Review: The “New” Nintendo 3DSFebruary 7, 2015
Unlike the original 3DS, the “new” 3DS has built in NFC capability, which means that you can use those new Amiibo figures with Super Smash Bros 3DS. Unfortunately I’m currently unable to test this feature as I don’t yet own a copy of the game (hint, hint TiredMummyofTwo).
Hopefully Amiibo use on the “new” 3DS will stretch to other Nintendo first party exclusives, maybe even some of the older games such as Mario Kart 7 or Super Mario 3D Land.
Playing games on the original 3DS in 3D was mostly awkward. Move you’re head slightly to one side and you’d start to see double. You had to ensure that you were facing the screen dead on and at least 30 cm from your face. Also, playing in 3D for a few hours would cause terrible eye strain.
All that though is a thing of the past with the “new” 3DS. Using the handheld’s front facing camera, the device has built in ‘head tracking’ technology. It’s truly mind boggling because even the original games for 3DS look like they are brand new. I’m more inclined now to leave the 3D switch turned on when playing games.
Not only do we now have a second analogue stick to control camera movement, but we’ve also been given two additional shoulder buttons (ZR and ZL). The new button layout very much resembles the Wii U gamepad, which I think was intentional given that you can use your 3DS as an extra controller on Super Smash Bros. Wii U.
The ability to change the cover plates on the “new” 3DS has to be a stroke of genius on the part of Nintendo, and a huge relief for fans’ wallets everywhere. With so many different designs available for the original 3DS, which can make them expensive and highly sought after (I’m looking at you Limited Edition Zelda 3DS XL), this new feature allows owners to change the design at a fraction of the cost (RRP £14.99).
The benefit here is that games will load quicker and purchases from the Nintendo eShop will download quicker. Not that this was a massive problem with the original 3DS, but quicker start ups and downloads is always going to be a good thing.
In conclusion, the “new” 3DS is the pinnacle of handheld gaming, even better than smartphones and tablets. God knows how much I hate today’s modern culture of giving you the game for free, only to sting you for micro transactions. With Nintendo there’s a massive library of great games, the majority of which are family friendly.
For any first times buyers out there (or even those wanting to upgrade), the “new” 3DS is the one you should go for. For those who may have only recently bought the original 3DS or 2DS, good news is that you can hold off buying the new version until Christmas. On that note, I would advise keeping an eye out for price drops from September onwards.
The “new” Nintendo 3DS retails at £149.99, and the “new” 3DS XL retails at £179.99. There is a PEGI 7 rating for the system, but that’s just because of the device’s online capabilities I imagine.
Let me know in the comments section below if you intend to take the plunge and buy the “new” 3DS system.