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Nintendo 3DS

£144.99
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As with other Nintendo products the 3DS might be better suited to young children and families who are getting into gaming. For me it isn't worth it and the 3D tag isn't lived up to.

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Sam Applegate

20th April 2014

By Sam Applegate

I like bacon sandwiches.


The Nintendo 3DS was something I purchased for a young relative. It seems to be a child friendly handheld gaming device much like I perceive all of Nintendo's offering to be these days. Whether they have meant it or not they are now catering for families and young children, rather than seasoned gamers. This might not be too much of a problem in all honesty. I've found the 3DS entertaining in short bursts and a great purchase for my relative as he is young, but not something I would spend hours of my own time playing with.

The 3D Experience

Nintendo claimed that you would be able to become immersed in a 3D gaming world without the need for 3D glasses. As a novelty I think this is a pretty good gimmick to have, and you can adjust the 3D slider settings and revert back to the old 2D format and different levels of 3D as you wish. But, it is just a gimmick and the novelty does wear off. The depth is just a perception and not the same experience you get when at the cinema watching a 3D movie, with things jumping out of the screen at you from all angles. Now granted, I didn't expect that level of 3D, but then why sell it as such if you can't offer it?

Also, it has been known to make some people feel sick when using it for long periods of time. I've not personally experienced that but I have seen other people feeling a bit sick and confused, especially as you don't get the full 3D effect from all angles, you have to perch it at a slight angle away from your eyes to even see the 3D effect in all its glory.

The Rest of the Experience

One thing that is a major positive is that the Nintendo 3DS is backwards compatible. So if you have an older model of the DS, you will be able to play all of your games on the new model - this is great for young families who have children in love with previous games and want to continue playing them.

The battery life is much shorter than the Nintendo DS. I'm guessing this is because of the 3D capabilities, but it is an annoyance to have to recharge the whole thing every day in order to use it for more than just a couple of hours. This can be very frustrating if you are planning on using the 3DS when travelling for long distances. You just can't trust that the battery life will last long enough.

There are a lot of games aimed at children, as I've previously mentioned. So if you are looking for a handheld device that offers you a wide range of games for adults, I would look elsewhere. For children though there are loads of different types of games, for fun and for educational purposes that will really wow them.

Nintendo also has a nice online world and community, another great addition that can lead a child's imagination to brand new places - surely only a good thing? This for me is where Nintendo beats its rivals, an online community that feels real and fun, and not just a place where you are drawn to spend more money, which is how I've always felt when using the online features on a Sony or Microsoft product.

The screen is tiny in comparison to other handheld gaming devices, something I wasn't used to and couldn't get used to using. This might be a problem for people who are used to a larger screen. The additional controls for sound and for the 3D slider are also really sensitive and easy to adjust by accident with your fingers as you are playing. This can be really annoying, especially if you are concentrating hard on the game in front of you.

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  • Processor: Nintendo ARM
  • Memory: 128 MB FCRAM, 4 MB VRAM
  • Graphics: PICA2000
  • Storage: 2GB NAND Flash Memory
  • Displays: Upper Screen: 3.53 inch, Lower Screen: 3.02
  • Camera: 2 x 0.3 MP rear facing, Single 0.3 MP front-facing
  • Weight: 8.3oz

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