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Happy Birthday, Nintendo 3DS - a year in review

We celebrate the highs, and the lows

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divad21 | 14:01 - 25 March 2012
Mmm, excellent piece of hardware. I couldn't believe the 3D the first time I switched it on but the exclusion of the second stick was a monumental error and, to be honest, smacks of arrogance on Nintendo's part and as you rightly say the guilt is now showing with the circle pad pro (which I did buy for RE:R).

I'm hoping they can release more games like Resident Evil Revelations that will attract gamers like myself looking for something a bit grittier than Mario.

I'm no fanboy, I own just about every games console available at the moment, but the Vita outclasses the 3DS in every respect and it's my preference between the two just now. The 3DS could have been so much more.
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schrute | 17:05 - 25 March 2012
I think it was perfectly all right without the second analogue because of the touch control and the gyroscope. But the peripheral is very good for these third parties that rely on it like Capcom or Konami so that's excellent. An amazing device. 3DS FTW.
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schrute | 18:09 - 25 March 2012
Oh yeah, and the Vita sux compared to the 3DS. 3DS has much better games, more friendly, cool 3D effect, and just a better system overall.
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VirtualBoyFreak | 18:27 - 25 March 2012
You forgot to mention that to promote the 3DS, Nintendo held draws in which you could win one of the 3,000 limited edition 3DS Mario, Peach or Toad (1,000 of each) by registering two selected games in several countries. After checking Spanish forums and seeing the huge amount of winners that there are in Spain, I guess that Nintendo has made 3,000 limited edition 3DS for each country where the draw was held... Of course, this means more 3DS's into the market, and more potential players of 3DS games :-)
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MD1500g | 21:30 - 25 March 2012
Yep, the 3DS is a great machine.

A lot of people seem to think that the Circle Pad Pro is essential - it isn't. There's not a single game that requires it, and Nintendo making it wasn't an admission of guilt - more the price they had to pay to get two Monster Hunter games on their system.
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VirtualBoyFreak | 23:34 - 25 March 2012
@MD1500g, I fully agree. I own Metal Gear Solid for 3DS and I play it without the Circle Pad Pro. Of course, the 4-button aiming/camera is less precise than with the CPP, but it's fully playable and I'd rather have my 3DS as it is than equip it with the CPP.
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Aces High | 00:22 - 26 March 2012
I've gotta say that I personally adore my 3DS and have no issue at all regarding it's lack of a second analogue stick.

Soon to be knocking on the door of the big four-o, I've owned just about every home console and handheld available over the years, but I've always had a particularly soft spot for Nintendo - probably due to my love affair with the SNES and later on, the fabulous N64.

Yes, with it's
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klouud | 10:27 - 26 March 2012
First of all I have to admit to myself and the community that Nintendo branded games are hands down my favorite games. Nothing comes close to a Mario or Zelda game - nothing.

With that being said, it just isn't financially a possibility for me to keep up with mobile and console games - heck! I can't really play my console games at this point. The only reason I really game right now is because my cell phone (iOS) just happens to play video games and does it well.

I loved my DS when I had it, but I just can't carry a mobile gaming machine around and my cell phone - it just isn't feasible. Therefore, it was illogical for me to even purchase a 3DS for this reason. Additionally, the Wii has so much more to offer at a similar price point.

What I would like to see from Nintendo is a much better user experience and a little more power under the hood of its products - no, not for gaming. I'd like to see more power to execute all of the non-gaming stuff like the PS3 and Xbox360.

Nintendo needs to really focus on executing all of the non-gaming stuff for its next home console and mobile device.

I would have a hard time not buying a Nintendo branded cellphone given that it was specced correctly, had enough internal storage, came equipped with an excellent app store, and looks professional in the hands of the user.

Android is probably the way they would go... which makes me sad... But I'm not holding my breath.

tim

sorry for going off on a tangent.
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Etharius | 16:32 - 26 March 2012
"Nintendo's upcoming slate of games looks mightily impressive, with Mario Tennis Open, Rayman Origins, Animal Crossing, Luigi's Mansion 2, Guild01"

I think "Mightily impressive" might be a tad optimistic... To be honest I haven't seen much on the system to justify the
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C0mmander | 09:57 - 31 March 2012
Love my 3DS however since the release of the PS Vita I almost wish that Nintendo had put in a higher res screen with a bigger color pallette. When I compare UC:GA to Resident evil Revelations it pains me to think of what capcom and nintendo could have done with a better screen. However of course software comes first and I think Nintendo is really gonna dig into PSV with sainsbury's selling it for just £120 and with the post launch drought of a new console kicking in for the PSV. However this is where I think PSV was dmart in having a full featured store day one with a huge selection of PSP games, Minis and a few PSV games. At the moment I'll be honest I prefer some of my PSV features purely because of the amount I can do on it. As much as I prefer my PSV for power and features, I think this will be like the WII and PS3, with 3DS being a weaker piece of hardware but drawing in a wider audience and the PSV starting off slow and sales picking up after a year has gone and more games are available.
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John99 | 12:05 - 11 April 2012
It's a shame that they didn't make it more powerful however for the size of the screen and the built in shaders allowing subdivision, bump mapping and shadowing amongst others graphically it's not in reality that far behind.

However when you see the 3d effect and compare the games to either the Vita or iOS then there's no doubt that the 3d is a more fun device to own over either of those two.
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jumpingbean | 14:36 - 2 September 2012
a higher res screen is definitely needed, vita beats that hands down. see what the year brings
 
 
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