Soapbox features enable our individual writers to voice their own opinions on hot topics, opinions that may not necessarily be the voice of the site. In this piece, former Official Nintendo Magazine staffer Kate Gray explains why the 3DS will always hold a special place in her heart…
Some people remember where they were when they found out about the assassination of President JFK. I can’t tell you where I was when JFK was shot, but that’s mostly because I hadn’t been born, and therefore wasn’t watching the news at the time, but I can tell you where I was when the Nintendo 3DS first came out.
It was midnight, March 25th, 2011, and I was at a pokey little HMV in Exeter, the city in which I was attending university. It was cold, and dark, and I had rolled out of my nice comfy bed to be here — my first ever midnight launch. My first ever midnight anything, to be honest, because to get up out of bed and go to the shops at midnight, you have to either really care about something, or be really hungry. For me, it was the former.
I traded in my old, battered DS Lite for £55 off the 3DS (in Aqua Blue) and it seemed like the fanciest thing I had ever owned. To this day, it’s one of the best investments I’ve ever made, second only to a warm-water bidet: I played that little piece of plastic to death, and it was still kicking when I traded it in again for a New Nintendo 3DS a few years later.
Nearly ten years later, and the Nintendo 3DS has finally been taken out of production. It’s not like you can’t get your hands on one ever again, though – a cursory search on eBay turns up over 4,000 results for « 3DS », and Nintendo’s own figures up to the middle of this year state that the family of 3DS consoles have collectively sold 75.87 million units. These little guys are ubiquitous. Like rats in New York, you’re probably never more than six feet away from a Nintendo 3DS.
Unlike rats in New York, the 3DS brought me, and millions of other people, great joy. From the very first moment of opening it, to replaying Animal Crossing: New Leaf before the release of New Horizons, I’ve never had a bad moment with Nintendo’s clicky-hinged handheld. It was my very first experience with AR, if you can remember all those little cards the original console came with – I remember showing my mum that there were little balloons all around the room that you could shoot, feeling like I had personally invented augmented reality. The gimmick wore off quick, but what a gimmick it was.
Finding out that the 3DS is no longer being made is akin to moving away from home for the first time. You know it’s for the best, right? You know that things change, and die, and the world moves on, and is better for it. But deep down, it doesn’t feel right. You want to stay in the world that has comforting memories and soft, non-threatening nostalgia. I want generations upon generations to play the 3DS, and appreciate how good it was.
It didn’t have to be that good. It could have been a handheld console with a neat technological idea – 3D without glasses! Wow! – but the very fact that I’m 500 words into telling you about how much I loved this console, and I’ve only just mentioned the 3D, goes some way to demonstrating how the 3D ended up being much less of a selling point than originally intended.
You see, what made the 3DS good was the sheer range of inventive, creative, weird games that no one else was publishing at the time. I have a lot of hot takes on this. I could tell you that the 3DS (and DS, with which it shares a lot of common features) was partly responsible for how good mobile games can be, because it (along with the iPad, released just a few months earlier) made high-production-value touchscreen games cool.
I could tell you that it helped revolutionise the indie games scene, because with the huge popularity of the 3DS, you could get your quirky game in the hands of just about everyone under 30 that was playing games at the time. I will definitely tell you that the 3DS was (and is) one of the most influential consoles for narrative in games, because creators and developers could tell pocket-sized stories that would immediately find an audience, given the massively wide net of people who owned the console.
There were games on the 3DS that could only really come out on the 3DS at the time: Zero Escape, Ace Attorney, Professor Layton. It’s no coincidence that many of these games were heavy in story and puzzles, because the 3DS (again, like the DS) was almost marketed like a book — something you could take on the train or bus, with games you could play in short bursts. In fact, I actually played a DS game called 100 Classic Books on my 3DS, where you could attempt to read the entirety of the works of Shakespeare on a tiny screen. I… don’t recommend it.
