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1 minute ago, Dcubed said:

Can’t really recommend the little guy enough; its library is an embarrassment of riches! It took a long time to get it off the ground, but by God it did! :peace:

Yup. I spent a good part of last weekend jumping between Luigi's Mansion, WarioWare Gold and Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer. 3 games, all offering something fun and unique. The handheld has a great amount of variety on it and I can see me sticking with the platform for a long while yet. 

I love that it can also play DS games as well. It means I can jump back into that back catalogue of games quite easily if I  have a hankering to play something from that generation. Much like I done last year when I played through Chrono Trigger.

At this point the Switch has pretty much been out for 2 years now and I can honestly say that in that time I have spent more time on my 3DS than I have my Switch.

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2 minutes ago, Dcubed said:

Can’t really recommend the little guy enough; its library is an embarrassment of riches! It took a long time to get it off the ground, but by God it did! :peace:

 

It's funny when you think how negative a lot of people were about it at first, speaking like it would never get going.  Personally, I genuinely loved it from the moment I turned it on, from the 3D thrills of Pilotwings to the luxury of an OOT remake.  Fire Emblem: Awakening and Animal Crossing: New Leaf were truly excellent, Shantae and the Pirate's Curse was the perfect 2D platformer and Etrian Odyssey IV, V and Nexus have kept me occupied for hours and hours.  The 3DS accompanied me everywhere I went throughout much of the 2010s, and in my opinion, there's never been a better handheld.

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It had a rough start with the high pricepoint and not great launch line-up, but after the pricedrop it went like crazy. I liked the 3D from the beginning, and was amazed to be playing Street Fighter IV on it. But the list of good software is big: Mario 3D Land, Monster Hunter, the Zelda remakes, Resident Evil: Revelations, Animal Crossing, Ace Combat: Assault Horizon, the Layton games, just to name the first few that pop into my head.

I loved taking the thing with me on my commutes. Not even for playing but for Streetpass: before the Switch came out you could usually find some passes when travelling from station to station. Then going into the Plaza to collect the puzzle pieces or play the RPG. Loved it and it's a shame the Switch does not have a pass function like that.

For long trips the 3DS is still my go-to machine. The Switch feels too expensive, a bit more flimsy with the detachable Joy-cons and battery life is a thing. Last year I took my 3DS with me to South America, I've bought Kirby Triple Deluxe for the long plane trip. This year I'm going to Japan and the 3DS is again coming with me, and I've picked up Pokémon Ultra Moon for the occasion. That plus some backlog should keep me busy on the long flights and train rides there!

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5 minutes ago, Vileplume2000 said:

I loved taking the thing with me on my commutes. Not even for playing but for Streetpass: before the Switch came out you could usually find some passes when travelling from station to station. Then going into the Plaza to collect the puzzle pieces or play the RPG. Loved it and it's a shame the Switch does not have a pass function like that.

I do miss being able to collect the puzzle pieces and playing the little games that came with nabbing a few Streetpasses. It's little things like this that are sorely missing from the Switch and makes it feel like the hybrid has no personality to it. I often wonder how different certain things would be ( stuff like the Switch eShop actually having music) had Iwata still be around. :( 

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True, it had that real Nintendo magic, and made you use the 3DS even when not playing games. To be fair this was before the smartphone era so I don't know if this would be appreciated by many nowadays as now almost everyone has a multimedia machine in his pocket.

In that regard the Switch is more like the DS, which had a modern and clean interface. But even that had pictochat as a social aspect.

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Here's a nice little piece about the 3DS and how it survived during a time when phones were taking over the handheld space.

HERE

I know i've said this before but my 3DS still gets more play time than my Switch. At the moment i'm currently playing through Detective Pikachu, Pokemon Ultra Moon, Mario Party: Island Tour and Fire Emblem Echoes. It's a system with an incredible library and one that i'm happy to keep playing on.

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1 hour ago, Hero-of-Time said:

Here's a nice little piece about the 3DS and how it survived during a time when phones were taking over the handheld space.

HERE

I know i've said this before but my 3DS still gets more play time than my Switch. At the moment i'm currently playing through Detective Pikachu, Pokemon Ultra Moon, Mario Party: Island Tour and Fire Emblem Echoes. It's a system with an incredible library and one that i'm happy to keep playing on.

It's great that you're still able to enjoy your 3DS, I really struggle to go back to it now. Bought Hey! Pikmin not too long ago and only managed to play for a while before giving up. :hmm: The last game I truly enjoyed on 3DS was WarioWare Gold.

 

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11 minutes ago, RedShell said:

It's great that you're still able to enjoy your 3DS, I really struggle to go back to it now. Bought Hey! Pikmin not too long ago and only managed to play for a while before giving up. :hmm: The last game I truly enjoyed on 3DS was WarioWare Gold.

 

Is it the low resolution of the screen or lower end graphics of the games? Graphics have never really bothered me and I find I can quite easily go and play an older console game without any issue. As long as the core gameplay is good then i'm a happy gamer. 

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46 minutes ago, Hero-of-Time said:

Is it the low resolution of the screen or lower end graphics of the games? Graphics have never really bothered me and I find I can quite easily go and play an older console game without any issue. As long as the core gameplay is good then i'm a happy gamer. 

Don't think so (although the frame rate in Hey! Pikmin was a bit off-putting) I mean I can definitely still play and enjoy retro stuff today. Not sure exactly what it is about 3DS at the moment, but whenever I go back to it I just seem to lose interest very quickly. ::shrug:

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I think a big part as to why I enjoy and am clinging on to the 3DS is because it's pretty much the last bastion of traditional gaming. Most of the games that are on the system come complete on the cartridge and that's something you just don't see that often, even on the Switch. 

