The Nintendo 3DS is a handheld gaming system and the successor of the Nintendo DS.
Why It Rocks
- It uses stereoscopic 3D effects without the need for 3D glasses or other accessories. The 3D effects can also be adjusted to the player's personal preference or turned off completely if not wanted, effectively solving a major problem Nintendo's previous 3D console suffered.
- The StreetPass features allows a 3DS to connect wirelessly to other 3DS in the near area for multi-player gaming and collecting Mii's. Some games also use this ability for other functions. For instance, using StreetPass in Bravely Default can help collect villagers to rebuild Norende and send Nemeses to fight.
- It can play augmented reality.
- The SpotPass feature allows the use of hotspots to collect StreetPass tags when not near an area.
- The 3DS has a speedometer built into it. For every 100 steps taken, gamers may obtain 1 play coin, which act as a currency for many games. Ten play coins can be obtained in one day (however most people who need play coins can just go into the settings on the 3DS and set the clock to 11:59 and thus restarting the play coin count) and a maximum of 300 play coins can be held.
- The 3DS has its own virtual console allowing gamers to buy older games digitally.
- It handles 3D games a lot better than it's predecessor.
- Completely backwards compatible with the original DS.
- Early buyers could buy certain Game Boy Advance games in the 3DS Ambassador program
- Offers YouTube streaming.
- A large number of very good games have already been released for it and many more are on the way. Most of these games are designed to be played in a handheld console rather than just being watered down ports of home console games.
- Numerous models including the XL, 2DS (which plays 3DS games without the 3D in exchange of costing significantly less than other models), and New 3DS and New 2DS XL (Just like the 2DS, this time with flip screens).
- The New 3DS has extra features and more powerful hardware than the original which allow for newer style games.
- It also came in different variations such as the Hyrule Gold Edition.
- Some Nintendo 64 games have ports for the system such as Star Fox 64 3D and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D.
- Has a very good number of RPG titles including several Pokemon games and Fire Emblem games.
- It uses a non proprietary format of memory card to save data on, the SD Card or microSD Card, depending on the model, meaning that the price of getting an SD card is low unlike the PlayStation Vita. A 32 GB SD card is around 20 dollars. A PlayStation Vita 32 GB memory card is supposed to retail for $99.99.
- The 2DS costs only $129.99 and its lack of 3D makes it better for young children's eyes and the lack of hinges makes it less breakable.
- Earlier models such as the original 3DS had poor battery life.
- The cameras are several issues:
- Images taken with the New 3DS's inner camera tend to have a weird purple-ish tint in certain lightings.
- Videos recorded in Nintendo 3DS Camera (Especially on the original 3DS) suffer from choppy framerates and low resolution.
- Camera videos filmed with the original 3DS play at 5fps, while ones filmed with the New 3DS play at 20fps. Videos filmed with either of them are in 240p.
- Younger players might suffer headaches and eye strain from using the 3D mode for too long (although the manual warns about this, irrelevant to 2DS and New 2DS XL owners)
- Unlike most other Nintendo handhelds, this console has region-locking.
- Nintendo keeps re-releasing new, cheaper and improved models of the 3DS nearly every year, which may make gamers not buy a 3DS thinking there will be a new and better one next year.
- You can only have up to 300 digital titles at the same time on the console. Also, you can only store 30 save data backups on an SD Card which means that if you have more than 30 backups and decide to delete a game you'll lose your save data for that game.
- The 2DS lacks a second speaker (there is a headphone jack which is an option).
- The New 2DS XL comes with a stylus that is shorter then the 2DS stylus.
Over 67.08 million units have been sold worldwide as of June 30, 2017.