But, in my opinion, at least, the 3DS was popular, successful, and wonderful, because it marketed to everyone. Nintendo’s notoriously gender-free marketing doesn’t just include everyone, it makes sure that no one feels excluded. As someone who assumed as a teen that PlayStations and Xboxes just weren’t really aimed at me, because they only ever marketed them loudly, with the kind of games I just didn’t want to play, Nintendo has always felt like a safe haven.
In fact, the 3DS was often specifically marketed at women and girls – in a kind of icky, patronising way, I won’t lie – but I never felt like any other console manufacturer really bothered to acknowledge that I was even there. I bought a 3DS because I wanted to, the same as anyone might do with a rice cooker, or a new pillow. At launch, it wasn’t advertised as something I might like because I was a girl, or something I might not like because I was a girl. It just… was.
Formerly of Official Nintendo Magazine, GameSpot, and Xbox UK, you can now find Kate’s writing all over the internet. She moved to Canada a few years ago, but gets tea imported from England, because she has good priorities.
My favourite console of all time. Just so many brilliant games and I spent thousands of hours on it. Backwards compatibility was brilliant too. Highlights include Rune Factory 4, Theatrhythm Curtain Call, Etrian Odyssey 4, Shin Megami Tensei IV, Fire Emblem Awakening, Ocarina of Time 3D and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. Other games that I totally forgot but are also fantastic are Virtue’s Last Reward, literally the whole Ace Attorney series, the last couple of Layton games, Fantasy Life and the most underrated of all, Ghost Recon Shadow Wars.
Possibly the best handheld only gaming device ever made, it took everything good with the DS and made it better. (Until the Switch lite)
It’s also the sole reason why Nintendo didn’t go the way of Sega during the Wii U dark days. The best of Nintendo’s last generation gaming experiences are only available on the 3DS, especially considering most the one’s on the Wii U have been released on the Switch, if you want the best Nintendo games from last generation not on the Switch, you’d need a 3DS.
3DS: Was I a good console?Death: No. I was told you were the best one (of gen).
Man I loved my 3DSs! My 2DS was cool, but I think that the battery died out, so I had to get a New 3DS XL, and besides the glossy finish, it is amazing. I still use it every now and then.
My 3DS has nearly 6000 hours of played time on it, 4000 of those are Mario Kart DS (Didn’t like 7). While I mostly play switch these days, my kids are now enjoying my library of 50ish games. Certainly got my moneys worth of out it.
It had alot of traditional games at launch to appeal to gamers. This failed and when the price drop occured they shifted focus like the original DS, something for everyone. Nintendo has always been good at something for everyone. Except the 3DS didn’t get any top tier FPS games despite being more than capable. A Rainbow Six (touch screen planning phase returns!), A Metroid Prime (3D would have been glorious), a Doom 3D, a new Medal of honour etc. Overall it was a solid machine but as always developers and publishers treated it as a « niche » .
I’ve bought about 8 regular N3DS so far, and 2 Pikachu N2DS XL. All basically as backup for my original 2015 N3DS, which is still going strong. Got nearly every game physically I could want too.
I can’t believe the legacy of 3/DS software will remain locked to this hardware forever, Nintendo is bound to revisit, I reckon. But until they do, I’m good.
I feel like there’s more magic with a game screen in a clamshell design. I dont think a tablet with minimized bezel (the switch) can make the same impression.
There’s more magic with a midnight release of a console. That’s how i got the switch. The caveat is waiting for all the games to come out.
Agree one hundred percent with this article. Let’s just not bring up that one commercial whilst though get the girl or play like one lol
Recently I’ve been coming back to my 3DS. There’s a lot of games I have for it that I haven’t finished yet! (Such as Fantasy Life – REALLY should play it more often.) I’ve been replaying A Link Between Worlds and I still love it.
I have a New 3DS XL – I love it and it’s all red (my favorite color) but I don’t care for how glossy it is. Kinda wish I got a regular-sized New 3DS, but it is what it is, lol. Definitely a system well worth keeping, even if I have a Switch.
There were some great games that were visually stunning like Resident Evil Revelations and Luigi’s Mansion 2. The Game Boy virtual console was also a highlight. The console boarder view, with depth between the grey boarder and the screen behind it, when the 3D slider was turned up. It was a nice touch.
