New Nintendo 3DS Hardware Review

New Nintendo 3DS XL

Recently, Nintendo of Canada gave Always Nintendo the chance to review the newest member of the 3DS family, the New Nintendo 3DS XL. The New Nintendo 3DS takes a step above its predecessors by bringing things like face tracking 3D, C-Stick support, faster processing power and built-in NFC/amiibo scanning support to the table. We take a look at all of these features and decide whether or not the New Nintendo 3DS is worth your purchase!

Features

Face tracking 3D:

Face tracking 3D

First and foremost, I’d like to bring up one of my favorite features on the New Nintendo 3DS which is the face tracking 3D. On older 3DS models, you might notice that the screen can blur when you make adjustments to your sitting position. The New Nintendo 3DS fixes this by using the system’s inner-camera to change the viewing angle depending on where you are, meaning that people can now watch over your shoulder whilst you play in 3D without having to worry about blurry images. This was a small change, but a helpful one at that.

C-Stick Support:

The second feature I wanted to talk about was the C-Stick. On the New 3DS, the C-Stick is a small nub above the buttons on the right-hand side, and although it’s a bit firm, it’s very responsive and is perfect for adjusting the camera angle in fast-paced games such as Monster Hunter 4. It’s also a necessity in New 3DS-exclusive games like Xenoblade Chronicles 3D and The Binding of Isaac (available on the Nintendo eShop). Although this isn’t as much of a system selling point like the other features, it’s still fairly nifty. Speaking of controls, the New 3DS also has ZL and ZR buttons beside L and R respectively. These buttons add even more gameplay possibilities to the mix.

Faster processing power:

The New Nintendo 3DS has a faster CPU, which pretty much means your loading times will be cut to a quarter of what they were on older 3DS models. Other than that, better looking games are being developed that take advantage of the new hardware’s power. These loading time cuts don’t just apply to games, but to apps such as the camera as well.

New 3DS XL Amiibo

NFC/amiibo scanning support:

One of the last features on the New Nintendo 3DS that I wanted to talk about was the amiibo support. In games like Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, you can tap an amiibo on the bottom screen in order to spawn your very own trainable fighter. Note that this will also be compatible with amiibo card series’. Not once did I encounter any difficulties with this feature, however, I do wish that more first-party games would utilize amiibo support in a better way. On a another note, with the Shovel Knight amiibo coming soon I hope to see more 3rd party developers with +1 million units sold/downloads get a chance to have their very own amiibo. Think about how awesome it would be to have one for your very own hunter in Monster Hunter or maybe one for Shantae and Quote from Cave Story! The possibilities are endless.


All in all, I think that the New 3DS is definitely worth it for anyone who’s in the market for a portable with superb 1st and 3rd party support. Some other improvements I didn’t get the chance to mention above are an improved camera for taking photos in lower-light conditions and a better internet browser that allows you to view videos and load web pages faster. The New 3DS has a gigantic library with games in almost every genre from 3D platformers (Super Mario 3D Land), to abstract rhythm games (Rhythm Thief), to Japanese RPGs (Bravely Default, Legend of Legacy) and more!

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