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Top 10 Reasons and Benefits for Buying a Nintendo 3DS or 3DS XL

Updated on February 2, 2014

Whats all the fuss about?

When the 3DS first announced it was written off by many as a portable that would never go anywhere, now over a year later it's one of the fastest selling portable systems ever. Here are 10 reasons why the 3ds is worth your time and money.

Better Graphics, Better Screens

The 3DS has much better graphics than it's predecessor the Nintendo DS, as well as being improved visually on that front, there is also the fact that the screens are slightly brighter than the DS and that also they are somewhat bigger. Soon there will also be the 3DS XL which will make them even bigger still!

The Games

Since Christmas 2011, Nintendos lineup on the system has been excellent, with titles such as Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land, Kid Icarus Uprising and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D as just a few of the Major games out for the system with still more to come in the not so distant future.

Augmented Reality

Half a dozen free Augmented Reality games actually come free with the console itself! Using the built in Cameras and a pack of cards given with the unit which you then scan, you can move the 3DS around and actually see objects appear on your kitchen table or any other surface you choose! It's a very neat box of tricks and makes the device very unique in that respect. Being free also helps!

Virtual Console

One of the more popular aspects of Nintendos Wii console was the Virtual Console, allowing gamers to play games from older consoles, not just Nintendo ones, it allows gamers to go and once again play games from the old portable consoles and Nintendos original NES system. It also allows gamers to play from the more recent Game Boy Advance system as well as Segas Game Gear portable from the 1990s

Backward Compatibility

One of the best aspects of Nintendos portable systems since the Game boy Colour are their backwards compatibility, take any Nintendo DS or DSi game and put it into the console and the 3DS will play it, so theres no need to throw out your army of old games when you move up to the new system or keep your old Nintendo DS/DSi.

3DS Store

The final thing that's excellent about this portable console is the 3DS store, which allows you to buy smaller games made by Nintendo and 3rd parties, some are smaller though. However through the 3ds store this console finally allows you to download Demos of some games to be able to test them on your system with.

The Camera

While it could be better in terms of quality, the cameras on the Nintendo 3DS allows you to take full photos in 3D, this is a lot of fun to play around with when you get one as well as to share with others who also own the console.

Netflix, Hulu

This was a surprise initially that Netflix subscribers are now able to stream films and television through their 3DS, so if you are a member of Netflix, you are able to watch these on the go providing there is a wireless internet signal. Hulu plus is also coming to the system but at the time of writing is unreleased.

The 3D

As the selling point of the console, it had to be good, and it is excellent once you get used to it, initially it's somewhat fuzzy as your eyes get used to it, but stick with it and you will very quickly find yourself really enjoying what it can do for your experience as a gamer, games like Super Mario 3D Land require it at some points in order to make certain jumps possible. Admittedly, some games do work better than others though with it depending on how much time the developer has taken with it.

Lowered Price

Initially when the console launched it sold very badly due to a high price point, Nintendo listened and have since lowered it to around $169/£119 though you can find them cheaper if bought as used at $100/£100.


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