The New 3DS: One Week On

One week of ownership after purchase and I’m still finding that I enjoy the new 3DS even more everyday. Before purchase I didn’t know what the advantage of owning this version of the 3DS range was over the older 2011 model, but now I don’t think I could ever go back, and this article is where I’ll discuss why.

After owning the original 3DS, 2DS and 3DS XL I was familiar with what the 3DS could achieve, what I didn’t expect though was how blown away I’d be by the new edition. A few negatives I had about the 3DS over the years had all left my mind the first time I started up the newest 3DS.

3D View: The 3D has been vastly improved upon, with the camera actually doing very well to track where the 3DS was in proportion to my sight. Achieved via the use of the inner camera I found it always matching my head movements, even when walking around (although it can’t correct distances) that it would try to get me that sweet spot that looks oh so impressive.

Button Layout: The start and select next to the home button on the bottom screen has been placed in a more logical, comfortable, Nintendo nostalgic position to where your right thumb can reach them comfortably now. Sitting just underneath the A, B, X, Y buttons the buttons seem much easier to hit when you can’t look away from the game your playing. I haven’t had need yet to use the C stick, and can’t imagine I will for a while, and in my opinion isn’t the most comfortable nor useful addition to the 3DS. The LZ and RZ buttons are a similar issue but they are positioned well on the shoulders and are easy enough to push in and reach even with my medium sized hands.
I also found the new location of the volume slider to be nice, mirroring the location of the 3D slider, making it easier to access at times. Although sound doesn’t really seem to change until about 40% movement above mute which is a little odd, a little more even spacing of the sound function would have been nice.

Wi-Fi Speed: Testing against my 2DS the new 3DS blitzed the older device, downloading the newest pokemon update it was easily noticeable and play Super Smash Bros online is now slightly more enjoyable with a more constant faster connection.

New Hardware: Playing Super Smash Bros I noticed it runs a little smoother, with what appeared to be a more constant frame rate, Pokemon on the other hand still suffers from the drop of frame rate during battles which I thought Nintendo and Game Freak would of patched by now.

Auto- Brightness: What a great feature, it does well to match the lighting condition no matter where I am in the house, save for in direct sunlight, but I wouldn’t expect the screen to ever produce enough light for that.

Face Plates: Another great feature, although at current I’m still using my white faceplate that came with the console I will purchase a new one when I next see them. With something like over 40 different types there is sure to be a design for everybody.

That for now is what I’ve taken notice of after the first week and I might yet post up after two weeks what else I’ve found to be impressive.

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The New 3DS: One Week On

The New 3DS First Impressions

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Checking my phone I had less than 20 minutes to get to my local EB Games (same as Game Stop to you American’s) and the thought of not being able to get a 3DS today was worrying me.

My wife offered to pick me up from the train station, but I told her to get to EB Games and ask for the New 3DS in white.

Thankfully, I also remembered to tell her to buy a charger because Nintendo has decided not to supply one with this edition oddly. Although in Nintendo’s defense the box does actually scream “BUY A CHARGER!” and for the price of $15 I didn’t feel too ripped off, in saying this I would hate to see the disappointment on a young child’s face opening it up on his/her birthday to discover that they will have to wait until the charger is bought.

IMG_0439Another point on the packaging was the emphasis on colour and style plates on Nintendo’s behalf, the box was fun to look at and gave a good idea of the interchangeable plates you can purchase separately. Opening the box I found that the packaging was well protected with the 3DS tucked into a foam envelope of sorts. The usual manual guide and the AR CARDS are still present which is a really nice touch.

The 3DS itself requires you to pop on the top plate the first time you pick it up which is a breeze, just a simple lining up of two teeth into two holes on the console and clicking the other end down. What i found best about this though is how Nintendo have worked around hiding the text that use to grace the bottom of all there devices, just put them on the top so that the plate covers it, very nice

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When I first opened the console I was taken aback by the vibrant colours of the A,B,X and Y. Everything just seems to be so much more organised that my previous 3DS, 3DS XL and 2DS. The home button is now much more comfortable to use compared to the 3DS and the 2DS. The volume location has changed to the upper screen, the game slot is now at the front bottom panel and the power button is now a small power button instead of the slide seen on the 2DS.

I found the new styles to be a little painful to use, measuring around 25% shorter than my 2DS stylus, which is harder for me to use, having bigger hands and all. Not only was the styles uncomfortable but the C stick was as well, although I might just have to get use to it. the new LZ and RZ buttons feel comfortable enough.

Powering on and going through the settings they quickly bring to your attention the new head tracking 3D new to this 3DS. Booting up the main screen its evident the device is actually noticeably quicker, it also draws attention to the new feature of setting a screen theme, though only basic colours are available such as red, blue, yellow, pink and black. The addition of the “Theme Shop” to purchase new themes. Expecting around 50c to $1 I was surprised to find that for most themes the cost was $2.60. I believe that Nintendo could offer an amazing chance by letting people use their Nintendo Club redemption points to purchase some of these themes.

The screen brightness is noticeably better, with better auto correcting and straight out brightness.

First impression wise, I believe this to be the best, most fun and most customizable 3DS to date and would recommend it to anybody wanting to get one. A comparison write up with be published tomorrow between the new 3DS and my 2DS just to give people a chance to see if the cheaper 2DS is better suited for them.

Thanks for reading!

Bye!

The New 3DS First Impressions

First, but certainly not last.

The first post on a blog for me, ever.

I guess I should explain as to why I’m starting now, not that it’s an exciting story.
I was heavily into Nintendo just a few years ago, owning both a WiiU and a 2DS (2DS I still own) but alas the lack of WiiU games got the better of me and I traded it in for an Xbox One.

How I loathed that Xbox, there was no effort in the games, I missed the charm and design of Nintendo, so I sold the Xbox and am proud to say tomorrow I’m heading down to My local EB Games to buy the new 3DS.

A review of the new device, along with a comparison against the 2DS will be up tomorrow,

Enjoy!!

First, but certainly not last.