If you're getting one of these you might want to consider getting screen protector right off the bat. I got the Hori one and they really have the system down so you can apply it without getting a bunch of dust bubbles.
The system does not come with a charger, but the one from my old 3DS works (just plug in the wire).
The "super-stable" 3D is not very stable. While calibrating it, it kept telling me it wasn't functioning correctly. I had to hold this system almost vertically to get it to work. The fact that I was wearing reading glasses probably didn't help. Once I started playing a game it seemed to work fine.
I played Super Smash Bros and I think I like it a lot. It doesn't look as good as the Wii U (characters look flat) but I like how it caters to the solo player with different modes. The little nub lets you unleash special attacks but I don't like how it feels. The bigger screen does help a lot.
I like how the start and select buttons are actual buttons now, but the power button is really tiny and I don't like that. It's kind of hard to push.
Anyway now that I got the new system hopefully I'll be able to bang out some new 3DS reviews soon.
Its a $200 luxury upgrade - it triggers a comparison to the Genesis 32x. Its adds a few bells and whistles, and will play a small library of additional games beyond what your existing 3DS, or 3DS XL, or 2DS already plays. That it lacks a charger demonstrates that like the 32x, the target audience are not new recruits, but existing customers going for the upgrade.
I know Ninty has a history of upgading their portables, but some of those were substantial...GBC over GB, or the backlit clamshell SP over the GBA, etc. Yes, consoles can get variants too, especially as tech gets cheaper, but the libraries do not diverge - sometimes later variants are less desirable.
This new variant...its like a new year model car with a few new cup holders over last years model.
To make another variant is one thing, but that this variant has exclusive games seems less driven by innovation as much as a board meeting involving leveraging an install base.
If that tax refund is murmuring in your ear to be spent on video gaming, and you already own a low mileage 2DS, 3DS, or a 3DS XL ...why would you not buy something else instead?
Yeah, Nintendo is really bad with this, a handheld needing a new version just to play certain games is unheard of, and the name is worse then the Gizmondo, I mean "New" 3DS? Seriously? Nintendo is truly out of ideas at this point.
At this point i've played every 3DS game that interested me and none of the upcoming ones look that great, so last week I ended up trading in my 3DS.
Very good point. I was thinking about shelling out for the Majora's Mask 3DS today since it came back in stock at Gamestop, but then realized that I could put that money towards a PC instead.
Completely agree, have they learned nothing from the Wii U ? As Scotland alluded to there is a baffling array of Nintendo portables being sold presently. Unless your into Nintendo you wouldn't have a clue what's what.
Surely 3DS SP or something would have been better than 'new' 3DS. I remember reading an article years ago about how brilliant Nintendo were at cannibalising their own user base, enticing them to move from Game Boy to Advance to DS to 3DS. Now not so much.
Wii U being a full fledged new console. I'm guessing the 3DS brand never suffered the casual image the Wii did, or perhaps not to the same extent
Also, the bigger screen is a major plus since my eyesight is not as good as it used to be.
I would not be 100% surprised if their next handheld has numbered iterations.