The Gist - 5 Reasons Why The 3DS Should Be Your Next Console Purchase

This week, Jess gives you a bunch of reasons why you should leave the Xbox One and PS4 by the wayside and go spend your hard earned dollars on a 3DS instead!

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consumer1st
consumer1st

Please just stop!! Stop peddling for game companies! Why wont you stop?! This entire site is devoted to "why you should be hyped over shit that we're going to give a 2/10 at launch" You're shilling! We don't need games journalists to also be the game salespeople.

Necrotron
Necrotron

I recently bought both a Vita and a 3DS.  While I certainly prefer the higher resolution and d-pad of the Vita, the 3DS has a great number of games that are easy to pick up and put down quickly, and it's clamp shell design makes it easy to pack along.


If you're a Playstation Plus member, it's hard to argue against picking up a Vita because automatically you'll have something like 5-6 games plus any in your collection that happen to be cross buy (I had Spelunky, Guacamelee, Divekick, etc. I could immediately play on my Vita).


The 3DS is a bit more expensive to get your games collection going as you'll have to buy each and every cartridge (and they're not cheap), but the device is cheaper because you won't have to buy a proprietary memory card to store your games.  A 32 GB is only around $20 for the 3DS.


I'd probably argue for a Vita over a 3DS if you're a Playstation Plus member, but the 3DS is certainly a really nice option for games on the go once you've exhausted the select few mobile phone games worth playing (like Kingdom Rush).  It's really nice to have an actual quality games platform on the go.

Coco_pierrot
Coco_pierrot

I had a Vita for about a year and I pretty much only enjoyed P4G and LBP, the rest of the game that I played or owned, I played a little before I forgot about them. Then last february I just got an itch for Nintendo and I found an unsold Zelda : A link between world 3DS XL so I got that plus Pkémon X ( my first Pokémon ever) and Paper Mario. I will surely pickup Bravely Default, Super Mario 3D lands and Fire Emblem in the near future. I enjoy it way more than my Vita. The only game that I miss on the Vita is P4G and I found a copy for the PS2 ... so yeah

Spybreak
Spybreak

Yup, I got the Zelda 3DSXL last Black Friday, forgot to register/ so just registered with a DKCR3D copy to get the free Pokemon X offer. ^_^ My friend was talking about the 3DS and the Vita and I said to get the 3DS because it seemed like their game library finally caught up. He ignored my advice-he had a PSP before while I had a DS Lite- and now he tells me he never plays his Vita. Geeee, I wonder why. Although the Vita has come a long way too, both systems were extremely slow going at first. Love TLoZ:ALBW, DKCR3D, SM3DLand, TC:GR:Shadow Wars (it's like the 3DS' X-Com), SSFIV3D, RE:R, Mario Kart 7 and TLoZ: OoT3D.

ANUBISZER0
ANUBISZER0

I was on the fence about getting a 3DS and I eventually did last October and I am loving it! So many good games and much more to come.

mtorre90
mtorre90

It sad because on first look you would think it's just an upgrade DS with 3D (you would be right) but it's soooo much more than that improved graphics, better online, sleeker menus, street pass, better quality software, improved camera. 3ds is a must own, for me I think I played this more than my x-box 360. 3ds has so many great games I currently own: super mario 3d land, mario kart, paper mario, super street fighter IV, luigi's mansion dark moon, resident evil, legend of Zelda OoT, legend of Zelda LbW, donkey kong country returns, fire emblem, and kingdom hearts...all great games. That's not including games I'm going to get...animal crossing, bravely default, and of course super smash bros

sasami_adachi
sasami_adachi

I am in the same boat. The 3DS offers me more entertainment hours than all other consoles combined - under-a-roof or on-the-go. In fact, Nintendo released so many 3DS games in 2013 that my wallet had trouble keeping up!


My only gripe against the 3DS? Region locking! I ended up importing a Japanese 3DS just so I can play the "niche" titles that are not available in North America!

