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Truths about the Nintendo 3DS

Updated on August 3, 2013

Earlier this year Nintendo released a new handheld system state side, the Nintendo 3DS. Since launch, the 3DS hasn’t met Nintendo’s expected sales thus leading to a price drop after only being out for a few months. Despite the low sales numbers, the 3DS is actually a very good system and I think it should be selling a lot better than it is. So I decided to write this hub about some issues that might be keeping people from buying this awesome handheld.

Game Selection

So one reason why a lot of people are not buying the 3DS is because the lack of “awesome” games that are out for it. I have to say that this is not really a valid reason anymore. Yes, the launch line up wasn’t very good, but some of those games are fairly good and a lot of games since then have gotten a good bit of praise from both critics and fans.

The Nintendo franchises have been the best selling and rated games on the system so far, but there are other games for the system that fans really love.If you are an RPG fan, Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor Overclocked has a lot of fans playing it. It is just a port of the DS game but it has an extra level that fleshes out the ending better and it is fully voiced . This is a great game for any RPG fan to check out.

There are a lot of platformers out right now as well. Some of these games are Rabbids Travel through time 3D, Lego Pirates of the Caribbean, and several more.

Some of the biggest fighting series are also out on the 3DS. These series range from Street Fighter to Dead or Alive.

Nintendo has some other big franchise games coming out for it. Some don’t have release dates yet, but Mario and Mario Kart come out around Christmas time and will be great games like always.

Backwards Compatiblity

One of the other complaints people might have about the 3DS is the backwards compatibility. The 3DS is backwards compatible with all DS and DSi games. Some people are still made that it isn’t compatable with GBA games, but that system was released many many years ago, the DS and DS lite were compatable with those games, but Nintendo shouldn’t have to make their newest system support them anymore, there are plenty of systems that support the Gameboy advance games, so it shouldn’t keep you from buying a 3DS.

Some people have said that the 3DS makes DS and DSi games very blurry when you play them. I haven’t found this to be the case. The 3DS is a higher resolution yes, so there might be a little blur around words or the graphics. I have not noticed a blur at all on most of my ds games. Some have a slight blur around the words, but I had to hunt for it to notice it. When I did notice it the system was very close to my face, so if you hold a little ways away like your supposed to, you don’t really notice it.

Eye Strain

People are afraid the 3D will damage their eyes with the amount of eye strain it puts on them. Yes, the 3DS puts some strain on your eyes, there is no way to deny that fact because its very true. The first time you power it on it may hurt for a second or two; your eyes have to have a few seconds to adjust to it. Also, Nintendo has already said not to play it for more than an hour at a time. I have only played it for around that and my eyes haven’t been affected at any time. Nintendo has already put out that warning, so the only way your eyes will be damaged is if you keep playing for a prolonged period of time and ignoring the warnings.

For the Parents out there, You can set parental controls on the 3D. Nintendo has already said not to let kids under 7 years old play the system in 3D. All of the 3D games are also playable in 2D, so you can adjust the parental controls to where your kid can’t use the 3D until they are old enough to play with it on.

All in all, I think the 3DS is a great system and am waiting to see what the future holds for it. There are some great games out for it, and the only way to ruin your eye sight is to not listen to what Nintendo tells you to do. If you are completely satisfied with your DS or DSi and don’t want to switch right now, that’s a perfectly understandable reason, but it is a great system and you should definitely upgrade in the future.

If there is anything else you feel that I should add to this page, let me know!


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      Luke Falconberry 5 years ago from La Vergne, Tennessee

      you can turn it off. it isn't a huge deal. it may become on later on but right now every game i know of doesn't have to have it.

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      Hazzabanana8 5 years ago from Southern Realms of England

      I am considering buying a 3ds.....but I really am not interested in the 3D at all. I find it impressive for a few minuets and then just painful. Would simply turning it off solve this problem or is the 3ds necessary for gaming.

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      Uththami 5 years ago

      Nice! I really want a 3DS. but my parents say its too expensive. I am going to wait untill a few more colours of the 3DS come. I want a lime green 3DS. There are rumours that they are releasing a lime green 3DS with Luigi's Mansion 2. Anyways, your blog really helped! THX ALOT!

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      Luke Falconberry 6 years ago from La Vergne, Tennessee

      Understandable. I played my DS all the time, so I really enjoy my 3DS, but I understand about not liking 3D. I'm not a huge fan but I do like the 3D on the 3DS. Thanks for the comment!

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      MimiPRGameFreak 6 years ago

      The reason I don't buy a Nintendo 3DS, is because I don't like the games and cause it's 3D. I tried to play the 3D while I was at a store and that just made my eyes a bit blurry and gave me a headache. Good thing they have a 3D slider where you can decide to keep the 3D on or off, but I still won't be getting this handheld system. I have a Nintendo DS and I hardly even use it.