Should you buy a 3DS now?
Is now the right time?
I have been a proud owner of a Nintendo 3DS since the 2nd week of its launch. I have checked out and reviewed tons of titles for it and have spent a lot of time gaming on the platform. Along with the recent rise of interest in the console lots of people are debating whether or not to go ahead and make a purchase. To me the answer is simple and hopefully by the end of the blog you will have a good idea about what the current state of the Nintendo 3DS is.
The first thing people are worrying about when they think of buying a 3DS is that a redesign is coming out soon. Lots of people are afraid that they will make the purchase now only to find out that a redesign is released a couple of months from now. To that I say, I don’t think that will happen this year. The main reason behind my thoughts is that Nintendo has its hands full with the Wii U which is launching sometime in the second half of the year. I don’t think they want to launch a new 3DS model at the same time period. An announcement of a redesign might come in by the end of the year, but I don’t think that the new redesign will be sold till early 2013.
Now that that’s out of the way let’s talk about what matters: the device itself and the games. The hardware of the 3DS is fairly solid except for disappointing battery life. I personally had no problems with the hardware and everything ran smoothly without any hiccups. To further enhance the capabilities of the 3DS Nintendo has announced the 2nd circle pad add-on. The add-on will enable you to play with two circle pads if the game you are playing supports it. Although there has been mixed responses from the 2nd circle pad add-on, its entirely optional and its up to you whether or not you want a 2nd circle pad.
Back when the 3DS launched there were barely any good titles on the system and most of the time my unit just sat there collecting dust. However, the 3DS is now building up quite an awesome library of games especially with Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 released near the end of last year. In addition Nintendo has already filled the 1st half 2012 with greatly anticipated titles such as Resident Evil: Revelations, Tales of the Abyss 3D, Kid Icarus: Uprising, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 3D as well as many others. Nintendo is also making way for tons of great content from the eShop as well. Virtual console titles such as Link’s Awakening as well as original eShop titles such as Pushmo are awesome games that are definitely worth checking out.
The 3DS is a great platform to play on. Sure it might not have the console like graphics, but it’s the quality of the games that matters and right now the 3DS is on a high stride. Ocarina of time 3D, Super Mario 3D Land, and Mario Kart 7 are fantastic titles to start with while Resident Evil: Revelations and Kid Icarus: Uprising have tons of promise behind them. If you are looking for something on the go that can provide you with rich game experiences then the 3DS is a great platform that should not be dismissed simply due to a rocky start.