SaintsRowLA
SaintsRowLA

Ghost Recon Shadow Wars -- good turn based shooter.  By Ubisoft


Super Street Fighter IV: 3DS version -- The best version of the game because of the lower touch screen.  All those complicated moves are now done with one touch.  The Vita version of Street Fighter x Tekken is great too--just slide you finger to do those advanced moves.


Atari Greatest Hits Vol. 1  -- Play Asteriods and Lunar Lander


PS Vita: I like Virtua Tennis 4 (great graphics, game play, beautiful women), Unit 13--great cover based shooter and FIFA 14--awsome use of the rear touchpad for shot on goal.


If you spend a lot of your time playing video games, then add to the insanity and buy a handheld.  Buy a Kindle/e-reader instead or just take a physical book or books.  Read some books when you're on the go.

n0xinab0x
n0xinab0x

3DS Games Check, DS Games Check.


SuperCard DStwo, GBA, SNES Double Check.


Jess of course would never ever use an emulator though, right?

hystavito
hystavito

I'm planning to use my recently acquired 3DS for sofa gaming rather than mobile.  I spend so much time in front of a PC, I feel like the 3DS will give me more reason to just chill on the sofa sometimes.  Although, I'm not sure if it will be better or worse for my eyes :).

bishop60
bishop60

its awesome. i recently bought one, and its all iv been playing. i have the xbox, and just got titanfall which is good too. but, a link between worlds, monster hunter, and pokemon have been holding my attention for a while. great system!

WhiteTulip1
WhiteTulip1

disagree, I got swept up in the Link Between Worlds hype, and decided to get a 3ds xl when it went on sale for $149 at Walmart. While the game is good, it was overrated. The system is cool, but I don't find myself interested in the games it offers. I have my eye on star fox....and that is pretty much it, I don't like JRPGs so Fire Emblem, etc are out. Never liked Pokemon. I really wish they release Mega Man X on the 3ds - THAT would be epic. At this point, I'm seriously considering just trading it in or giving it to an orphanage. 

megagene
megagene

Yeah, I bought me one of them pokeymanz machines last year and I'm still playing it every day. Currently I am alternating between Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and Bravely Default. I originally had no interest in getting one, but now it is one of my daily staples. Everyone should give it a chance. 

robchiang1990
robchiang1990

Oh, Jess, how you just said everything I felt since I picked up my Japanese 3DSLL a month ago. I still can not believe how good Kamitora 2(what the Japanese usually call A Link between Worlds) looks on the damn thing.

seraphic06
seraphic06

Yeah, I'm still not convinced. It is still too dear in Australia. If it appears under $200 then I might be interested.

RoachRush
RoachRush

My fiancee and I bought the Pokemon editions of the 3DS XL (I had the red one, she had the blue one), and it was the best 170 bucks we've ever spent! Ever since Pokemon, A Link Between Worlds and Bravely Default came out, our PC and console games (yes, even our PS4) have been collecting a little more dust than usual. Nintendo definitely made the right decisions in the handheld department.

Shouoken4Peace
Shouoken4Peace

I spend most of my gaming time on a PC and 3DS. Fire Emblem: Awakening is fantastic. I hope there will be a 3DS Metroid in the works soon. It's about time.

fgjnfgh
fgjnfgh

Jess got lovely hair

khaos107
khaos107

All great reason to own the 3ds. Plus you can buy an RJ4 Gold cartridge and play all your ROMS!

demonkingx5
demonkingx5

i agree the 3DS is a great buy tons of games.

tomservo51
tomservo51

that does it, I'm getting a Vita.

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

The xl will actuall be my next purchase ... because my actual has a broken screen since yesterday and the other xl is lent to m girlfriend and I do not want to go back to the original :( *first world problems*

nesky
nesky

I bought a 3DS for Bravely Default and I have to agree with you Jess... it's a solid system man. I have a few other RPGs to pick up once I'm finished with BD. Almost 200hrs playing this game lol.

diego_corleone
diego_corleone

I have a 3DS, and i don't like it too much, i prefer my Ipad and Iphone.

There is no reason to buy a portable gaming device anymore, you can't make any telephone calls with it.