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It actually annoys me a little bit when I see games being constantly updated on the Switch.  I mean, do they really need it?  It's one thing fixing bugs and spelling errors (although as has been said, that means the cartridge version is never complete).  In theory developers could tinker with the balance of a game when you liked it as it was - I often see updates happening and hope it's not changing something I like.  But hey, what can you do?  Unfortunately, that's modern gaming.

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On 10/05/2019 at 4:14 PM, Grazza said:

It actually annoys me a little bit when I see games being constantly updated on the Switch.  I mean, do they really need it?  It's one thing fixing bugs and spelling errors (although as has been said, that means the cartridge version is never complete).  In theory developers could tinker with the balance of a game when you liked it as it was - I often see updates happening and hope it's not changing something I like.  But hey, what can you do?  Unfortunately, that's modern gaming.

I wouldn't worry too much, most updates are always going to be either fixing bugs or anti-piracy measures. Vulnerabilities are found on a near constant basis and they tend to wanna patch those out ASAP, but you fix one thing and then people go find another, it's pretty much a never ending cycle.

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I’ve downloaded some Gameboy VC games to my 3DS. It’s the perfect way to play some of those games, especially since the switch doesn’t have a VC and my Wii U, well, no...

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23 minutes ago, markderoos said:

I’ve downloaded some Gameboy VC games to my 3DS. It’s the perfect way to play some of those games, especially since the switch doesn’t have a VC and my Wii U, well, no...

What games did you pick up?

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From the top of my head, Mario Land 1, 2 and 3, Mole Mania, Kirby’s Dream Land 1 and 2, Link’s Awakening DX, both Zelda Oracle games and Hana Samurai. Not all VC/Gameboy games, I know ;)

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18 hours ago, markderoos said:

From the top of my head, Mario Land 1, 2 and 3, Mole Mania, Kirby’s Dream Land 1 and 2, Link’s Awakening DX, both Zelda Oracle games and Hana Samurai. Not all VC/Gameboy games, I know ;)

Excellent choices all round! They’re all great games!

 

Which one are you gonna play first?

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Hana Samurai is the only one I haven’t played yet, so that might be the one. On the other hand it’s been a long while since I last played Wario Land or Mole Mania. Choices, choices... ;)

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I sold my 3DS a few years ago but I’m in the mood to play a Pokemon game at the moment so thought I might grab myself a cheap 2DS XL. Got a couple of questions as it’s been a while.

Do they come with an SD card? 

If not then what size is worth buying? I don’t plan on getting a lot but it’d be nice to maybe get some older games on sale that I might want to replay.

Are digital purchases now tied to my account? I thought I remembered something about it happening ages ago but wasn’t sure if I’d just be able to download my old games again.

 

Thank you for your continued service in answering Nintendo questions.

Kind regards

Happ N’ Stance esq

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7 hours ago, Happenstance said:

I sold my 3DS a few years ago but I’m in the mood to play a Pokemon game at the moment so thought I might grab myself a cheap 2DS XL. Got a couple of questions as it’s been a while.

Do they come with an SD card? 

If not then what size is worth buying? I don’t plan on getting a lot but it’d be nice to maybe get some older games on sale that I might want to replay.

Are digital purchases now tied to my account? I thought I remembered something about it happening ages ago but wasn’t sure if I’d just be able to download my old games again.

 

Thank you for your continued service in answering Nintendo questions.

Kind regards

Happ N’ Stance esq

New 2DS XL comes with 4gb. If you want to upgrade then 8gb - 32gb depending on how many games you want to download.

Digital purchases are linked to your NNID account, but you can't just log into a different 3DS and download your titles, I think they are still tied to the console as well. I think your NNID gets tied to that console as well. Think it's just a bit easier to get Nintendo to transfer the licenses. Been a while so can't remeber exactly how it works.

 

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Arlo celebrates the life of the 3DS.

His comment about the size of 3DS owners backlog is spot on. I was actually nodding in agreement with him. :D 

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On 16/05/2019 at 12:28 AM, Ike said:

New 2DS XL comes with 4gb. If you want to upgrade then 8gb - 32gb depending on how many games you want to download.

Digital purchases are linked to your NNID account, but you can't just log into a different 3DS and download your titles, I think they are still tied to the console as well. I think your NNID gets tied to that console as well. Think it's just a bit easier to get Nintendo to transfer the licenses. Been a while so can't remeber exactly how it works.

 

Yes. I bought a New Nintendo 3DS along with a new SD Card (can’t remember the size though) and I was able to transfer my NNID, along with my games, saves, etc. over from my regular 3DS.  The process is on the Nintendo website and I recall it being relatively simple, although needed a computer as well.

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Sales for this fiscal year (april-september) are up:

– 0.17 million 3DS units sold this fiscal quarter; 0.37 million this fiscal year
– 3DS software: 1.12 million this quarter, 2.6 million this fiscal year

Not that impressive... Million sellers:

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Mario Kart 7 – 18.47 million
Pokemon X/Y – 16.42 million
Pokemon Sun/Moon – 16.17 million
Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire – 14.23 million
New Super Mario Bros. 2 – 13.27 million
Super Mario 3D Land – 12.60 million
Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 12.36 million
Super Smash Bros. for 3DS – 9.54 million
Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon – 8.57 million
Tomodachi Life – 6.51 million

 

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On the bright side, Pokemon US/UM is now officially the best selling 3rd version of any Pokemon game in the entire series; it just beat Pokemon Black2/White2.

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32 minutes ago, Dcubed said:

On the bright side, Pokemon US/UM is now officially the best selling 3rd version of any Pokemon game in the entire series; it just beat Pokemon Black2/White2.

If anything, that just goes to show how underappreciated B2/W2, seeing as they're not really third versions. Not in the usual sense, anyway.

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