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mbloof
mbloof

I'm a bit torn here. While I enjoy the 3DS and the handful of quality titles I've gotten for it (I guess a few are remakes which I had never played on their other platforms) it would appear that Nintendo is having difficulty coming up with new IP/ideas and appealing to a wider audience. Releasing new titles with in existing franchises might be safe and of interest to existing fans and newcomers but once the 'cuteness' wears off and the game play becomes old+tired+same old thing I can't help thinking that their target demographic is "preteen" and users simply 'out grow' the Nintendo ecosystem and move onto more mature titles, complex game play and story lines found on other platforms.

Is it the limitations of the controls? Storage space? Or the 'wholesomeness' of the "G" rated Nintendo ecosystem holding the handheld platform back?

IMHO: They ought to introduce a few 'serial' titles in which new chapters or levels are down loaded as you complete portions of the game. This would help overcome the storage limitations of the platform.

b0sse
b0sse

He forgot to mention that the original 3DS has a piano/smooth material which attracts a lot of fingerprints while the 3DS XL has more of a matte one, which is much better.

TongLong
TongLong

I want one of these things. Stinking animal crossing, you sell systems for me!!! :(

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

I just got a Nintendo 3DS XL Yellow Pikachu Edition and it is great! Im so happy i got it!

I would recommend it to all of u! Buy a Nintendo 3DS or 3DS XL!

The 3D stereoscopic is great, much better than i expected it to be!

ProdigyPoop
ProdigyPoop

I'd prefer a 3DS XL but I'd happy to just get the original 3DS. In my opinion it looks sick! Plus it already has the charging dock and Circle Pad Pro. Either way, I'd be having a smile 5 times the size of the Joker's if I unwrap a 3DS on the 25th.

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

Can anyone tell me if i was playing using the 3DS XL with an old DS game like Pokemon Pearl or something. Does it make the game get a lot of pixels and make it look sh*tty?

 

I ask this becasue i am thinking about upgrading from a DSi and i need to know if the old DS games still look okay or are they really bad. I dont really intend on using the 3D function on the 3DS XL but i would like an upgrade to be able to play the newer games on 3DS as well as enjoy the old DS games still.

 

Please anyone playing old DS games on their new 3DS XL let me know.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Good job in such a fast update on an only year old product.  I'll wait for the 3DS XLi to come out before getting one.

 

Oh, who am I kidding - I'll just keep my Iphone for actual portable gaming.

JustPlainLucas
JustPlainLucas

I didn't see the gray here...just the blue and red.

aragon00
aragon00

It was nice of you guys to let that homeless man come into the studio, smoke a huge bag of weed and then do a 3DS comparison. Seriously, it's helping the needy that's missing from most good hardware reviews nowadays, and using a completely stoned guy off the street is a bold move. 

jch123
jch123

Criminal!! No second analog stick!!! What were they thinking, damn it makes me angry especially when there trying to combat money losses. JESUS! I'd for sure buy a vita if it had Mario and 3D.

marich7
marich7

GameStop is offering $100 toward the new XL work the next week if you trade in your 3ds.

StSk8ter29
StSk8ter29

Right now most of my handheld gaming is done on the Vita. So I'm selling my 3DS Sunday and picking up an XL. I'm hoping this might cause me to pick up Nintendo's handheld a bit more often. I've also heard that the 3D effect works better simply because of the larger screen size. Something about a larger viewing zone for the 3D.

khalddrog
khalddrog

I would sell my current 3DS (bought it last summer for full price), and grab the XL. But not having that second analog stick really brings down the value. I'm not sure why nintendo couldn't have added a second analog stick (circle whatever). Now if I ever get some extra money and my current 3DS breaks, sure I'll grab the XL. 

JLuke360
JLuke360

Good impression on the 3DS XL. Haven't heard anyone else mention anything about the SD card slot, just a nifty detail.

mrtypr
mrtypr

Why wouldnt nintendo make this come with a charger? Every portal device these days no matter what it is come with chargers. That just blows my mind....

 

How much would a charger be? Also what batteries does this need?

AutoPilotOn
AutoPilotOn

I thought the US release did come with a charger??...

penpusher
penpusher

For that money I am not forking out for it without an AC adapter,,,I havent seen rip offs like that since the 90's

nonfanboygamer1
nonfanboygamer1

Pretty soon I won't even be able to wipe my a@@ without watching an ad!

vintage_system
vintage_system

kinda interesting the device has no branding whatsoever on the lid. unlike an apple product which everywhere you see the apple logo. so no one on the train would necessarily know you were holding a 3DS. i mean im not in marketing or anything but that seems like gaff move. i remember when everyone first got ipods and there were white headphones everywhere. just seems weird it doesn't say Nintendo on the back. 

NiteX
NiteX

US gets NO GREY!

Autony
Autony

It doesn't look too bad.

shok4
shok4

I expected a funnier review from Zach Galifianakis...

TRAVISTOUCHD0WN
TRAVISTOUCHD0WN

kid icarus looks horific on the 3ds xl u can see every pixel and makes the game look like crap online. but the upside to that is the game is more comfortable and no hand cramping

tachsniper
tachsniper

 @GH05T-666 it looks a little stretched out but really its not a big deal at all. I prefer the larger screen for alot of stylus intensive games, like LOZ Sprit tracks.

kardes
kardes

@Sevenizz You're missing out on some great, great games. Not to say that there isn't anything good on the iPhone, mind.

InfernalLawyer
InfernalLawyer

 @Sevenizz My 3DS broke in just slightly less than a year. It was covered by warranty, but i suspect a plot...

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

 @Sevenizz I dont think there will be a 3DS XLi

It would make it far to confusing with all the other DS systems still being sold.

I'd say there will be a new Nintendo handheld after this one.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

 @aragon00 I lol'd.  I originally thought they hired a Jackass reject.

IanNottinghamX
IanNottinghamX

 @jch123 Its not that big a deal considering most of the games will likely use the stylus as their main point of control anyway like the Ds.This is why they have the 20 dollar add on analog stick for it and its actually quite comfortable...dont see the big deal..

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

 @marich7 just sell it on ebay as new if u still have the box and everything and u will get a lot more money for it then get the 3ds if u must have it. im sure the 3ds is fine though

never trade games in to gamestop, u get nothing for them. sell them on ebay

Dark-Exsphere
Dark-Exsphere

 @khalddrog the reason why they didn't add it was because they would have had to make it bigger...

0-172
0-172

 @killa32130 Uh, why would 50% be better than 90%? You'd rather have smaller screens?

NiteX
NiteX

 @TRAVISTOUCHD0WN That makes no sense.  The game looks the exact same offline as it does online.

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

 @tachsniper thank you for letting me know, i just wasn't sure if it stretched it to much, i have never seen one playing or used one to play a ds game. i will defiantly be getting a DSXL now.

marich7
marich7

 @GH05T-666 that's actually a great idea but I was just passing on the news of that offer. Just as you said the 3ds is fine. I never spend more than 1-2 hours on it at a time anyway so I'm good on battery life.  Thanks for the suggestion though. I will keep that in mind whenever I start to sell off more games.

mrtypr
mrtypr

 @Quik_Fix

 lol bro I did research, Thats how I found this info out. I actually assumed it did come with one, but then found out it didnt, then found out again that US/Aus version comes with a charger

 

:D

jellyman68
jellyman68

 @penpusher Doesn't mean he can't find the adverts annoying. And he has every right to say so, without your permission.