Nintendo 3DS Review

Handheld gaming is not a new idea, but with every new piece of innovation, big or small it’s getting rapidly closer to the experience that we have on a home console or a PC, this handheld generation being as close to that idea as any handheld generation before, but does Nintendos 2011 gimmicky handheld reflect that type of gaming, or is it not worth your time?

Different types of collectors editions you can get

The 3Ds started of with a rough patch, similar to the on that the Wii U seems to be digging itself out of now, but the 3Ds has now gone out of that rough patch and has come to be the best selling console this generation as of writing this review, this is because of the sheer amount of amazing games that are available for the handheld, there is truly something for everyone on this handheld for example for young children, and adults a like you have Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7, The Legend Of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and New Super Mario Bros. 2, but for more mature audiences you have Fire Emblem: Awakening, The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time 3D and Resident Evil: Revelations, You also have an awesome line up of indie games like Shovel Knight and Steam World Dig and that’s naming a few of a library of hundreds of amazing games for the handheld.

Fire Emblem: Awakening for the 3DS

 

Also you don’t just get the library of awesome 3Ds games, but you also get backwards compatibility with Nintendo DS games, so awesome games like Super Mario 64 DS and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars. And you also get a good chunk of Gameboy, Gameboy Colour and NES games via the 3DS Virtual console.

A small lot of DS games that you can play on any 3DS system

Another way that Nintendo has dug themselves out of the 3DS’ rough patch is by offering lots of different variations of their console, you have the 3DS XL, my preferred choice with tons of designs that include characters from your favorite Nintendo franchises, and seems to be getting more affordable by the days. You have the 2DS the value system that is great for young children since it’s durable, cheap, and removes the gimmicky, eye damaging 3d effect that I personally never use. These console variations give tons of options to the buyer making the 3Ds more of a desired product.

Artwork from The Legend Of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds for the 3DS

What seems to be the biggest competition for gaming specific handheld gaming consoles are mobile smart phones and the reason for this is that with each new phone, companies are upgrading specs left, right and center, and this results in games on ios and android being able to do more things, and use more polygons, but at the moment I don’t think gaming on an iphone or tablet stacks up to the experience you get when you game with a dedicated handheld gaming system like the 3Ds, as I would feel uncomfortable playing a 60 hour RPG like Bravely Default on a smartphone or tablet, as I feel like they are made for simple pick up and play games like 2048 and Angry Birds, I feel like you need a proper gamepad, and gimmicky bluetooth controllers don’t feel like an experience you get on an actual handheld system.

The three best choices you have for handheld gaming at the moment

Overall I feel like the Nintendo 3DS is the perfect console for hardcore gamers as it offers full length almost console like gameplay, with amazing games out right now like Fire Emblem: Awakening, Pokémon X&Y, The Legend Of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Mario Kart 7, Mario Golf: World Tour and many more out now and amazing games like Super Smash Bros. For 3DS and Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire coming soon. It is also perfect for young children and casual gamers as it has simple games that anyone can play like Animal Crossing: New Leaf, New Super Mario Bros. 2 and tons of retro eShop games like Super Mario Bros. because of this awesome line up of amazing games it’s a console that I could 100% recommend, that why I give it an 8.5/10.

 

Nintendo 3DS Review
Game Line Up10
Features 7.5
User Interface 7
Apps7
Ease Of Use10
Enjoyment9.5
Positives
  • Amazing Line Up Of Games
  • Online Multiplayer Works Well
Negatives
  • Not many social networking apps
  • Only good as a gaming system
  • Quite a bit of shoval ware is on the system
8.5Overall Score
Reader Rating: (5 Votes)
9.5
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About The Author

News Writer/Reviewer (UK)

Zak is a gamer who has been playing Nintendo games since he could remember! His favorite franchises are Zelda & Animal Crossing, and his favorite games are The Legend Of Zelda: Majoras Mask and Super Mario 64. When he isn't playing video games, he's often outside playing sports while cramming for tests.