to mature, such as 3ds did last year. Wii U offers things that i dont like or dont have on my 3ds, such as amazing web browser- the 3ds pales in comparison. My Wii library, especially VC games. There are some for 3ds i dont have for Wii or Wii U, but i have a vaster collection on my Wii which i transfered over to Wii U. Wii U chat, and absolutly a must have, miiverse. i use my Wii U about as much as my 3ds. My3ds is amazing and i cant game without it, as it offers things i cant find on my wii u, GB/C games on VC, 3D GOODNESS, while sometimes distracting during game play, cut scenes are the best to veiw in 3D... i use it about half the time while playing and always when veiwing story elements of the game. an unique gaming library found no where else.



Nekketsu3D said:

I say: I'm impressed of their unconditional support, his great contribution to restore classic portable consoles and now 16-bit impressed with 3D, thanks for all SEGA ... thanks to you, I bought a Japanese 3DS to enjoy what NOA market wasted.



thanos316 said:

i have some good games for my 3ds. ssf4 is really good for it. im about to pick up fire emblem this week and i can't wait for the new zelda game to arrive. but the 3ds is a great system and i always play with the 3d on.. can't wait to play the new arriving titles



RR529 said:

I've really enjoyed my 3DS so far. I've had to rely on the smaller eShop games, rather than retail recently (since I don't have too much money), so I'm thankful for the service.

The retail games I have played, have mostly been superb (particulary Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D, Tales of the Abyss, Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance, Dead or Alive Dimensions, and Ocarina of Time 3D), and it's finally gotten to the point where some retail titles I've wanted have dropped in price to be affordable to me (Resident Evil: Revelations, here I come!).



Urbanhispanic said:

I bought my 3DS in April 2012 and I LOVE it!! I'm constantly playing games on it when I'm not playing some Wii games. The library is now getting strong and there are great games coming soon.

Now, they need to apply the same strategy to the Wii U so Nintendo can sell more consoles and rub it in EA's greedy donkey face! lol



Honelith said:

Just recently got Donkey Kong Country, Luigi's Mansion, Monster Hunter, Fire Emblem, Tales from the Abyss, Devil Survivor Overlocked and Mario Tennis Open. Never had this much fun with portable gaming and I started all the way back with Gameboy Pocket.



SCAR said:

3D, and GCN like graphics were what made me want 3DS the most. I knew there wouldn't be much at first(like basically every console in their first year), but I knew there would be eventually.
3DS is a great system that can stand on its own.



IAmSpike said:

"Gaz: [...] Although I did like Colors 3D! as an app (apart from the misspelling of colour...)"



gamr4life said:

Never had this much fun with video games in a while. 3ds has surpassed my expectations in almost every area.



QuickSilver88 said:

I bought 3DS at launch and must admit it was pretty disappointing. Thank goodness for the Tom Clancy game at launch which is really a vy good little SRPG and I recoomed it if you haven't tried it. Finally after months eShop came and then they gave us ambassador. Those GBA games are all awesome.....Then the flood of good titles came. Last month I finally moved to the XL and it is a HUGE improvement. The promos are what pushed me to upgrade. I was able to find a Mario Kart bundle at Walmart and got the new Luigi DM game and then got the Layton game on promo...So basically 3 great games or the price of one. Then gamestop was running a trade in promo so I got $110 credit for my original 3ds and mariokart cartridge....after I transferred my ambasator titles of course. Now the system is so rich....I own 10 cart games, all those good gba and retro titles, a few dsi goodies and some nice 3ds ditties. I agree they need more VC patricularly DS classics at a reduced price like their own stuff, layton, castlevania. Also more GBA for everyone. These game would be eay to offer as the 3ds is essentially compatible with these titles without emulation or modification. I was suprised they didn't mention Nintendo Video which I like and find fun. My only request is please Nintendo bring us a new side scrolling Metroid game this generation as it has been wayyyyyy to long. Aso I think more should be explpred in 3DS/WiiU cross play and promos like Sony is doing. MHU was a good start but needed special pricing or even a free download code for 3DS when you buy WiiU retail. Something with Fire Emblem where you could transfer people from 3DS to U and pokemon as well. A new advance wars for both systems with cross play/save. The things would help sell WiiU as 3DS already has 30mil and fast growing audience and it would encourage those gamers to buy a U!