The one feature I wish the Switch had that the 3DS has is the automatic and accurate time tracking for every game that you played it on it. There was nothing better than completing a 3DS game like Phoenix Wright or Professor Layton and seeing that you had spent 40 hours it…LOL
The first 3ds was a bit iffy, but I prefer my new 3ds XL to my switch. Feels more premium in build quality and the 3D is still impressive today. It is also home to the latest Metroid game. When the « new » switch XX retires im sure it will hold the same place in my heart as my « new » 3DS XL does today.
I still think its a little retro powerhouse. The N64 Zelda’s, Pokemon and VC games make it essential even now.
I have owned four Nintendo 3DSs. My favorite was a white New Nintendo 3DS. Via a bashed window it was stolen from my car, and the world didn’t feel right again until I got a SNES themed New Nintendo 3DS XL to replace it. Thankfully NOA let me transfer my account to it and redownload all of my gamed, because I bought A LOT of digital software for that little console.
@FargusPelagius there was a metroid prime game on 3ds but people don’t like to remember it.
Got one for both myself and the missus on release day (actually arrived a day early), before the price drop, but no regrets. It’s a great system with loads of fantastic games. My only slight issue was that games of Mario Kart 7 made my hands ache, but that was mostly because Nintendo insisted on using A to accelerate rather than the better-positioned B.
My favorite handheld ever. I’ve spent so many hours on it. Playing Switch so much lately, it feels strange when I grab my 3DS, but the memories are still intact.
@BongoBongo123 yeah, I love those N64 games on 3Ds. They put the N64 effort in Mario 3D all stars to shame.
@Moistnado Federation Force is « not » a Prime game . I know it says it is in the title and the game is actually half decent and didn’t completely deserve the shafting it got. It also proves the 3DS could do FPS’s competently. But no, I was referring to an « Actual » Prime game like the GameCube, Wii and DS games. Hell even a pinball sequel would have worked great on 3DS (just no rumble).
Having gamed since the 1980s I can also say this was one of my favourite consoles of all time. Cool article. Thanks.
FargusPelagius I got some fun out of Federation Force but there is never enough people online to help me finish it. It seems impossible to complete solo. If only they spent the development time shrinking Prime 1 down to fit the 3ds, it would have been a best seller.
I have a hardtime picking a favorite Nintendo handheld system, they all have great games but the 3DS was most unique while some found the 3D to be gimmicky I cannot play the sega 3D classic arcade remakes without 3D enabled on the New 3DS.It is such a great experience to see actual depth in a game world.But even without 3D the games on 3DS stand on their own.
I have a 3DS XL, New 3DS, and a New 3DS XL. I absolutely love the system. I still carry my small model New 3DS with me wherever I go. I have a game case that holds both Switch and 3DS games and still play my 3DS quite a bit. One of my favorite gaming memories is the first time I booted up my 3DS on launch day and saw the logo pop off the screen. I know 3D isn’t for everyone, but I still find it impressive in a way that resolution and fancy graphics will never touch. When implemented well, the 3D effect is so immersive. There’s just so many great games on the system too. I doubt I’ll be retiring mine for years to come.
The 3DS was a pretty incredible handheld console. I loved my Vita and 3DS equally but I have to especially thank the 3DS for deepening my love for the RPG genre, especially as a MegaTen/Atlus fan and an avid Square fan as well. The first game I saw that actively made me really want a 3DS was Snake Eater 3D because I loved the original game and it looked damn near identical to the PS2 version, which spoke loads about how graphically capable the console was, even if the Vita really blew my mind months later
And obviously SMTIV was pretty big as well and what got me into mainline MegaTen full time, leading me to discover games like Soul Hackers, Devil Survivor 2 and fully completing SJ for the first time through Redux. It’s also how I first played RPGs like Dragon Quest VII and VIII in addition to getting further into Fire Emblem through Awakening, Fates and Echoes. Persona Q was also pretty big for me because it came out right when I finished my first playthrough of P4G on Vita and loved the idea of P3 and P4 characters interacting with each other on a greater scale than even Persona 4 Arena
Excellent read. I remember seeing it at Walmart at launch and being amazed at the graphics for a handheld.
