Review: New Nintendo 3DS
The new line of 3DSs have arrived. No, they are not the next step of Nintendo handhelds, just an improvement over the original 3DS that launched in 2011. If you’re a gamer there’s a good chance you have heard about them. If you aren’t then this may be the first time.
Why bother with the new ones? Aren’t the original Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL just fine? Well, yes. However, if you do not already own a 3DS or are considering an upgrade then this review is for you.
What is new in the New Nintendo 3DS? Well, besides the name that will soon be weird to say in later years, there are plenty of enhancements in Nintendo’s new portable system. The biggest and to me the most important enhancement on the New Nintendo 3DS is the 3D. Yes, the older 3DS obviously has 3D. But not like this. With the improvements it is easier to look at and does not even hurt my eyes. The old 3DS and 3DS XL had this issue and I would simply play with the 3D off.
Now the 3D works as I had initially expected and it is awesome. I understand why 3D is in the games and everything has a new dimension. Especially when I played Super Smash Bros. and Majora’s Mask. What is even better is how the battery life seems to have more longevity than before.
Another selling point of the New Nintendo 3DS is the processing power. This sounds like not such a big deal and it really isn’t until you use the new handheld and realize it is way faster than your old 3DS. I used my 3DS XL and then jumped into the New 3DS XL and wow! The speed was apparent and everything just seemed to run smoother from the games, to the main system menu, to the 3DS e-shop.
But a few changes I found unnecessary. One was moving the game slot from where it has been since 2005 to the bottom of the system. Why? I am not sure, but it felt like change just for the sake of change.
The volume control has moved from the bottom left screen to the top right. This makes sense as your hand used to rest on the volume and now it has moved to a better location. Another weird change was moving the power switch from being on the bottom half of the 3DS to the butt of the system. Once again, change just for the heck of it. In place of where the power button used to be is the start and stop buttons. This makes sense as the home button is still where it used to be. Also, no charging cable and the New 3DS easily picks up your fingerprints on the system which bugs me.
How can I forget the other major feature of the New Nintendo 3DS? The c-stick. I was unsure how to feel about this as I felt Nintendo should have simply added another circle pad but on the right hand side. I will admit that my worries went away the moment I used it. It worked flawlessly in both Majora’s Mask and Super Smash Bros. It is a welcome addition that I am sure gamers will enjoy.
Are you worried about getting a New 3DS and not being able to transfer your old 3DS games and saves to the new system? Fear not! You can transfer everything wirelessly right out of the box. The more stuff you have on your old 3DS will determine how long it takes, but the process is painless and a breeze.
Is the New Nintendo 3DS worth it overall? If you do not own a 3DS already then yes! If you own an original 3DS then yes! If you own a 3DS XL then it is not as necessary of an upgrade. The New Nintendo 3DS XL is a fine handheld and really is the definitive handheld gaming system of the decade, thus far. However, I still don’t care for the name.
+ 3D does not hurt the eyes.
+ Much faster than before.
+ C-stick works better than expected.
+ Enhanced battery life.
- Name is weak.
- Some changes are unnecessary.
- $199.99 price point for the XL may be off putting to some.
- No charging cable.
- Easily picks up fingerprints on the system.