Williaint said:

Link to the Past: 2, Pokemon X/Y, and tentative "Advance" Wars would/will sell 3DS systems.



Funbunz said:

So many of you guys love Monster Hunter. Is the 3ds version better than on the Wii? I had it, and tried really hard to enjoy it. But I found it hard to control in the fights, and all the areas seemed small which led to watching a load screen every 5 seconds. Every time I played it, I thought about how I'd be having way more fun playing Skyrim. Even still, I'm tempted to try again...



TheAdza said:

This was a brilliant read. Thanks NL for showing there is still some enthusiasm for positive Nintendo news. And Like many of you, my 3DS is my go to system of choice. I play it every day.



XFsWorld said:

Just downloaded Lego City: Chase Begins and Donkey Kong 3D today, having fun with them both.



CaPPa said:

The Wii U version of MH3U is better than the 3DS version due to a bigger screen, better controls and online.

There are so many 3DS games that I need to get this year - DKCR 3D, Paper Mario, Lego City Undercover, Soul Hackers, Shin Megami Tensei IV, Project X Zone, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate and The Legend of Zelda LTP2 (I don't expect to see Bravely Default, Monster Hunter 4 or Smash Bros until 2014 at least). It's an awesome system, the only things it's missing for me are unified accounts (as I have 3DS, 3DS XL and Wii U) and MiiVerse.



SuperSah said:

I'm addicted to MH3U and DKCR3D right now.

Can't.. stahp.. ;_;

I'm constantly using 3D. It makes objects seem more "solid" and immerses you more. Sure beats 1080p for me.



SuperSah said:

@Funbunz 3DS version is 10x better. Better graphic effects like self shadowing, better AA, 3x the content, literally.

The game does have loads between sections, but Monster Hunter always has and so far i'm around 150hours clocked and still hardly into the more challenging quests. Pick it up! It controls better with a CPP, mind you.



dknintendo said:

just think they have been able to bring alot of games to the 3ds.
they must have equal amount or more coming for the wii u
this year and next they are releasing games such as luigi mansion 2, fire emblem awakening, pokemon x and y, pokemon mystery dungeon, donkey kong, monster hunter, castlevania, mario tennis, mario and luigi, animal crossing, zelda, mario party, lego city, shin megami tensei lV, soul hackers, yoshi, sonic lost world, smash bros, project x zone, monster hunter 4, pacman.
so if any of these games here along with other games such as mario kart, 3d land, new super mario bros 2, kid icarus and sticker star dont make people buy and play the 3ds I dont know what they like playing



Nomad said:

I can't believe some people don't like or use the 3D on this system. I play my
games with the 3D slider turned all the way up. The games just look way better and more alive with the 3D on. After playing with the 3D on, if I turn it off, it just doesn't look as amazing. 3D is definitely not a gimmick.
Anyway, yup, the 3DS is the best system out there at the moment, its amassing an exceptional library of games so far with more great games on the way. 3DS is on a roll.



SphericalCrusher said:

@JayArr Since then, there's been a TON of stuff released that most people consider must-own. If you've overlooked those, you should probably just sell the thing. =)



BulbasaurusRex said:

The 3DS already has a much better library than the DS. 90% of the quality games on DS consists of RPGs, puzzle games, casual games, games with excessive touchscreen controls, and/or games ported from consoles. I can only play so many RPGs.



DaveC said:

@Yoshi3DS "am i the only one that prefers getting a game with its case rather than from the eshop?"

No I always buy physical copies too. I want to actually own the games. Because of Nintendo's DRM, downloaded games can be lost in the future when they are no longer supported and I need to replace my 3DS (presumably from an ebay one etc). Also if my unit breaks I would lose all digital copies on that unit as there is no way to transfer from a broken unit. I can see myself going back to the 3DS in the distant future to replay some favorites. Sure the GFX won't be as good as the newest but it may be the only system with 3D.

I am one of the few that plays with the 3D on full at all times. Games just look so bland to me in 2D now. If I play the vita (which is not often, haven't touched it in months) that is the first thing I miss. Yeah it is like wow the colors and resolution are so nice, but it is so ....flat.

Leave A Comment

Hold on there, you need to login to post a comment...