I have not fired up mine much since I got my switch, but I know I will some if for no other reason nostalgia…. pretty amazing that they got Xenoblade to run in that.
Miss Street Pass. Wish they kept it active longer. And wish they had a suite of mini games like that for the Switch. Maybe included with Nintendo Online.
The thing that comes to mind was the great comeback from a pretty disastrous first few months where people thought it was just another DS with minor upgrade (it was released a year after the DSi XL) to a great library of games once it reached its first birthday.
Being a docked-only Switch player I still bring my New XL with me for on the go gaming.
@Razer Nintendo had a huge cash reserve and could have withstood losses for a decade or longer. I think that ultimately, the WiiU might have been profitable, especially now that they have been able to salvage and recycle it’s IP.
But yeah, it was a life preserver for Nintendo. And really an innovative device that I will forever appreciate.
Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7, Kirby Planet Robobot, Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon,DK Country Returns 3D, Yo Kai Watch, and so many other great games! The 3ds is one of my favorite Nintendo handhelds of all time!
My most beloved gaming device ever until the Switch arrived. I bought three of them for the family, and then one N3DSXL later. It was literally why I didn’t care much about the Wii U. I was just too busy playing on my 3DS. It was such a beautiful and quirky thing, with dozens of my favorite games of any generation and a gorgeous design.
Sadly, I find it too much of a downgrade to enjoy after I met the Switch. I could deal with the resolution and the downsizing that most big games experienced on the 3DS, as long as I didn’t have a better alternative. But once I did, I couldn’t go back. I’m a total Switch convert.
First: The 3DS got me back into gaming. I had a trip to Paris planned for a few months after Pokémon X&Y came out and made it a goal to play X while sat by the Eiffel Tower. I scrimped together the cash and bought one second hand and played X in the grass by the tower on a beautiful sunny day.
My favorite handheld ever, even surpassing the Switch because of the perfect form factor!
I have about 150 games for it and thousands of hours on it.
I really hope a future hybrid console takes into consideration the portability of a clamshell design.
Like rats in New York, you’re probably never more than « six feet away » from a Nintendo 3DS
I’m still trying to get everything unlocked in Mario Kart 7 before I sell it. Haven’t even touched Pokémon Omega Ruby or Pokémon Ultra Sun yet, or even Puzzle & Dragons Z + Super Mario Bros. Edition (forgot I still had that game)
Solid system. Not my absolute favorite, but solid. I’m not a fan of the 3DS/Wii U generation as a whole, there was too little ambition and creativity during that era, but the 3DS had several good ones. ALBW, Mario Kart 7, Kirby: Planet Robobot, and Metroid: Samus Returns stuck out as good entries in their series. It definitely kept my interest (and probably Nintendo’s sales) alive during a time when it felt like Nintendo didn’t care about making the kinds of games I liked anymore. And I really miss dual screen clamshell handhelds, the Switch just doesn’t cut it as a handheld console (luckily I’m more of a console gamer). They really need to bring dual screen clamshell gaming back with the Switch’s sucessor.
@Arckadius oh yes..funally someone who agrees with me..Mario kart ds is so much the better game..lt felt much tighter… traveled through whole of indonesia with that game in my pocket…
I love my 3ds. But, some games wont work because i dont have a micro sd card even tho there was one when i got it. Dunno what happened. Anyway, mk7 is great
Missed? Oh no, I don’t miss it, it’s still here up and running. I actually restarted Broken Sword last week and also recently got Star Fox 64 recently. Great console!