PosiTVEMinD355
PosiTVEMinD355

It truly is one of the best Portable consoles of all time. It's backwards compatible, uses the Cheaper SD cards, nice online for most of it's games, Uses MiiVerse well, Fun Mii Plaza Mini-games, has a beefy eShop catalog that can play some exclusive indies, NES, GB, GBC, GameGear and 3D classic games plus the free games that can be obtained via Club Nintendo every month (Without subscriptions).


It's library is Strong with plenty of variety. If you don't have a 3DS you're missing out

jesot
jesot

I wish there were more games for the 3DS.  The strength of the library is with the DS and GB Advance titles.

Tringle_X
Tringle_X

I did the same thing 2 months ago, had little to no interest in it. Was planning on getting a ps4, but was so tempted by all these games 3ds has and the price, that I decieded to purchase a sweet 3ds xl instead of the ps4. 

Now even my ps3 with my psplus account has not been touched, with games like Tomb Raider and Bioshock Infinite just not being played. I have spent all my gaming time on the 3ds since I got it. 


DiverseGamer
DiverseGamer

I have one, and can't find any games to play. All the good ones (Nintendo exclusives) have their prices jacked up.

zandrxix
zandrxix

i love my 3DS i put a 32gb sd card in and have just been downloading all my games and love it's so easy

Spybreak
Spybreak

@sasami_adachi  Agreed and my only gripe is that Nintnendo games rarely ever go down in price. I waited forever to pick up Mario & Luigi's Inside Story for my DS catalog and I think it was $32 when I finally decided to pull the trigger.

mtorre90
mtorre90

Wonder if they'll make a sequel I liked dark dawn but was a bit disappointed

Spybreak
Spybreak

@hystavito  Oh don't worry, tons of Nintendo games tell you to take a break all the time now. Playing A Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and I saved like 20 minutes ago and come across another save place before the dungeon, you should take a break! Ahhhh, gah so annoying!

Zombie97
Zombie97

@diego_corleoneBut your iPhone doesn't have buttons, analog sticks and great first party exclusives. People play games on portable consoles because of those reasons. Besides, everyone has a phone these days.

RoachRush
RoachRush

Not nearly as awesome as the Zelda version you have. The moment I heard that was on sale, I literally yelled, "ARE YOU F*ING KIDDING ME!?"

My one and only moment of buyer's remorse. Fiancee, of course, laughed at my expense.

Zombie97
Zombie97

@tempertress @tomservo51 Hey Jess! If you don't mind me asking, why didn't you like the PS Vita? Was it simply the lack of games that appeal to you or something about the console itself? I'm very curious since I really like my Vita and I play it just as much if not more than my Xbox 360.

19James89
19James89

@Gelugon_baat Oh look the troll returns. 

I'll await your latest insulting comment with bated breath. 

Zombie97
Zombie97

@tempertress @Zombie97@tomservo51 Those are exactly the reasons why I hesitate to buy a 3DS. You might like Uncharted: Golden Abyss or LittleBigPlanet. I also think that the PS Vita has the definitive version of The Walking Dead.

Thank you for answering my question and sorry for spamming the comments section with so many comments, I got a bit carried away. Have a good day :)

Zombie97
Zombie97

@ruaphool @Zombie97Pokemon is the only franchise from Nintendo that interest me too. PS Vita is an amazing console, you should get it :)

ruaphool
ruaphool

@Zombie97 Ya I was thinking of getting a 3DS last Christmas just for Pokemon. But that's like the only Nintendo franchise I like and everyone said Pokemon was super easy so I decided against it. 

I've been thinking about getting a Vita though. Can't complain about all the free games I get with my PS Plus account and I want to play me some Persona 4

Zombie97
Zombie97

@ruaphool @Zombie97@diego_corleone That's actually a good question :D As far as I know there are 3 FPS games on the PS Vita, hopefully more will be released. Don't know about the 3DS.
 

ruaphool
ruaphool

@Zombie97 @diego_corleoneThere are FPS's on the 3DS?