Everything Right with the Nintendo 3DS

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Nintendo’s 3DS has been around for a few years now, and though most people thought it was going to a joke, it has been nothing but successful. Nintendo was smart enough to make a critical decision at just the right time by lowering the price from $229 to $169 to help curb bad sales only 6 months after it’s release. Then in classic Nintendo style they released a revised version of the system, the 3DS XL with a 90% larger screen, which has been selling very well especially with the release of Animal Crossing New Leaf.

What follows is a list of all the things that the 3DS does right!

1) The 3DS has a great game library.3dspromo

The 3DS’ library is overflowing with A-list games. Especially with Nintendo’s nearly endless list of franchise characters. Most games released by Nintendo on the 3DS are criticaly, and more importantly gamer, acclaimed. Also, it has the entire DS library at it’s disposal since it is backwards compatible.

2) Universal Friend Codes.

One ofthe worse things about Nintendo was their need for a friend code for each and every game you owned. If you had Monster Hunter Tri, you needed a specific friend code which was different from your friend code for Mario Cart or Smash Brothers. This was all fixed when the 3DS was released and used Universal Friend Codes. Once you told some one your friend code, you were fine and could play any game online with that person with out having to trade that specific games code.

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3) Local Co-op in most games.

In a world where you need the internet to play with your friends, it is very refreshing to have a system that doesn’t require it to play with your friend sitting next to you. Instead of having to tell your friend your wifi password and make sure he can get on, you can simply choose the local co-op option. This is also amazing for situations where you have some time on your hands in a public place and a person decides it would be a good idea to challenge you to a Pokemon battle.

4) Street Pass.

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Street pass is one of the most interesting parts of owning a 3DS. At first it seems like no big deal, just something nintendo threw in there kind of like the 3D functionality. Then you start realizing how much fun it really is to use. You eventually find yourself walking around NYC and straight into nintendo world, collecting people. Some games, most notably animal crossing, make great use of street pass. Every time i get a new street pass it is a chance to visit a new house and even buy some things from their catalog.

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About Tony Rivera

An avid gaymer with a soft spot for anything steam punk or robotic. Firmly believes that video games are more than just entertainment, but something to think critically about.

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