I agree with many on here by saying the 3DS family of systems is the best gaming device ever. Period. I started on the DS Lite was all over that. Eventually upgraded to the first 3DS was loved it. For whatever reason didn’t give it as much attention as the DS Lite but still loved it. All that changed though when I got the New N3DS XL. Oh man I got that launch day specifically because it came out with Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and I was in gamer heaven. Immediately became my primary gaming device for years. To cut down on the video game graveyard I traded it in (along with Wii) towards the purchase of a Switch. I really missed it at first but as I put more time into Switch it definitely feels like the perfect spiritual transition.
The 3DS is my first console, and also my first taste of video games in general, and I loved it. And still do. Unfortunately my circle pad broke, So I haven’t been playing most of the great games on there recently, but I still like the system a lot.
May I also mention. The 3DS becomes even more interesting and powerful if you can mod it. I didn’t dare to until recently, but when it was officially discontinued, I was like, « It’s time. » The biggest benefit is that you can rip games from cartridges and emulate them, and it’s perfectly legal if you do it that way with your own games. There’s also a number of very interesting tools you can install. It’s a great way to breathe a lot of new life into an already great system.
Really solid console. I’m still playing it today; I take it to work to play over lunch, it’s a lot easier to play turn based games whilst eating than it is on Switch so I’ve started through the numerous Fire Emblem titles. I imagine that’ll cotinue for some time, especially if I replay Pokémon, start Layton or what have you. Nintendos best dedicated handheld imo.
The glasses-less 3D is still amazing and no other device like it has come along since, a testament to Nintendo’s unrivalled ingenuity.
I found myself returning to the 3DS during the launch drought of the Switch, and I still have many, many games on DS/3DS/Wii/Wii U that have yet to be completed (and in some cases, played at all) that will keep me busy for years to come.
I confess that I do miss some of the more « casual » games on the system and I hope we see more of Nintendo’s « Touch Generations » games make a return to the Switch. Brain Training seemed to come out of nowhere, and I love that it got the full retail treatment. It was a little light on content, probably due to Nintendo’s apprehension about releasing such software in a post-smartphone world, but I hope that sales were strong enough for Nintendo to consider bringing back some of their smaller scale franchises moving forward.
Unfortunately I’ve had at least three poorly-manufactured 3DSes (none of which I was able to bring myself to send in for service). Fortunately I still have one New 3DS XL in good shape (the last I checked anyway) and a now obsolete standard 3DS XL (the awesome Pikachu variant which I had imported frmo the UK). I wish I could buy at least one or two more for back-up.
I’m giving my N3DS XL a bit of a break for now, but I plan to pick it up again before long. I absolutely love the system; I’m STILL working my way through its stellar library, especially in the JRPG department. I love its portability, the 3D effect, its backwards compatibility….So much to love.
Besides the baffling decision that 3DS is the only handheld console that region locked, and the new 3DS models which does not include a charger, it has been one of the finest handheld console ever made.
Solid system, but not a favourite of mine. Not a big JRPG fan so that’s a decent chunk of its library gone. It’s OK but nothing special Tech-wise, the 3D effect does nothing for me. Region Locking is stupid. Preferred the PSP and Vita, and in its actual lifetime the DS (though obv BC is a big plus for the 3DS).
I got the original model 2DS in early 2014. What a great system! Really comfy to play for extended sessions. I eventually bought a 3DS XL but never really liked it as much. A while later I got a regular sized new 3DS replace it and as good as that model is I really wish I’d never transferred my games from the 2DS in the first place.
The 2DS is still going strong (mainly played by my kids). In fact one of the reasons I haven’t upgraded from a Switch Lite to a full Switch (apart from the cost) is the regret of upgrading from the humble 2DS: it did exactly what I wanted it to and the additional features just weren’t really worth it in the end (for me at least).
🙋🏾♂️I regret not buying a 3DS during its day and didn’t get my (Dark Blue) N3DS:XL until January 2019.
My favourite Game on the Handheld is ‘Miitopia’ and wish a sequel or something like it would appear on Switch.
