Nintendo 3DS Review
As a fairly new Nintendo handheld costing $170 USD, the Nintendo 3DS is a highly in-demand product this holiday season. Believe it or not, it originally cost $250 USD but wasn't selling well because of the high price (by handheld standards) and mediocre game lineup. Since then, the price has obviously been significantly lowered, and I think the 3DS is well worth what it costs with its quickly expanding library of games, and its vast array of features.
Naturally, the main feature of the 3DS is to play games. Nintendo is well known for backwards compatibility with its systems, meaning that Nintendo DS games will work as well as the 3DS-exclusive games. Nintendo 3DS games generally cost $40 and strong titles include:
- The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D - This adventure game is a remake of what's considered one of the greatest games of all time, and is still as good today as it was over a decade ago. Here's my review of it.
- Starfox 64 3D - This spaceship shooter is another great remake of a game over a decade old.
- Super Mario 3D Land - This game came out very recently, but it's a great Mario game for fans of the series as well as new players.
- Nintendogs + Cats - This dog and cat simulation game has excellent graphics and is enjoyable for it's cute, relaxed style.
- Pokemon Rumble: Blast - Though not one of the "main" Pokemon games, this is still a strong title where you play as a windup-toy Pokemon.
- Mario Kart 7 (early December) - The Mario Kart series has always been a fun racing game series, and by the looks of it, Mario Kart 7 will be great as well. It also supports mulitplayer that only requires one person to have a copy of the game.
- Kid Icarus: Uprising (early 2012) - This fast-paced action game appears to have somewhat of an arcade style and very smooth gameplay and controls.
- Animal Crossing 3DS (2012) - The Animal Crossing games have always been fun for their relaxed but interesting gameplay where you live in a town of your own, and can play with friends who have their own towns.
- Paper Mario 3DS (2012) - The Paper Mario series has been noted as a great but simply RPG series for Nintendo systems, with a charming and creative art style.
Meanwhile, Nintendo DS games generally cost $35 and there are plenty of great titles available for this, too, though I won't list them here.
The Nintendo 3DS is packed full of features as "channels" on the Home Menu. The first of these is the e-Shop, where one can download more software or even videos for the 3DS. Some software is free, but most of the "good stuff" (which I specialize in reviewing) costs merely a few dollars. The e-Shop also contains trailers, very basic reviews, snapshots, and game information. I think the e-Shop is as excellent an addition to the 3DS as the DSiShop was for the Nintendo DSi. It broadens the 3DS' game library with cheap but usually fun games that generally have a good value for considering price and amount of content. Games include DSiWare from the Nintendo DSi Shop (this is also transferrable from a Nintendo DSi), brand new 3DSWare, 3D Classics - remakes of classic NES games, and Virtual Console titles - remakes of classic GameBoy and GameBoy color games.
This review still needs to be completed. I'm working on it.