I got my first 3DS last summer. The Pikachu New 2DS XL to be precise. I think I’ve bought pretty much everything I want for it, at least for now. Since I got it I’ve been playing all the Pokemon and Fire Emblem games and I did my first playthrough of Xenoblade on it too earlier this year. Also played 3D Land and New Leaf. I still have Monster Hunter 4, the two Persona Q games, SMT IV, Link Between Worlds, Ocarina of Time and Radiant Historia to go. Needless to say I’ve got many happy hours with it still ahead of me.
I also own a DS Lite, which I got near release. I never really played it though and after getting my 3DS I realised I’d missed out on quite a bit. On that system I have more Pokemon games, some of the Final Fantasies and a few more to play though too.
Part of me hopes that somehow a “Switch DS” or “Next Switch” will play 3DS games. I would hate to leave my library behind.
3ds is my favorite console of all time. I prefer it over my switch. I have enormous collection of games I’ve aquired over the years of DS and 3ds, my backlog of games is impressive in its own right and even if I didn’t buy any more I have a year+ worth of games to play. The library of quality underrated and elusive games is so vast that this console cannot die out unless WE choose to let it. Don’t get sucked into the « throwaway » culture that is being pushed on us. Yes the « Switch » is great…but try as it might, it cannot be a true portable, even switch lite battery life is just not up to the task and it’s far too large and ackward to carry with you in pocket or purse. Social media and video game industry will continue it’s assault on our attention span but be aware and resist it, they aren’t interested in how much « fun » and « quality entertainment » we get, they only want more $$$. 3ds has loads more to contribute, you just have to look for yourself to find out.
I remember I first got my 3DS a good while back, in December 2014, and man, it was everything I’d ever dreamed of. I had a DS Lite before it, but my parents would only get me preschool edutainment games for it–and not even the games like Brain Age and Big Brain Academy that Nintendo published. As such, the 3DS was pretty much my first time truly experiencing the greatness of Nintendo on the go, and I cannot overstate just how incredible it was. I started with NSMB2 and Mario Golf, and was later introduced to Mario Tennis, Mario & Luigi, Yoshi’s Island, and a number of rather unique Mario Parties through the 3DS. It’s amazing just how much I got out of the system from Mario alone, with Mario & Luigi: Dream Team remaining perhaps my favorite game of all time. Man, what a great system.
But all good things come to an end, and my 3DS broke through a series of unfortunate events in late 2018. I dropped my 3DS on a tile floor one too many times, and the left hinge gradually started to deteriorate until the final blow was dealt by…my reckless siblings playing kickball indoors with a giant inflatable fitness ball. Siblings, right? But if it weren’t for that, I probably wouldn’t have been so motivated to get a summer job over the next 19 months so I could buy a new one and enjoy a bunch of DS and 3DS games I missed. Obviously in that time I’ve become a big fan of a few Nintendo series other than Mario, particularly Kirby, and realized just how much more I’d missed than that highly-anticipated Bowser’s Inside Story remake. So many years of fun and enjoyment from the system, and it still has more to offer.
Rest in peace, 3DS. And thanks for staying in production throughout those 19 long months. But I won’t miss you. You know why? Because I’m still playing your games.
One of Nintendo’s best. I carried mine with me everywhere for years! Streetpass will forever be a unique and personal favorite gimmick of all time. Lots of great games on the system plus the whole DS library meant that you basically never lacked for something to play.
But it won’t be missed because it’s not gone. A console that’s out of production isn’t « dead ». There’s nothing stopping you from continuing to play it. And even if you played incredibly frequently there is no way you have burned through the entire library of games.
I don’t understand why people act so depressed about this. As though because the system is no longer in production that means it no longer can be played? Nonsense.
Not sure why the author’s gender had to come into this article so much, but hey-ho.
Nintendo’s best 21st century console. Top-notch library of original games and legacy/backwards compatibility content. Switch could learn a lot from it.
If they re released the new 3DS XL I would buy it in a heartbeat, I miss mine that got stolen along with all my games and I didn’t want to invest in the 2DS because I always used the 3D
Glad to see a few other Johnny- or Jenny-come-latelys here. I got my first 3DS only last year, and I’ve only just begun digging into that library. Love the 3D effect, love the JRPGs, love the clamshell design – it’s a brilliant handheld.
I’ve owned every Nintendo console and handheld except the Gameboy. The 3ds might be my all time favorite console.
I, somehow, never owned a DS or 3DS until last year, but I have loved my New Nintendo 2DS XL. So many fabulous games, and the dual screen / touchpad mechanic really is a wonderful way to game (and was used ingenuously by many developers). Very much not a bygone console for me!
Eh, I just wanted portable Smash and Kingdom Hearts but backwards compatibility was a great deal, not to mention VC.
3DS is the best portable ever made by anybody, including the Switch. I love that little system.
And apparently I’m in the minority, but I love the 3D effect and wish it had carried over as an option on Switch.
To this day I still have my 2011 3ds, which I got after the price drop, my favourite handheld I’ve ever owned. Also 3d land is very under appreciated
A solid handheld, but not the greatest one for me. That honours still go to the PSP and Vita (but only a hacked one) in my opinion.
After having a gbc and a gba (this one for only a few months before it got stolen) years ago, I bought a 3ds XL around the time of pokemon x and y to play y, ended up getting As later, as well as the Phoenix Wright games (playing those first time ever), but it had always been overshadowed by my PSP and Vita, with me getting the Vita before the 3ds. The game selection, aside of pokemon, simply resonated with me better.
Ended up getting a zelda MM n3ds just to play Xenoblade Chronicles 3D, later got Pokemon Moon and Ultra Sun, MH4U (just to discover that after Freedom Wars I simply couldn’t stand the original MH formula), all three Zelda games, a few lesser games, Re:R, but, in the end, my 3ds library ended up really poor compared to my PSP and Vita libraries. Still, had fun with the system and still go back to it from time to time.
PS. Both Zero Escape games available on 3ds were released on it and the Vita at the same time, so, indeed, the 3ds was NOT the only place such a game could be released.
What I miss the most is the actual 3D effect. I know it was a literal headache for some, but personally I practically never played the 3DS without having it cranked up to the max.
Playing a game like MH Generations on the Switch with improved textures and native 1080p is very nice, but it just doesn’t immerse me like it did on the 3DS. For me the 3D was so absorbing that it made the 240p version outshine the 1080p version. I’ve found it so much more than a gimmick.
My all time favorite thing about the 3DS? The eShop. It had it all. A great Virtual Console lineup, old DSiWare, great indies, original Nintendo stuff like Pushmo, and FreakyForms, and SEVERAL music tracks, it just had a lot of stuff that hasn’t been surpassed since. While the Wii U eShop is a close runner up, the Switch’s eShop is laughable in terms of personality and quality. Not that the 3DS eShop was exempt of stinkers, but there were less stinkers than the Switch eShop.
@FlaviusFire Is it any hard to mod? Been wanting to try, but don’t want to brick it.
Super Mario 3D Land was one of the first games I almost 100%’d just for how much fun I had with it. Did the entirety of the main campaign but with 18 worlds, it was too much of a challenge.
In terms of features this console is godly, this will always be one of my favourite consoles ever
@LeighDappa to be fair, it was a relatively short window, the first year of it’s release was a bit shaky and it didn’t really pick up in terms of quality of game’s until mid 2013, it then had a solid 3.5 years until end of 2016/start of 2017 when you could clearly see the focus being shifted to the Switch (NX at the time).
3DS was my first console that wasn’t hand me down. I vividly remember that my parents ordered LM2 with it and it came first. I was distraught and I desperately tried to fit it into my DSI. I upgraded to a N3DS in 2015. I used it so much that the touchscreen stopped responding in the right way, it would always think i pressed the top of the screen. I finally replaced it this year. Combining all my playtime from activity log, i’ve played it over 2,400 hours. I play my Vita more nowadays, but that’s mostly because I’ve played like all of the non shovelware 3DS games.
@TeamRocket47 – I didn’t think it was that hard, personally, but I use computers and stuff a lot so. Depending on your experience you may find it more difficult. I recommend the website 3ds.hacks.guide and using the 2020 webhax method.
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